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Master of Science in Healthcare Quality & Safety Management


The Master of Science in Healthcare Quality and Safety Management (MS-HQSM) is a specialized degree program offered by the Jefferson School of Population Health (JSPH) in cooperation with the American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL). The MS-HQSM degree program is designed specifically for physician executives and addresses the national need for executive leadership in healthcare quality and patient safety.

The aim of the MS-HQSM program is to prepare physicians to be effective managers and leaders in safety and equip them with tools, methods, knowledge, and strategies for improving healthcare quality and patient safety.

The MS-HQSM prepares physician leaders to:

  • 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
  • Produce research evidence to support policy development and change
  • Evaluate strategies for selection and integration of information systems and technology to support decision-making and work flow within and across healthcare settings
  • Apply management and leadership skills to develop policy approaches related to measurement and improvement of HQS

Both ACPE and JSPH are committed to educating physicians to be effective managers and leaders in the pursuit of healthcare quality and patient safety. By joining their respective areas of expertise – healthcare quality and patient safety and medical management – Jefferson School of Population Health and the American College of Physician Executives can significantly impact the preparation of physician leaders.


  • ACPE ‘s 125-hour online training curriculum is a prerequisite for admission to the MS-HQSM degree program.
  • The degree program requires completion of 30 credits (nine courses and a capstone project).
  • All courses for the degree are offered asynchronously online across three 14-week sessions per year, beginning in September and ending in July.
    • Students can begin the MS- HQSM degree program in September or January.
  • The degree program can be completed in 20-24 months by taking two courses per term or in 27 months by taking one course per term.
  • The capstone project applies concepts, methods and theories of healthcare quality and safety management to problems in actual settings. It is presented on site at an ACPE meeting or conference upon completion of all coursework.

Program Audiences

The MS-HQSM is intended for MDs, DOs, podiatric physicians and dentists who have:

  • graduated from a medical, dental or podiatric school in the United States or Canada that is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or
  • graduated from an osteopathic college of medicine accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) or
  • hold a Standard Certificate from the Educational Council for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)

Admissions Considerations

  • Satisfactory completion of ACPE’s 125-hour Degree Prerequisite online curriculum:
    • Core (93 hours)
      • Financial Decision Making
      • Managing Physician Performance
      • Physician in Management – Influence or Effective Leadership
      • Physician in Management – Quality
      • Physician in Management – Negotiation
      • Three Faces of Quality
  • Electives (32 hours) chosen from modules in leadership, management, finance, communication, and other topics.
  • Competency in basic statistics demonstrated by previous coursework or passing score on JSPH qualifying test

Application Requirements

  • Completion of online application and payment of application fee
  • Submission of official transcripts from all graduate and undergraduate institutions attended
  • Submission of personal statement/essay and CV

For more information, contact Jefferson School of Population Health at 215-503-5305.