Innovations for health and society

Campus course May 2017

The Participatory Public Health Centre aims to regularly offer campus courses that are open for anyone interested. We ran the first open campus course in May 2017 in Tomsk, Russia. It was a week-long course “Innovations for health and society”.

This course provides a thorough picture of the processes involved in innovating for health on different levels, using insights from a variety of social sciences. Learners also practise to use this theoretical knowledge to connect innovations to the needs and concerns of people they are meant to serve.

Why are the well-intentioned innovations for health not achieving success and how to avoid it? How to ensure the effective translation of scientific and technological developments into useful and demanded innovations for health?In the modern world, innovations for health, including medicines, medical equipment, new services and forms of organization of medical care, appear all the time. All of them are called upon to open new opportunities for treating diseases and improving the quality of people’s lives. But not all innovations are successful. Potentially beneficial health innovations may be unclaimed, cause disapproval among those for whom they were developed, or be inapplicable in real life.

This course will shed light on the reasons for the success and failure of innovation for health, considering innovative processes in various dimensions: sociocultural, economic, infrastructural and in the context of their local, regional and national specifics.

Distinctive features of this course are its interactivity, the use of examples from the world experience of developing innovations for health and practical exercises. In this format, listeners will consider the following topics:

  • National and sectoral innovation systems
  • Theories of diffusion of innovations and the transmission of technological knowledge and developments
  • Adaptation of innovations to the contexts of their intended use
  • Need needs assessment and stakeholder analysis
  • Evaluation of innovations
  • Inclusive and grass-roots innovations

The course was developed within the framework of the project “Education Capacity-Building in Eastern European Neighboring Areas: Health, Innovations and Societies” and passed the expertise of the International Project Board.