Population Health Improvement Program for Scholars (PHIPS)

Training Healthcare Leaders in Population Health

Population Health promotes healthcare leaders' understanding and ability to apply key principles to improve the health of populations. This includes understanding of the intersection of healthcare with community and with public health. Population Health professionals have a deeper ability to apply new payment models, advance team-based care, and address healthcare disparities through addressing social determinants of health to achieve value-based care. Value-based care maximizes quality and outcomes while reducing the total cost of care.

We have modeled the Population Health Improvement Program for Scholars (PHIPS) after the successful Jefferson College of Population Health's Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) program. As with QIPS, PHIPS seeks to develop a critical mass of clinical leaders able to lead in advancing the goals of population health.

PHIPS Program Overview

This year-long program incorporates asynchronous coursework, in-person sessions, and a mentored project designed to align population health improvement work with the participants' practice goals and the organizations' business priorities.

Participants earn an Advanced Practice Certificate (APC) after completing three graduate-level courses. Participants can continue their graduate training at the Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH) to complete a graduate certificate or master's degree. The course credits are transferable for further education.

Key Highlights:

  • 12-month program consists of interactive online learning modules and monthly in-person sessions
  • Mentored project focused on needs of the student’s organization, resulting in advancement of population health goals
  • Interprofessional content, paced and designed around the needs and constraints of busy clinical staff
  • Curriculum taught by expert practitioners with a focus on deployable knowledge and skills
  • Program accrues transferable graduate course credit and CME/CEUs

Participants graduate from the program with practical knowledge and the leadership skills needed to drive the strategic execution of critical population health improvements. Core content areas include:

  • Essentials of Population Health
  • Health Economics, Risk, and Finance
  • Applied Principles of Healthcare Quality
  • Health Informatics and Analytics
  • Implementation Science
  • Applied Leadership Strategies for Effective Change
  • Population Health Strategy and Management
APC in Population Health (PHIPS Track) Courses:

  • HPL 500: US Healthcare Organization & Delivery
  • POP 500: Essentials of Population Health
  • POP 510: Health Economics, Risk, and Finance

The Jefferson Difference

  • Study cases using real-world workplace examples
  • Attend live sessions augmented with presentations from Jefferson leaders
  • Network with and learn from other participants facing similar challenges
  • Come away with the skills and knowledge to help focus your organization’s quality and safety efforts
  • Access online coursework and materials, during and for six months after the program

In support of improving patient care, Thomas Jefferson University is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.