Unique Indiana University certificate program trains health care innovation leaders

  • April 21, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS -- A new Indiana University School of Medicine program offers the nation's first graduate certificate in health care innovation and implementation science. The pioneering hybrid program -- online plus one weekend a month on campus in Indianapolis -- is targeted to clinicians and health care administrators who aspire to be catalysts for improved health care outcomes at lower cost.

The training will provide working clinicians -- doctors, nurses, pharmacists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and others -- plus health care administrators such as clinic or practice managers and program directors with the skills to become effective change agents. The certificate will give participants applied knowledge on how to successfully identify, implement, localize, evaluate and scale up evidence-based practices, as well as innovate and invent new models of care and processes when evidence-based practices do not exist.

"This certificate will provide working professionals at all levels with the skills needed to become transformational change agents and disruptive innovators capable of delivering, sustaining and constantly improving their health care systems and the care they deliver," said Malaz Boustani, M.D., the chief operating officer of the Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science and a nationally known authority on innovation and on implementation science. "Program graduates will be prepared to help the health systems for which they work drive improvement and innovation efforts."

While sweeping reform and complex market forces are rapidly transforming health care in the United States, clinicians and administrators are rarely exposed to tools and training needed to lead change. Course work and practicums in the IU School of Medicine graduate certificate program will provide these missing elements and build upon existing clinical and administrative skill sets, health care knowledge and experiences.

Earning this new graduate certificate will equip those who work in health care to spearhead the discovery and implementation of new cost-effective, patient-centric and value-based care delivery models into their everyday work environments in physician offices, clinics, therapy centers, practice groups, surgical practices, health care agencies, hospitals, insurance companies and other settings.

The graduate certificate program is offered by the Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science at the IU School of Medicine. In addition to health care, the center has expertise in health economics, operations management, project and team management, industrial engineering, biostatistics, implementation science and innovation.

Students in the program are required to have at least two years of health care work experience and a bachelor’s degree. Details on the program and application materials can be found at http://hii.iu.edu/

The Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science, funded by the IU School of Medicine and the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, uses the complex adaptive system framework and the tools of implementation science to rapidly translate and implement high-quality, cost-effective health care delivery solutions within local, national and international health care systems. The center nurtures a shared implementation science research agenda between the scientific community and health care delivery systems.