Program Overview

Professional Development online courses in health care innovation from Penn’s Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy (MEHP) are tailored for busy professionals seeking to create solutions to health care challenges. Renowned faculty from the Perelman School of Medicine, the Wharton School, and the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation share their expertise in approachable, brief lecture videos and interviews. These noncredit online courses are 4 weeks long with specified start and end dates. Set aside 6 to 8 hours per week to deepen your knowledgebase, sharpen your skillset, and gain new perspectives.

weeks per course
hours per week
$1,000 per course

Course Topics

Amplify your impact on health care  by investing in your professional development.

    • Influence choices for better health.
    • Assess health disparities.
    • Lead with confidence.
    • Innovate on a budget.
    • Prepare for successful transformation.


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Learning Online

Courses are tailored for busy professionals seeking to address health care challenges.

  • Framed by start and end dates, Professional Development online courses provide a flexible yet motivating structure. Courses are organized to build your skills each week, culminating in final project deliverables. 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.”

    Videos, readings, discussions, practice activities, and assignments are available to fit your learning to your schedule. Weekly deadlines provide structure. And even though they are asynchronous, courses are interactive. Successful participation requires actively engaging with ideas from course materials and with the other health care professionals in your class.

    In a typical course week, you will spend about 6 to 8 hours:

    • Watching brief lecture videos.
    • Reading authoritative articles.
    • Analyzing and applying course concepts, and learning from your classmates, in discussion forums.
    • Synthesizing your knowledge in practice activities.

    Courses also include opportunities to pose questions or reflections for instructors to address in a recorded video, without having to set aside time in your crowded schedule. 

    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.

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Complete a brief enrollment form and register today.

  • Enrollment in one Professional Development course costs $1,000. Ask your HR office if you can use professional development (noncredit) training funds toward your enrollment.

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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.


See individual courses for sample video, dates, and more. Offerings subject to change.


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