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 Courses in Health Care Innovation
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The Experience

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.

Course Title Faculty DURATION Dates
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

course descriptions

Quick Facts

Key information about the professional development courses in improving health care is below. For more details, see Fees & Policies.

Format Online
Type of credit Noncredit
Course length 4 or 6 weeks, with specified start and end dates
Time commitment 8 hours/week, at your convenience
Course Activities
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.


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