Entrepreneurial Thinking in Health

This course will teach you how to think like an innovator. The skills and mindset of an entrepreneur can help individuals, teams, and organizations improve and create new value through public, private, or policy solutions.

You will learn methodologies such as design thinking and apply them to real challenges in the world of health. Whether your interest is commercialization and bringing a product to market, or improving the quality of healthcare and enhancing public value, this course will provide useful tools for each step of the process: identifying needs, generating solutions, and implementing, evaluating, and sustaining quality work.

Registration for this course is closed.

For course inquiries, please contact w21cedu@ucalgary.ca

Course Information

Title: Entrepreneurial Thinking in Health

Dates & Time:  
May 23 (5:00 – 9:00 pm)
May 25 (8:00 am – 12:00 pm)
June 1 (8:00 am – 12:00 pm)
June 15 (8:00 am – 12:00 pm)

Participants are required to attend all four sessions.

Cost: $500

Study Credits: This course has been approved as a one-credit-per-hour session by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development.

Learn how entrepreneurial thinking can be applied within health and healthcare contexts
Develop skills to help innovate and implement improvements in your own area of work
Bring your real world challenges to the course and begin applying new skills immediately
Learn from proven innovators and educators at the University of Calgary’s W21C and Hunter Hub

Learning Objectives:
By the end of the course you will be able to:
1. Understand the value of entrepreneurial thinking and how it can be applied to health and healthcare.
2. Use design thinking processes to identify and begin to address needs in their own areas of responsibility.
3. Treat entrepreneurial thinking as a means to innovate and effect meaningful change in both the private and public sector.

Contact w21cedu@ucalgary.ca with any course inquiries.


Dr. Derek Hassay, MBA, PhD
Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary

Dr. Hassay has a BBA (University of New Brunswick Fredericton), MBA (McMaster University), and a Ph.D. (University of Manitoba) and has been teaching at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary since 2000. Derek’s teaching and research interests exist at the intersection of Marketing and Entrepreneurship with an emphasis on the practical application of theory and most importantly has lead to the development of Entrepreneurial Thinking at UCalgary.

His work in this area lead to the development of the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Haskayne School of Business (HSB) and more recently the University of Calgary’s Hunter Hub. To date, thousands of students at the business school and across campus as well as members of the community have received training in the art, science and practice of Entrepreneurial Thinking. As the RBC Teaching Professor of Entrepreneurial Thinking, Dr. Hassay designs and delivers a variety of instructional, research and community engagement initiatives related to this exciting area of economic, social and cultural development.

In addition to Dr. Hassay’s considerable experience designing and delivering MBA and EMBA courses on Entrepreneurial thinking, he has also developed and delivered Entrepreneurship / Innovation courses and sessions for a broad range of open and custom Executive Education programs.

It is in this latter capacity that Dr. Hassay has been involved with the joint UofA/UofC AHS Executive Education program since its inception and more recently the AHS Senior Leadership Program. During his time with the these programs, he has worked on healthcare initiatives, programs, and projects involving over 250 healthcare leaders from a breadth of zones, clinical and administrative areas both in and outside AHS. He has also been involved in the Cumming School of Medicine program and has held numerous sessions on Entrepreneurial Thinking with numerous departments, medical association and medical student groups in his capacity as the RBC Teaching Professor.

However, Dr. Hassay’s experience extends beyond healthcare innovation to numerous other industries and sectors within the province of Alberta, which allows for unique insights into how innovation is pursued across for profit and non-profit sectors.


Who is this course for?
Anyone who wants to innovate in health: providers, researchers, administrators, of any specialty and at any career stage. If you want to create innovative solutions to challenges in your area of work, we can help you hone your skills.

What is the course format?
This course is designed to be very hands-on: there will be plenty of discussion, educational activities, and opportunities to think about real-world challenges and solutions. We encourage you to come with an idea or a challenge that you can work on and develop throughout the course.

How do I apply and register?
Interested course participants are required to fill out and submit an application form. We will invite successful applicants to register. There is very limited space and we may not be able to accept all who apply.

Who is providing this course?
This course has been developed in partnership by the University of Calgary’s W21C, Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking, and the Cumming School of Medicine.

How to Apply

Registration for this course is closed.
For course inquiries, please contact w21cedu@ucalgary.ca