Case Western Reserve University Public Health Entrepreneurship Program

Case Western Reserve University, 2005 - $28,000

While entrepreneurship is generally associated with the initiation of new, profit-seeking enterprises, the opportunistic and innovative nature of entrepreneurial pursuit could also prove enormously beneficial to public health initiatives. Faculty from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, collaborating with the Science Entrepreneurship Program (SEP), are developing the nation's first Public Health Entrepreneurship Program (PHEP) at Case Western Reserve University. The PHEP develops public health scientists empowered to create ventures and grow them successfully, either as entrepreneurs or "intrapreneurs" within established organizations. The PHEP initiative consists of three new courses in Public Health Entrepreneurship, available to all Case Western students, as well as alterations in the existing Capstone course for PHEP students, a PHEP seminar supporting new ventures, integration and collaboration with faculty and students in the SEP, and a Public Health Entrepreneurship Innovation Fund, which provides seed money to support innovative technology and research for public health entrepreneurship projects.

Students participate in the program through a fifteen-credit-hour certificate program, a track in the Master's in Public Health program, or the completion of the existing MBA/MPH program with an emphasis on public health entrepreneurship. E-Teams, encouraged to develop in each PHEP course, form around student and faculty interests. Student innovations are supported by PHEP leadership and management training as well as resources in the Schools of Medicine and Management. Each PHEP student has a mentor from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics or the School of Medicine, and is connected with other mentors through the SEP's Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program.