Online course in Health & Psychology

Implementing Innovation in Healthcare

Learn how to influence change in complex global health systems on this online course.

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
  • Learn Free
  • Extra benefits From $69 Find out more

Learn how to implement healthcare improvement and innovation

Healthcare in the 21st Century has become much more complex and challenging.

On this course for health professionals working in healthcare management and administration, you’ll increase your understanding of complex healthcare systems, the capabilities and skills needed to mobilise new knowledge and identify processes for building ‘agency’ across the levels of the individual, the organisation and the wider system.

Through this, you’ll help lead a person-centred approach to behaviour change to reorient health systems toward prevention and the long term management of chronic conditions.

Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsTRACY ROBINSON: Hi, I'm Tracy Robinson, a senior research fellow at Monash University, Australia. And I'm really excited to tell you about a course I'm leading. It's Health Care Improvement and Implementation Science. This course is aimed at all professionals in health care. It's a multidisciplinary course, which is one of the things that makes it particularly exciting. Health care improvement is a core part of everybody's role. We believe that passionately, and if that's something that you also believe, please come and join us. Join this course, create an army, create a movement of health care improvers.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1 - Understanding complex health systems

  • Complexity in healthcare
  • Problems and challenges in global healthcare
  • Variation in healthcare
  • Complex adaptive systems vs. traditional systems
  • Research translation

Week 2 - Understanding healthcare improvement

  • Learning healthcare systems
  • Implementation and healthcare improvement
  • Implementation theories, models and frameworks
  • Strategies for mobilising new knowledge in healthcare
  • Implementation science and knowledge management

Week 3 - Leading change

  • Shifting knowledge – translation, exchange and utilisation
  • Capabilities and skills for knowledge management
  • Mobilising knowledge (within and across domains)
  • Frameworks for knowledge mobilisation
  • Capabilities and skills for knowledge mobilisation

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Assess and critique complex health organisations and implementation strategies in relation to system-wide healthcare improvement
  • Compare examples of strategies used in different jurisdictions for mobilising new knowledge and research findings in healthcare, including those that impact on clinical practice and patient care
  • Investigate various key models, frameworks and governance structures utilised in knowledge mobilisation initiatives
  • Identify the key skills and capabilities required for implementation and knowledge mobilisation for healthcare improvement
  • Apply principles of knowledge mobilisation and implementation science to a complex healthcare improvement problem

Who is the course for?

This course has been especially designed for health professionals working in the area of healthcare management and administration, which includes medical or general hospital administrators, clinicians, quality assurance managers, team leaders, senior nursing administrators, unit managers and a range of general task coordinators within the health care system.

Who developed the course?

Monash University is one of Australia’s leading universities, ranked in the world’s top 1% by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It was established in Melbourne in 1958.

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