Curriculum

The online Digital Health Innovation Certificate offers a multidisciplinary, experiential curriculum that prepares you to launch a digital health innovation. Over six months, participants complete four sequential digital health courses that explore the full lifecycle of the digital health innovation process including needs assessment, user-centered design, evaluation, and innovation implementation with an emphasis on ethics, diversity, and inclusion.

We’ve created a student-centered, online learning environment that combines the best qualities of real-time courses  with an engaging self-paced experience. Complete most of your coursework on your schedule while connecting with Brown’s world-class scholars, guest speakers, and fellow participants during one 1-hour scheduled meeting per week.

The Digital Health Innovation curriculum comprises four sequential courses. With the completion of each course, you will receive a digital Credly badge from Brown University that allows you to demonstrate academic progress throughout the program in the form of this micro credential.

You can post digital badges to your LinkedIn profile, electronic resume, website, and other professional platforms to exhibit your specialized expertise. Upon completion of the program, you will receive a Brown University Certificate.

Throughout Brown’s 6-month Digital Healthcare Innovation certificate, you will work on developing a commercialization or implementation plan for an existing or new digital healthcare innovation. In your final digital health course, you will complete your plan, refine it with feedback from Brown faculty and industry leaders, and create a 10-minute pitch for your digital health solution.

Courses

The first course in the Digital Health Innovation Certificate program answers the question, “What is the current digital health landscape, and where can I fit in?”

By the end of this six-week course, you will be able to: 

  1. Define characteristics of successful digital health products.
  2. Identify innovation opportunities using existing research/scientific evidence.
  3. Analyze the current market to guide the design and development of an effective and equitable digital health product.

The second course in the Digital Health Innovation Certificate program answers the question, “What is the innovation and design process for digital health?”

By the end of this six-week course, you will be able to:

  1. Establish a development strategy for concepts following industry best practices.
  2. Apply user-centered design thinking practices to create high-quality, inclusive, and user-friendly digital health products.  
  3. Identify relevant innovation funding sources to start your business design.

The third course in the Digital Health Innovation Certificate program answers the question, “What are the best practices to evaluate and bring a digital health product to market?” This digital health course was developed in partnership with the Digital Medicine Society.

By the end of this six-week course, you will be able to: 

  1. Evaluate digital health products for safe, effective, ethical, and equitable use
  2. Optimize outcomes for scalable deployment and broader adoption, including pursuit of suitable regulatory pathways in the United States
  3. Strategize on dissemination and commercialization options

The final course in the Digital Health Innovation Certificate program pulls all the pieces together by exploring future directions, special use cases, and ethical issues, and completing a capstone project that prepares you to launch your next idea.

 By the end of this six-week course, you will have completed:

  1. An innovation implementation plan for a new or existing product with faculty input.
  2. A 10-minute pitch presentation.