This Specialization was designed to help you keep pace with the rapidly changing world of health and health care. Through partnership with Wharton and Penn Medicine, you’ll learn from experts in business acumen, health care management, and health care policy to develop the skills you’ll need to successfully navigate the quickly evolving landscape of this fast-growing field.* By the end of this specialization, you will have a strong foundational understanding of the American health care system, along with the basic financial and management skills to make better, well-informed decisions that improve the cost and quality of the health care you or your enterprise provides.
About this Specialization
100% online courses
Approx. 1 month to complete
100% online courses
Approx. 1 month to complete
How the Specialization Works
A Coursera Specialization is a series of courses that helps you master a skill. To begin, enroll in the Specialization directly, or review its courses and choose the one you'd like to start with. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. It’s okay to complete just one course — you can pause your learning or end your subscription at any time. Visit your learner dashboard to track your course enrollments and your progress.
Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.
Earn a Certificate
When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.
Amol S. Navathe, MD, PhDAssistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
Christian TerwieschAndrew M. Heller Professor at the Wharton School, Senior Fellow Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics Co-Director, Mack Institute of Innovation Management
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhDDiane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor
Kevin Volpp, MD, PhDProfessor of Medicine, Division of Health Policy / Professor of Health Care Management
Guy David, PhDGilbert and Shelley Harrison Associate Professor of Health Care Management
David A. Asch, MD, MBAProfessor of Medicine and Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
University of Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the refund policy?
Can I just enroll in a single course?
Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.
Is financial aid available?
Can I take the course for free?
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
This Specialization was designed to allow you to learn at your own pace, so you can get the knowledge you need when you need it. Most learners complete this Specialization in 4-6months, although some do it more quickly or slowly to fit their needs.
What background knowledge is necessary?
Some background knowledge of American health care, whether as a patient, provider, administrator, or student of the topic, is helpful. Basic high school math skills are required for Financial Acumen for Non-Financial Managers.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
We suggest taking the business acumen courses from Wharton before the health care courses from Penn Medicine. You may also Financial Acumen for Non-Financial Managers before The Economics of Health Care Delivery, and Management Fundamentals before Health Care Innovations.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
Wharton Online and Penn Med Online courses do not carry university credit at this time.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
By the end of this specialization, you will have a strong foundational understanding of the American health care system, along with the basic financial and management skills to make better, well-informed decisions that improve the cost and quality of the health care you or your enterprise provides.
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