Course Overview

The primary objective of the course is to engage students in the modern day challenges affecting emerging economies, and to examine a range of entrepreneurial attempts to solve these problems. We hope that you will leave this course with a deeper understanding of the ways in which entrepreneurial action can effectively tackle major problems in emerging economies, by combining knowledge of historical causes, qualitative and quantitative evidence, and contextspecific knowledge of the commonalities and differences across emerging economies. This course previously ran with a more specific focus on healthcare in South Asia. For this current version, we have added a range of examples that expand the focus to emerging economies more broadly, and also a new module on Urbanization and Population Dynamics. Although many of our examples are drawn from healthcare interventions in South Asia, no prior knowledge of business, entrepreneurship, healthcare, or South Asia is required.


This is a self-paced course. All modules release simultaneously.


  • Orientation and Introductions
  • Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies
  • Process Innovation and Scale: Tertiary Healthcare
  • Branding: Food Security
  • Metrics & Action: Maternal Mortality
  • Creativity: The Role of Intellectual Property Rights
  • Partnering and Platforms: Mass Urbanization, Temporary Urbanization & and Population Dynamics


It is highly recommended that you obtain the following books written and co-written by the lead faculty for the course.

Specific readings for each module are linked in their respective sections of the course.

Assessment and Grading

  • Check for Understanding: 60% These questions appear within each lesson and measure your comprehension of the course material.
  • Self Assessment: 40% These questions ask you to evaluate your own performance in the discussion forum and your interactions with other learners in the course.

The primary mode of assessment in this course is self-assessment. You are required to watch all of the videos and read all of the background texts/websites that are provided. There are also “Checks for Understanding,” short assessments that seek to measure how well you understood the videos and other materials. The primary goal of the course is to stimulate thought and conversation regarding potential solutions to intractable problems related to health. As such, the self-assessment of participation that appears at the end of each module is the sole factor in grading and certification.

A Note about Grading

The platform will count your score on all graded assignments as a 0 until your work through each one within each lesson in the course. For example, a perfect score on Lesson 1 will still leave you with a very low score in the course because all of the other graded assignments are registered as a 0. Keep working through the assignments and you will see your score grow and improve.

D-Verified Certificate

To earn an ID-Verified Certificate of complete, you must earn cumulatively at least 70% across all graded items with in the course. You can find your score on the Progress page. The program provides certificates to those who have passed the course and verified their identity. If you pass the course you are eligible for a Verified Certificate. Your certificate will indicate you have successfully completed the course, but will not include a specific letter grade.