Graduate Certificate in Health Care Innovation

Who can enroll in courses for the Graduate Certificate in Health Care Innovation?

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


How can I earn the Graduate Certificate in Health Care Innovation?

Students earn a Graduate Certificate in Health Care Innovation by successfully completing 4 courses within 2 years. Courses are offered annually. Students who do not wish to earn the certificate may take one or two courses at their own pace.

Can I take one course by itself?

Yes, you may take 1 or more courses at your own pace, or successfully complete 4 courses within 2 years to earn the certificate.


How do I sign up?

Individuals interested in taking a single course or signing up for the certificate should fill out the short application form. The Program Manager will manager will contact you upon review. Current Penn students should navigate to our permit request form to request permission for upcoming Health Care Innovation (HCIN) Courses. You may sign up any time throughout the year, and courses may be taken in any sequence. A course schedule is available online.

How much time will I spend on coursework?

Courses are 6 weeks long. Students spend about 12-15 hours/week on coursework. This includes time both in and outside of class: reading articles, working on assignments, taking quizzes, watching lecture videos, etc.

Will there be required sessions at specific times?

There will be a weekly interactive session with the faculty member, some of which will be live one-hour videoconferences scheduled at a specific time. The schedule for live video sessions will be distributed ahead of time, and recordings of these sessions will be made available. Otherwise, class materials (lecture videos, readings, etc.) are available on-demand within the course start and end dates.

What if I can’t make it to a live video session?

All live ("synchronous") class meetings are recorded for later viewing. You should make every effort to attend the live session, but if you can’t, you can watch the recording. Be sure to answer the survey question at the end of the recording to get attendance credit for the session.

Can I use my tuition benefits towards these courses?

Eligible employees may use tuition benefits toward these courses. The Human Resources website provides more information on tuition benefits for University employees. Health system employees should consult their HR representative for more information.

I have a question about the course material or an assignment. Who should I contact?

The Course Assistants are the first line of support when it comes to course material and assignments. Their names and email addresses are listed near the top of the course’s Home page in Canvas. If you are having technical issues within the course itself, please contact Other questions can be directed to a Program Manager at

Can credits earned in the Graduate Certificate in Health Care Innovation be counted toward the Master of Health Care Innovation?

Yes. Credits earned in the Graduate Certificate in Health Care Innovation may be counted toward the Master of Health Care Innovation, if the credits were earned no more than 4 years prior to matriculating into the master's program. Some exceptions may apply.