Expand your innovation and leadership skills: learn tools to apply to your daily work, and network with health care professionals.

In a selection of online courses from the Master of Health Care Innovation (MHCI), you can study timely topics such as health policy, behavioral economics, operations management, leadership, and health care innovation, taught by internationally recognized leaders. Learn principles and processes that you can apply to challenges faced in work situations, and connect with other professionals who are committed to improving health care.

  6 weeks per course | 12-14 hours per week | 4 courses in 2 years for Certificate

Complete 4 courses within 2 years to receive a Certificate in Health Care Innovation. This is a great way to sample courses before applying to the MHCI.

Online courses in the Graduate Certificate in Health Care Innovation confer academic course credits (1 CU per course). Current Penn graduate and professional students may earn a certificate or take a course as part of their own degree studies.

During Academic Year 2021–2022, tuition and fees for one course (1 CU) totals $5,872. Eligible employees of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine may use employee tuition benefits to cover a portion of the cost. See below for more information.

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Online Course Experience

Courses are conducted on the online learning platform Canvas. Courses are 6 weeks long and designed for working professionals. Each week follows a pattern of asynchronous learning through brief videos, readings, written discussions with classmates, and real-world projects and assignments, plus a 1-hour synchronous class. Students should expect to spend 13–15 hours per week on coursework.

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Courses and Schedule

FALL 2021 COURSES

OBJECTIVES

The American Health Care System
HCIN 600-001
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD

Aug 31–Oct 11, 2021

Learn about the historical development of the American health care system and policies from the turn of the twentieth century to the present. Apply this knowledge to current health care conditions, and innovative reform in health care. (Full course description.)

Evaluating Health Policy and Programs
HCIN 603-001
Amol S. Navathe, MD, PhD

Sept 7–Oct 18, 2021

Study the fundamental empirical methods to analyze health policy and programs. Explore the application of these methods using case studies of existing health policies and programs. Apply the frameworks to evaluate and recommend real-world policies and programs. (Full course description.)

Health Care Operations
HCIN 601-001
Christian Terwiesch, PhD

Oct 19–Dec 3, 2021
 

Learn systematic approaches for analyzing and improving health care activities. Apply operations management tools to quantify activities, and mitigate negative impacts without sacrificing quality of care. (Full course description.)

Translating Ideas Into Outcomes
HCIN 607-001
Roy Rosin, MBA

Sarah Rottenberg, MA

Oct 26–Dec 6, 2021
 

Learn to apply innovation methodologies to improve health care experiences for patients, clinicians, and organizations. Design experiences that catalyze the spread of desirable behaviors. Practice idea generation, problem definition, and testing to develop innovative solutions to pressing health care problems with solutions that scale. (Full course description.)

 

SPRING 2022 COURSES

OBJECTIVES

Health Economics
HCIN 604-001
Guy David, PhD

Jan 11–Feb 21, 2022

Learn about the role of economics as it applies to health care, and critical economic issues related to producing, delivering, and financing care. Apply this knowledge to identify and assess critical concerns, including the demand for health care, competition in medical markets, and policy instruments. This course does not require a background in economics. (Full course description).

Leading Change in Health Care
HCIN 617-001
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD

Jennifer S. Myers, MD, FHM, FACP

Feb 22–Apr 4, 2022

Learn about successful transformative practices that can improve care delivery in medical organizations, clinical practices, and community health programs through case studies, interviews, and lectures. Hear real-world practitioners discuss transformative principles for delivering better care at lower costs across an array of clinical and operational settings. Employ guiding principles to assess the feasibility of transformation, determine organizational priorities, and implementation methods. (Full course description.)

Behavioral Economics and Decision Making
HCIN 602-001
Kevin G. Volpp, MD, PhD

Mar 1–April 11, 2022

Build your knowledge of how humans make decisions within various environments. Explore case studies that apply ideas from psychology to incentivize behavioral change. Use this knowledge to critique existing programs, and design new approaches to address challenges in a range of health care settings. This course does not require a background in economics.  (Full course description.)

 

SUMMER 2022 COURSES

OBJECTIVES

Strategies for Health Insurance and Benefit Design & Health Law Fundamentals
 

Dean Ted Ruger

Dates TBD

Health Insurance and Benefit Design (Volpp) advances your understanding of recent trends in health insurance and the complexity of benefit design, including some of the trade-offs insurers and employers are taking to provide greater value for their beneficiaries. Use this knowledge to analyze programs and identify opportunities for future innovation in health insurance and benefit design.

Health Law Fundamentals (Ruger) examines the legal and regulatory aspects of health care in the United States, including statutes, regulations, common law, and market forces, and discusses how they shape the health care system. Utilize this knowledge to analyze the validity and scope of policy documents that govern health care in the United States and evaluate complex scenarios in terms of health law.

This 6-week course pairs two 3-week topics. (Full course description.)

Connected Health Care & Applying Connected Strategy Workshop
HCIN 610-001
Christian Terwiesch, PhD

Nicolaj Siggelkow, PhD

Dates TBD

There is probably no other industry for which connectivity will be as transformative as in health care delivery. The first 4 weeks of the course examines the impact of connected strategies in general, and in particular, the opportunities they present in health care delivery. The final 2 weeks—the Applying Connected Strategy workshop—offers a roadmap for creating a connected strategy for an organization or service where you create a portfolio of work to build upon or use as a guide in the future. (Full course description.)

From Disparities to Health Equity & Health Care Leadership
 

Michael Useem, PhD

Dates TBD

From Health Disparities to Health Equity (Jenkins) examines historical and contemporary causes of health disparities and offers frameworks for conceptualizing and assessing them. Case studies and interviews with policymakers and clinicians explore real-world approaches to remediate social determinants of health. Apply this knowledge to design a strategy to improve health equity, and ultimately, population health.

Health Care Leadership in an Era of Patient Empowerment (Useem) examines the concepts, experience, and skills to develop a personal and organizational leadership strategy. Using cases, exercises, and anecdotes, explore the foundations and techniques for leadership. Apply leadership frameworks to analyze and advise upon organizational and team leaders' strengths and challenges, and create a plan to lead through a crisis.

This 6-week course pairs two 3-week topics. (Full course descriptions.)

Driving Value in Health Care & Ethics in Innovation and Research
HCIN 612-001
 

Steven Joffe, MD, MPH

Dates TBD

Driving Value in Health Care (Fleisher) focuses on drivers of value in health care—defined as quality over costs—and quality across the domains of health care. Use this framework and knowledge to explain costs in health care and quantify the quality of care delivered within a health system, hospital, or from a provider.

Ethics in Health Care Innovation and Research (Joffe) summarizes key events and the history of research ethics, and examines the ethics of research proposals using a systematic framework. Apply this learning to help explain proposals to participants, and justify proposals to funders, institutional review boards, or research ethics committees.

This 6-week course pairs two 3-week topics. (Full course descriptions.)

Schedule is subject to change.

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Partnerships with Other Graduate Programs

Current graduate students in Penn programs can enroll in the Graduate Certificate in Health Care Innovation (HCIN) to enhance their studies with targeted focus on health policy, behavioral economics, operations management, leadership, and health care innovation. The following programs have an existing relationship with the HCIN program.
Bioengineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Master of Bioengineering students can pursue a certificate in Health Care Innovation in combination with their current degree studies. Bioengineering students can select any 4 HCIN courses but should contact their administrator to review curriculum.

MS in Nonprofit Leadership, School of Social Policy and Practice

Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership students are able to pursue a Graduate Certificate in Health Care Innovation in combination with their current degree studies. Interested students should contact the Administrative Director of the NPL Program and visit the program website to learn more about the specific requirements.

MSN Healthcare Administration, School of Nursing

MSN Healthcare Administration students can pursue a certificate in Health Care Innovation in combination with their current studies. To earn the certificate students must take NURS540 Current Issues in Health and Social Policy in addition to 3 HCIN courses. Interested students should contact the administrator.

MSN Health Leadership, School of Nursing

MSN Health Leadership students can pursue a certificate in Health Care Innovation in combination with their current studies. To earn the certificate students must take NURS540 Current Issues in Health and Social Policy in addition to 3 HCIN courses. Interested students should contact the administrator.

Master of Public Health, Perelman School of Medicine

Master of Public Health students can pursue a certificate in Health Care Innovation in combination with their current degree studies. To earn the certificate, students can count the core course, PUBH 505, Intro to Public Health Policy and Administration, in addition to three HCIN prefix courses. In pursuit of this certificate, students should plan to use 3 of their electives to take these HCIN prefix courses. Interested students should contact Moriah Hall at moriahh@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.

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Eligibility, Policies, and Grading

Eligibility

The Graduate Certificate in Health Care Innovation is open to current Penn staff, faculty, and graduate or professional students with approval from their program, as well as individuals with health care or relevant work experience. Submit the application form; the program manager will contact you upon review.

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Certificate Completion

To earn an online Graduate Certificate in Health Care Innovation, you must:

  1. Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  2. Complete 4.0 CU of coursework within 2 years.*

*Partner programs may have varying or additional requirements.

Course Credit and Grading

Health Care Innovation courses (denoted by HCIN in the course code) are online, graduate-level courses worth 1.0 CU each. As in other graduate courses at Penn, students will receive a letter grade that appears on their official University of Pennsylvania transcript. 

Courses are rigorous and intense, requiring 13 to 15 hours per week of coursework (most of it on your own schedule). Assignments have deadlines, and points may be deducted for late submissions. All assignments must be completed by the course's end date. Students concerned about completing an assignment or course on time should contact the teaching assistants right away.

Transfer into the Master of Health Care Innovation

Credits earned from courses taken in the Certificate of Health Care Innovation may be applied toward the Master of Health Care Innovation. Certificate students who wish to transfer into the master's program must be accepted to the Master of Health Care Innovation through the usual MHCI application process.

Withdrawal Policy

Graduate courses in Health Care Innovation are 6 weeks long each and do not follow typical semester start and end dates. Thus the general University drop period dates do not apply. See the Course Policies listed on your individual course's Canvas site for refund and drop deadlines. Refunds will not be issued for courses dropped after the final drop deadline.

Course Policies

Additional policies may vary by course. Please consult each course’s policies, which are linked at the bottom of the course’s Home page in Canvas.

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Tuition and Billing

During Academic Year 2021–2022, tuition and fees for one course (1 CU) totals $5,871. Note that Academic Year rates go into effect in the Summer term.

  Cost per 1 CU
Tuition $5,582
Online Service Fee $140
Technology Fee $150
TOTAL $5,872

 

Registration and Billing

Each semester, students register for courses online through Penn InTouch (PennKey login required). Graduate students from other Penn programs must contact Program Manager Caitlin O’Neill (MEHPonline@pennmedicine.upenn.edu) for a permit.

Electronic bursar bills are sent out by Student Registration & Financial Services after course registration has been processed. Bills are delivered via email on a monthly schedule. You can pay your bill online, by mail, in person, or by wire transfer. Billing questions should be addressed to Student Financial Services at 215-898-1988. NOTE: Bursar bills are sent to your email address on record in the Penn Directory. Please be sure your correct email address is listed (see Update Directory Listings).

Financial Aid

This program is not eligible for Title IV financial aid. Penn faculty and staff may use tuition benefits toward this program.

Employee Tuition Benefits

University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine employees may use tuition benefits toward these courses. Please note that tuition benefit policies differ for University employees and health system employees.

Penn Employees

Tuition benefits are available to full-time employees of the University of Pennsylvania for up to 2 course units (CUs) per semester (Spring, Summer, and Fall). Confirm that you are eligible for University employee tuition benefits. University employees must request tuition benefits during each semester they will be used. Tuition benefits for Penn faculty and staff cover 100% of tuition, online services, and technology fees for each eligible course. However, please be aware that graduate programs at Penn are subject to withholding based upon government IRS regulations. These regulations may result in you paying a portion (up to 36%) of course costs out of pocket. Find out about the taxability of graduate benefits and what this can mean for your out-of-pocket costs.

More information about the University employee tuition benefit is available from Penn Human Resources.

Penn Medicine Employees

UPHS employees should consult the Employee Self Service website for information about benefit policies, eligibility, and processes. Full-time health system employees at participating entities may receive up to $5,250 in tuition assistance per calendar year toward nondegree courses. Part-time health system employees at participating entities may receive up to $2,625 in tuition assistance per calendar year toward nondegree courses.

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Contact Us

If you have questions, please contact Caitlin O'Neill, Program Manager for Online Educational Initiatives, at 215-746-3971 or MEHPonline@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.

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For additional Information, see our FAQ page.

Professional Development Courses in Health Care Innovation

If you want to sharpen your skills with a lighter workload and in less time, consider the noncredit Professional Development Certificate in Health Care Innovation.

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