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.
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 (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.
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.
|Academic credit||1.0 CU per course|
|Course length||8 weeks per course, with specified start and end dates|
|Time commitment||10–12 hours per week|
|Tuition and fees||$5,468 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:
Better position reforms or innovations in your organization based on national trends and emerging regulations.
Enable a health care organization to improve its operations.
Design new approaches to strategies affected by health behavior.
Apply common empirical research methodologies to policy and program analysis.
Lead high-impact innovation efforts in and beyond health care settings.
Courses and Schedule: 2018–2019
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 10–12 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. Schedule is subject to change.
Health Care Operations
|...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:
|...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.|
|Special Topics Pair:
Driving Value in the System &
Health Insurance and Benefit Design
Lee A. Fleisher, MD;
Kevin G. Volpp, MD, PhD & David A. Asch, MD, MBA
April 30–June 10, 2019
|...who are interested in improving value in health care. This is a pairing of two 3-week course topics. In the first half taught by Dr. Lee Fleisher, you will engage in understanding the current goals of improving value—defined by quality over costs—in the health care system and drivers of improved value. In the second half taught by Drs. Kevin Volpp and David Asch, you will gain 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.|
Special Topics Pair:
|...who are interested in the legal and ethical frameworks guiding health care innovation and research. This is a pairing of two 3-week course topics. In the first half taught by Dean Ruger, you will examine the legal and regulatory aspects of the United States health care delivery and financing systems. In the second half taught by Dr. Joffe and Dr. Largent, you will explore an ethics framework for conducting research—including process improvement experiments—in health care and learn to critically evaluate the ethics of your research proposals and justify your proposals to participants, stakeholders, and review boards.|
|Special Topics Pair:
Connected Health & Health Care Leadership
Christian Terwiesch, PhD & Nicolaj Siggelkow, PhD; Michael Useem, PhD
June 18–July 29, 2019
|This is a pairing of two 3-week course topics. In the first half taught by Dr. Terwiesch and Dr. Siggelkow, you will explore how technology has allowed firms to continuously connect with their customers, providing services and products before customers are even aware of their needs. The development of connected technologies—wearable devices, smart pill bottles, and digestible sensors, for example—will be particularly transformative in the health care industry. You will explore the impact of connected strategies in general, and in particular the associated opportunities in health care delivery. In the second half taught by Dr. Useem, you will focus on the concepts, experience, and skills for leading organizational development and change in health care organizations.|
- The American Health Care System with Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD (Sept. 4–Oct. 29, 2018)
- Strategies for Health Insurance and Benefit Design with David Asch, Md, MBA & Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD (Sept. 4–Sept. 24, 2018)
- Behavioral Economics and Decision Making with Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD (Oct. 23–Dec. 17, 2018)
- Policymaking in Health Care with Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD (Oct. 30–Nov. 19, 2018)
- Driving Value in the System with Lee Fleisher, MD (Nov. 27–Dec. 17, 2018)
- Transformation of Health Care in the Real World with Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD & other experts (Jan. 2–Feb. 25, 2019)
- Health Economics with Guy David, PhD (Jan. 8–Mar. 4, 2019)
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.
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.
Coursework must be completed by the last day of the course. If you will not be able to complete work by the last day, and you will need substantially more time than an extension would allow, contact the Program Manager before the course ends to arrange for an Incomplete and make a plan for course completion. At the end of the course you will receive a grade of I, or “Incomplete,” on your transcript. When the work is completed, you must notify the Program Manager to change the Incomplete to a letter grade. The work must be completed within one year of the course; after one year the Incomplete becomes a permanent Incomplete, notated by I* on the transcript, and the grade can no longer be changed. A course with a grade of permanent Incomplete cannot be counted toward the Certificate or the Master of Health Care Innovation and you will not receive credit for it. Certificate in Health Care Innovation students may not carry more than one Incomplete at a time. If a student has two Incomplete courses, at least one of those Incompletes must be resolved before the student can register for more courses.
At Academic Year 2018–2019 rates, 1 CU will cost $5,468 (including tuition and technology fees).
|charges||cost per 1 cu (at Spring 2019 rates)|
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 (email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.