The Certificate in Healthcare Design & Innovation combines the expertise of the Villanova School of Business and the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing to provide interdisciplinary and cutting-edge skills needed in today’s dynamic healthcare environment. This online certificate program is designed for seasoned and high-potential professionals looking to more deeply understand today’s business challenges within and across healthcare organizations and to develop innovative solutions. Throughout this program, participants will gain practical knowledge that can be applied immediately and connect with healthcare leaders who are passionate about innovating in the healthcare industry. In this program, we seek a better way—our aim is to exchange new ideas that lead to transformative impact on individuals, teams, and organizations.

This online program consists of four courses. Each course is four weeks in length and meets once weekly in an online live session during which participants can engage with faculty and peers across the industry. We understand that you are busy, so the live sessions take place during the evenings, without taking time away from the workplace. The program also offers flexible course options—you can take courses individually based on your areas of interest or complete all four courses to earn the Certificate in Healthcare Design & Innovation.



Enhance Leadership Skills

Advance your leadership skills through an interdisciplinary approach to industry challenges.

Expand Industry Knowledge

Develop a holistic view of the industry to manage a rapidly changing healthcare environment.

Explore Practical Solutions

Gain knowledge through experiential learning that can be applied immediately in your role and elevate team performance.


Gain New Perspectives

Acquire new competencies and insights to navigate and thrive in your dynamic environment.

Maximize Analytics & Tech

Analyze the data needed to drive decision-making and thought leadership in a complex marketplace.

Network for Success

Connect with healthcare leaders who are passionate about innovating in the healthcare industry.



The Certificate in Healthcare Design & Innovation consists of four courses which provide leadership and technical skills specific to the healthcare industry.

Learn the essentials of innovation, systems thinking and design thinking in healthcare. Discover a better way to navigate and reshape healthcare ecosystems. This course empowers you with practical skills to identify and implement patient-centered solutions to complex healthcare challenges.

Examine the opportunities, challenges, and ethical implications of digital technology and big data on healthcare. Analyze how data can provide visual insights, predict trends, and enhance overall public health.

Gain an understanding of basic economic theory, market drivers, healthcare financing and reimbursement, and cost/benefit analysis. Explore relationships among local, state, and federal structures and processes involved in healthcare policy formation.

Understand the fundamentals of supply chain management while identifying the unique aspects of healthcare supply chains, including the changing expectations of the consumer and regulated nature of the industry. Explore how insightful management of supply chains can lead to better healthcare.

Earn a certificate and digital badge: Participants in this non-credit program will be awarded a certificate for successful completion of the program. Participants will also earn a digital badge which can be posted to a LinkedIn profile, resume, or other social media.



Each online course takes place over a four-week period. Courses include two hours of live instruction and, outside of class sessions, approximately two hours per week on readings and exercises.



100% Online



4 Courses
4 Weeks Per Course
2-Hour Weekly Live Sessions



Digital Badge


Take courses individually based on your areas of interest

$2,195 per course


Complete all four courses in the series and earn a Certificate in Healthcare Design & Innovation

$7,900 per package (10% discount)

Early Bird Discount: $7,500 if registered by January 10, 2024 (an additional 5% off the bundled rate).

Alumni Discount: $7,100 if Villanova alumni (an additional 10% off the bundled rate).

Group Discount:  Contact us to discuss special group rates.



Participants who register for the full certificate will receive a discounted package rate of $7,900 (10% discount), which includes all four courses and all course materials. These participants will earn the Certificate in Healthcare Design & Innovation. Early Bird and Alumni discounts are also available. Please see "Flexible Course Options" section above for details. 

Participants also have the option to register for the courses individually at a rate of $2,195 per course.

Contact us to discuss special group rates.

Program Orientation:  1/31 (6-8 p.m. EST)

Systems and Design Thinking for Healthcare Innovation

  • Course: February 5 - March 3
  • Live Session Dates:  2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28 (6-8 p.m. EST)
  • Registration Deadline:  1/24

Digital Health & Analytics

  • Course: March 11 - April 7
  • Live Session Dates:  3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3 (6-8 p.m. EST)
  • Registration Deadline:  3/4

The Economic Forces and Policy Shaping Healthcare

  • Course: April 15 - May 12
  • Live Session Dates:  4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8 (6-8 p.m. EST)
  • Registration Deadline:  4/8

Reimagining the Healthcare Supply Chain

  • Course: May 20 - June 16
  • Live Session Dates:  5/22, 5/29, 6/5, 6/12 (6-8 p.m. EST)
  • Registration Deadline:  5/13







The program is designed for seasoned and high-potential professionals looking to broaden their knowledge of the business process within the healthcare industry, accelerate their career and sharpen their skills. The program is valuable for anyone who needs to understand how well-positioned healthcare organizations prosper in the industry’s evolving landscape.
Learners may include professionals in the following areas:

  • Nursing leadership
  • Healthcare administration
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Healthcare provider
  • Digital health/technology
  • Health insurance/Payer
  • Medical professional practice
  • Pharmacy benefit management
  • Consulting
  • Medical Device/Supply



"The exposure to real-world challenges and practical examples broadened my knowledge of our ever-evolving healthcare industry and practice settings. As the course progressed, I gained new insights and knowledge that I was able to translate to my own role."

Janice M. Wojcik
Director, Nursing Informatics
St. Joseph’s Health

"The program allowed me to connect the dots within my existing knowledge of healthcare ecosystems and transformation, and it filled the knowledge gaps I had related to systems and design thinking. I am now better positioned to accelerate tangible change within my organization."

Kyle Brown
Director, Clinical Transformation & Network Integration Main Line Health



Kathleen Iacocca

Kathleen Iacocca, PhD

Dr. Kathleen Iacocca is an Associate Professor of Management & Operations at the Villanova School of Business. She holds a Ph.D. in Supply Chain Management from Rutgers Business School.

Dr. Iacocca's research interests include optimization and supply chain management with applications in the healthcare industry. Her current work considers relationships in the pharmaceutical supply chain that improve efficiency and yield cost savings. Another project that she is working on examines the current pharmaceutical distribution and pricing structure in the United States.

Her research has been published in journals including Pharmaceutical Executive, International Journal of Production Research, International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing, and Socio-Economic Planning Sciences.

Russ Kliman

Russ Kliman

Russ Kliman leads SEI’s strategic investment arm which focuses on partnering with and investing in entrepreneurs who want to change the world with the power of technology.

SEI’s thesis is to partner and invest in emergent and potentially disruptive technologies or business models that are redefining a sector or creating a new one. In addition to leading SEI’s strategic investment arm, Russ is also responsible for supporting various innovation programs across SEI. This includes launching and teaching SEI’s inaugural 12-week design thinking curriculum, being an executive advocate for human-centered design and the use of open innovation, and supporting various innovation pitch competitions for summer interns, recent college graduates, and various teams across SEI.

Throughout Russ’ career, he has had leadership roles in technology, product strategy, user experience design, marketing, innovation strategies, and strategic investments for several businesses, ranging from startups to billion-dollar enterprises. Russ’ tenure with SEI includes additional roles in working with SEI’s global ecosystem of clients, engaging with executive leaders and facilitating conversations on strategy, ideation, and envisioning future growth opportunities.

Russ also serves as an adjunct professor at Villanova University’s School of Business’ Executive MBA program, focusing on innovation, entrepreneurship, and value creation through technology. Russ equally serves as an adjunct professor at Drexel University’s LeBow School of Business, focused on innovation and design thinking at the Executive Doctorate level and lecturing on Fintech for undergraduates. Russ holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Design from Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics.

Kurt Miceli, MD

Kurt Miceli, MD

Dr. Kurt Miceli serves as Senior Vice President of Adult Behavioral Health for Elwyn, one of the nation’s longest-running human services organizations.

Previously he had served as Chief Medical Officer for Elwyn during the first eighteen months of the COVID-19 pandemic. In his current role, Dr. Miceli oversees adult behavioral health operations in six states offering an array of services from residential to outpatient.

Prior to Elwyn, Dr. Miceli was the Chief Medical Officer for Bancroft, and President of Marcroft Medical Associates, a psychiatric and neurology medical practice he founded. Additionally, at Bancroft Dr. Miceli transformed quality assurance functions and served as the executive decision maker for all health care matters. Other significant experience and leadership positions include: Medical Director for Crisis Services at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Medical Director of Carson Valley Children’s Aid, and President of the Medical Staff at Fairmount Behavioral Health.

Over the past ten years Dr. Miceli has developed and taught two courses in health care economics for Villanova University’s MBA program. He has always found his time in the classroom to be rewarding and invigorating, particularly given the caliber of students.

Dr. Miceli received his BA in Economics and BS in Biology from Villanova University, his MBA from the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business, and MD from Drexel University College of Medicine.



CEU:  Participants who complete this certificate program will earn 6.4 CEUs (each individual course is equal to 1.6 CEUs).

ANCC NCPD:  Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Participants who complete this certificate program will be awarded 64 contact hours.



Our expert faculty offer custom programs focused on healthcare innovation to address the unique goals of your organization. These programs may consist of one or more topics covered in this certificate program, or other topics of your choosing, and we will collaborate with you to design a program curriculum, timeline, and budget to fit your needs. Your custom program can also be delivered in a format of your choosing, including in-person, online, or blended options, and the option for delivery onsite at your organization or at our executive conference center, the Inn at Villanova. We are deeply committed to our partners and will ensure your custom program is designed to create a meaningful impact on your people and organization.

Our team begins by listening to you about your organization, your learners, your challenges, and your vision. We seek to carefully understand your goals, so please reach out to us for a conversation! Contact us at executive@villanova.edu.