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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Center for Education in Health Sciences
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Curriculum

*** In response to the current environment, sessions may require a blended format of online and in-person ***
 

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.

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Capstone Distance Mentoring Sessions

Across both years of study, students focus on the development and implementation of their Capstone project (HQS 430 & 435). 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.

 

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Capstone Colloquium and Graduation: June, 2023

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 12 months.

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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 12 months.

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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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