The Health Innovation Minor is intended for undergraduate students at USC who are interested in collaborative health innovations that leverage the complex intersections of health science expertise, societal need, technology, patient active participation, new business/finance models and inclusive policy for health. Through participation in the minor, students will have the opportunity to:
- Identify cross-cutting health challenges and understand their components and interrelations;
- Create a diverse team with common interests and different view-points surrounding a health innovation challenge of common interest to the team;
- Cross-train in the core aspects of a challenge so as to facilitate collaboration and communication;
- Collaborate with other team members to prototype a process or product innovation that addresses a chosen challenge;
- Investigate the intersectional components of an impactful innovation and co-design elements from different sectors that are tightly coupled within a challenge;
- Use the co-design process to introduce disruptive perspectives across and within participating sectors
In the process the students build collaborative innovation skills that are relevant to 21st century environments with an emphasis on health applications for diverse populations. The skills include systems thinking, cross-sector collaboration, integrated innovation, iterative improvement, team-building, project management, design strategy, inclusive design.
The minor is a collaborative effort between: the Iovine and Young Academy (IYA); the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Social Work, Gerontology and Cinematic Arts; the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy; the Department of Biomedical Engineering; and the Institute for Creative Technologies
Application information for the minor can be found at: iovine-young.usc.edu.