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.

For more information and to register please contact kgblades@ucalgary.ca

Course Information

Title: Entrepreneurial Thinking in Health

Dates & Time:  
October 30 (6:00 – 8:00 pm)
November 6 (6:00 – 8:00 pm)
November 13 (6:00 – 8:00 pm)
November 16 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

Participants are required to attend all four sessions.

Cost: $200 or $100 for students/trainees

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 kgblades@ucalgary.ca with any course inquiries.


Naser Arda, 
Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary


Naser is an experienced program developer with a track record of building programs and partnerships in innovation and entrepreneurship. He has led large-scale project designs and implementation in innovation and entrepreneurship in the Middle East, North Africa, and Africa.

He started two organizations overseas (the-one-laptop per child a 10- million dollar startup, and the ENGAGE Innovation Network). He has worked with post-secondary education institutions across the globe — the University of Waterloo, Queen’s University, St. Lawrence College, Al-Quds University of Jerusalem, and most recently the University of Calgary.

Naser has a master’s in management, innovation, and entrepreneurship, a master’s in environmental studies, and a master’s in economics.


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?
To register and for course inquiries, please contact kgblades@ucalgary.ca. Registration is based on first come, first served. As there is very limited space 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 Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking, W21C, and the Cumming School of Medicine.

How to Apply

To register and for course inquiries, please contact kgblades@ucalgary.ca