Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Healthcare
Quality & Safety

Curriculum


There are six, 7-week terms per year running from September to July.  Students can begin in the Fall (September) or Spring (January) terms. This flexibility enables students to complete the graduate certificate in one year and the master's degree in two years depending on their 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. LEARN MORE ABOUT ONLINE LEARNING

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.

 
Course
Graduate Certificate
U.S. Track
Graduate Certificate
International Track
MS-HQS
U.S. Track
MS-HQS
International Track
MS- HQSM
  15
credits
15
credits
33 credits
33
credits
27 credits
HPL 500: U.S. Healthcare Organization & Delivery X   X    
HPL 550: Comparative Health Systems   X   X  
HQS 500: Introduction to Healthcare Quality & Safety
X
X X* X X
HQS 509: Applied Principles of Healthcare Quality
X X X X X
HQS 515: Applied Principles of Patient Safety X X X X X
POP 520: Change Management       X X X
HPL 520: Fundamentals of Practice-Based Statistics     X X X
POP 530: Applied Leadership Strategies for Effective Change
    X X X
HQS 505: Tools & Methods for HQS Improvement     X X X
HQS 507: Advanced Tools & Methods for HQS     X X X
Elective X X** X X**  
HQS 650: Capstone Seminar & Project       X X X

*Will be waived for ISQua Fellows who take the pre-requisite course.
** Must be an international or globally focused elective.
Electives can include Operational Excellence courses.

For course descriptions, please view the Jefferson College of Population Health Course Descriptions Handbook on the Handbooks & Forms page.