HSM 4575

About This Course

Innovation is the lifeblood of health care. It is the identification of unmet needs and ensuing modifications in health policies, practices, systems, products, and delivery methods that lead to improved patient outcomes. This course provides a foundational understanding and practical skills around innovation that you can confidently use throughout your health care career. Managers with these skills are highly valued by payers, providers, government agencies, and other stakeholder organizations.


Rebecca J. Davis
Rebecca Davis

MHA, University of Minnesota; BA, International Studies and Spanish, University of Kentucky

Ms. Davis is the operations administrator for the Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center and Department of Urology at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. She previously held leadership roles within Mayo Clinic, HonorHealth, and the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, for service lines including hematology, blood and marrow transplant, cellular therapy, gynecology, dermatology, and psychiatry/psychology. She focuses on empowering and leading multidisciplinary teams to accomplish program development, innovation, quality improvement, and service line growth. Rebecca is an instructor of healthcare administration in the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine and Science, Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), and Prosci® Certified Change Management Professional.

  • HSM 4575 – Innovation in Health Services
  • HSM 4596 – Health Services Management Internship
Gerard Niewenhous
Gerard Niewenhous

Master of Social Work, Tulane University; BA, Communications, University of Connecticut

Gerard has over 30 years of management experience nationally in health care systems and payer organizations, with emphasis on strategic planning, innovation, change management, and operations. His experience in health care systems covers development and delivery of services in rural and urban settings. His experience with payer organizations includes operations, business development, and quality improvement for employer, federal, and state lines of business. Gerard is particularly interested in pragmatic solutions that empower consumers and achieve better health outcomes. He is eager to help students become the next generation of health care leaders.

  • HSM 4541 – Health Care Finance
  • HSM 4575 – Innovation in Health Services

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