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Learn the fundamentals of the rapidly evolving, multidisciplinary field of Digital Health and its associated disruption of healthcare.

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About the Digital Health Program

​Learn about the evolving Digital Healthare industry
The Digital Health certificate program represents a collaboration between UCSD, the UCSD School of Medicine and expert indusrtry practitioners.  The new curriculum explores the current innovation ecosystem incorporates expertise in data science, UX design, mHealth, IoMT, AI, genomics, behavioral medicine, and ethical aspects related to the acceleration of Digital Health.  Courses examine emerging technologies in healthcare and medicine which are designed to improve delivery, patient outcomes and health behavior.  Learners will dive into recent case studies highlighing entirely new therapeutic modalities that use new digital technologies to replace, complement or augment innovative medical treatments. 

Improve Your Entrepreneurial Focus
Medical practitioners, serial entrepreneurs, investors and industry executives will gain insight into the evolving business of digital health in a way that is actionable. This includes examining how to create a business that adds value to the industry, strategies to incentivize different stakeholders, navigation of regulatory hurdles, differentiating yourself in the market, and how to get funded.  Through examination of industry successes and failures, learn how emerging business models will drive new behaviors, and how emerging technologies can facilitate these behaviors. 

​Apply yourself as an innovator in Digital Health
The courses engage in both theoretical and applied activities to provide the background knowledge necessary to effectively understand the intricacies of the digital health landscape and to identify meaningful opportunities to generate new value for both consumers and organizations.  The certificate program consists of six total courses presented 100% online and a primarily asynchronous format.   Gain foundational skills to implement and support digital health initiatives, apply data science tools, and identify ethical and regulatory considerations for digital health products and services.

​Who is the the Digital Health program intended for?
Those with a multi-disciplinary backgrounds including healthcare providers, behavioral scientists, technologists, UX/UI designers, engineers, data scientists, and public health officials will benefit.  The program serves to augment medical school training and providing supplimental digital healthcare education and experience. Learners build relevant skills to remain competitive, understand different modalities and business models that can solve healthcare challenges both within and outside their own institutions.  Hands-on learning approach taught by a faculty of experienced industry leaders and academic thought leaders.

Program Highlights

  • Networking opportunities with faculty of industry leaders and students of multidisciplinary backgrounds through interactive discussions, workshops, and CEO/Founder roundtables.
  • Explore new research areas such as smart algorithms, connected health, digital therapeutics, AI, data science, behavioral change, blockchain and other frontier technologies.
  • Examine how the coronavirus pandemic has drastically altered digital health and how healthcare operations will need to adjust moving forward. 
  • Flexible educational experience for those working in healthcare technology roles, research, entrepreneurial, and regulatory entities in the healthcare space.

  • 100% on-line specialization for those with both technical and non-technical backgrounds;
  • Exploration of Digital Health through several distinct academic disciplines & technologies;
  • Gain expertise in data science, mHealth, regulatory issues, ethics and product commercialization;
    Incorporation of public health informatics, behavior change theories, information architecture, and user experience design;
  • Critically compare Digital Health innovations and reflect on cross-cutting case studies;
  • Entrepreneurial focus to explore ideas and accelerate technological innovations
  • Gain practical hands-on training with leading Digital Health industry practitioners
  • Build a strong foundational knowledge of the impact of Digital Health on the healthcare ecosystem
  • Assess different opportunities for innovation and disruption in the digital health sector;
  • Multi-disciplinary content examining the different roles of healthcare providers, behavioral psychologists, data scientists, technologists, social scientists, and public health professionals
  • Examine emerging technologies being leveraged against COVID-19

Who Will Benefit

  • Developing professionals currently working in the healthcare ecosystem who want to boost their current career in Digital Health;
  • Individuals with a background or interest in healthcare transformation, data science, eHealth, IT administration, engineering and regulatory affairs;
  • Anyone interested in learning high-demand entrepreneurial and frontier technology knowledge and skills, typically those in leadership, innovation, investment, or entrepreneurial positions.
  • Healtcare providers interested in how digital health technologies are being mobilized in the fight against COVID-19
Format: Online

All courses offered online, some elements of the Capstone may be in-person

Estimated Cost: $3,900

Excludes textbooks and materials

Duration: 12 - 18 months

Contact
Department
Healthcare & Behavioral Sciences
Phone
858-534-4041
Email
rhoughtaling@ucsd.edu

Courses

Delivery Method
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  • Live Online
  • In-Person
  • Online
  • Hybrid
  • Number of courses (online option): Six courses - five required and one elective
  • Total units: 16

Introduction to Digital HealthGLBH-40020

Units: 3.00

$675

The Introduction to Digital Health course explores the fundamental concepts and components that make up the Digital Health ecosystem. Examine this multidisciplinary field and the roles of healthcare...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Spring

Data Science for Digital HealthGLBH-40021

Units: 3.00

$675

The Data Science for Digital Health course focuses on understanding innovative methods, tools and processes to transform data to knowledge and provide a foundation for measurable action. Data Science...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Case Studies in Digital HealthGLBH-40022

Units: 3.00

$675

This course allows students to develop a critical perspective on some key areas of contemporary Digital Health use. A series of case studies in digital health will be highlighted that link to the disc...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Digital Innovation in Translational and Clinical ResearchGLBH-40023

Units: 3.00

$675

This course will examine the fundamental concepts, terminology and processes associated with Innovation, Clinical Research, Translational Research and healthcare. Course content will build a strong f...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Digital Health Business and Commercialization StrategiesGLBH-40024

Units: 2.00

$675

This course is designed for those interested in healthcare innovation, entrepreneurship and understanding the current market forces driving the adoption of Digital Health solutions. Examine Digital H...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Introduction to Health BlockchainGLBH-40015

Units: 2.00

$675

The course provides an introductory overview of Blockchain, the technologies behind Blockchain architecture and distributed applications (Dapps) and how they are applicable to the Healthcare sector. T...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Digital Health Capstone ProjectGLBH-40025

Units: 3.00

TBD

This faculty mentor‐lead, 9‐week capstone course provides students with an opportunity to apply their cumulative subject knowledge of Digital Health. Students will apply the skills gained in the cert...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

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Conditions for Admission

At a minimum, a bachelor degree in a scientific or technology field (e.g., BS, BEng) with significant exposure to and familiarity with healthcare and/or frontier technologies is needed to meaningfully engage with this program.

Intended for those with a background or interest in healthcare transformation, data science, eHealth, IT administration, engineering and regulatory affairs.

Next Steps Experience

The optional Capstone project is offered to accelerate the commercial viability of a Digital Health solution or project. The Capstone is ideal for those students with a desire to connect to local San Diego technology business incubators and resourses. San Diego is the home to one of the nation’s leading biotech, medical device, and genomics industrial clusters, has four large health systems, and is recognized nationally for technology innovation in the life sciences and healthcare. The program will offer a unique opportunity to engage in Digital Health education, design, and development to solve complex healthcare challenges.

Advisory Board

Ardy Arianpour, MBA

CEO & Co-Founder

Seqster

Daniel Haders II, PhD

Managing Director

Nex Cubed

Dawood Khan, CMC, P.E.,CCP

Co-Founder and EVP

TransformationWorx

Hobson Lane, MS

Author & Data Scientist

Tangible AI

Bryan Liang, MD, JD, PhD

Professor Emeritus

UCSD School of Medicine

Gina Merchant, MS, PhD

Health Tech Consultant

Camile Nebeker, EdD

Assistant Professor

UCSD School of Medicine

Ramin Rafiei, PhD

Co-Founder and Partner

Reformulate Health

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This certificate requires an application before taking any courses. There will be a $25 fee to apply to this program. Students will also be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance. View the complete Certificate Registration and Candidacy Guidelines.