The Master of Health Care Innovation’s electives allow students to explore topics that complement their professional interests and core studies. Class sizes are somewhat smaller, and students may deepen their connections with students with related interests.

Elective courses address the following subjects: 

  • Digital strategies and expectations 
  • Using data 
  • AI and predictive analytics 
  • Value and quality
  • Health economics 
  • Leadership 
  • Fundamentals of health law. 

Faculty draw from the Perelman School of Medicine, the Wharton School, and Penn Carey Law.  

Each elective is offered once per cohort. Over 6 weeks of rigorous study, students earn 1.0 CU, the equivalent of a semester-length course.  

Course Descriptions

See below for a course overview and sample video for the MHCI electives:  

Course details and faculty are subject to change. This page will be updated accordingly

Courses offered through Summer '22: Ethics in Health Care Innovation and Research, From Health Disparities to Health Equity, Strategies for Health Insurance and Benefit Design

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. The first 4 weeks of the course explores the impact of connected strategies in general and, in particular, the opportunities they present in health care delivery. The 2-week workshop portion of the course presents a roadmap to create a connected strategy for your organization or service.

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

Connected Health Care

A segment on examples of connected customer experiences from Connected Health Care

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Digital Health

A new course is being created to address leveraging technology for innovation, with consideration of patient-centered care, equity, and ethical issues.
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Driving Value and Improving Quality

A new course is being created to provide students with quality improvement tools and strategies to improve cost.
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Health Care Leadership and Law

This course applies expert insights and teaching from business and law perspectives to health care. The leadership content focuses on how to develop your skills and apply them in health care settings and your community to lead through crisis, create organizational direction, set strategy, and achieve goals. The law portion 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.

Taught by Michael Useem, PhD and Theodore Ruger, JD

Health Care Leadership in an Era of Patient Empowerment

Sample lecture: Leading in an Era of Uncertainty and Change

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Health Law Fundaementals

Sample Lecture: Law of Termination and Abandonment

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Health Economics

This course explores the application of economic principles to the health care sector. By recognizing the importance of scarcity and incentives, course content focuses on the critical economic issues in producing, delivering, and financing health care. You will learn to analyze determinants of demand for medical care, the unique role of physicians in resource allocation, the role of health insurance, and competition in medical care markets.

Taught by Guy David, PhD

Health Economics

A segment on the roles of sellers, buyers, and product in the context of a health care system, from Health Economics

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Using Data for Transformation

A new course is being created on how to draw meaningful insights from data in order to use it to propel your organization forward. Topics include predictive analytics and AI.
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