Professional Development Courses
in Improving Health Care
Penn's Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy offers online courses for professional development in health care innovation throughout the year. Taught by expert faculty, the courses are noncredit and pass/no pass, allowing you to focus on practical learning. Take individual courses according to your needs and interests, or complete 4 in 1 year to earn a Professional Development Certificate.
Online, noncredit courses are 4 or 6 weeks long with specified start and end dates. Course content is available for you to learn on your own schedule within a weekly structure. In a typical course week, you will:
- Watch brief lecture videos
- Read authoritative articles
- Connect course concepts to your own work and a broader context in written discussions with your classmates
- Further explore ideas with colleagues outside the course and practice putting your new knowledge to work
Courses also include opportunities to interact with instructors.
"The reading materials, assignments, reading others' responses has made me think really hard about ideas and concepts that I wouldn't have thought of otherwise." – Professional Development learner
"The material is riveting and easy to follow. For each class I ask, 'What can I use and quickly apply to my world?'" – Professional Development learner
Courses and Faculty
Take courses with internationally recognized leaders in health policy, behavioral economics, operations management, leadership, and health care innovation. The program brings together Penn faculty from the Perelman School of Medicine, the Wharton School, the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics, and the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation. Courses run throughout the year, so you can match your studies to your schedule and interests.
|Connected Health Care||Christian Terwiesch, PhD and Nicolaj Siggelkow, PhD||4 weeks||August 6 - September 3, 2019|
|Health Economics||Guy David, PhD||8 weeks||August 6 - September 30, 2019|
|The American Health Care System||Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD||6 weeks||October 1-November 11, 2019|
|Health Care Leadership in an Era of Patient Empowerment||Michael Useem, PhD||4 weeks||October 29-November 25, 2019|
|Foundations of Behavioral Economics||Kevin G. Volpp, MD, PhD with Rachele Hendricks-Sturrup, DSc||4 weeks||January 14-February 3, 2020|
|Translating Ideas Into Outcomes||David Asch, MD, MBA and Roy Rosin, MBA||6 weeks||February 4-March 16, 2020|
|Evaluating Health Policy and Programs||Amol Navathe, MD, PhD||4 weeks||March 10-April 6, 2020|
|Health Care Operations||Christian Terwiesch, PhD||6 weeks||April 7-May 18, 2020|
|Health Care Leadership in an Era of Patient Empowerment||Michael Useem, PhD||4 weeks||May 5-June 1, 2020|
|Foundations of Behavioral Economics||Foundations of Behavioral Economics||4 weeks||June 2-June 29, 2020|
Key information about the professional development courses in improving health care is below. For more details, see Fees & Policies.
|Type of credit||Noncredit|
|Course length||4 or 6 weeks, with specified start and end dates|
|Time commitment||8 hours/week, at your convenience|
All available on-demand during the course:
Lecture and interview videos
|Instructor interaction||Asynchronous question-and-answer sessions with instructors|
Current health care leaders
Managers and individuals who aspire to contribute in a leadership capacity
Professionals who are new to health care
Health care administrators
Digital health teams and IT professionals
Entrepreneurs and innovative thinkers
|Technical requirements||Courses are available via Penn Canvas. They require reliable high-speed Internet access, particularly for viewing lecture videos.|
|Number of courses to earn a certificate||4 courses in 1 year|
4-week courses are $1,000
6-week courses are $1,500
Sign up for a 4-course Certificate and pay in advance for savings and exclusive benefits
Want More Rigor?
If you want to dive deeper into studying and applying these areas, with more networking and faculty interaction, consider the Master of Health Care Innovation degree.