Thomas Jefferson University
Healthcare
Quality & Safety

Master of Science (MS-HQS) &
Graduate Certificate


Program Length

1 - 4 Years

Certificate - 1 - 2 years. Master’s degree - 2 to 4 years, depending on pace through the program.

Program Format

Online

All courses are offered asynchronously online using best practices and interactive learning and are taught by practitioner faculty with years of experience and recognized expertise.

Program Audience

Healthcare Professionals

All HQS programs are designed for working professionals seeking part-time educational opportunities.

Deadline

Rolling Admission

Students can begin the program in September or January. Applications are considered when submitted.

The Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH) offers pioneering online graduate programming in healthcare quality and patient safety (HQS).

  • Master of Science in Healthcare Quality and Safety (MS-HQS) with a choice of U.S. or international tracks
  • Master of Science in Healthcare Safety and Management (MS-HQSM) for physician leaders with American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) preparation and/or healthcare executives with MBA/MHA education
  • Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Quality and Safety

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Certificate program are able to achieve knowledge and skills to serve as HQS project managers. Graduates of the Masters’ programs are able to do this and more:

  • Analyze the function and financing of healthcare quality and safety and the systems that deliver these services in the U.S. or international settings
  • Identify, interpret and implement policies, care guidelines and regulations relevant to HQS
  • Apply quantitative and qualitative analytic skills to design, conduct and evaluate HQS measurement, improvement and research activities
  • Evaluate and apply technology and information systems that incorporate healthcare quality and safety to support decision-making and workflow within and across healthcare settings
  • Apply management and leadership skills to develop policies related to measurement and improvement of HQS
  • Produce evidence to support healthcare policy development and change

Program Audiences

  • Physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals practicing in all healthcare settings
  • Individuals working in payer settings, including managed care and other insurer positions
  • Risk management and finance professionals working in hospitals and other healthcare settings
  • Pharmaceutical industry professionals
  • Health information technology (HIT) specialists and analysts
  • Individuals working in healthcare-related professional organizations or in public health or government regulatory positions
  • Healthcare program administrators

General Information

  • All HQS programs are designed for working professionals seeking part-time educational opportunities. Students can begin the program in September or January.
  • All courses are offered asynchronously online using best practices and interactive learning and are taught by practitioner faculty with years of experience and recognized expertise.
  • The MS-HQS requires completion of 39 credits (12 courses and a Capstone Project).  The MS-HQSM requires completion of 30 credits (9 courses and a Capstone Project).
    • The Capstone Project is presented on the Jefferson campus or appropriate American Association for Physician Leadership venue to peers and faculty following completion of coursework. The Capstone Project applies HQS concepts and methods to actual HQS issues in real time. 
  • The Certificate in HQS requires completion of 18 credits or 6 courses. All courses taken for the Certificate can be applied toward the MS-HQS.

Curriculum

The MS-HQS requires completion of 39 credits (12 courses and a Capstone Project).  The MS-HQSM requires completion of 30 credits (9 courses and a Capstone Project).

The Certificate in HQS requires completion of 18 credits or 6 courses. All courses taken for the Certificate can be applied toward the MS-HQS.

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Admissions Considerations

  • Earned baccalaureate degree with approximate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Three to five years of relevant experience in a clinical setting prior to entering the program
  • Ability to perform graduate work demonstrated by one of the following:
    • Graduate degree or at least 9 credits of appropriate graduate coursework with a grade of B or higher or
    • Competitive score on the GRE or other graduate entrance examination
  • Competency in medical terminology demonstrated by one of the following:
    • Clinical degree/clinical coursework
    • Undergraduate/graduate coursework in medical terminology
    • Passing score on JCPH medical terminology qualifying test
  • Competency in basic statistics demonstrated by one of the following:
    • Undergraduate/graduate coursework with grade of B or higher
    • Passing score on JCPH statistics qualifying test or other non-credit exam

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Philadelphia PA 19107
215-503-0174

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