Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Curriculum

 

Master of Science

The Master of Science 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 executive-style program incorporates distance-learning components to allow students to meet their educational goals while continuing their careers or medical education. Chicago residence is not required.

5-Day Immersion Sessions

The core of the program consists of four, 5-day Immersion sessions held at our Chicago or Evanston campuses. In addition to these high-contact sessions, six courses enrich Immersion coursework through distance-learning sessions held remotely. Distance-learning sessions for each applicable course will typically be held one evening per week following Immersion Sessions and can be attended from anywhere. During the first year, students also begin formulating and implementing their Capstone project.

Session 1

July 15-19, 2019

HQS 401: Introduction to Healthcare Quality

  • Distance-Learning Sessions Follow

HQS 402: Introduction to Patient Safety

  • Distance-Learning Sessions Follow

Session 2

November 11-15, 2019

HQS 420: Introduction to US Health Systems

  • Distance-Learning Sessions Follow

HQS 440: Fundamental Methods for Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety

  • Distance-Learning Sessions Follow

Session 3

February 17-21, 2020

HQS 510: Business of Quality and Safety Improvement

  • Capstone Proposal Presentation

Session 4

July 13-17, 2020

HQS 501: Advanced Healthcare Quality

  • Distance-Learning Sessions Follow

HQS 502: Advanced Patient Safety

  • Distance-Learning Sessions Follow

Capstone Distance Mentoring Sessions

Across both years of study, students focus on the development and implementation of their Capstone project. Distance Mentoring Sessions, held remotely throughout the second year of study and synchronously with the entire class, allow students to provide updates on their projects and receive feedback from faculty and peers. The Capstone course culminates in a final colloquium held the day prior to graduation.

Session 1

April 16, 2020

Capstone Status Report

*Please note that this meeting occurs between Immersion Sessions 3 and 4

Session 2

October 22, 2020

Capstone Status Report

Session 3

January 14, 2021

Capstone Status Report

Session 4

March 11, 2021

Capstone Final Presentation

Capstone Colloquium and Graduation: June 18-19, 2021

Certificate Program

The Certificate Program provides a structured curriculum that presents the emerging content and skills healthcare professionals need to become effective quality and safety practitioners and leaders. Students attend 5-day Immersion Sessions each July and have the option to complete an Independent Study remotely or an elective class during the year. This part-time, classroom-based program does not require Chicago residence and can be completed in 13 months.

Immersion Session 1

July 15-19, 2019

HQS 401: Introduction to Healthcare Quality

  • Distance-Learning Sessions Follow

HQS 402: Introduction to Patient Safety

  • Distance-Learning Sessions Follow

Independent Study

Fall 2019 or Spring 2020

HQS 499: Independent Study

or

Elective Coursework

Immersion Session 2

July 13-17, 2020

HQS 501: Advanced Healthcare Quality

  • Distance-Learning Sessions Follow

HQS 502: Advanced Patient Safety

  • Distance-Learning Sessions Follow

Faculty Development Program

The Faculty Development Program presents the emerging content and skills clinicians and healthcare professionals need to become expert healthcare quality and patient safety educators and leaders. This innovative program provides a context for faculty to explore and develop the educational tools, methods, and curricular approaches necessary for integrating healthcare quality and patient safety into medical education. Students attend 5-day Immersion Sessions each July and have the option to complete an Independent Study remotely or an elective class during the year. This part-time, classroom-based program does not require Chicago residence and can be completed in 13 months.

Immersion Session 1

July 15-19, 2019

HQS 401: Introduction to Healthcare Quality

  • Distance-Learning Sessions Follow

HQS 402: Introduction to Patient Safety

  • Distance-Learning Sessions Follow

Independent Study

Fall 2019 or Spring 2020

HQS 499: Independent Study

or

Elective Coursework

Immersion Session 2

July 13-17, 2020

HQS 501: Advanced Healthcare Quality

  • Distance-Learning Sessions Follow

HQS 502: Advanced Patient Safety

  • Distance-Learning Sessions Follow
 

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 requirement at Feinberg. Tuition is calculated according to Feinberg's part-time, dual-degree rate.

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