6-Month Program

  

12 Credits,
Full-Time

  

All courses are online

Learners will gain working knowledge of basic quality improvement tools, data collection and analytical methods, and project management techniques that are common in the implementation, evaluation, and study of healthcare quality and safety. Through sessions focused on fundamental concepts of systems-thinking, improvement science, and data collection, organization, and analyses, students will learn to create and use data to answer empirical questions.

Course Schedule

Course Name Credit(s) Semester
CQSL 501: Introduction to Safety Science and Quality 4 Fall or Spring
CQSL 502: Safety Science, Risk and Mitigation 4 Fall or Spring
CQSL 503: Quality Improvement Methods 4 Spring or Summer

Core Courses Descriptions


CQSL 501: Introduction to Safety Science and Quality

4 credits | Fall or Spring Semester
Prerequisites: N/A

The first week of the CQSL program will focus on introducing students to the Georgetown University on-line library collection and providing instruction regarding the conduct of a thorough and rigorous literature review. Faculty will provide guidance on techniques for the critical review of scientific and scholarly articles. This course will introduce learners to relevant theory, content, tools and methods in the field of patient safety and health care quality. This course also focuses on the historical concepts and current issues of patient safety science and quality care. Through this course learners will begin exploring techniques for effective improvement science and define quality and select/develop meaningful metrics reflecting patient safety and clinical quality for an organization. Learners will begin the development of their capstone project during this course.

CQSL 502: Safety Science, Risk and Mitigation

4 credits | Fall or Spring Semester
Prerequisites: N/A

Leading national patient safety experts and patient advocates will introduce learners to relevant theory, content, tools and methods in the field of patient safety. Learners will be introduced to patient safety problems and high risk contexts for error occurrence and will become fluent with shared decision making and the role of patient advocates. Effective methods for error disclosure will be introduced. Learners will develop proficiency with patient safety risk assessment and improvement methods, principles of safe system design, apology, and related patient safety priorities. The course readings, presentations, hand-on exercises and discussions are designed to develop learners to a level of mastery in the field of patient safety. Learners will continue the development of their capstone project during this course.

CQSL 503: Quality Improvement Methods

4 credits | Spring or Summer Semester
Prerequisites: N/A

Learners will gain working knowledge of basic quality improvement tools, data collection and analytical methods, and project management techniques that are common in the implementation, evaluation, and study of healthcare quality and safety. Through sessions focused on fundamental concepts of systems-thinking, improvement science, and data collection, organization, and analyses, students will learn to create and use data to answer empirical questions. The course content will provide a basic understanding of quality metric concepts. Basic statistical tools for data analyses, interpretation, and presentation will prepare learners to critically evaluate quality improvement policies, reports, and measures of clinical performance, efficiency, healthcare quality, and patient safety. Learners will encounter techniques for effective improvement science, quality, and select/develop meaningful metrics reflecting quality for an organization. Learners will continue the development of their capstone project during this course. on