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Course Descriptions

Take professional development courses in Health Care Innovation 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. Courses are online and 8 weeks long, with specific start and end dates. A combination of self-directed and interactive learning activities allows for both flexibility and the opportunity to engage with fellow innovative health professionals. 

PRICE: $1,549 per course. Pre-pay for 4 courses upfront for savings and exclusive benefits. See Fees & Policies for more details.

The American Health Care System

October 2–November 26, 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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Health Care Operations

December 4, 2018–January 28, 2019 | 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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Behavioral Economics and Decision Making

February 5–April 1, 2019 | 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

April 2–May 27, 2019 | 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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Transformation of Health Care in the Real World

June 4–July 29, 2019 | Taught by Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD and other experts

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Transformation of Health Care in the Real World

This course is designed for clinicians, administrators, and other health care professionals who are interested in removing barriers to instituting best practices around process improvement and care delivery. In this course, you will study leading industry examples of how transformative practices have been instituted.

Health Economics

August 6–September 30, 2019 | 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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Evaluating Health Policy and Programs

Next Dates TBD | 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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What will I learn?

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 more networking and faculty interaction, consider the online Master of Health Care Innovation degree.

Contact

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