BMP 2900 Innovation and Organization of Healthcare Services

BMP 2900 Innovation and Organization of Healthcare Services

Course code: 
BMP 2900
Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Course coordinator: 
Nils-Otto Ørjasæter
Kari Jorunn Kværner
Course name in Norwegian: 
Innovasjon og organisering i helsetjenesten
Product category: 
Executive - Bachelor of Management
2023 Autumn
Active status: 
Level of study: 
Teaching language: 
Course type: 
Associate course

The diagnosis is known; We are getting more elderly and more chronically ill, and there will be not enough health care workers in the future. The prescription is clear: the health care services must be renewed. This requires an innovative mindset by healthcare professionals and patients, healthcare providers and specifically for politicians. But good intentions and will are not enough. Change and practical actions are needed.

The health sector is under pressure. The population is getting older, chronical and lifestyle diseases are increasing, and so are the expectations of the quality of health care we get. If we are to help everyone who needs it, we must rethink today's health services. Leaders must take the lead and the health authorities must facilitate implementation. Now is the time!

In this program, you will get insights in how initiate and handle innovation in health care. Among other things, you will learn how we:

  • design the health system for innovation,
  • find propper solutions for the problem or challenge,
  • ensure that an innovation is implemented in the daily work and
  • measure the impact of an innovation.

High-quality, patient-centric health care services is the ultimate goal. Everyone wants the patient's health service where quality and patient safety comes first. Politicians and the population expect more collaboration, and improved interaction between primary and specialist health services. This development challenges the hospitals 'and municipalities' health services 'ability to adapt as well as the health professionals' skills. This course therefore provides practice-based knowledge on the adoption and diffusion of innovation, and introduces knowledge about the healthcare system, health economy and the legal system. Emphasis is placed on introducing methodology and practical knowledge about innovation and improvement work.

After completing the program, students are expected to have gained insight into what hinders and promotes innovation in health, with emphasis on the connection between economic, legal and organizational frameworks. The students will also gain insight into what organizational innovation requires of anchoring and management, and how employees can be involved in change and innovation processes. Management positions in the health service have traditionally been professionally dependent. This is to a lesser extent the case today where interdisciplinary cooperation is increasingly taking place. The program emphasizes dialogue, reflection and learning based on the health service's fundamental management challenges. Through completing this course the participants will have documentable competencies that may open up for new opportunities.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

After completion of the course, students will acquire knowledge of: 

  • Organization of health services and central reforms, the concept of innovation and how development of new health care services takes place in practice
  • Innovation methodology to find the right solution for given challenges, and the use of process tools handling improvements and innovation projects
  • Health economy and innovative procurement in innovation and change processes
  • Sources of law concerning patient rights, professional behavior and health services and
Learning outcomes - Skills

Learning outcomes - Skills
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
• Identify and address organizational challenges from an innovation perspective, and be able to contribute to innovation and change work in their own business
• Recognize and address key health law issues in their own work situation
• Evaluate health economic aspects and the societal benefit of improvement and innovation work

General Competence

General competence

After completing the study, the students will:

• Have accumulated the ability to critically reflect on what it takes to implement innovation and improvement work and understand how to practically facilitate this to achieve this.

• Better understand how they identify ethical dilemmas they encounter in the health service, and be able to reflect on what is ethically justifiable choices

Course content

The teaching has innovation and organization in the health service as the main theme, and deals with various topics related to innovation and improvement work. In addition to innovation, health law and health economics, tools and practical knowledge are introduced.

Time will be spent on what it takes to develop new health services. This includes innovation methodologies for exploring, understanding and developing future healthcare using process tools. The teaching is addressing issues that can reduce risk and provide better control over costs in new health services.

Teaching and learning activities

The program of 30 credits is completed over two semesters. Participants are enrolled for teaching in each semester; The course in the first semester is called BMP 2901 and in the second semester BMP 2902. The course is conducted over 6 modules of two and three days, in total 13 days. In sum, this amounts to 117 hours. The modules are conducted with emphasis on practical application of the subject matters in relation to specific challenges and needs in hospitals, municipal, private commercial and non-profit health services in non-governmental organizations.

In all BI Executive courses and programs, there is a mutual requirement for the student and the course responsible regarding the involvement of the student's experience in the planning and implementation of courses, modules and programmes. This means that the student has the right and duty to get involved with their own knowledge and practice relevance, through the active sharing of their relevant experience and knowledge.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information

Participants hand in a term paper at the end of the second term (60%) and a three-hour individual home exam (40%)  The term paper may be written individually or in groups of up to three students.

Both evaluations must be completed and passed in order to have passed the course BMP 2900 Innovation and Organization of Healthcare Services 30 credits


Higher Education Entrance Qualification


Deviations in teaching and exams may occur if external conditions or unforeseen events call for this. 

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
BMP 29003
Grading scale:
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Examination when next scheduled course
60No2 Semester(s)Group/Individual ( 1 - 3)Term paper
Exam category:
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
BMP 29004
Grading scale:
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Examination when next scheduled course
40No3 Hour(s)Individual Individual home exam
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Grouping (size):Group/Individual (1-3)
Duration:2 Semester(s)
Comment:Term paper
Exam code:BMP 29003
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration:3 Hour(s)
Comment:Individual home exam
Exam code:BMP 29004
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
All exams must be passed to get a grade in this course.
Total weight: 
Student workload
117 Hour(s)
3 Hour(s)
150 Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching
250 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
280 Hour(s)
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 30 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 800 hours.