Sebastian Fixson, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Innovation
We have found that experiential learning, and the active engagement of the student in the learning experience, is the most effective method for enabling students to develop the cognitive ambidexterity characteristic of an entrepreneurial leader.”
Professor Sebastian Fixson
Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Innovation at the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business, Babson College

In alignment with Babson’s tradition of entrepreneurial education excellence and our commitment to experiential learning, the KMH Center offers several opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to learn by doing in the health sector.

Anh Thu Le

Babson's Global Health Innovation program elevated my Babson education by teaming us up with students from around the world to figure out a solution to a complex problem. This experience isn't just about textbooks—it's about building practical skills to handle diverse cultures and tackle real-world challenges. It's not just theory; it’s about directly figuring out the root issue and putting our skills that we have learned at Babson into action that will impact real lives. As the world gets more connected, these skills are pure gold in any career.

Our project in Global Health Innovation Lab focuses on helping our partnered hospitals (HELP/HVisao) cut down on missed retinal surgery appointments. What's our solution? We're putting together a handy checklist for patients to make sure they're all set for their surgery. Right now, we're rolling out our minimum viable product—a brochure that doctors can tweak for each patient.”

Anh Thu Le '23

Flagship Course: Global Health Innovation Lab (OIM 3501/7506):

Healthcare entrepreneurship and innovation are central to improved health outcomes, economic development, and societal well-being. However, there is still a lack of healthcare entrepreneurs and investment. For example, USAID’s Center for Innovation and Impact reports a $371 billion annual investment gap by 2030 from achieving the health Sustainable Development Goals in low and middle income countries.

To encourage innovation and investment in global health, The Healey Center partnered with the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) to found our first Global Health Innovation Lab in 2021 sponsored by the McGovern Foundation. Leveraging an experiential learning framework, joint UGHE and Babson student teams are paired with health organizations in Rwanda to address organizational challenges using design thinking, digital health and technology, and product, process and service innovation management. We also host virtual healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship seminars that are open to the general global public. Most recently in 2023, we partnered with Unifacisa University founded by the family of Dr. Diego Gadelha MBA’22 for the first cohort of Global Health Innovation Lab in Brazil.

To date, six UGHE-Babson student teams (27 students to date) and five Unifacisa-Babson student teams (30 students to date) are currently developing, testing, and implementing innovations to support the following organizations via the course:

For example, our initial pilot team worked with Rwandan National Union for the Deaf and developed a platform to improve communications between deaf and illiterate patients and providers using images. In addition, over 60 participants from around the world have attended our healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship Seminar Series through the UGHE-Babson Global Health Innovation Lab.

For more information, please contact Faculty Directors: Dr. Rex Wong, (Rwanda), Marcelo Lara (Brazil), Dr. Wiljeana Glover (Rwanda and Brazil)

Aliya Bloom

This [Global Health Innovation Lab] class was the most pivotal, impactful, and hands-on course I have taken at Babson. This course helped me expand my worldview perspective.”

Aliya Bloom ’22

Health Science, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Courses

  • OIM 3501: Global Health Innovation Lab
  • MFE 3534: Management Consulting Field Experience (HC/LS Specific Project)
  • EPS 4515: Affordable Design and Entrepreneurship (HC/LS Specific Project)
  • OIM 3536: Scaling Lean Ventures (HC/LS Specific Project)
  • SOC 4620: The Sociology of Health and Medicine
  • SCN 3601: Triumphs and Trials in the Pharma Industry
  • SCN 3635: Human Nutrition
  • SCN 3660: Human Health and Disease
  • ECON 232: Health Economics (Wellesley Course)
  • ECON 332: Advanced Health Economics (Wellesley Course)
  • SOC 314: Global Health and Social Epidemiology (Wellesley Course)
  • ECN 7555 Healthcare: Markets, Analytics and Strategies
  • EPS 7539 Future Trends and Entrepreneurial Ventures (HC/LS Specific Project)
  • EPS 9504 Health & BioTech Ventures Ecosystems
  • EPS 9507 Food Entrepreneurship (HC/LS Specific Project)
  • MBA 7800 Babson Consulting Experience (HC/LS Specific Project)
  • MFE 7500: Mgmt Consulting Field Consulting (HC/LS Specific Project)
  • MOB 7518: Solving Big Problems (HC/LS Specific Project)
  • OIM 7503: Experiment to Scale
  • OIM 7506: Global Health Innovation Lab
  • Independent Research (HC/LS Specific Project)
Arthur Loureiro Arruda

Global Health Innovation Lab and Unifacisa: Extension Project

Arthur Loureiro Arruda

How has the Global Health Innovation Lab impacted your student experience?
I considered myself a student relatively distant from the standard scale, at least compared to most of my peers, due to the fact of me being more eager to participate in activities other than only studying. However, I was still too afraid of approaching ideas where I didn’t have enough control before the Global Health Innovation Lab (GHIL) experience. Due to the fact of being in a different language from my mother tongue, I was really worried about being judged or not being able to achieve the expectation we would face.

Although not having a lot of difficulties with the English language, due to having been enrolled by my parents in language courses from a young age, I would never imagine an opportunity like this to put my knowledge to test. At first I was shocked to have been selected to participate and really excited to work with everyone, but the fear factor was also there to pull me down.

However, throughout the experience, with the assistance of the professors and my group peers, I was beginning to feel more confident to express myself and be less afraid of making mistakes. The experience sort of gave me some peace of mind that as a human being I’m not supposed to be right all the time. Also, through the GHIL experience, I could expand my horizons due to all the different backgrounds from everyone we met.

This experience also made me look inwards upon myself and see some traits I could work on improving. So, to summarize, I guess that this experience made me a better version of myself, someone braver, eager to work on achieving my goals, a humbler person, someone that may count on others instead of doing everything on my on, and also was an opportunity of making connections that greatly added to my perspective of the world, and not to see my path as something black and white.

In what (concrete/measurable) ways do you hope that the projects will impact HELP/HVisao?
There are three main ideas that we want to develop during this semester. The first one is focused on developing a software to manage the patients calls and messages. Knowing that, it could be a chatbot or something like that to automate this task, we are looking for something more feasible, not only for our reality, but something that can be done by the deadline. Also, there will be the development of a brochure to approach the patients before the surgeries, giving them a guide of what must be done before and after the surgery in order to have the most of it without problems. This brochure is the first draft of what can be done, because there may be changes on the idea to make it more appealing to the public.

The second idea involves a layout shift on the patients exam results. Our main stakeholder involves all of Unifacisa’s healthcare system. However, to achieve that, we need to work with their exam supplier, a company named Pró-Sangue. We are in contact with them in order to start to implement our prototype ideas, to further begin the testing with the control group and see if the idea can really impact people's lives.

As for the third idea, it will only be implemented if there is time on the schedule to do so. It consists of building a website or an app to ease the patients communication with HELP, because through the app, the patients would be able to contact the employees, in a similar way to the first idea and access their exam results. These are the first and more crucial ideas the group has discussed until the moment, but it is envisioned to be a platform to better address the patients needs about setting appointments and all the other resources they need from the hospital.

So, the impact of these ideas, each in your own way, is giving people a better experience on their healthcare procedures. That can be achieved by allowing them to have a better comprehension of what is going on, to be more active on their appointments by understanding better what their exam results mean, to have an easier way of contacting the health care services and accessing their exam results. Having access to more information to better assist them throughout the surgery processes. And as a cycle, the moire people helped, may lead to more people seeking Unifacisa’s Healthcare system, which will lead to more data to improve even more the ideas, what will result in a better service for the population.