To transform motivated professionals into healthcare patient safety and quality leaders through adaptability and reflective lifelong curiosity. Transformation occurs through interdisciplinary learning and real-world application of safety science, leadership, communication, teamwork, and quality improvement. 


We aspire to be the premier graduate program for patient safety and quality leadership.


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Program Competencies

The EMCQSL Program Competencies. The central competency, Leadership, is surrounded by Communications & Relationship Management; Professionalism; Change Managemetn - Process Improvement & Sustainability; and Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment & Systems.

A competency-based curriculum considers what learners are expected to demonstrate, rather than focusing on what they are expected to know or retain. This program’s competency model was developed based on desired performance outcomes. The curriculum and facilitation methods support the attainment of the competency.

The competency model is not a substitute for the class grade. Students will be assessed on their level of attainment competencies during each course and will receive constructive feedback.


The ability to inspire individual and organizational excellence, create a shared vision and successfully manage change to attain an organization’s strategic ends and successful performance.


The ability to align personal and organizational conduct with ethical and professional standards that include a responsibility to the patient and community, a service orientation, and a commitment to lifelong learning and improvement.

Communication and Relationship Management

The ability to communicate clearly and concisely, establish and maintain relationships, and facilitate constructive interactions with individuals and groups.

Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment and Systems

The demonstrated understanding of the health care system and the environment in which healthcare providers function.

Change Management: Process Improvement and Sustainability

The ability to apply quality improvement methods and models of change, including systems thinking, to the healthcare environment.

Competency/Proficiency Levels

Level 1: Beginner

The student has a common knowledge or an understanding of basic techniques and concepts.

Level 2: Intermediate

The student can successfully complete tasks in this competency as requested. Help from an expert may be required from time to time, but you can usually perform the skill independently.

Level 3: Advanced

The student can perform the actions associated with this skill without assistance. The student would be recognized within his/her peer group or organization as “a person to ask” when difficult questions arise regarding this specific skill.

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