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 Taught by Internationally Recognized Faculty

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, the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics, and the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation.

Prepare for the unpredictable future: Learn from Zeke Emanuel, leading policymaker and influential advisor, how our health care system became so complex, and why some reform efforts failed and others succeeded.

Influence choices for better health: Learn from Kevin Volpp, a leading figure in the study and application of behavioral economics in health care, about how people’s actions and biases influence their health behaviors.

Improve operations: Learn from Christian Terwiesch, Wharton professor and operations expert, about how to use a systematic approach for targeting waste and inefficiency.

Innovate on a budget: Learn from Roy Rosin, chief innovation officer of Penn Medicine’s Center for Health Care Innovation, about techniques for identifying problems, testing hypotheses, and using iterative development to realize ideas for improving 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.

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 interact with instructors without having to set aside time in your crowded schedule.

Who takes these courses

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or new to health care, 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.”

Courses in Health Care Innovation

Courses run throughout the year, so you can match your studies to your schedule and interests. For all course descriptions or select an individual course to explore more.

Health Care Leadership — Michael Useem, PhD: May 5–June 1, 2020

From Health Disparities to Health Equity — Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA: June 2–29, 2020

Driving Value in the System — Lee A. Fleisher, MD: August 4–31, 2020

Transforming Health Care Delivery — Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD: October 13–November 9, 2020

Strategies for Health Insurance and Benefit Design — Kevin G. Volpp, MD, PhD: November 17–December 14, 2020

See individual course pages for sample video, dates, and more.

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 optimize work processes and manage change and innovation. From a specialized health care angle, you will refine your business acumen, too.

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.

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 (or more) 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

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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.