If you are looking to sharpen your skills in order to promote solutions that improve health care delivery, consider the new Professional Development Certificate in Health Care Innovation from Penn’s Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy. Clinicians, managers, policy-makers, and other professionals may be particularly interested in learning how to navigate and even shape the shifting health care landscape—while continuing their current work.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN through August 1 for two courses: Evaluating Health Policy and Programs and Translating Ideas into Outcomes. Learn more about each course by clicking on their course pages below. A vibrant discussion about the American health care system will soon be underway among professionals representing diverse positions and organizations. Once you successfully complete four Health Care Innovation professional development courses (see details below), you will earn a certificate of completion. Sign up now to reserve your seat in class—a staff member will send you course registration instructions after you sign up for the certificate. 

Sign up for the Certificate

The Professional Development Certificate is an online, pass/fail, program that you can complete in nine months. These courses are for professional development training purposes and do not confer academic course credits. You will learn from internationally recognized leaders in the areas of health policy, behavioral economics, operations management, and health care innovation. In your courses, you will apply principles and processes to challenges stemming from policy, decision-making, and operations issues.

Sharpen Your Skills

The Certificate in Health Care Innovation is designed to enable learners, upon successful completion of four courses, 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

Courses in the Professional Development Certificate in Health Care Innovation are taught by Penn faculty from the Perelman School of Medicine, the Wharton School, the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics, and the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation:

The certificate comprises four online courses—three are required (*), and you select which additional course to take to complete the program. You will take one 6-week-long course at a time. Courses start and end on specific dates with most content available on demand, so you can study at your convenience. Any synchronous presentations or seminars via video conferencing will also be recorded for later review.

Learners should expect to spend an average of 8 hours/week on each course. Pass/Fail grades will be given. To earn the certificate, learners must pass each of their four courses. Course dates can be found on each course page linked below.

Courses for the Professional Development Certificate in Health Care Innovation are available to learners online via Penn Canvas Catalog. They require reliable high-speed Internet access, particularly for viewing lecture videos. A web cam and headset with microphone are recommended for synchronous sessions.

Enrollment and Payment

You can enroll in Penn's online Professional Development Certificate in Health Care Innovation today. Then, you must register for each of the four courses individually via Canvas Catalog. Course registration and payment periods open about one month prior to each course start date. Learners who have enrolled in the certificate via the online form (linked at the red button below) will be notified via email when registration for each course has opened. When you register for a Certificate course, using Penn Canvas Catalog, you will be asked to pay for it in full using a credit card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa). Courses cost $1,549 each ($1,499 tuition and $50 technology fee). Refunds are granted for those who drop the course within the first three weeks:

Drop deadline (End of course week #) Refund amount
1 100%
2 75%
3 50%
4–6 None

Enroll today

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


If you have questions about the Professional Development Certificate, please contact Katherine Ridella, Program Manager for Online Educational Initiatives, at 215-573-9378 or kbuckl@upenn.edu.

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