Professional Development Courses
in Health Care Innovation

Penn's Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy offers online courses for professional development in health care innovation throughout the year. Taught by expert faculty, the courses are non-credit and pass/no pass, allowing you to focus on practical learning. Take individual courses according to your needs and interests, or complete four in one year to earn a Professional Development Certificate in Health Care Innovation.

Online Courses in Health Care Innovation
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The Experience

Online, non-credit courses are 8 weeks long with specified start and end dates. Activities include lecture videos, discussions, readings, quizzes, and exercises: all available on-demand during the course. Learners interact with others in their courses as well as instructors. 

"The reading materials, assignments, reading others' responses has made me think really hard about ideas and concepts that I wouldn't have thought of otherwise." - recent Health Care Innovation learner

"The material is riveting and easy to follow. For each class I ask, 'What can I use and quickly apply to my world?'" - current Health Care Innovation learner

Courses and Faculty

Take courses with internationally recognized leaders in the areas of health policy, behavioral economics, operations management, and health care innovation. The program brings together 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. A new course begins every other month, so you can match your studies to your schedule and interests.

Course Title Faculty Dates
The American Health Care System Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD October 2 - November 26, 2018
Health Care Operations Christian Terwiesch, PhD December 4, 2018 - January 28, 2019
Behavioral Economics and Decision Making Kevin G. Volpp, MD, PhD February 5 - April 1, 2019
Translating Ideas Into Outcomes David Asch, MD, MBA and Roy Rosin, MBA April 2 - May 27, 2019
Transformation of Health Care in the Real World Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD and other experts June 4 - July 29, 2019
Connected Health Care Christian Terwiesch, PhD and Nicolaj Siggelkow, PhD August 6 - September 3, 2019
Health Economics Guy David, PhD August 6 - September 30, 2019

course descriptions

Quick Facts

Key information about the professional development courses in health care innovation is below. For more details, see Fees & Policies.

Format Online
Type of credit Non-credit
Course length 8 weeks, with specified start and end dates
Time commitment 8 hours/week, at your convenience
Learners Clinicians, managers, and future leaders from across the health care industry—including hospitals, government agencies, insurance, consulting, pharmaceuticals, and health technology—looking to develop cutting-edge knowledge that they can apply to their work.
Course activities Lecture videos, discussions, readings, quizzes, and exercises: all available on-demand during the course
Instructor interaction 2 events per course
Technical requirements Courses are available via Penn Canvas. They require reliable high-speed Internet access, particularly for viewing lecture videos.
Number of courses to earn a certificate 4 courses in 1 year
Registration fee $1,549 per course
Sign up for the 4-course Certificate and pay in advance for savings and exclusive benefits.


Want More Rigor?

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


If you have additional questions, please contact Caitlin O'Neill, Program Manager for Online Educational Initiatives, at 215-746-3971 or