The Master of Health Care Innovation offers numerous elective courses, in which two complementary subjects are paired into a 6-week course. Choose 2 elective pairs to complement your core course study and professional interests. Faculty draw from the Perelman School of Medicine, the Wharton School, and Penn Law. Course details and faculty are subject to change, and this page will be updated accordingly.

CONNECTED HEALTH CARE: Connected Health Care (6 weeks with a workshop)

LEADERSHIP & HEALTH EQUITY: Health Care Leadership in an Era of Patient Empowerment & From Health Disparities to Health Equity: Policy Implications

LAW & ETHICS: Health Law Fundamentals & Ethics in Health Care Innovation and Research

VALUE & HEALTH BENEFITS: Driving Value in the System & Strategies for Health Insurance and Benefit Design

Course Descriptions

Connected Health Care

Technology has allowed firms to fundamentally change how they connect with their customers. Rather than having occasional, episodic interactions—where customers realize they have an unmet need and then look for ways to fill it—firms are striving to be continuously connected to their customers, providing services and products as the needs arise, even before customers become aware of them. 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. This course explores the impact of connected strategies in general, and in particular the opportunities associated with them in health care delivery.

Taught by Christian Terwiesch, PhD, and Nicolaj Siggelkow, PhD

1.0CU, including a workshop for deeper exploration in applying course concepts

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Driving Value in the System

Engage in understanding the current goals of improving value—defined by quality over costs—in the health care system and drivers of improved value. Most policy experts agree that by focusing on value we will be able to unite the different groups within the health care delivery system to help fix our current issues. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to discuss the different payer drivers to increase value including the implications on local care paradigms as well as how to measure quality, measure cost, deliver an elevator speech for resources to improve value, and select tools to implement a project to improve value.

Taught by Lee Fleisher, MD

Paired with Strategies for Health Insurance and Benefit Design

Driving Value in the System

Sample Lecture: History of, and Approaches to, Quality Measurement

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Ethics in Health Care Innovation and Research

This course explores a framework for conducting research, including process improvement experiments, in health care. We will review the history of research ethics and traditional guidelines and codes, and will describe federal regulations governing biomedical and behavioral research. We will then delineate a commonly accepted framework for evaluating the ethics of research and how this framework applies to several systems research projects. Upon completing this course, learners will be able 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.

Taught by Steven Joffe, MD, MPH and Emily A. Largent, JD, PhD, RN

Paired with Health Law Fundamentals

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From Health Disparities to Health Equity: Policy Implications

This course will review the causes of and policy approaches for health disparities, and relate them to the specific discipline and interest of each student. We will explore health equity within the context of population health while examining some strategies for improving health equity through case studies and policy analysis. Understanding the role social determinants of health play in improving health status for populations is critical for health equity policies and will be examined in the course.  Upon completion of this course, you will be able to identify health disparities and social determinants of health that adversely affect populations’ health due to their social, economic, and environmental conditions, and apply strategies for improving health equity and creating opportunities for all populations to live up to their full health potential.

Taught by Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA

Paired with Health Care Leadership in an Era of Patient Empowerment

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Health Care Leadership in an Era of Patient Empowerment

Leadership is required to create organizational direction, set strategy, and achieve goals. This course focuses on concepts, experience, and skills for leading organizational development and change in hospitals, health centers, medical practices, and other health-care groups, administrations, and agencies. It draws on writings, cases, exercises, and your own experience to explore the foundations and techniques for organizational leadership. Upon completion of the course, you will be better able to exercise leadership in your work and community, apply leadership concepts in building teams and teams of teams, lead through crisis, design reward systems for motivating individuals and teams, and develop a high-performance architecture and culture.

Taught by Michael Useem, PhD

Paired with From Health Disparities to Health Equity: Policy Implications

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Health Law Fundamentals

Examine the legal and regulatory aspects of the United States health care delivery and financing systems. This course explores how statutes, regulations, common law, and market forces help or hinder three major goals of policy makers: increasing access, reducing cost, and improving quality. We will examine the Supreme Court’s rulings on the ACA and other legal aspects of modern health care reform. Casebook readings are supplemented by government publications, academic articles, and policy materials. The course also includes extensive additional readings on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Learners who successfully complete this course will be able to describe the laws, regulations, common law and market forces that shape our health care system and identify areas where ideas and innovation are needed; explain the malpractice system and how it influences medical practice; and analyze legal aspects of the ACA.

Taught by Theodore Ruger, JD

Paired with Ethics in Health Care Innovation and Research

Health Law Fundamentals

Sample Lecture: Law of Termination and Abandonment

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Strategies for Health Insurance and Benefit Design

Recent efforts to increase the amount of health produced through health insurance benefits relative to the cost have utilized a number of strategies. These have included high deductible health plans, price transparency, value-based insurance design, simplifying health plan designs, and providing incentives geared to influencing utilization. In this course, we will discuss some of the main challenges facing health insurers, efforts to reduce growth in entitlement spending, and research that uses on the effectiveness of different strategies to modify behavior through the use of incentives embedded within health insurance design. This course will emphasize both understanding and practical applications of this knowledge through a combination of lectures and interviews with expert practitioners. Following completion of this course, students will have 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.

Taught by David Asch, MD, MBA, and Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD

Paired with Driving Value in the System

Strategies for Health Insurance and Benefit Design

Sample Lecture: Employer-Sponsored Insurance

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