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Online Learning

Penn is strongly committed to open learning — a vital part of our mission to increase access around the world to educational resources.


“Healthcare Law”

This Specialization is designed to help you navigate the complex legal framework that governs modern health systems. You will learn the fundamentals of American health law, then explore how privacy law shapes the relationship between healthcare providers and their patients. You will also learn how intellectual property law influences everything from the pharmaceutical industry, to medical research, to cutting-edge ethical issues involved in emerging technologies such as DNA-testing. Finally, the specialization will conclude with a study of how other countries vary in their approaches to solving the common problems that face all health systems.

Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual property is the currency of the tech world. The pharmaceutical patent for Lipitor generated over $100 billion in revenue, the copyright for the Harry Potter franchise has generated over $25 billion to date, and the trademarked brands of the world’s largest tech companies now eclipse $100 billion in value. But what makes these intangible assets so valuable?

Regulatory Compliance

Every organization faces a myriad of risks that can threaten its operations, reputation, and bottom line. A robust, effective compliance program can make the difference between companies that successfully navigate those risks, and those that become cautionary tales. This specialization will introduce the essential elements of effective organizational compliance.

“Intellectual Property Law and Policy - Part 1: IP and Patent Laws”

Can you really get a patent on a rectangular cell phone shape? Do artists and musicians need over a century of copyright protection for their works? Can you trademark red shoe soles? These are some of the questions that U.S. Congress and the courts have addressed in recent years — and in this IP course, we will, too.

An Introduction to American Law

This course will give you a glimpse into six different areas of American law: Tort Law, Contract Law, Property, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, and Civil Procedure. You will gain insight into the complexities and dilemmas that arise from the application of law in different settings, and what is distinctive about American approaches.

“Intellectual Property Law and Policy - Part 2: Copyright and Trademark Laws”

In this course, Part 2 of a two-part series, students will explore the modern realities and debates of copyright and trademark laws, and then consider alternatives to intellectual property and the future of this exciting area of the law.

Introduction to Key Constitutional Concepts and Supreme Court Cases

This course offered an introduction to the U.S. Constitution and landmark Supreme Court cases interpreting it. It explored the Constitution’s origins, its amendment over the years, and methods of constitutional interpretation. Topics included the nature and structure of the federal government, the powers of the federal government, and individual rights.

See more course offerings on the Penn Online Learning Initiative website.