HQS Curriculum

Students in breakout sessionStudents in breakout sessionFour courses comprise the graduate certificate for a total of 15 semester credits. Courses are taught in multiple terms to allow program admission in any term. Students may enroll in one or multiple courses in a given term. The courses are not interdependent.

  • HQS 600 Introduction to Clinical Quality Improvement – Clinical quality improvement theory; classes of outcomes; process management; management tools and modeling techniques for improvement of clinical processes and decision-making. Includes team-based application project. 4 hours

  • HQS 610 Quantitative Methods, Measurement, and Tools for Quality Improvement – Statistical process control techniques applied to clinical and patient service processes, including Lean and Six Sigma methodologies; data system design concepts applied to clinical and financial data for managing health care business processes. Includes team-based application project. 4 hours

  • HQS 625 Fundamentals of Patient Safety – Nature and science of patient error; strategies for design of safety-critical systems; hazard analysis and risk assessment in health care organizations; design elements of safety program and high reliability systems. Includes team-based assignment. 4 hours

  • HQS 630 Leadership of High Reliability Healthcare Organizations – Applying concepts of high reliability organizations to create an organizational culture that supports strong, functional, and safe patient care environments resulting in quality clinical care and patient satisfaction. Includes team-based assignment. 3 hours