Executive Certificate in Patient Safety & Quality

3 Courses

12 Credits
Full-Time

All courses are online.

What You’ll Learn

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 Executive Certificate in Patient Safety and Quality and the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) believe a coordinated, quality-competent healthcare workforce begins in the classroom and have teamed up to provide you with access to impactful content rooted in principles of patient safety and waste reduction.

By leveraging NAHQ’s twice-validated industry standard competency framework, you will receive a set of practical tools, a common vocabulary to enhance your knowledge and provide grounding in healthcare quality precepts. 

NAHQ’s resources are developed by subject matter experts from across the continuum of care and are tool-kit oriented. The result is reduced variability in workforce competencies through standardized healthcare quality training and education.

After completion of course CQSL503- Quality Improvement Methods you will be able to take your education a step further by sitting for NAHQ’s coveted Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality® (CPHQ) certification examination. The only accredited certification in healthcare quality, the CPHQ designation is recognized by the industry as the gold-standard and is increasingly preferred or required by employers.


Application Process

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Core Courses Descriptions

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

This course will focus on the historical concepts and current quality care and patient safety issues. Through this course learners will be introduced to relevant theory, content, tools, and methods as they relate to patient safety and health care quality. In fact, the learner will begin exploring basic principles of human factors engineering, high reliability, and error science to gain a better understanding into the causes of errors.

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 skills to be able to conduct a patient safety risk assessment using a principles of safe system design, all within the context of a just culture. The course readings, presentations, hand-on exercises and discussions are designed to develop learners as they become the next leaders in the field of patient safety.

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

The Executive Master’s in Clinical Quality, Safety and Leadership and the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) believe a coordinated, quality-competent healthcare workforce begins in the classroom and have teamed up to provide impactful content rooted in principles of patient safety and waste reduction.

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. 

By leveraging NAHQ’s twice-validated industry standard competency framework, you will receive a set of practical tools, a common vocabulary to enhance your knowledge and provide grounding in healthcare quality precepts. 

After completion of this course you will be able to take your education a step further by leveraging NAHQ’s coveted Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality® (CPHQ) certification. The only accredited certification in healthcare quality, the CPHQ designation is recognized by the industry as the gold-standard and is increasingly preferred or required by employers. 

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