Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Education in Health Sciences

Certificate Program

HQPS students 2017 summer

The goal of this program is to provide a structured curriculum that presents the emerging content and skills healthcare professionals need to become effective quality and safety practitioners and leaders. 


This is a 12-month, part-time, classroom-based program that does not require Chicago residence; students attend a series of classroom-based intensive sessions at our Chicago Campus and complete the independent study remotely. Program begins each SUMMER Quarter ONLY. 

2018-19 HQPS Non-Degree Curriculum

Download 2017-2018 Certificate Curriculum Here (PDF)
Download 2018-2019 Certificate Curriculum Here (PDF)

For a detailed description of each course, see our Course Description.


Per The Graduate School part-time rate, the tuition for 2017-2018 is $6,195.00 per course. The Certificate Program consists of five courses.

There are multiple funding opportunities available.

For more information, see Funding


HQSP certificate alumni

Dr. Shaw is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician who held multiple leadership roles in quality and safety. She was Chair of the Quality Improvement Committee of the Medical Staff at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Co-Chair of the Patient Safety Work Group as well as Co-PI on several patient safety initiatives at Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network. Dr. Shaw is also a clinical scientist in Epidemiologist who wanted to continue to develop the skills that would enable her to promote patient safety and quality improvement in a scientifically rigorous and statistically valid manner; therefore, she sought the Certificate Program at Northwestern as part of her sabbatical. Today, Dr. Shaw is the Associate Chair for Patient Safety & Quality Improvement in the Department of Pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

Kathy N. Shaw, MD, MSCE
Class of 2010

Application Deadlines

apply for summer 2018

Final Admission: April 29, 2018

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