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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Center for Education in Health Sciences
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Healthcare Quality & Patient Safety

This track focuses on the knowledge, skills and methods required for improving healthcare delivery systems in regard to quality and safety. The topics covered include: healthcare quality context and measurement, changing systems of care delivery, healthcare disparities, accountability and public policy, safety interventions and practices, health information technology, simulation and the science of teamwork, human factors, risk assessment methods and leadership and governance.



 Required Courses

  • HQS 401 Introduction to Healthcare Quality
  • HQS 402 Introduction to Patient Safety
  • HQS 420 Introduction to Health Management
  • HQS 440 Fundamental Methods in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety
  • HQS 501 Advanced Healthcare Quality
  • HQS 502 Advanced Patient Safety
  • HQS 510 The Business of Quality and Safety Improvement
  • HSIP 400 Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Doctoral Colloquium
  • HSIP 401 Introduction to Health Measurement Science
  • PH 445 Writing and Peer Reviewing for Publication

 Choose One Required Research Design Course

  • EPI_BIO 301 Introduction to Epidemiology
  • HSIP 403 Research Design for the Health Sciences
  • HSR 425 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in HSOR


Choose two or more classes from the following options.


  • HEMA 441 Health Policy
  • HEMA 451 Legal Issues in Health Care Delivery
  • HSR 433 Health Economics and Healthcare Financing
  • HSR 440 Disparities in Healthcare: Understanding the Drivers and Moving Toward Solutions
  • HSR 456 Applied Qualitative Methods and Analysis for Health Researchers
  • HSR 470 Health Policy and Health Services Research
  • MGMT 444 Health Economics
  • MGMT 945 Healthcare Strategy
  • MHB 401 Foundations of Bioethics
  • MHB 402 Medicine and Law
  • MHB 403 The History of Medicine
  • MORS 430 Leadership in Organizations
  • MORS 452 Leading the Strategic Change Process
  • MORS 460 Leading and Managing Teams
  • PUB HLTH 301 Behavior, Society, and Health
  • PUB HLTH 415  Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  • PUB HLTH 421 Intermediate Biostatistics
  • PUB HLTH 431 Decision Analysis and Models of Medical Decision Making
  • PUB HLTH 438 Survey Design and Methodology
  • PUB HLTH 439 Qualitative Research Methods
  • PUB HLTH 444 Advanced Decision Analysis
  • PUB HLTH 449 Public Health Policy
  • Independent Study or other approved elective

Other Options

Students may also take graduate-level courses at the following Northwestern University Colleges and Schools:

The course(s) must meet the following criteria:

  • It is a graduate-level course and is approved for graduate credit by The Graduate School.
  • It is not a law school or medical school course.
  • It is a campus-based course (not a"DL" distance learning or online course).
  • It is approved by your academic adviser.
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