Short courses


Digital Transformation and Innovation in Healthcare

  • 7 hours per day + 5 hour preparation
  • 5 days


This five-day executive education course for healthcare leaders will enable you to confidently lead your organisation into a more digitalised and innovative era.

It will help you spearhead digital transformation and innovation within your organisation, and create new healthcare ecosystems that are patient-centric, value-based, and accessible for all.

You'll learn new ideas, strategies and tactics to align your people with technology, ensuring your organisation is ahead of the curve.

You’ll explore key areas of digital transformation and innovation, and topics including:

  • trends and disruptors in digital health
  • artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning for healthcare
  • health needs assessments and data analytics
  • population healthcare management
  • wearable technology
  • decision making in healthcare organisations.

You'll also enjoy access to digital health experts and site visits across London’s complex health ecosystem.

Networking opportunities include a welcome reception and a group dinner.

Course aims

This course aims to:

  • develop your confidence, knowledge, and decision-making skills as a health professional
  • give you the tools to operationalise strategic health innovation initiatives in your organisation
  • give you a framework to be able to think about and analyse your current challenges and future endeavours by understanding the areas shaping and shifting the digital healthcare sector

Who this course is for 

This executive education course is for ambitious healthcare leaders who want to drive forward transformational digitalisation and innovation in their healthcare organisations.

You may be a clinical leader, policymaker, healthcare executive or manager tasked with making decisions on digital health innovations in your healthcare organisation. 

Course content

The course includes seven modules and a final session which pulls everything together. 

1. Trends and disruptors in digital health

Monday morning and afternoon sessions

Addressing the changing healthcare ecosystem, this module focuses on patient-centred and consumer healthcare, the digitalisation of healthcare, and value-based healthcare.

Module topics include:

  • digital-ready workforce planning
  • the role of data analytics in decision making
  • patients’ engagement for improved outcomes

2. Introduction to AI and machine learning for healthcare

Tuesday morning session

This module explores artificial intelligence (AI) and its role as a transformative innovation in diagnosis, imaging and triage in healthcare organisations.

With its ability to learn from patient records and other data, you’ll explore AI’s potential uses in healthcare, along with the challenges and opportunities in terms of data privacy, algorithmic bias, and who opts in or out.

3. Health assessment and digital health

Tuesday afternoon session

Providing a broad base of knowledge on the relevant skills required to conduct a health needs assessment, this module considers approaches to health innovation, intervention development and evaluation. You’ll look at a range of case studies from the NHS and health organisations overseas.

4. Data and data analytics for healthcare

Wednesday morning session

Giving you an introduction to health data analytics, this interactive module will show you how data science is being used to support public health agendas. You'll gain an understanding of important tools in data science, such as visualising and mapping health data, the role of synthetic data and the emergence of digital twins.

5. Population healthcare management

Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning sessions, includes site visits

This module enables you to see and hear the impact digital technologies have on population health management through site visits. You’ll find out more about this data-informed approach, which can deliver personalised medicine while increasing the quality and volume of care in communities.

6. Wearables and the future of patient driven healthcare

Thursday afternoon session

Focusing on patients and customers who can benefit from user-centred care, this module looks at the design options in consumer health technologies. Through engaging activities, you'll understand health innovations and what the forecasts are for engagement with them. You'll also learn how to evaluate the value of wearable health technologies through a user-centred approach.

7. Understanding how to measure and assess health innovations for decision making

Friday morning session

Providing an understanding of several key concepts for value assessment in digital health, this module looks at value-based healthcare and how digital innovation is contributing to growing healthcare costs. You'll also explore decision-making behaviour in healthcare organisations and learn about sustainable health financing and funding mechanisms.

8. Pulling it all together

Friday afternoon session

After working on a group project throughout the course, you'll present your project during this session. Your project will draw on learning and group discussions from throughout the week. Through this session you'll benefit from critiques by a panel of health experts.

Teaching and structure 

This 5-day course will involve:

  • interactive lectures delivered by guest speakers and UCL academics
  • site visits
  • pre-readings
  • discussions
  • hands-on exercises

Assessment, certificates and accreditation

You'll receive a certificate of completion and CPD points awarded by The CPD Certification Service when you've completed the two assessments.

The first assessment is a self-reflection on your experience as a leader in driving digital health and innovation in your organisation.

The second assessment will be a group presentation and challenges assigned by the programme lead as part of the final wrap-up. This will involve working in teams to conceptualise and propose a digital innovation in healthcare using design thinking.

You'll also receive formative assessment at the end of each day in a 360-degree feedback session. In this session you'll give your reflections on the speakers, events and activities across the day, and receive comments from the module conveners. These sessions will also be an opportunity for you to engage in peer-to-peer dialogue and peer review.

Learning outcomes

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

  • understand a range of different digital health innovations currently being used in healthcare, along with their benefits and issues
  • effectively use evaluation techniques and other approaches to assess health technologies and population management
  • consider the impact AI is having on health delivery and the future opportunities and challenges associated with it
  • develop tools for making decisions about digital health investments
  • understand the concepts and ideas of digital health and innovation in relation to healthcare improvements, giving you ideas about how you can design your organisation for the new health economy
  • identify and evaluate the impact digital transformation and disruptions are having on strategic management in your organisation
  • create plans for continual engagement with stakeholders for the application and ongoing management of innovations
  • demonstrate complex problem solving and decision making skills
  • apply learning to your specific organisational challenges and opportunities
  • deepen your networks and relationships with leaders in the health sector, along with world leading academics and health experts

Entry requirements 

You must:

  • be fluent in English
  • have a minimum of an undergraduate degree or significant work experience
  • have at least three years of professional experience in health or a related sector

Cost and concessions

This standard fee for this course is £6,800.

If you work for the NHS or in a ministry health role, you may be eligible for a 20% discount. Please contact us at shortcoursesgbsh@ucl.ac.uk to see if this reduction applies to you.

The fee covers all tuition, course materials, lunches, and networking events (welcome reception on Monday evening and a group dinner on Tuesday).

We can give you help booking accommodations near our campus once you've been accepted into the programme.

Course team

Professor Paula Lorgelly, UCL Department of Applied Health Research

Professor Catherine Holloway, UCL Interaction Design & Innovation, Department of Computer Science

Professor Nora Ann Colton, UCL Global Business School for Health

David Roberts, EY Global Health Leader and Executive Chairman, Tektology

Rachel Dunscombe, CEO NHS Digital Academy and Principal Tektology

Professor Paul Taylor, UCL Institute of Health Informatics

Professor Pearse Keane, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

Dr Michelle Heys, UCL, Great Ormond Street Institute for Child Health

Course information last modified: 30 Nov 2022, 16:01