Professional Development in Health Care Innovation

Penn's Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy (MEHP) online professional development courses in health care innovation, taught by expert faculty, will deepen your knowledgebase, sharpen your skillset, and broaden your field of vision. Through discussions with classmates from across the health care spectrum, you will gain new perspectives on improving health care. Become a stronger contributor and problem solver at your workplace and beyond.

4 weeks per course
8 Hours per week
4 Courses in 1 year to earn a certificate
$ $1000 per course

Online Courses to Improve Health Care

Framed by start and end dates, courses provide a flexible yet motivating structure. Work on learning activities on your own schedule to meet weekly deadlines, which help the class progress together. Interaction with various professionals in your courses enhances your learning. Explore all course descriptions or select an individual course.

Foundations of Behavioral Economics — Kevin G. Volpp, MD, PhD: September 6–October 3, 2022
Influence choices for better health: Learn about how people’s actions and biases influence their health behaviors. 

From Health Disparities to Health Equity —Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, PhD based on lessons originally created by Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA: October 18–November 14, 2022 and May 30-June 26, 2023
Assess health disparities: Learn about designing strategies to improve health equity, and how social determinants affect health and policies. 

Health Care Leadership — Michael Useem, PhD: January 31-February 27, 2023
Lead with confidence: Learn about leading through crisis, leading a team of teams, and building your own leadership schema.

Foundations of Health Care Innovation — Roy Rosin, MBA: March 14–April 3, 2023
Innovate on a budget: Learn about techniques for identifying problems, testing hypotheses, and using iterative development to realize ideas for improving health care.

Transforming Health Care Delivery — Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD:  April 18-May 15, 2023
Prepare for successful transformation: Learn best practices for transforming health care delivery and evaluating what makes them successful.

See individual course pages for sample video, dates, and more. Course offerings and details are subject to change.

Professional Development Certificate in Health Care Innovation

By completing 4 courses in 1 year, you can earn a Professional Development Certificate. Choose which online health care innovation courses will help you to manage change and inform transformation.

Then, share your accomplishment on LinkedIn and your résumé. And share your learning with your team, clients, and organization. Your expanded knowledgebase, sharper skillset, and broader perspective will prepare you to manage and thrive in the unpredictable future of health care.

The Online Professional Development Experience

Courses are designed by experts at the University of Pennsylvania—yet tailored for busy professionals seeking to create solutions to the health care challenges of tomorrow. Online, noncredit courses are 4 weeks long with specified start and end dates. Course content is available for you to learn on your own schedule within a weekly structure.

Renowned faculty share their expertise in approachable, brief lecture videos and interviews in Penn MEHP's online Professional Development courses in health care innovation. Faculty are drawn from the Perelman School of Medicine, the Wharton School and the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation.

Course activities provide practical experience while building on academic roots—including historical context and research-based evidence—to fortify and strengthen your work. The pressure of grading is removed by a pass/no-pass system, and exercises are evaluated on a professional scale: “highly skilled,” “skilled,” or “needs development.”

In a typical course week, you will spend about 8 hours doing the following:

  • Watching brief lecture videos.
  • Reading authoritative articles.
  • Connecting course concepts to your own work and a broader context in written discussions with your classmates.
  • Exploring ideas with colleagues outside the course and practicing putting your new knowledge to work.

Courses also include opportunities to pose questions for instructors without having to set aside time in your crowded schedule.

"My experience with From Health Disparities to Health Equity was beyond outstanding and impactful. The timing of this course intersected with the national focus on both the killing of George Floyd and the impact of Covid-19 on communities of color. It was the perfect vehicle to enhance my knowledge of these issues, and as a healthcare research employee, to be able to provide fact based information to my supervisors and co-workers." Phyllis A. Scott, MA, Geisinger Health System

Who takes these courses

Seasoned veterans and those new to health care find that professional development courses provide context and connections to improve health care quality, delivery, and cost effectiveness.

Join the numerous health care leaders, managers, directors, executives, physicians, nurses, care coordinators, administrators, consultants, and others who have already benefited from these courses.

“People are able to concentrate on their niches, while collaborating  with the group as a whole. Participants challenge you to think about some things differently.” Quote from a recent learner.

Professional Development Enrollment 

Amplify your impact on health care with a manageable investment of time and dollars in your career. Penn MEHP’s online professional development courses allow you to continue working while you deepen your knowledgebase, sharpen your skillset, and gain new perspectives.

  • Cost of a 4-week course: $1,000

Ask your HR office if you can use professional development (noncredit) training funds toward your enrollment.

Receive a discount if you pre-pay for 4 courses in a single transaction. When you successfully complete 4 courses in 1 year, you can earn a Professional Development Certificate.

Visit the Fees and Policies page for more details.

Enroll to start improving health care

Take the next steps:

enroll in courses

Contact us to learn more about your professional development

If you have questions, please contact Caitlin O'Neill, Program Manager for Online Educational Initiatives, at 215-746-3971 or

Master of Health Care Innovation 

If you want to dive deeper into studying and applying these areas, with more networking and greater faculty interaction, consider the Master of Health Care Innovation degree.