Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Education in Health Sciences

Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety

The relatively new disciplines of healthcare quality and patient safety have emerged as central to the development of good healthcare. Groundbreaking reports released from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) over the past decade have revealed that a substantial portion of annual deaths in the United States occur due to preventable medical errors, and that the U.S. healthcare system requires fundamental changes in order to address gaps in quality and safety. Changes in healthcare policy and practices are underway, and there is great need for clinical and administrative healthcare professionals to develop expertise and leadership in these fields. The goal of Northwestern University’s Graduate Program in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety is to educate healthcare professionals to become effective healthcare quality and patient safety leaders, practitioners, and researchers.  These programs are all part-time and do not require students to live in the Chicago area.

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