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Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Quality & Safety

The Certificate in Healthcare Quality & Safety is designed for professionals working in all aspects of health care who are seeking to enhance their knowledge of healthcare quality and patient safety. Graduates will acquire the skills necessary for the design and implementation of programs and policies that measurably improve healthcare quality and patient safety.

The Certificate requires completion of six courses (18 credits), all of which can be applied to the Master of Science in Healthcare Quality and Safety (MS-HQS) degree program.

Students may start the certificate program in the fall or spring term and proceed at their own pace as long as at least one course is taken each term until completion. The course of study for the certificate can be completed in one to two years.

Certificate Curriculum (18 credits; as of Fall 2012)

  • U.S. Healthcare Delivery and Organization
  • Health Law and Regulatory Issues
  • Organizational Behavior and Change in Health Care
  • Health Informatics
  • Tools & Methods for Healthcare Quality and Safety Improvement
  • Quality and Safety Tools and Methods
  • Population Health Management*
    *optional seventh course

Admissions Requirements & Considerations

  • Online application and payment of application fee
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
  • Competency in basic statistics
  • Basic knowledge of medical terminology
  • Submission of scores from Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or
    equivalent graduate level examination (i.e., LSAT, MCAT, etc.) or
    A minimum 3.3 undergraduate GPA
  • CV or resume
  • TOEFL scores, if applicable
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Interview