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    Certificate Requirements

    The Graduate Certificate in Health Care Innovation is open to current Penn staff, faculty, and graduate or professional students with approval from their program, as well as individuals with health care or relevant work experience. Submit the application form; the program manager will contact you upon review.

    To earn an online Graduate Certificate in Health Care Innovation, you must:

    1. Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.

    2. Complete 4.0 CU of coursework within 2 years.*

    *Partner programs may have varying or additional requirements.


    During Academic Year 2024–2025, tuition and fees for one course (1 CU) totals $6,542. Note that Academic Year rates go into effect in the Summer term.

      COST PER 1 CU
    Tuition $6,224
    Online Service Fee $156
    Technology Fee $162
    TOTAL $6,542


    Registration and Billing

    Each semester, students register for courses online through Penn InTouch (PennKey login required). Graduate students from other Penn programs must contact Program Manager Caitlin O’Neill (MEHPonline@pennmedicine.upenn.edu) for a permit.

    Electronic bursar bills are sent out by Student Registration & Financial Services after course registration has been processed. Bills are delivered via email on a monthly schedule. You can pay your bill online, by mail, in person, or by wire transfer. Billing questions should be addressed to Student Financial Services at 215-898-1988. NOTE: Bursar bills are sent to your email address on record in the Penn Directory. Please be sure your correct email address is listed (see Update Directory Listings).

    Financial Aid and Employee Tuition Benefits

    This program is not eligible for Title IV financial aid. Penn faculty and staff may use tuition benefits toward this program.

    University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine employees may use tuition benefits toward these courses. Please note that tuition benefit policies differ for University employees and health system employees.

    Penn Employees

    Tuition benefits are available to full-time employees of the University of Pennsylvania for up to 2 course units (CUs) per semester (Spring, Summer, and Fall). Confirm that you are eligible for University employee tuition benefits. University employees must request tuition benefits during each semester they will be used. Tuition benefits for Penn faculty and staff cover 100% of tuition, online services, and technology fees for each eligible course. However, please be aware that graduate programs at Penn are subject to withholding based upon government IRS regulations. These regulations may result in you paying a portion (up to 36%) of course costs out of pocket. Find out about the taxability of graduate benefits and what this can mean for your out-of-pocket costs.

    More information about the University employee tuition benefit is available from Penn Human Resources.

    Penn Medicine Employees

    UPHS employees should consult the Employee Self Service website for information about benefit policies, eligibility, and processes. Full-time health system employees at participating entities may receive up to $5,250 in tuition assistance per calendar year toward nondegree courses. Part-time health system employees at participating entities may receive up to $2,625 in tuition assistance per calendar year toward nondegree courses.



    If you have questions, please contact Caitlin O'Neill, Program Manager for Online Educational Initiatives, at 215-746-3971 or MEHPonline@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.

    For additional Information, see our FAQ page.