Students are required to be on campus in Philadelphia once per year to attend the Health Care Innovation Seminar, which supplements the online education experience and strengthens students’ connections to the University of Pennsylvania. The seminar’s goals are to provide opportunities for faculty and students to meet in-person, to develop the MHCI network, and to engage with health care innovation topics through a variety of face-to-face programming.

Cohort 2017 with faculty
The 2017 cohort and faculty gathered at Penn for the inaugural seminar.

During the seminar, you will participate in activities such as a keynote address, panel discussions, workshops (e.g., negotiating), networking events, round table discussions, and group presentations. Program and technology orientation will prepare you for your first class. In your second year, you will also attend capstone progress meetings.

Highlights from 2017 included:

  • Lectures by program faculty Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD; Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD; Christian Terwiesch, PhD; Amol S. Navathe, MD, PhD; and Roy Rosin, MBA

  • Interviews with health care innovators David T. Feinberg, MD, MBA, the CEO of Geisinger Health; and John Sprandio, MD, whose oncology practice transformations have gained national attention

  • Negotiation workshops with Stuart Diamond, JD, MBA

  • Viewing the solar eclipse

The 2018 seminar is scheduled for August 18–22. Lodging and conference activities are covered by the program. Transportation to and from Philadelphia, as well as other incidentals, are the responsibility of each student.

International students should plan to have a B-1 visitor visa in order to attend the seminar. International applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible in order to allow time for obtaining a visa, should you need one. Penn's International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) can assist you with obtaining the visa.