Graduate Courses in Health Care Innovation

Stand out with specialized courses from leaders in health care innovation, and learn tools to apply in your daily work.

Students in health care innovation courses.

Penn faculty members, staff members, and students currently enrolled in a Penn graduate degree program are invited to enroll in a selection of online courses from the Master of Health Care Innovation. Take courses individually according to your needs and interests, or complete four of these courses within two years to receive a Certificate in Health Care Innovation. This is a great way to sample courses before committing to the master's program. Credits from these courses may be applied toward the Master of Health Care Innovation degree. In these courses, you'll learn principles and processes that you can apply to challenges faced in work situations, and connect with other Penn health professionals who want to improve health care delivery through innovative solutions. These are online, graduate-level courses that confer academic course credits (0.5–1 CU per course). Eligible employees of the University of Pennsylvania and the Penn Medicine Health System may use employee tuition benefits to cover a portion of the cost. See Tuition and Billing below for more information.

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Certificate in Health Care Innovation

Students who take 4.0 CU (course units) of coursework within 2 years will earn a Certificate in Health Care Innovation. Or, students may take one or more individual courses at their own pace, without earning the certificate. To earn the certificate, which is granted by the Perelman School of Medicine, you must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 and complete 4 CU within two years. You can choose which courses to take, and they may be taken in any sequence. Each course is offered annually. The certificate will appear on your official University transcript, and you will receive a certificate diploma upon successful completion of the program. Credits earned in the Certificate in Health Care Innovation may be applied toward the Master of Health Care Innovation degree. Certificate students must be accepted to the Master of Health Care Innovation through the usual application process.

Quick Facts

Format Online
Academic credit 0.5–1.0 CU per course
Course length 8 weeks (1.0 CU courses) or 3 weeks (0.5 CU courses), with specified start and end dates
Time commitment 9–12 hours per week
Tuition and fees $5,499 per CU (at 2018-19 rates)
Eligible students Current Penn faculty, staff, and students already enrolled in graduate and professional programs
Number of courses to earn a certificate 4 CU within 2 years

Develop Better Solutions

In these courses, you will engage with internationally recognized leaders in health policy, behavioral economics, operations management, and health care innovation. Health Care Innovation courses are designed to enable students to do the following:

  1. Better position reforms or innovations in your organization based on national trends and emerging regulations.

  2. Enable a health care organization to improve its operations.

  3. Design new approaches to strategies affected by health behavior.

  4. Apply common empirical research methodologies to policy and program analysis.

  5. Lead high-impact innovation efforts in and beyond health care settings.

Courses and Schedule

Please note that courses are conducted online via Canvas, with a mix of asynchronous and synchronous work. Each course is 8 weeks (1.0 CU) or 3 weeks (0.5 CU) long with specific start and end dates. Students should expect to spend an average of 8–12 hours per week on a course. Most content is available on demand, so you can study at your convenience, on your own time. Online content includes: lecture videos, discussion forums, quizzes, assignments, readings, and supplementary resources. Weekly live discussions with the instructor are held via videoconferencing and are recorded for later review. Courses are offered annually. Schedule is subject to change.

Course Target Learners objectives

The American Health Care System
HCIN 600-001
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD
Fall 2018
September 4–October 29, 2018
1.0 CU

Clinicians
Administrators
IT professionals
Researchers

...who are interested in the national policy context for their workplace. Through this course, you will gain skills at adapting workplace policy to the changing national health policy landscape and advocating for health policy change.

Strategies for Health Insurance and Benefit Design
HCIN 608-001
David Asch, MD, MBA, and Kevin G. Volpp, MD, PhD
Fall 2018
September 4–September 24, 2018
0.5 CU**
Clinicians
Administrators
Researchers
...who seek a deeper understanding of some of the tradeoffs inherent in the approaches insurers are taking to provide greater value and health improvement for their beneficiaries.
Behavioral Economics and Decision Making
HCIN 602-001
Kevin G. Volpp, MD, PhD
Fall 2018
October 23–December 17, 2018
1.0 CU
Clinicians
Administrators
Researchers
…who are interested in testing and applying ideas from psychology to incentivize behavioral change in their workplace and among patients.  This course is project-oriented and does not require a background in economics.
Policymaking in Health Care
HCIN 615-001
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD
Fall 2018
October 30–November 19, 2018
0.5 CU**
Clinicians
Administrators
Researchers
...who want to understand how is health policy developed, decided, and executed by examining key health care legislation such as "Clinton Care," CHIP, and the ACA.
Driving Value in the System
HCIN 611-001
Lee Fleisher, MD
Fall 2018
November 27–December 17, 2018
0.5 CU**
Clinicians
Administrators
IT professionals
...who want to engage in understanding the current goals of improving value—defined by quality over costs—in the health care system and drivers of improved value. 

Transformation of Health Care in the Real World
HCIN 617-001
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD, and other experts
Spring 2019
January 2–February 25, 2019
1.0 CU

Clinicians
Administrators
Researchers
...who want to learn about successful transformative practices in various parts of the health care system, which will enable them to lead initiatives to transform their own medical organizations. This course is structured around a set of case studies of best practices that lead to better care at lower costs across an array of clinical settings.
Health Economics
HCIN 604-001
Guy David, PhD
Spring 2019
January 8–March 4, 2019
1.0 CU
Clinicians
Administrators
Researchers
...who have the on-the-ground skills of health care delivery and want to understand the logic of health care as an industry. This course is suited to quantitative thinkers who enjoy solving real-world analytical problems.

Health Care Operations
HCIN 601-001
Christian Terwiesch, PhD
Spring 2019
February 26–April 22, 2019
1.0 CU

Clinicians
Administrators
IT professionals
...who have been in their workplace long enough to observe and reflect upon procedures, and are interested in process improvement. In this course, you will develop the tools to clarify and implement your ideas.
Special Topics Pair:
Improving Global Population Health
& Health Disparities to Equity

HCIN 616-001
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA;
Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD
Spring 2019
April 30–June 10, 2019
1.0 CU
Clinicians
Administrators
Researchers
...who want to examine health disparities through a lens of population health, as well as health issues in low- to middle-income countries. This is a pairing of two 3-week course topics. In the first half taught by Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey, you will review causes of and policy approaches for health disparities and examine strategies for improving health equity through case studies and policy analysis. In the second half taught by Dr. Thirumurthy, you will apply an economics perspective to topics related to health in low- and middle-income countries and examine policy solutions to improving population health in these countries.

 

Course Policies

Course Credit and Grading

Each Health Care Innovation course is an online, graduate-level course that worth 0.5 to 1.0 CU of academic course credits. Like other graduate courses at Penn, students will receive a letter grade that appears on their official University of Pennsylvania transcript.  All assignments must be completed by the course's end date. If you have any concerns about completing an assignment or course on time, please reach out to your teaching assistants right away. Credits earned from these courses may be applied toward the Master of Health Care Innovation.

Withdrawal Policy

Penn credit courses in Health Care Innovation do not follow typical semester start and end dates. Thus the general University add/drop period dates do not apply*. See the Course Policies listed on your individual course's Canvas site for refund drop deadlines. Refunds will not be issued for courses dropped after their final drop deadline.

*If you have applied for federal educational loans, you must register for your courses by the University add deadline for that semester. See the LPS academic calendar for add deadlines in each semester.

incompletes

Students who do not complete required assignments by the last day of the course will receive a grade of I, or “Incomplete,” on their transcript. When the work is completed, the Incomplete will be changed to a letter grade. The deadline to complete assignments in an incomplete course is the last day of the following term (ex: Incompletes from Fall 2017 must be completed by the end of Spring 2018). See the Penn Academic Calendar for term end dates. If work is not completed by the deadline, the Incomplete becomes a Permanent Incomplete, and the course cannot be counted for credit or toward the Certificate. The student will be responsible for the full cost of the course.

 

Tuition

At Academic Year 2018–2019 rates, 1 CU will cost $5,499 (including tuition and technology fees).

charges cost per 1 cu (at Spring 2019 rates)
Tuition $5,193
General fee $125
Technology fee $181
TOTAL $5,499

Billing Procedures

Each semester, students register for courses online through Penn InTouch (PennKey login required). Graduate students from other Penn programs must contact Program Manager Katherine Ridella (kbuckl@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).

employee tuition benefits

University of Pennsylvania and health system employees may use tuition benefits toward these courses. Please note that tuition benefits differ between University employees and health system employees.

University Employees: Tuition benefits are available to full-time employees of the University of Pennsylvania for up to two course units (2 CUs) per semester. 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 University faculty and staff cover 100% of tuition, general, 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.

Health System Employees: Health system employees should contact their HR department about requesting tuition benefits. Full-time health system employees at participating entities may receive up to $5,250 in tuition assistance per calendar year toward non-degree courses. Part-time health system employees at participating entities may receive up to $2,625 in tuition assistance per calendar year toward non-degree courses.

 

Contact: Health Care Innovation Courses for Penn Affiliates

Questions? Contact Program Manager Katherine Ridella at 215-573-9378 or kbuckl@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.