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 currently enrolled graduate and professional students are invited to enroll in a selection of core 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 later applied toward the Master of Health Care Innovation. 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. The courses are online, graduate-level courses that carry full academic credits (1 CU per course) and tuition. 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 have the option of taking Health Care Innovation courses individually, or taking four courses to earn a Certificate in Health Care Innovation. 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 four courses within two years. You can choose which four courses to take, and they may be taken in any order. 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.

Quick Facts

Format Online
Academic credit 1 CU per course
Course length 8 weeks, with specified start and end dates
Time commitment 8–12 hourse per week
Tuition and fees $5,746 per CU (at Spring 2018 rates)
Eligible students Current Penn faculty, staff, and students already enrolled in graduate and professional programs
Number of courses to earn a certificate 4 courses within 2 years
Courses available The American Health Care System
Behavioral Economics and Decision Making
Health Economics
Health Care Operations
Translating Ideas Into Outcomes
Evaluating Health Policies and Programs

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 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
Health Economics
HCIN 604-001
Guy David, PhD
March 13–May 7, 2018
…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
March 13–May 7, 2018
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.

Translating Ideas into Outcomes
HCIN 607-001
David Asch, MD, MBA, and Roy Rosin, MBA
March 13–May 7, 2018

IT professionals
…who are interested in learning to lead change in their workplace. This class is structured for narrative thinkers, who can use class projects as a springboard for developing an innovation project at work.
Evaluating Health Policy and Programs
HCIN 603-901
Amol S. Navathe, MD, PhD
May 22–July 16, 2018
IT professionals
…who are interested in structuring practical research that measures the impact of proposed programs and policy changes. This course is suited to quantitative thinkers who are interested in leading evaluation studies.
The American Health Care System
HCIN 600-001
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD
September 4–October 29, 2018
IT professionals
...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.

Behavioral Economics and Decision Making
HCIN 602-001
Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD
October 23–December 17, 2018

…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.


Course Policies

Course Credit and Grading

Each Health Care Innovation course is an online, graduate-level course that carries full academic credit (1 CU per course) and tuition. Like other graduate courses at Penn, students will receive a letter grade that appears on their official University of Pennsylvania transcript.  All assignments for a course are due by that 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 are eight weeks long and do not follow typical semester start and end dates. Thus typical University add/drop period dates do not apply. Course weeks run Tuesday–Monday; students must withdraw by the end (Monday) of Week 2 in order to receive a full refund. A 50% refund will be granted for withdrawals during Weeks 3 and 4, and no refund is granted for withdrawals after Week 4.

Drop deadline (monday of course week #) Refund Amount
Weeks 1–2 100%
Weeks 3–4 50%
Weeks 5–8


incompletes and no-shows

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. 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. At the deadline, the Incomplete will be changed to a letter grade based on work completed by that point.

Students who never attend a course (i.e. do not log into the course site or participate in the course in any way) and do not withdraw before the last day of the course will receive a grade of GR, or “Not graded," on their transcript. They will not receive credit and will be responsible for the full cost of the course.



At Spring 2018 rates, 1 CU will cost $5,746 (including tuition and technology fees).

charges cost per 1 cu (at Spring 2018 rates)
Tuition $5,193
General fee $372
Technology fee $181
TOTAL $5,746

Billing Procedures

Students register for courses online through Penn InTouch (PennKey login required). Electronic bursar bills are sent out by Student Registration & Financial Services within 4–6 weeks after course registration has been processed. Bills are delivered electronically on a monthly schedule, and you will be notified about them via email. 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.

employee tuition benefits

University of Pennsylvania and health system employees may use their tuition benefits toward these courses. Please note that tuition benefit policies and procedures differ between University-side 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 may receive up to $5,250 in tuition assistance per calendar year toward non-degree courses. Part-time health system employees may receive up to $2,625 in tuition assistance per calendar year toward non-degree courses.


Contact: Credit Courses in Health Care Innovation

Questions? Contact Program Manager Katherine Ridella at 215-573-9378 or