About the Program
Frequently Asked Questions
Are the programs available online?
No. The Graduate Programs in Healthcare Quality & Patient Safety model an executive-style education providing substantive knowledge and skills. Students attend four in-person, classroom-based Immersion sessions to be trained by national leaders in quality and safety and to achieve their full leadership potential. Immersion sessions take place in Chicago and Evanston, IL.
In addition, six courses enrich and extend Immersion classes with distance-learning components that follow the in-person sessions. Distance-learning sessions can be attended from anywhere.
For more information on our programs, see our Curriculum.
How is the course workload?
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. 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.
How does the Independent Study differ from the Capstone?
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. The independent study is an optional course for students in the Master's program who seek additional educational opportunities beyond the standard curriculum.
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. Students in the Certificate and Faculty Development programs may complete an independent study or a graduate-level elective offered at Northwestern University.
What is the difference between the Certificate, Faculty Development, and the Master’s Program?
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.
Is healthcare experience required to apply?
Applicants must have at least 3 years of clinical or non-clinical experience in a healthcare setting.
Do you only accept medical students enrolled at Feinberg School of Medicine?
No. We accept medical students enrolled in the Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program at competitive medical schools around the greater Chicago-land area. Students are expected to attend all in-class sessions at Northwestern University.
How much is tuition?
Per The Graduate School part-time rate, tuition for 2018-2019 is $6,418.00 per course.
The Master of Science consists of 9 courses, therefore estimated tuition is $59,322*.
The Faculty Development Program consists of 5 courses, therefore estimated tuition is $32,666*.
The certificate program consists of 5 courses, therefore estimated tuition is $32,666*.
Physicians in fellowship training at Northwestern have a set tuition rate of $3,200 per course.
*Includes estimated 3% tuition increase per year.
Am I eligible to receive a scholarship?
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.
I am an employee at Northwestern University, can I receive a tuition benefit?
Yes. Northwestern University’s employee reduced tuition benefit provides a 90% tuition discount, up to $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”.