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. Complete four in one year to earn a Professional Development 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.

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 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). To register for an individual course, click on the course name in the list above. 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.

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


If you have additional questions, please contact Katherine Ridella, Program Manager for Online Educational Initiatives, at 215-573-9378 or

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