HQS: multidisciplinary approach, solving complex problems
Curriculum to help administrators deploy quality strategies
Faculty from four health-related schools across UAB

Healthcare Quality and Safety Graduate Certificate

HQS in the SHP ELCStudents in the Executive Learning CenterThe Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Quality and Safety is a unique, multidisciplinary approach to the analysis and solution of complex problems. The program prepares clinical and administrative professionals to deploy quality- and safety-focused strategies for their organization. HQS is a high quality, academically rigorous forum for developing the individual knowledge and skills needed to conduct clinical practice and non-clinical process improvement projects in a complex medical environment.

The certificate program, housed in the Department of Health Services Administration in the School of Health Professions, requires a combined approach using data and models from the natural, social, technological, behavioral and life sciences, and other specialized fields. The curriculum is delivered by an interdisciplinary team of faculty from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Schools of Health Professions, Nursing, Public Health and Medicine.

Dr.'s Scott Buchalter and Donna Slovensky are featured in the May 2014 "Shaping the Future of Healthcare" interview. They discuss why Ph.D.'s and M.D.'s are going back to school just for this education and much more.
Four courses are required to earn the graduate certificate: HQS 600 - Introduction to Clinical Quality Improvement; HQS 610 - Quantitative Methods, Measurement, and Tools for Quality Improvement; HQS 625 Fundamentals of Patient Safety; and HQS 630 Leadership of High Reliability Healthcare Organizations. Courses will be taught in multiple terms to allow program admission in fall and spring semesters.