The final application deadline is June 1.

Applying to the Program

The Master of Health Care Innovation 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 contribute to a diverse network of innovative thinkers and leaders passionate about improving health care, 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

The application for August 2022 is open. Contact Program Manager Katherine Ridella with any questions:

Application DeadlineS get your decision matriculation begins

Early Access Deadline:  Feb 15, 2022

3–4 weeks after the deadline August 2022
Final Deadline: MAY 1, 2022 3-4 weeks after the deadline August 2022
Extended Deadline: JUNE 1, 2022 4 weeks after the deadline August 2022





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

To be considered as an applicant for the Master of Health Care Innovation, all application materials (including completed application form, official transcripts, and recommendations) must be received by the application deadline. Admissions are not rolling and applications will be reviewed immediately following each deadline.

EARLY ACCESS deadline: February 15, 2022 (decisions sent in late March) - Receive exclusive access to a conversation between faculty member Zeke Emanuel and UniteUs CEO Dan Brillman about addressing social determinants of health. Applicants accepted from the February deadline are invited to a special live meet 'n' greet in the spring to start connecting with fellow students!
Final deadline: May 1, 2022 (decisions sent in late May). Recognizing the demands on work and life these days, we are offering an extended application deadline of June 1.
Program begins: August 21, 2022

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
    • Note: Applicants whose transcripts are in a language other than English must use WES ICAP service to submit transcripts translated into English.
  • 2 recommendation forms. Recommendations should come 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 with a link asking them to respond to questions in a recommendation form. No letters are required.

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What to Share in Your Application

  • Your ability to successfully complete the coursework, master the skills presented, and satisfy the requirements of the program.
  • Your potential to become a leader in health care innovation, with the capacity to influence your current or future workplace, whether at a team level or across an entire health care system. Show us that you are in—or are on your way toward—an environment that will allow you to put those skills to work.
  • Your specific career goals and why this is the right program for you.
  • How your experience and perspective will contribute to both the cohort and the program’s mission: to forge a diverse network of innovative thinkers and leaders passionate about improving health care.

International Applicants

Please note that students in the Master of Health Care Innovation are not eligible for an F-1 student visa. While there is no on-campus component for the 2020-2021 academic year, students may be required to attend a seminar on campus in subsequent years. We would communicate this far enough in advance to allow you sufficient time to arrange for a B-1 visitor visa. Penn's International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) could assist you with obtaining the visa.

Disclosure for non-US prospectives and students: The MHCI degree program is offered by the University of Pennsylvania, an institution of higher education authorized to confer degrees and certificates conferring academic credit under applicable laws of the United States. Students who are interested in participating in the program from countries other than the United States are advised that each jurisdiction may have its own laws and regulations governing online educational programs, and some jurisdictions may not recognize course credit or an online degree awarded by the University as satisfying local requirements for professional licensure, employment qualification, or other purposes. Before enrolling in this program, prospective students should investigate their jurisdiction’s treatment of foreign online programs to ensure that participation in this program will meet their objectives.

Disclaimer Regarding 2020 Academic Performance

Recognizing the challenges of teaching, learning, and assessing academic performance during the COVID-19 pandemic, Penn’s admissions committees for graduate and professional programs will take the significant disruptions of the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 into account when reviewing students’ transcripts and other admissions materials as part of their regular practice of performing individualized, holistic reviews of each applicant. In particular, as we review applications now and in the future, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Pass/Fail and other grading options during the period of COVID-19 disruptions. An applicant will not be adversely affected in the admissions process if their academic institution implemented a mandatory pass/fail (or similar) system for the term or if the applicant chose to participate in an optional pass/fail (or similar) system for the term. Penn’s longstanding commitment remains to admit graduate and professional student cohorts composed of outstanding individuals who demonstrate the resilience and aptitude to succeed in their academic pursuits.

Contact Information

For questions about applying, please contact the Program Manager:

Katherine Ridella