Managing and Leading Data Driven Innovation

The University of Edinburgh
Course summary
Postgraduate Education
5 weeks
960 GBP excl. VAT
Online courses

Course description

Managing and Leading Data Driven Innovation

Successful implementation of data-driven innovation depends on managing organisational culture and structures, management models (policies, practices and processes), tools and technologies, behavioural and attitudinal change in service users and other stakeholders within and across health, social and care services systems. This course highlights the importance of effective leadership, understanding organisational contexts, workflows and routines, and user cultures and preferences when designing, planning and delivering data-driven health, social and care services. This course introduces the main theories and methods from the management and organisational sciences relevant to health, social and care services. It explores management and effective leadership in data-driven innovation, drawing on examples from the health, social and care services sector. In later weeks, the course will focus on case studies from the health and social services sector and data science; involving service user data. Students will use these case studies to learn how to make complex decisions based on incomplete data or contested information with uncertain consequences about effective leadership and what is needed to manage and appraise change effectively.

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Entry Requirements

This course is aimed at current managers and aspiring leaders in the health and social care sector and therefore we expect our students to have qualifications or work experience in such environments (e.g. NHS National Services, Acute/Community/Public health), third sector organisations, social services, nursing homes, pharmaceutical companies, diagnostic laboratories, etc.).

You should be educated to a degree level as this course is catering for those seeking postgraduate academic credit. However, professionals who are involved with managing services and caseloads and have 5 years of work experience may also apply even if they do not hold a degree qualification.

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English Language Requirements

You must be comfortable studying and learning in English if it is not your first language.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

ECTS Credits: 5

On completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate and apply a critical understanding of leadership and organisational change management principles and the challenges and blockers in leading and managing data-driven innovation.
  2. Apply logical, analytical and problem-solving skills to design practical leadership and change management approaches to influence change in data-driven innovation within and across the health, social and care service sector.
  3. Critically reflect on decision making and problem-solving skills in leading and managing data-driven health, social and care services.


Course fees for 21/22 are £960, but funded places are available for people employed, unemployed or furloughed in Scotland who meet Scottish Funding Council eligibility criteria.

Determining eligibility for a funded place for upskilling takes a number of things into account, including fee status, but also location of employer.

Please contact the provider for more information.

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The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50*, and placed 16th in the 2022 QS World University Rankings. Our entrepreneurial and cross-disciplinary culture attracts students and staff from across the...

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