Graduate Courses in Health Care Innovation

Stand out with specialized courses from leaders in health care innovation, and learn tools to apply in your daily work.

Penn faculty members, staff members, and students currently enrolled in a Penn graduate degree program are invited to enroll in a selection of online courses from the Master of Health Care Innovation. Complete four of these courses within two years to receive a Certificate in Health Care Innovation. This is a great way to sample courses before committing to the master's program. Credits from these courses may be applied toward the Master of Health Care Innovation degree. Current graduate and professional students may take individual courses as electives towards their degree. In these courses, you'll learn principles and processes that you can apply to challenges faced in work situations, and connect with other Penn health professionals who want to improve health care delivery through innovative solutions. These are online, graduate-level courses that confer academic course credits (1 CU per course). Eligible employees of the University of Pennsylvania and the Penn Medicine Health System may use employee tuition benefits to cover a portion of the cost. See Tuition and Billing below for more information.

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Certificate in Health Care Innovation

Students who take 4.0 CU (course units) of coursework within 2 years will earn a Certificate in Health Care Innovation. Or, current graduate and professional students may take individual courses as electives for their degree, without having to complete the full certificate. To earn the certificate, which is granted by the Perelman School of Medicine, you must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 and complete 4 CU within a maximum of two years. You can choose which courses to take, and they may be taken in any sequence. Each course is offered annually. The certificate will appear on your official University transcript, and you will receive a certificate diploma upon successful completion of the program. Credits earned in the Certificate in Health Care Innovation may be applied toward the Master of Health Care Innovation degree. Certificate students who wish to transfer into the master's program must be accepted to the Master of Health Care Innovation through the usual application process.

Quick Facts

Format Online
Academic credit 1.0 CU per course
Course length 6 weeks per course, with specified start and end dates
Time commitment 12–14 hours per week
Tuition and fees $5,714 per CU (at 2020-21 rates)
Eligible students Current Penn faculty and staff, and students already enrolled in graduate and professional programs at Penn
Number of courses to earn a certificate 4 CU within 2 years

Develop Better Solutions

In these courses, you will engage with internationally recognized leaders in health policy, behavioral economics, operations management, and health care innovation. Health Care Innovation courses are designed to enable students to do the following:

  1. Better position reforms or innovations in your organization based on national trends and emerging regulations.

  2. Enable a health care organization to improve its operations.

  3. Design new approaches to strategies affected by health behavior.

  4. Apply common empirical research methodologies to policy and program analysis.

  5. Lead high-impact innovation efforts in and beyond health care settings.

Courses and Schedule

Please note that courses are conducted online via Canvas, with a mix of asynchronous and synchronous work. Each course is 6 weeks long with specific start and end dates. Students should expect to spend an average of 12–14 hours per week on a course. Most content is available on demand, so you can study at your convenience, on your own time. Online content includes: lecture videos, discussion forums, quizzes, assignments, readings, and supplementary resources. Weekly live discussions with the instructor are held via videoconferencing and are recorded for later review. Schedule is subject to change.

Course Target Learners objectives
The American Health Care System
HCIN 600-001
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD
Fall 2020
Sept 8–Oct 19, 2020
1.0 CU
Clinicians
Administrators
Researchers
IT professionals
...who are interested in the historical development of the American health care system and policies from the turn of the Twentieth Century to the present. This course will to you to apply this information as context to understand and advocate for reforms and innovation in health care–related fields. (Full course description.)
Evaluating Health Policy and Programs
HCIN 603-001
Amol S. Navathe, MD, PhD
Fall 2020
Sept 8–Oct 19, 2020
1.0 CU
Clinicians
Administrators
Researchers
...who wish to study the impact of policy and programmatic changes, and apply concepts to evaluating—and recommending—real-world policies and programs. This course provides an overview of fundamental concepts and empirical methods in the analysis of health policies and programs. (Full course description.)
Health Care Operations
HCIN 601-001
Christian Terwiesch, PhD
Fall 2020
Oct 27–Dec 7, 2020
1.0 CU
Clinicians
Administrators
Researchers
...who are interested in using a systematic approach for analyzing and improving their work in health care settings. This course offers an introduction to operations management, examining inefficiencies from waste, variability, and inflexibility and providing strategies for engaging in the ongoing process of reducing these negative impacts without sacrificing quality of care. (Full course description.)
Translating Ideas Into Outcomes
HCIN 607-001
Roy Rosin, MBA
Fall 2020
Oct 27–Dec 7, 2020
1.0 CU
Clinicians
Administrators
Researchers
IT professionals
...who want to apply state-of-the-art innovation methodologies to improve health care for patients, clinicians, and organizations. This course guides you through the development of innovation projects from idea generation, through problem definition, testing, and preparing for delivery. (Full course description.)
Health Economics
HCIN 604-001
Guy David, PhD
Spring 2021
Jan 12–Feb 22, 2021
Clinicians
Administrators
Researchers
IT professionals
...who are interested in learning about the critical economic issues in producing, delivering, and financing health care. This course applies economic principles to the health care sector, and analyzes determinants of demand for medical care, the unique role of physicians in resource allocation, and competition in medical care markets. (Full course description).
Leading Change in Health Care
HCIN 617-001
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD, Jennifer S. Myers, MD, FHM, FACP, and other experts
Spring 2021
Feb 16–Mar 29, 2021
1.0 CU
Clinicians
Administrators
Researchers
...who want to learn about successful transformative practices in various parts of the health care system, which will enable them to lead initiatives to transform their own medical organizations. This course is structured around a set of case studies of best practices that lead to better care at lower costs across an array of clinical settings. (Full course description.)
Behavioral Economics and Decision Making
HCIN 602-001
Kevin G. Volpp, MD, PhD
Spring 2021
Mar 2–April 12, 2021
1.0 CU
Clinicians
Administrators
Researchers
…who are interested in testing and applying ideas from psychology to incentivize behavioral change in their workplace and among patients.  This course is project-oriented and does not require a background in economics. (Full course description.)
Strategies for Health Insurance and Benefit Design & TBD
Kevin G. Volpp, MD, PhD & TBD
Summer 2021
May 4–June 14, 2021
1.0 CU
Clinicians
Administrators
Researchers
IT professionals
...who seek a deeper understanding of some of the tradeoffs inherent in the approaches insurers are taking to provide greater value and health improvement for their beneficiaries. (Full course description.)
Connected Health Care
HCIN 610-001
Christian Terwiesch, PhD & Nicolaj Siggelkow, PhD
Summer 2021
May 4–June 14, 2021
1.0 CU
Clinicians
Administrators
Researchers
IT professionals
...who are interested in how technology has allowed firms to fundamentally change how they connect with their customers. There is probably no other industry for which this development will be as transformative as in health care delivery. Wearable devices, smart pill bottles, and digestible sensors—all of these technologies, and many more, are associated with the promise of improving the quality of care while also making efficient use of resources. (Full course description.)
From Disparities to Health Equity
& Health Care Leadership

HCIN 616-001
TBA & Michael Useem, PhD
Summer 2021
June 22–Aug 2, 2021
1.0 CU
Clinicians
Administrators
Researchers
...who aim to alleviate health disparities in their community and lead effectively in their organizations. This 6-week course pairs two 3-week topics: From Health Disparities to Health Equity, taught by TBA, and Health Care Leadership in an Era of Patient Empowerment, taught by Michael Useem. In From Health Disparities to Health Equity, students will review the causes of and policy approaches for health disparities, and relate them to the specific discipline and interest of each student. In Health Care Leadership in an Era of Patient Empowerment, students will examine the concepts, experience, and skills for leading organizational development and change in hospitals, health centers, medical practices, and other health-care groups, administrations, and agencies. (Full course descriptions.)
Driving Value in Health Care & Ethics in Innovation and Research
Lee Fleisher, MD; Steven Joffe, MD, MPH
Summer 2021
June 22–Aug 2, 2021
1.0 CU

Clinicians
Administrators
Researchers
IT professionals

...who are interested in increasing the value of health care and in  ethical frameworks that guide health care innovation and research. In Driving Value in Health Care (Fleisher), students will engage in understanding the current goals of improving value—defined by quality over costs—in the health care system and drivers of improved value. In Ethics in Health Care Innovation and Research (Joffe), students will learn to critically evaluate the ethics of their specific research proposals, and will be prepared to justify their proposals to participants, funders and institutional review boards or research ethics committees. (Full course descriptions.)

 

 

Policies

Certificate Completion

To earn a Certificate in Health Care Innovation, you must:

  1. Complete 4.0 CU of coursework within a 2-year period;
  2. Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Course Credit and Grading

Master of Health Care Innovation courses (denoted by HCIN in the course code) are online, graduate-level courses worth 1.0 CU each. Like other graduate courses at Penn, students will receive a letter grade that appears on their official University of Pennsylvania transcript.  Assignments have deadlines, and points may be deducted for late submissions. All assignments must be completed by the course's end date. If you have any concerns about completing an assignment or course on time, please reach out to your 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 application process.

Withdrawal Policy

Penn credit 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 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.

 

Tuition

At Academic Year 2020–2021 rates, 1 CU will cost $5,714 (including tuition and fees).

charges cost per 1 cu (at AY2020-2021 rates)
Tuition $5,428
Online services fee $136
Technology fee $150
TOTAL $5,714

 

Billing Procedures

Each semester, students register for courses online through Penn InTouch (PennKey login required). Graduate students from other Penn programs must contact Program Manager Katherine Ridella (kbuckl@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 towards this program.

employee tuition benefits

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

University Employees: Tuition benefits are available to full-time employees of the University of Pennsylvania for up to two course units (2 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 University faculty and staff cover 100% of tuition, general, 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.

Health System 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 non-degree courses. Part-time health system employees at participating entities may receive up to $2,625 in tuition assistance per calendar year toward non-degree courses.

 

Contact: Health Care Innovation Courses for Penn Affiliates

Questions? Contact Program Manager Katherine Ridella at 215-573-9378 or kbuckl@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.