After this module, students are able to:
- Identify factors that facilitate or impede the implementation and effectiveness of a specific public health innovation;
- Conduct a mini-review aimed at identifying factors that facilitate or impede the implementation of a specific public health innovation;
- Understand professionals in various roles: street-level bureaucrats, researchers and facilitator;
- Apply/use analytic and practical tools in a research / design framework by creating a plan for a new public health innovation—in its (inter)organizational design, implementation, and / or diffusion.
This course provides students with a state of the art knowledge and insight into the processes of diffusion and implementation of medical technologies/innovations in public health care organizations and networks. Public Health innovations are implemented in open interaction between clients, professionals, and (networks of) organizations. Increasingly, organizations and professionals must intensively and successfully collaborate to improve the quality of public health and wellbeing of the population. In this course we study how organizations and professionals optimally collaborate in the implementation of public health innovations. Substantive examples of innovations covered are in the areas of vaccinations, child abuse, poverty related health care for children, ADHD-care, and elderly care,.|
The first aim of this course is to provide students with the competences to analyze the landscape of innovation in public health care. Students learn to combine state-of-the-art theory and research with a close examination of substantive examples of collaboration in the implementation of public health innovations.
Lectures (including class discussions led by students) and master classes (including panel discussions led by students) support this first aim. During the lectures, we will discuss the major theories implementing medical innovations as well as the actors that are involved. During the master classes, students discuss the implementation of public health innovations related to several topics with experts from the field.
The second aim of this course is to provide students with the competences to critically evaluate and reflect on how they can make a difference in public health care delivery by stimulating public health innovation. They are able to identify the conditions in the collaboration between clients, professionals, and organizations for the successful implementation and diffusion of public health innovations. The video seminars and a design project support this second aim. Students focus on the design of a plan for a new public health innovation—in its (inter)organizational design, implementation, and / or diffusion.