Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Education in Health Sciences

Master of Science Program

HQPS Students

The Master's Program focuses on the theoretical and practical skills necessary for improving healthcare delivery systems as well as changing the policy landscape of our healthcare system. It is designed for clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals who want to focus their career development on improving healthcare delivery systems, particularly in regard to quality and safety. This program allows students to continue their careers or medical education while meeting their educational goals. 

Program Highlights: Healthcare Quality Content and Measures, Changing Systems of Care Delivery, Healthcare Disparities, Accountability and Public Policy, Safety Intervention and Practices, Health Information Technology, Simulation and the Science of Teamwork, Human Factors, and Risk Assessment Methods

Combined MD/MS Program

Medical students currently enrolled in the Doctor of Medicine program at Feinberg School of Medicine may apply for the combined MD/MS program. Coursework can assist students with the Area of Scholarly Concentration (AOSC) requirement at Feinberg. Tuition is calculated according to Feinberg's part-time, dual-degree rate. 


This is a two-year, part-time, classroom-based program that does not require Chicago residence; students attend a series of classroom-based intensive sessions at our Chicago & Evanston Campus and complete the project remotely. Program begins each Summer Quarter ONLY.

2018-2020 Master's HQPS Curriculum

Download 2018-2020 Master of Science Program Curriculum here (PDF).
Download 2017-2019 Master of Science Program 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 Master's program consists of ten courses. 

The Program offers scholarship opportunities that will provide 50% of the tuition costs for the first year of the Master of Science degree program.

For more information, see Funding


HQPS MS alumni

While delivering healthcare for 34 years as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at DeKalb Medical in Georgia, Nancy served on the Quality & Performance Improvement Department and was excited to study the etiology of error and impacting outcomes through performance improvement. Nancy had a goal of becoming the Patient Safety Officer of her facility; therefore, she sought additional graduate training. Within her first year of the Master's Program at Northwestern, Nancy exceeded her goal and was appointed Director of Patient Safety & Infection Prevention at DeKalb Medical. Currently, Nancy is the System Director of Patient Safety for Piedmont Healthcare and was appointed President of the National Association for Healthcare Quality in 2017.

Nancy D. Curdy, MSN, RN
Class of 2014

Application Deadlines

apply for summer 2018

Final Admission: April 29, 2018

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