Health Science Education Innovation Guiding Framework

Health science education (HSE) innovations have the potential to improve health and science outcomes by making scalable adjustments, modifications or transformations to existing science, health, and/or healthcare delivery resources, processes, or systems.  We developed an HSE Innovation Framework based on existing literature and input from HSE faculty, staff, and learners.  The framework is intended to help understand, promote, and evaluate education innovation ideas by using three domains known to drive education: impact, translation, scalability.



HSE innovation will lead to varying degrees of change.  These innovations should be evaluated based on the continuum of adjustments, modifications, or transformations of science, health, and/or healthcare delivery resources, processes, or systems rather than the binary success/failure distinction.


HSE innovations should aspire to translate findings into health and science outcomes.  They should aim to improve knowledge, skills, and other attributes that will advance healthcare or science practices and improve health or science outcomes.


HSE innovators often pilot their innovations locally (e.g., department or unit) and within a single health science domain, but it is also important to consider how these innovations can be adopted by others at single, multiple, or nation-wide organizations (and beyond) and across the learner continuum.

To learn more about this framework, please read our Harvard Macy Institute’s Community Blog published in September 2020.