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Master of Science in Healthcare Quality in Patient Safety

The Graduate Programs in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety focus on developing leadership to advance students’ professional careers. The program teaches the theoretical and practical skills necessary for improving healthcare delivery systems, outcomes and the policy landscape of our healthcare system. Available programs include a master of science, an MD/MS dual-degree and certificate option.

Our Leadership

Kevin B. Weiss, MD, MPH

Following the release of the Institute of Medicine's reports, 'To Err Is Human' and 'Crossing the Quality Chasm,' there has been a tremendous increase in interest in healthcare quality and patient safety. These reports also resulted in increases in the breadth and complexity of information related to the sciences of managing healthcare quality and patient safety”

Kevin B. Weiss, MD, MPH
Director, Graduate Programs in Healthcare Quality & Patient Safety
Professor of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics in the Department of Medicine

This educational program was designed to help healthcare professionals (physicians, nurses, pharmacist, administrators, etc.) make an impact and build the necessary knowledge, skills and leadership to successfully improve the quality and safety of healthcare and reduce unnecessary harm.”

Donna M. Woods, PhD
Director, Graduate Programs in Healthcare Quality & Patient Safety
Professor of Pediatrics

Donna M. Woods, PhD


The programs are designed for working clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals who want to focus their career development on improving our healthcare system, particularly in regard to quality and safety. The program culminates in a Capstone practicum where students lead, design and implement a healthcare quality or patient safety intervention in a real-world healthcare setting.

Program Length: 2 years, part-time; dual-degree option

Program Size: 18-25 students per year

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Eligibility and Program Requirements

For information on requirements and eligibility, please visit the program website's Admissions page. The program is currently accepting applications.