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 applicants who would benefit most from this degree are:

  • Physician-leaders and other health professionals—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.
  • 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.

International applicants are encouraged to apply.


Applicants must possess:

  • A Bachelor's degree with evidence of strong academic performance.
  • At least three years of experience working in the 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

Our students are future leaders and innovators who will transform the health care landscape using applied skills in health policy, operations management, and behavioral economics.

Important Dates

May 10, 2017 Applicant decision due to Penn
August 19, 2017 Program commences
September 2017 Coursework begins

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for Fall 2017, please contact Program Manager Katherine Ridella at or 215-573-9378. The following components are required and should be submitted via the online application form:

  • A completed application form.
  • A current résumé/CV.
  • Personal statement: 2 to 3 pages explaining why you are interested in pursuing the online Master of Health Care Innovation, how the program might align with your current work situation, and how it might advance your career goals.
  • Tentative capstone project topic: no more than 1 page that describes an issue or dilemma in health policy, behavioral economics, or operations management that you think requires advanced study from a perspective of health care innovation.
  • An unofficial transcript (pdf) from each postsecondary school you have attended. Applicants are strongly encouraged to include a copy of the transcript key/legend along with the transcript.
    • Note: Applicants whose transcripts are in a language other than English must use WES ICAP service to submit transcripts translated into English. Upon acceptance in the program, all students will be asked to provide official transcripts directly from each school.
  • Letters of recommendation from two close professional colleagues or academic instructors.
    • Note: After you enter their 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.

Contact Information

For questions about applying, please contact the Program Manager:

Katherine Ridella