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Education Research International
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 312810, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/312810
Research Article

Entrepreneurship Education in Health Care Education

1Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku, Lemminkäisenkatu 1, 20014 Turku, Finland
2Turku School of Economics, TSE Entre, University of Turku, Finland
3Department of Nursing Science, Hospital District of South-West Finland, University of Turku, Turku, Finland

Received 28 May 2014; Revised 13 October 2014; Accepted 20 October 2014; Published 11 November 2014

Academic Editor: Yi-Shun Wang

Copyright © 2014 L. Salminen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This study describes the content of entrepreneurship education in health care education and the kinds of teaching methods that are used when teaching about entrepreneurship. Health care entrepreneurship has increased in many countries in recent decades and there is evidence that entrepreneurs have also a role in public health care. Therefore the health care professionals need to be educated to have the entrepreneurial skills. Education in the field of health care is still based on traditional forms of teaching and does not give enough attention to the issue of becoming an entrepreneur. The data was collected from teachers via e-mail from six Finnish polytechnics. The data were analysed statistically and the open-ended questions were analysed via content analysis. Approximately 23% of the teachers had taught about entrepreneurship. The most popular teaching methods were company visits and cases, lecturing, and project work. The courses dealt with establishing a company, entrepreneurship in general, and marketing. Nearly all of the teachers had cooperated with the entrepreneurs or with the companies in question. Approximately 33% of the teachers took entrepreneurship into consideration often in other courses related to entrepreneurship.