Frequently Asked Questions
Master of Science Program:
The Master’s Program is completed over a span of 2 years: students in their first year of study are part of the “Intro” track while students in their second year of study are part of the “Advanced” track.
Intro students begin with a two-week immersion in July at the Chicago campus delving into introductory healthcare quality and patient safety topics. Students then have the choice between an Independent Study, which is completed remotely, or an on-campus, graduate-level elective offered at Northwestern University. The first year ends with a course focusing on an introduction to US health systems and a course on fundamental concepts of qualitative data collection, organization, and analyses. The two courses run simultaneously over three in-class intensives in the spring at the Chicago campus.
Advanced students return the following July at the Chicago campus for a two-week immersion delving into advanced healthcare quality and patient safety topics. Students end the program with a course focusing on the business of quality and safety improvement and courses focusing on a mentored capstone project. The Capstone Project is composed of two courses and runs simultaneously with the business courses over three in-class intensives between the fall and spring at the Evanston campus.
Certificate/Faculty Development program:
Like the Master’s Program, students begin with a two-week immersion in July at the Chicago campus delving into introductory healthcare quality and patient safety topics. Students then have the choice between an Independent Study, which is completed remotely, or an on-campus, graduate-level elective offered at Northwestern University. Students then return to Chicago the following summer for a second, two-week immersion delving into advanced healthcare quality and patient safety topics to complete their Certificate/Faculty Development Program.
This is a comprehensive program with supplementary pre-class readings, written deliverables, and exams. There is one written deliverable and one exam due at the end of each course.
Each course is a 1.0-credit course and a typical 1.0-credit graduate-level course involves 30 hours of class time plus approximately 60-90 hours of individual study. Students are encouraged to manage their schedule accordingly to allow sufficient time to complete assignments before and after each in-class session.
All students enrolled in the Master’s Program are required to partake in a mentored capstone practicum to design and implement a quality or safety intervention. However, not everyone must complete an independent study. Students in all programs have a choice to complete an independent study or a graduate-level elective offered at Northwestern University.
The independent study is designed to provide students with an opportunity to explore an area of interest related to patient safety and quality improvement. The primary objective is to facilitate the student’s career advancement goals.
The certificate and faculty development programs are both 12-month, non-degree programs that focus on an in-depth overview of the fields of healthcare quality and patient safety.
The Master’s Program is a 2-year, graduate degree program focusing on improving healthcare delivery systems, particularly in regard to quality and safety. Students in the Master’s Program are expected to complete a mentored Capstone Project to design and implement a quality or safety intervention.
Applicants must have at least 3 years of clinical or non-clinical experience in a healthcare setting.
Per The Graduate School part-time rate, tuition for 2017-2018 is $6,195.00 per course.
The Master’s program consists of ten courses therefore tuition is $61,950.
The faculty development program consists of five courses therefore tuition is $30,975.
The certificate program consists of five courses therefore tuition is $30,975.
Physicians in fellowship training at Northwestern have a set tuition rate of $2,780 per course.
We offer 50% of the tuition costs for the first year of the Master’s program to nurses, allied health professionals, physicians in residency training, and clinicians caring for underserved, low income patients. Scholarships are renewable for the second year of study contingent upon academic standing.
Yes. Northwestern University’s employee reduced tuition benefit provides a 75% tuition discount maxed at $12,000 per calendar year. Benefit over $5,250 per calendar year is considered taxable income as “non-cash compensation” and included in the total taxable wages of the W2.
Benefit over $5,250 per calendar year for employees who hold an unpaidfaculty appointment at Northwestern University will be represented in a 1099-MISC form as “nonemployee compensation”.
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Final Admission: April 29, 2018
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