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Applying to the Program

The Master of Health Care Innovation degree is an online degree program that aims to develop current and future leaders in health care innovation through top-tier, engaging education delivered by faculty experts from across the University of Pennsylvania. If you are a mid-career health professional who wants to learn how to improve health care delivery, the Master of Health Care Innovation degree was designed for you.


Who should apply?

Master of Health Care Innovation students are working professionals—both clinicians and non-clinicians—with diverse backgrounds in health care. Students are problem-solvers who learn from each other, grow together as a cohort, and create a network of innovators. Examples of professionals who would benefit from this degree include, but are not limited to:

  • 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.
  • Researchers in pharmaceuticals and other industries.
  • 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 video 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 to start your studies in the Fall 2019 semester. Decisions are sent to applicants 3–4 weeks after the deadline. Contact Program Manager Katherine Ridella with any questions:

Application Deadline get your decision matriculation begins
Early deadline:
February 15, 2019
3–4 weeks after the deadline August 2019
Final deadline:
May 1, 2019
3–4 weeks after the deadline August 2019

How to Apply

Apply now to begin in Fall 2019! The following components are required:

  • A completed online application form.
  • A current résumé/CV, uploaded to the online application form.
  • Personal statement, uploaded to the online application form: 2 to 3 pages explaining why you are interested in pursuing the online Master of Health Care Innovation degree, 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.
  • 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 sent directly from the granting institution to Katherine Ridella via secure email 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: You will be asked to enter your 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