student exerciseUAB’s Healthcare Quality and Safety Graduate Programs are designed for those who are driven to shape a safer environment for their patients. We offer a Master of Science and a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Quality and Safety that provide engaging and practical knowledge and skills that can be applied in real time to improve quality and patient safety. Throughout our programs, learners build meaningful connections with other students and renowned faculty.

Our programs are applied educational experiences for those who want to increase their skills without stopping their busy professional lives. Successful graduates of our programs include administrators, physicians, nurses, patient safety officers, and quality managers. UAB offers cost-effective graduate education, which allows learners to continue their educational pursuits without the burden or high tuition rates. The Master of Science in Healthcare Quality and Safety program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

We offer a unique partnership with the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) which makes graduate education more accessible to those with the Certificate Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) credential. This partnership recognizes the CPHQ for master’s credit toward completion of the UAB MSHQS program.

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Dual Degrees

Students in the Master of Science in Healthcare Quality and Safety (MSHQS) have the option to pursue a dual degree program with the Executive Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) program. The Executive MSHA program is designed to prepare students for senior leadership positions throughout the health field. Students in the Executive MSHA program gain new expertise and a comprehensive understanding of every aspect in health care organizations. Visit the Executive MSHA website for more information. Students must apply to the Executive MSHA program to be considered for this opportunity.


  • "The HQS experience was excellent. I learned many things that are applicable in my current leadership role. The staff were very supportive and my thesis resulted in a true quality improvement for our Emergency Department! We were able to improve our time to antibiotics to less than an hour for high risk pediatric patients with fever and neutropenia from 35% to 100%! The skills I gained during the HQS process were instrumental in getting this project to success!"

    Kathy Monroe, MD, Professor, Research Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine (HQS Alumnus, 2016)

  • "The HQS program equipped me with a toolbox of organizational frameworks, which I use daily, to solve simple to complex problems. I found myself applying the curriculum within the first week of entering the program and it has paid dividends in my career growth."

    Daran Brown, MBA, RN, Manager, Hospital Quality & Patient Safety (HQS Alumnus, 2014)

  • "The acquisition of knowledge, education, and improvement of leadership is a lifelong passion of mine. The classes involved in the Healthcare Quality and Safety Program, fulfill elements of each of these categories. The more knowledge we gain regarding educational values, the greater influence we can exert for good on those around us. Providing a safe, team-oriented, and quality-added culture is critical to how success is measured. The Healthcare Quality and Safety Program offers knowledge in 1) leadership training, 2) QI Macros for reporting quality metrics, 3) safety enhancing practices, and 4) team development skills used to implement High Reliability Organization (HRO) processes delivered in Healthcare. Achieving the courses supports a lifetime investment!"

    Sherry Polhill, MS, Director, Lab & Respiratory Services (HQS Alumnus, 2016)


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