Penn's Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy offers a series of six online courses for professional development in health care innovation throughout the year. Courses are pass/fail, 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.

Certificate in Health Care Innovation

Certificate in Health Care Innovation
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Courses and Faculty

Take courses taught by 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.

The American Health Care System

December 5, 2017–January 29, 2018 | Taught by Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD

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The American Health Care System

This course is designed for health care professionals who are interested in the national policy context for their workplace. Through this course, they will gain skills at adapting workplace policy to the changing national health policy landscape and advocating for health policy change.

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Evaluating Health Policy and Programs

February 6–April 2, 2018 | Taught by Amol S. Navathe, MD, PhD

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Evaluating Health Policy and Programs

This course is designed for health care professionals who are interested in structuring practical research that measures the impact of proposed programs and policy changes. This course is suited to quantitative thinkers who are interested in leading evaluation studies.

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Behavioral Economics and Decision Making

April 3–May 28, 2018 | Taught by Kevin G. Volpp, MD, PhD

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Behavioral Economics and Decision Making

This course is designed for health care professionals who are interested in testing and applying ideas from psychology to incentivize behavioral change in their workplace and among patients. This course is project-oriented and does not require a background in economics.

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Translating Ideas Into Outcomes

June 5–July 30, 2018 | Taught by David Asch, MD, MBA and Roy Rosin, MBA

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Translating Ideas Into Outcomes

This course is designed for health care professionals who are interested in learning to lead change in their workplace. This class is structured for narrative thinkers, who can use class projects as a springboard for developing an innovation project at work.

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Health Economics

August 7–October 1, 2018 | Taught by Guy David, PhD

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Health Economics

This course is designed for health care professionals who have on-the-ground skills of health care delivery and want to understand the logic of health care as an industry. This course is suited to quantitative thinkers who enjoy solving real-world analytical problems.

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Health Care Operations

Fall 2018 TBD | Taught by Christian Terwiesch, PhD

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Health Care Operations

This course is designed for health care professionals who have been in their workplace long enough to observe and reflect upon procedures, and are interested in process improvement. In this course, you will develop the tools to clarify and implement your ideas.

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Health Care Innovation courses are designed to enable learners to do the following:

  1. Better position reforms or innovations in your organization based on national trends and emerging regulations.
  2. Enable a health care organization to improve its operations.
  3. Design new approaches to strategies affected by health behavior.
  4. Apply common empirical research methodologies to policy and program analysis.
  5. Lead high-impact innovation efforts in and beyond health care settings.
  6. Analyze interactions between the players in a health care market, using economic frameworks and models.

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

Quick Facts

Format Online
Type of credit No credits; pass/fail
Course length 8 weeks, with specified start and end dates
Time commitment 6–9 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
Faculty interaction 2 events per course
Technical requirements Courses are available via Penn Canvas Catalog. They require reliable high-speed Internet access, particularly for viewing lecture videos. A web cam and headset with microphone are recommended for synchronous sessions.
Number of courses to earn a certificate 4 courses in 1 year
Registration and fees $1,499 registration + $50 technology fee = $1,549 per course.
Sign up for the 4-course Certificate and pay in advance for savings and exclusive benefits.

 

Enrollment and Payment

You can register for Penn's online Professional Development courses in Health Care Innovation today. Sign up for individual courses (at each "Learn More" link above) or commit to earning a Professional Development Certificate in Health Care Innovation by successfully completing four courses in one year. If you enroll in the Certificate in advance, you will receive access to an exclusive Health Care Innovation Professional Development site, where you can preview courses, connect with other learners, and stay current on issues. We will send you an email reminder when each course is about to begin.

You will be asked to pay in full using a credit card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa). Individual courses cost $1,549 each ($1,499 tuition and $50 technology fee). Or invest now in 4 courses as an incentive to complete your Professional Development Certificate: pay a discounted total of $5,599 up front ($5,399 tuition and $200 technology fees--save $597). Certificate pre-payment is non-refundable.

enroll in the certificate

For individual course enrollment (not Certificate pre-payment), refunds are granted to those who drop the course within the first three weeks:

drop deadline (end of course week #) Refund amount
1 100%
2 75%
3 50%
4–8 None

 

Contact

If you have additional questions, please contact Katherine Ridella, Program Manager for Online Educational Initiatives, at 215-573-9378 or kbuckl@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.

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