Quality & Safety
Certificate - 1 year. Master’s degree - 2 years, depending on pace through the program.
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.
All HQS programs are designed for working professionals seeking part-time educational opportunities.
As the healthcare system moves towards value and reimbursement models linked to quality, there is an increased focus on patient safety and quality of care. The Jefferson College of Population Health's (JCPH) Healthcare Quality & Safety (HQS) program prepares national and international healthcare professionals for leadership positions in healthcare, including those focused on quality and safety. Graduates of the programs are able to design, implement, and disseminate programs and policies that measurably improve healthcare quality and patient safety.
JCPH offers several pioneering online options in HQS:
- Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Quality & Safety
- Graduate Certificate in International Healthcare Quality & Safety
- Master of Science in Healthcare Quality & Safety (MS-HQS)
- Master of Science in International Healthcare Quality & Safety (MS-HQSi)
- Master of Science in Healthcare Quality & Safety Management (MS-HQSM)
The graduate certificates prepare healthcare professionals to achieve proficiency in quality and safety. Equipped with tools, methods, knowledge and strategies, graduates of the master's degrees are prepared to lead quality and safety improvement initiatives in hospitals, outpatient facilities, integrated delivery systems, health policy research firms, and community-based advocacy and service organizations.
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in HQS (U.S. and International tracks) and Graduate Certificate in HQSi are able to:
- Discuss approaches to change management, innovation theory and effectiveness through quality methodologies.
- Identify key socio-economic and cultural determinants of population health outcomes.
- Develop HQS project management skills.
- Explore the evolution of HQS conceptual frameworks, design, measurements, and policy.
- Identify current issues in healthcare organization, delivery, and financing.
Graduates of the MS-HQS (U.S. and International tracks), MS-HQSM and MS-HQSi are able to attain the above competencies plus:
- Analyze the function and financing of HQS and the systems that deliver these services in the United States 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 HQS 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.
The HQS program is designed for experienced health executives and practitioners. Candidates should have a strong foundation and at least three to five years of experience in one or more key sectors of the healthcare or public health system. Students in the HQS program come from a variety of fields and have included:
- Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals practicing in all healthcare settings
- Resident physicians enrolled in an ACGME accredited program
- 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
- Public health or government regulatory officials working in regulatory positions at local, state, or federal levels
- Healthcare program administrators
The Graduate Certificate in HQS (U.S. and International tracks) requires completion of 15 credits, all of which can be applied to the MS-HQS (U.S. and International tracks).
The MS-HQS (U.S. and International tracks) requires completion of 33 credits. The Capstone Project is presented on campus to peers and faculty following the completion of coursework. National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) members who hold the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality® (CPHQ) credentials receive a tuition discount and waive the HQS 500: Introduction to Healthcare Quality & Safety course.
The MS-HQSM requires completion of 27 credits. The Capstone Project is presented at an appropriate venue or on campus to peers and faculty following the completion of coursework. There is no graduate certificate in HQSM. To be eligible for the MS-HQSM, applicants must have completed a 125 hour online training with the American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) or have earned a MBA or MHA degree. Students who have completed the AAPL prerequisite training receive a tuition discount and the Capstone is presented at an appropriate AAPL venue. For students who hold a MBA or MHA, the Capstone Project is presented on campus to peers and faculty following the completion of coursework.
The Graduate Certificate in HQSi requires the completion of 15 credits, all of which can be applied to the MS-HQSi. To be eligible to apply for the Graduate Certificate in HQSi, applicants must be an employee or fellow at the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) and have completed the prerequisite online trainings.
The MS-HQSi requires the completion of 33 credits. The Capstone Project is presented on campus to peers and faculty following the completion of coursework on-site or remote. To be eligible to apply for the MS-HQSi, applicants must be an employee or fellow at ISQua and have completed the online prerequisite trainings.
- Earned baccalaureate or graduate degree with approximate GPA of 3.0 or higher (or equivalent)
- At least three years of relevant experience in a clinical setting prior to entering the program or participation in a current residency or fellowship 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
- Competitive score on the GRE or other graduate entrance examination
- If applying to the MS-HQSM, applicants must demonstrate one of the following:
- Completion of AAPL's 125 hour online training program
- Earned MBA or MHA degree
- If applying to the Graduate Certificate in HQSi or MS-HQSi, applicants must complete both of the following:
- Completion of ISQua's online trainings
- Be an employee or fellow at ISQua