MSc Innovation in Health Care – EIT Health Integrated Master Programme

IHC is a two-year, full-time Master’s programme emphasising managerial, economic, organisational and business aspects of health care innovation.

Copenhagen Business School


Type of programme: Master Programme.

The MSc Innovation in Health Care (IHC) is a 2 years, full time degree of 120 ECTS. IHC opened in 2016 and was EIT labelled simultaneously.

MSc Innovation in Health Care (IHC) delivers a new type of graduate, with strong skills in the analysis and management of health care innovations. IHC opened in 2016 and received the EIT label in that year. This degree gives students organisational, economic, commercial and IT-related skills, as well as an understanding of the operations of the healthcare system.

The course draws on real-life cases, and its practical orientation is one of its key features. Class work and projects will bring the students into close contact with potential future employers during their studies, with instruction provided by industry experts and high-quality academic faculty.

IHC prepares students for innovation tasks in both national and international settings. Students gain a deeper understanding of national differences and the implications for implementing health care innovation in different markets.

Leaders in health care organisations and businesses stress the importance of educating this new type of professional innovation specialists in the intersection of business and healthcare:

There is a strong need for this new degree in Innovation in health care. It is important to get health care innovation articulated and defined as a serious discipline in its own right. Currently innovations in health care are too often handled by enthusiasts lacking relevant specialized managerial skills. From this we get results that are a far cry from what could have been achieved with more professionalized staff. ”

Ian Røpke, Programme Director, Copenhagen Municipality.

Structure of the programme:

Courses in the first semester present the main disciplinary building blocks: A 15 ECTS course introduces students to a comparative approach to health care systems, followed by two 7.5 ECTS courses in the economics and the organization of health care innovation.

Throughout the second semester, students work on an innovation project, organised in a 15 ECTS project course. This course also includes workshops on specific innovation tools referring e.g. to market analysis or IPR. Alongside the project course, students follow courses introducing them to digital health and to innovations in clinical processes.

In the third semester the student chooses one of three elective tracks (of 30 ECTS). The first track is focused on digital health; the second on advanced quantitative tools for health care innovation; the third on entrepreneurship in health care. Part of these tracks can be taken at partner universities abroad.

The final thesis project is carried out over the last 6 months of the program.


Career prospects:

Graduates find their jobs in a variety of sectors, including:

  • Private providers of health care, monitoring, safety
  • The (emerging) globalized health industry
  • Hospitals
  • The Medico and Health-IT industries
  • Providers of software systems and applications,  incl. clinical decision support solutions
  • Pharmaceutical firms (in their care-directed functions)
  • Patient’s organizations
  • Public health administration at national, regional and municipal levels
  • Create their own companies


Partners in this project:

Lead Partner: Copenhagen Business School

Participating Partners:
University of Copenhagen
Universidade de Coimbra
Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
Copenhagen Business School


MSc Innovation Health Care


For more information:

Copenhagen Business School – MSc in Business Administration and Innovation in Health Care

Project leader:

Prof Pedro Oliveira, Copenhagen Business School