Program Overview

In a selection of online courses from the Master of Health Care Innovation (MHCI), you can study timely topics, such as:

  • health policy

  • behavioral economics

  • health equity

  • operations management

  • health care innovation

The faculty are active in their fields and recognized internationally for their work. Course lectures draw on their experience and interviews with guests, all delivered in brief videos with original slides to reinforce your learning. Learn principles and processes that you can apply to challenges faced in work situations, and connect with other professionals who are committed to improving health care.

Complete 4 courses within 2 years to receive a Graduate Certificate in Health Care Innovation.

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courses in 2 years to earn a certificate


Tap into faculty expertise to broaden your perspective on health care and apply what you learn to your work, as together we improve health care.

    • Gain specialized knowledge.
    • Practice tools for your workplace.
    • Expand innovation and leadership skills.
    • Earn academic credits.


Learn from world-renowned faculty whose research gives them direct experience in changing health care.

  • Health Care Innovation Faculty are leaders in designing, researching, and evaluating ways to increase access to health care, reduce costs, change behaviors, and improve efficiencies. They bring to the online classroom frontline experience and teaching expertise from the Perelman School of Medicine, Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Transformation and Innovation, the Wharton School, Penn Carey Law, Penn Nursing, Stuart Weitzman School of Design, Penn Engineering, and the School of Social Policy and Practice.

Certificate Structure

Complete 4 courses within 2 years to receive a Graduate Certificate in Health Care Innovation.

  • Online courses in the Graduate Certificate in Health Care Innovation confer academic course credits (1 CU per course).

    Courses are 6 weeks long and designed for working professionals. Each week follows a pattern of asynchronous learning through brief videos, readings, written discussions with classmates, and real-world projects and assignments, using the online learning platform Canvas. A 1-hour live class meeting provides the opportunity to engage directly with the instructor and classmates, including Master of Health Care Innovation students. Expect to spend 12–15 hours per week on coursework.


Graduate Certificate students take courses with Master of Health Care Innovation students.

  • Graduate Certificate students include:

    • University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine employees
    • Penn graduate and professional students
    • External professionals with a focused area of interest in health care innovation

    During Academic Year 2023–2024, tuition and fees for one course (1 CU) total $6,296. Federal financial aid is not available for the Graduate Certificate.

    Eligible employees of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine may use employee tuition benefits to cover a portion of the cost.