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, allowing for deeper connections between 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.

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 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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Leadership and Legal Issues in Health Care

This course applies expert insights and teaching from business and law perspectives to health care. 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. 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.

Taught by  Theodore Ruger, JD and Michael Useem, PhD

Health Law Fundaementals

Sample Lecture: Law of Termination and Abandonment

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Health Care Leadership in an Era of Patient Empowerment

Sample lecture: Leading in an Era of Uncertainty and Change

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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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Summer 2022: Strategies of Health Insurance and Benefit Design & Driving Value in Health Care

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 Health Care. We explore methods for analyzing value drivers and survey strategies to improve value (defined as quality over cost) in a health care system. Most policy experts agree that by focusing on value, we can align incentives for different groups within the health care system to address our most pressing problems. This course gives you the tools to do that by examining topics including the determinants of value, methodologies for understanding value drivers, and real-world examples of improving value through quality improvement. Through your work, you will identify gaps in quality, track inefficiencies in the patient experience, and ultimately build a persuasive presentation focused on reducing low-value care.

Taught by Lee Fleisher, MD


Sample Lecture: Employer-Sponsored Insurance

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

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Summer 2022: From Health Disparities to Health Equity & Ethics in Health Care Innovation and Research

From Health Disparities to Health Equity. 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 Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, PhD

Paired with 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


Sample lecture: Introducing the course

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Sample lecture: Ethics and Trial Design

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