Applying to the Program

The Master of Health Care Innovation aims to address the rapidly changing health care landscape by advancing innovation among health care professionals worldwide through online education and training. If you are a mid-career health professional who wants to learn how to improve health care delivery, the Master of Health Care Innovation was designed for you.


Who should apply?

The MHCI aims to build a diverse cohort of problem solvers with different experiences in the health care sector who can learn from each other, grow together, and create an initial resource network. Examples of professionals who would benefit from this degree are:

  • Clinician-leaders—including physicians, nurses, and other clinicians—who want to move into health policy or other health systems administration and management.
  • Executives and managers in federal, state, and local health and insurance departments.
  • Non-clinician professionals in health care organizations who aspire to leadership roles.
  • Executives and managers in the drug and device industries.
  • Executives and managers at payors and health plans.
  • Health care consultants and technologists.
  • Experienced and aspiring policymakers.
  • Health lawyers.

International applicants are welcome to apply.


Applicants must possess:

  • A Bachelor's degree with evidence of strong academic performance.
  • At least three years of experience working in a health care industry.
  • English language proficiency (e.g., degree from an English-language institution, web video interview).
  • Basic technology skills (e.g., ease with email, office productivity programs, Internet use, video viewing) and high-speed Internet access for online education.

The University of Pennsylvania is an approved institutional participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. For more information, visit

Technology Requirements

The program is designed for participation from either a desktop or laptop computer (PC or Mac), with content also accessible on a mobile device. A headset with microphone is provided to students, for use during synchronous sessions.

Computer requirements and supported browser information for Canvas, the learning management system for the Master of Health Care Innovation, may be found at the Canvas Help Center. Lecture videos are delivered over Panopto, which lists viewing requirements on its website.

If you have any questions about technology requirements, please contact the Online Education Center help desk at

This program has had a positive impact on my ability to shape future research and value-based health care strategies. I am confident in my knowledge of the health care system, how it works, where it has been, and where it is likely headed in the future.

– Kim, class of 2019


Application Deadlines

Ready to apply? You can submit your application to the online Master of Health Care Innovation program through May 1, 2019.

Application Deadline Offers Made Decisions Due to Penn
February 15, 2019 Within 4 weeks of application submission 2 weeks after receiving offer of admission
May 1, 2019 Within 4 weeks of application submission 2 weeks after receiving offer of admission

How to Apply

Note: The application period for Fall 2018 has ended. The application will reopen in November 2018 for the Fall 2019 cohort. The following components are required:

  • A completed online application form.
  • A current résumé/CV, uploaded to the online application form.
  • Personal statement: 2 to 3 pages explaining why you are interested in pursuing the online Master of Health Care Innovation, how the program aligns with your current professional situation and future goals, what skills you hope to learn, and how you plan to use them. You will upload your personal statement to the online application form.
  • Tentative capstone project topic: no more than 1 page that describes a real-world health care problem in need of an innovative solution. Be sure to state your research question, methods you would use to implement the project, and why the issue is significant. The tentative capstone topic should be uploaded to the online application form. Accepted students will have the opportunity to change their topic at a later point.
  • An official transcript from each university or professional school from which you have received a degree. Applicants are strongly encouraged to include a copy of the transcript key/legend along with the transcript. Transcripts should be emailed securely from the granting institution to Katherine Ridella at, or mailed as a hard copy to: Katherine Ridella, MHCI Admissions, 423 Guardian Drive, Blockley Hall Room 1417, Philadelphia PA 19104.
    • Note: Applicants whose transcripts are in a language other than English must use WES ICAP service to submit transcripts translated into English.
  • Letters of recommendation from two close professional colleagues or academic instructors.
    • Note: Applicants will be asked to enter their recommenders' contact information in the online application form. Recommenders will automatically receive an email asking them to upload their letter to the application system.

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International Applicants

International applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible to allow you enough time to arrange for a B-1 visitor visa in order to attend the on-campus Health Care Innovation Seminar. Penn's International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) can assist you with obtaining the visa. Please note that students in the Master of Health Care Innovation are not eligible for an F-1 student visa.

Contact Information

For questions about applying, please contact the Program Manager:

Katherine Ridella