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    Learn how people’s actions and biases influence their health behaviors (Foundations of Behavioral Economics). Gain tools for designing strategies to improve health equity, and learn how social determinants affect health and policies (From Health Disparities to Health Equity). Prepare to lead through crisis, lead a team of teams, and build your own leadership schema (Health Care Leadership). Practice techniques for identifying problems, testing hypotheses, and iterating to improve health care (Foundations of Health Care Innovation). And explore best practices for successful change (Transforming Health Care Delivery).

    Who Takes These Courses?

    Seasoned veterans and those newer to health care find that Penn’s Professional Development online courses provide foundational knowledge and practical tools they can use to change health care. For example:

    • Administrators and clinicians from various divisions of an organization, empowered to apply their course lessons to their work as an innovation group.
    • Leaders, whether of small groups or large organizations, who want to improve their performance.
    • People who are inspired to address challenges around improving appointment scheduling, increasing efficiency, delivering care in a hybrid mode, or providing street medicine for people experiencing homelessness.
    • Managers who take a course with their directors, to develop allies in making their case for advancing equity.

    Join the numerous health care leaders, managers, directors, executives, physicians, nurses, care coordinators, administrators, consultants, and others who have already benefited from Professional Development online courses.

    Enroll now

    Course Overview

    Gain new insights and practice applying them in professional development courses in health equity, behavioral economics, leadership, transformation, and health care innovation. Courses are taught by internationally recognized leaders at the University of Pennsylvania, including 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 in improving health care. Courses are online and 4 weeks long, with specific start and end dates. A combination of self-directed and interactive learning activities allows for both flexibility and the opportunity to engage with fellow innovative health professionals.

    Please note that the course schedule is subject to change.

    How Much Do Courses Cost?

    $1,000 for a 4-week course

    Pre-pay for 4 courses upfront for savings and exclusive benefits. See Fees & Policies for more details.

    What Will I Learn and Do?

    Health Care Innovation courses are designed to help you address questions such as:

    • How do we advocate for increasing access, improving quality, and lowering cost?
    • What are the key financial and organizational challenges that health care delivery is currently facing?
    • How can I improve outcomes for my clients using behavioral economics concepts?
    • What can we learn from leaders about how to lead through crisis?

    "The course exceeded my expectations.  The material was comprehensive, thought provoking and in many ways inspiring.  While I expected to discover aspects of healthcare disparities that I was unaware of, I underestimated the complexities of the issue. The course material not only helped me rethink how I think about patient access but it taught me to think about all the different patient types to consider." Samantha Hidebird, a Healthcare Director for a biotech company on her experience in From Health Disparities to Health Equity

    If you want to dive deeper into studying and applying these areas, with more networking and faculty interaction, consider the online Master of Health Care Innovation degree.

    Course Schedule

    Framed by start and end dates, courses provide a flexible yet motivating structure. Work on learning activities on your own schedule to meet weekly deadlines, which help the class progress together. Interaction with various professionals in your courses enhances your learning.

    Foundations of Health Care Innovation — Roy Rosin, MBA: March 14–April 3, 2023
    Innovate on a budget: Learn about techniques for identifying problems, testing hypotheses, and using iterative development to realize ideas for improving health care.

    Transforming Health Care Delivery — Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD:  April 18-May 15, 2023
    Prepare for successful transformation: Learn best practices for transforming health care delivery and evaluating what makes them successful.

    From Health Disparities to Health Equity —Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, PhD based on lessons originally created by Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA: May 30-June 26, 2023
    Assess health disparities: Learn about designing strategies to improve health equity, and how social determinants affect health and policies. 

    See individual course pages for sample video, dates, and more. Course offerings and details are subject to change


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