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Health Care Design and Innovation Postbaccalaureate Certificate

School of Nursing
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Contact Information
Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, 4-185 Weaver-Densford Hall, 308 Harvard St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-1187; fax: 612-624-0908)
  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2021
  • Length of program in credits: 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Health Care Design & Innovation PBacc Certificate
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The postbaccalaureate certificate in health care design and innovation prepares health care and design practitioners to create optimal healing environments. Students learn how to apply design thinking in creating new processes, systems, and care environments. The certificate emphasizes principles that promote healing and safe patient care while maximizing clinical and financial outcomes.
Program Delivery
  • partially online (between 50% to 80% of instruction is online)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Admittance to the certificate program requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in a health-related field, interior design, architecture, or other design-related area.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Applicants are required to submit transcripts from all institutions where postsecondary credit was earned, reference materials containing an Admission Reference Form and personal letter of reference from two separate individuals, one essay, a current curriculum vitae/resume, and English language proficiency scores (if applicable). This certificate has two application deadlines: November 1 for spring admission and July 1 for fall admission.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
The preferred English language test is Test of English as Foreign Language.
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Required Courses
CSPH 5711 - Optimal Healing Environments (3.0 cr)
NURS 7610 - System Leadership and Innovation (3.0 cr)
HUMF 5874 - Human Centered Design to Improve Complex Systems (4.0 cr)
NURS 6707 - Health Care Design and Innovation Practicum (2.0 cr)
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CSPH 5711 - Optimal Healing Environments
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course focuses on the development and implementation of optimal healing environments (OHE) as a healthcare innovation. You will examine the evidence base supporting design, human and care processes and begin to explore how OHE are created. An emphasis will be placed on identifying models of optimal healing environments and leadership strategies that support the diffusion of innovation. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student or instr consent
NURS 7610 - System Leadership and Innovation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Integrate whole system thinking, contemporary theories, and evidence of factors contributing to effective leadership to advance innovation and achieve sustainable change in contemporary health care environments.
HUMF 5874 - Human Centered Design to Improve Complex Systems
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Class participants will work together using design thinking frameworks to discover, define, develop, and propose solutions to help solve complex system problems. The class will use cognitive design methods and research to guide in developing prototypes that foster improved experiences in information delivery, processes of systems, and technology. Teams, will tackle complex real-world problems. Projects may focus on a variety of areas ranging from retail to health care. Coursework will primarily focus on team-based projects. Participants will immerse themselves the following activities while working towards remediating their chosen problems. ? insights gathering/research methods ? cognitive design methods and principles ? identifying strengths/weaknesses in actual vs. proposed systems ? implementation (prototyping) considerations/strategies The course will be highly interactive with little lecture. It will strive to foster critical thinking and will offer an environment where creativity can thrive. Students are expected to come to class fully prepared to interact during class time with the readings and research consumed outside class. Material from course readings will focus on cognitive design, systems thinking principles and will be interwoven during the discussions and class activities. This course is designed for students from a variety of backgrounds and programs, including students from Human Factors, the Academic Health Center, Graphic Design, Product Design, Retail, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and the Carlson School. Human Factors students working toward a Plan C Master?s degree may use this course as one of the two courses required to be 50% project-based.
NURS 6707 - Health Care Design and Innovation Practicum
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Synthesis, reflection, and evaluation of learning from courses in the health innovation leadership and design curriculum to identify gaps in knowledge and developmental practicum needs related to leadership in health care innovation and design. prereq: Students in Health Care Design and Innovation certificate program or DNP students who have completed Nurs 7610, CSpH 5711, HUMF 5874.