The MHCI application deadline is May 1.

Master of Health Care Innovation Alumni

The Class of 2020 came together from across the health care industry—and the United States and beyond—to form a close network for collaboration, support, and friendship. As physicians, nurses, researchers, consultants, executives, and administrators, they are a blend of established and aspiring leaders. MHCI alumni work for academic medical centers, health networks, private practice, consulting firms, and pharmaceutical companies. 

MHCI Class of 2020 Graduation Photo Screen
Penn's MHCI Virtual Graduation, May 2020.

During their pursuit of the MHCI degree, students discovered how to balance their studies while working full time and managing busy family lives. Many of the competencies developed throughout the program were directly and immediately applicable to their work: negotiation, analytical thinking, creativity and idea generation, complex problem-solving, networking, and leadership. Numerous alumni have received increased responsibilities in their roles and others achieved promotions, in part made possible by the MHCI program. 

2 Graduating Classes
31 Alumni
43 Percent earned new jobs or promotions
14 Average years of work experience

Penn MHCI Commencement

At the second annual Penn MHCI Commencement, Kevin Mahoney, CEO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System urged students to "help push health care to a new beginning." He reminded us all to be inclusive in our thinking about delivering health care and, for the students, proposed they "innovate for the good to help eliminate social disparities and those social determinants of health that still get in our way."

Kevin Mahoney, CEO Penn Health System
Kevin Mahoney addresses the MHCI Class of 2020 in a virtual  commencement ceremony.

What Are MHCI Alumni Prepared to Do? 

Penn MHCI alumni are prepared to improve health care and lead transformation in diverse ways, including: 

  • Shaping health policy development and human behavior in health care.  
  • Competing for higher-level jobs with sharpened skills in policy analysis, evidence building, and decision making.  
  • Drawing upon a global network of innovative thinkers as they improve the processes of care and increase value of health care services. 

Penn MHCI students consistently state that through the program, they acquired knowledge and skills not obtained in medical school or business school, or even on the job. 

"The MHCI program has been beneficial in my role at Brown Emergency Medicine in a variety of ways—developing a better framework for operations, exploring value-based contracting with the insurers,  and furthering my understanding of health care policy. The quality of the teaching in the program was outstanding. Our cohort was a terrific group of highly-talented, collaborative people from all aspects of healthcare."

Gary Bubly, MD, MHCI, FACEP, Vice Chair for Clinical Integration and Innovation, Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine and Clinical Professor of Medicine, Brown Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Alpert Medical School of Brown University 




“The MHCI has allowed me to confidently approach operational issues that affect my work. I’ve successfully applied techniques learnt in this program to systemic issues that prevented projects from achieving full potential. MHCI teaches how to use proven concepts and solutions from other industries and apply them to health care.” 

Atul A Kalanuria, MD FACP MHCI, Director, Penn Neurocritical Care Fellowship Program, Director, Penn Neurocritical Care Clerkship, Assistant Professor, Division of Neurocritical Care, Department of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Anesthesia and Critical Care 




Who Are Our MHCI Alumni?

They are accomplished professionals from across the health care industry, including: 

  • Academic medical schools
  • Consulting organizations
  • Large and small health systems
  • Pharmaceutical companies

Graduates of Penn’s MHCI program have become more innovative thinkers and leaders, whether in their current roles, in shaping new positions for themselves, or in advancing to different employers.

Four students at Penn's commencement, May 2019.


MHCI Alumni Profile

Transforming Care: Aimee Ando, DO, MHCI 

Aimee Ando, DO, MHCI, began the Master of Health Care Innovation program as a Family Medicine physician within Penn Primary Care. During her studies, she advanced to a new position, Associate Medical Director of Practice Transformation and Director of Diversity and Health Equity of Penn Primary Care. She now travels to practices within the health system to get the perspective from different offices and see where progress can be made in delivering even better care. 

What have you taken away from the program that you think is most valuable to your work? 

“The biggest takeaway for me has been that making change is something that is really hard, takes time, yet is worthwhile and, in fact, critical to pursue. Learning alongside colleagues in various specialties and fields in medicine who share the same ethos and commitment to innovation has been invaluable to maintaining the resilience, sense of humor, and tenacity needed to continue to show up fully to the work each day. The relationships that I have made with my fellow classmates as well as learning from faculty that are best-in-class in their respective fields have already provided an immeasurable return on the investments I have made in these last two years.” 

Read the full post, “A Newcomer to Health Innovation Shares Her Experience,”  from Penn Medicine News

MHCI Alumni Benefits

Upon graduation, MHCI students attain alumni status of the University of Pennsylvania, becoming part of the tradition of a university that was founded in 1740.  

Penn Alumni enjoy access to benefits such as QuakerNet (Penn’s networking platform for alumni from across all Penn schools), select library resources, continuing education opportunities, and more.

How our alumni stay connected

MHCI alumni are very active and maintain contact with the Master of Health Care Innovation in a variety of ways, including: 

  • Attending Alumni Day during the annual seminar 
  • Sharing skills during MHCI Speaker Series webinars and attending Series events 
  • Presenting during Virtual Info Sessions for prospective students 
  • Serving as teaching assistants for MHCI courses 
  • Acting as alumni ambassadors for the program
  • Connecting on the alumni LinkedIn group
  • Founding, leading, and contributing to the Society for HealthCare Innovation 
  • Serving on the MHCI Admissions Committee 
  • Keeping up-to-date on program news with a quarterly newsletter

Become an MHCI Student or Professional Development Learner 

Be a part of the MHCI network and the University of Pennsylvania alumni network. Join this esteemed group of individuals and apply for the MHCI.


Not ready for a full master’s degree but interested in learning more about health care innovation?  Explore our online professional development courses. 

professional development

Contact our MHCI team

If you have questions, please contact Program Manager Katherine Ridella by email ( or telephone, 215-573-9378.