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Applying to the Program

The Master of Health Care Innovation degree is an online degree program that aims to develop current and future leaders in health care innovation through top-tier, engaging education delivered by faculty experts from across the University of Pennsylvania. If you are a mid-career health professional who wants to learn how to improve health care delivery, the Master of Health Care Innovation degree was designed for you.


Who should apply?

Master of Health Care Innovation students are working professionals—both clinicians and non-clinicians—with diverse backgrounds in health care and related fields. Students are problem-solvers who learn from each other, grow together as a cohort, and create a network of innovators.

Examples of professionals who would benefit from this degree include, but are not limited to:

  • Experienced and aspiring clinician-leaders—including physicians, nurses, and other providers—who want to move into health policy or other health systems administration and management.
  • Non-clinician professionals in health care organizations who hold or aspire to leadership roles.
  • Executives, managers, and those aspiring to leadership roles in the drug, device, and insurance industries.
  • Government employees and contractors working in federal, state, and local health agencies and insurance departments.
  • Experienced and aspiring policymakers.
  • Health care consultants and technologists.
  • Researchers in health-related fields.
  • Lawyers practicing in health-related fields.
  • Health care industry sales.
  • Health care venture capitalists.

Applicants looking to transition into health care with relevant experience are encouraged to contact Program Manager Katherine Ridella (, 215-573-9378) to discuss potential alignment and gaps among your experience, the MHCI curriculum requirements, and your goals.

International applicants are welcome to apply.


Applicants must possess:

  • A Bachelor's degree with evidence of strong academic performance.
  • At least 3 years of work experience in a field related to health care.
    • Applicants with significant work experience outside health care who are looking to transition into a health care setting will be considered, but they must demonstrate in their personal statement—in addition to the standard content—how their experience positions them to influence health care and how they will contribute to a cohort largely comprising current health care professionals.
  • English language proficiency (e.g., degree from an English-language institution, web video interview).
  • Basic technology skills (e.g., ease with email, office productivity programs, Internet use, video viewing) and high-speed Internet access for online education.

The University of Pennsylvania is an approved institutional participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. For more information, visit

This program has had a positive impact on my ability to shape future research and value-based health care strategies. I am confident in my knowledge of the health care system, how it works, where it has been, and where it is likely headed in the future.

– Kim, class of 2019


Application Deadlines

Decisions are sent to applicants 3–4 weeks after the deadline. Contact Program Manager Katherine Ridella with any questions:

Application Deadline get your decision matriculation begins
Early deadline:
February 14, 2020
3–4 weeks after the deadline August 2020
Final deadline:
May 1, 2020
3–4 weeks after the deadline August 2020

Application Guidance

Learn what the Admissions Committee will be looking for in your MHCI application, in a brief article by MHCI Assistant Faculty Director Holly Fernandez Lynch, JD, MBE.

How to Apply

Read tips from Assistant Faculty Director Holly Fernandez Lynch, JD, MBE to strengthen your application. The following components are required:

  • A completed online application form.
  • A current résumé/CV, uploaded to the online application form.
  • Personal statement (2 to 3 pages), uploaded to the online application form, that explains the following:
    • why you are interested in pursuing the online Master of Health Care Innovation degree
    • how the program aligns with your current professional situation and future goals
    • what skills you hope to learn
    • how you plan to use them
    • NOTE: Applicants with significant work experience outside health care who are looking to transition into a health care setting must also include:
      • how your experience positions you to influence health care
      • how you will contribute to a cohort largely comprising current health care professionals.
  • An official transcript from each university or professional school at which you have completed coursework towards a degree. Transcripts should be sent directly from the granting institution to Katherine Ridella via secure email at, or mailed as a hard copy to: Katherine Ridella, MHCI Admissions, 423 Guardian Drive, Blockley Hall Room 1417, Philadelphia PA 19104.
    • Note: Applicants whose transcripts are in a language other than English must use WES ICAP service to submit transcripts translated into English.
  • Letters of recommendation from 2 professional supervisors, mentors, or academic instructors who can reflect on how they anticipate you will benefit from the MHCI  program and your capacity to apply what you learn to lead innovation in health care.
    • Note: You will be asked to enter your recommenders' contact information in the online application form. Recommenders will automatically receive an email asking them to upload their letter to the application system.

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International Applicants

International applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible to allow you enough time to arrange for a B-1 visitor visa in order to attend the on-campus Health Care Innovation Seminar. Penn's International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) can assist you with obtaining the visa. Please note that students in the Master of Health Care Innovation are not eligible for an F-1 student visa.

Contact Information

For questions about applying, please contact the Program Manager:

Katherine Ridella