Continuing Professional Education
Continuous Performance Improvement Certificate
Society expects high quality healthcare from competent, high-performance professionals. In today's fast-paced environment, neither continuing medical education (CME) nor quality improvement (QI) alone can meet the needs of today's healthcare professional to assure on-going competence and performance improvement.
This unique program prepares participants to meet the challenge of facilitating continuous performance improvement in healthcare. Content will include the exploration of concepts from adult education theory and quality management, paired with opportunities for practical application and hands-on experiences.
This program is the result of a collaborative partnership between the National Institute for Quality Improvement and Education and the Jefferson School of Population Health.
This program is designed for experienced professionals in either continuing health professions education or healthcare quality management. Students will draw from their professional experience and learn new concepts and methodologies to incorporate into current and/or future practice. It is recommended that learners enroll as a cohort with partner(s) from other disciplines in the same organization. A graduate degree is preferred, but not required.
Students who complete the certificate program will be able to:
- Define a new profession in continuing professional development in healthcare
- Analyze and use healthcare data to inform improvement efforts
- Implement evidence-based performance measures
- Develop educational programs based on adult learning principles
- Employ appropriate methodology in assessment of healthcare professionals
- Apply continuous performance improvement methods to practice
- Implement processes, techniques, and tools of healthcare quality improvement
- Institute transformational change in organizations
- Exhibit professionalism in this new field
- Develop leadership qualities appropriate to a fast-changing environment
- Demonstrate competence through a relevant applied learning project
This program is designed as continuing professional development; there is no academic credit toward a degree. Completion of the curriculum and assignments will demonstrate your commitment to the performance improvement process and provide tangible evidence of your professional development in this important emerging field in healthcare.
There are two options for completing the didactic portions for the certificate:
- Cohort: Two -day residency program (as part of a group) at a healthcare institution
- Individual: Complete the program through self-paced participation in didactic presentations, either live or online.
Both options require the completion of outside assignments and an applied learning project within a specified timeframe.
Thirty (30) hours of formal instruction, plus applied project (3 hours per module plus 15 hours for project). Participants will have up to two years to complete the requirements for the certificate program.
Required Learning Activities
- Didactic presentations (live or online)
- One assignment per module
- Applied learning project
- Introduction to Continuous Performance Improvement
- Basic Healthcare QI (HQI) Concepts
- Healthcare Data
- Performance Measures
- Adult Learning/Instructional Design
- Measurement and Assessment of Healthcare Professionals
- Current Issues in CPI Professionalism
- Transformational Change
- Continuous Performance Improvement in Practice
- Leadership in a Changing Environment
- Applied Learning Project
Tuition for the Certificate Program is separate from the cost of modules (which may be taken without enrollment in the certificate program).
For further information call (412) 205-5368, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.