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Understand and Navigate Progress in Quality and Safety of Care

The George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences’ online curriculum for Health Care Quality prepares you with the skills to answer the growing need for quality assurance and assessment experts to guide corporations, health care systems and providers in quality based reforms.

GW’s online Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Health Care Quality program consists of 36 credit hours and can be completed in two years. The graduate certificate program consists of 18 credit hours and can be completed in two years.

Online MSHS in Health Care Quality Curriculum at a Glance

Major Courses

Credits

HCQ 6200

Introduction to Health Care Quality

3

HCQ 6201

The Health Care Quality Landscape

3

HCQ 6202

Building a Quality Culture

3

HCQ 6203

Quality Improvement Science in Health Care

3

HCQ 6204

Health Care Quality Measurement, Data Management and Analysis

3

HCQ 6205

Patient Safety Systems

3

HCQ 6275

Leadership and Change in Health Care Quality

3

Research

HSCI 6263

Biostatistics for Clinical and Translational Research

3

HSCI 6264

Epidemiology for Clinical and Translational Research

3

Professional

CML 6203

Health Information, Quality and Outcomes

3

HSCI 6223

Topics in Health Care Leadership

3

HSCI 6241

The Health Care Enterprise

3

Total

 

36

Darker tan denotes graduate certificate required courses

Curriculum

Major Courses (21 credits)

HCQ 6200 – Introduction to Health Care Quality

Introduces the fundamental concepts to be covered in HCQ 6201 through HCQ 6205 and discusses how they are integrated within the context of health care quality.

Learning Objectives:

  • Interpret systems and change theories as they relate to quality and safety challenges in health care
  • Review the evolution of quality improvement and patient safety initiatives conducted at varied environmental and structural levels within the US health care system
  • Describe foundational theories, principles and processes of quality improvement and patient safety as they relate to health care
  • Discuss structural, process and outcome measures of health care quality and patient safety
  • Cite epidemiology and sources of error within a health care system
  • Analyze the structure and organization of the US healthcare system
  • Review the structure and roles of the legislative, executive (regulatory) and judiciary branches of the US government and outcomes relevant to health policy development
  • Analyze the implications of federal, state and local budget considerations in health policy formulation and implementation 

HCQ 6201 – The Health Care Quality Landscape

Involves application of leadership and organizational change theories and principles to the implementation of quality and patient safety initiatives. Strategies are put forth that would address development of the culture and infrastructure needed to support patient safety and continuous quality improvement.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze systems and change theories as they relate to quality and safety challenges in health care
  • Apply strategies to foster a culture of quality and safety at all levels of a health care organization
  • Apply negotiation, conflict resolution and team-building strategies to enhance interdisciplinary collaboration and safe practices within health care teams
  • Assess, develop and manage organizational and team performance
  • Develop a business case for quality in a health care organization
  • Analyze the legal and ethical issues associated with quality improvement and patient safety in health care
  • Design an organization-level quality improvement program 

HCQ 6202 – Building a Quality Culture

Covers the analysis of quality and patient safety challenges in U.S. health care with a focus on political and environmental influences.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze the evolution of quality improvement and patient safety initiatives conducted at varied environmental and structural levels within the US health care system
  • Critically examine the evidence base underlying the need for quality and patient safety improvement in US health care
  • Analyze the roles, influences and interactions among stakeholders in US health care as they relate to health care quality and patient safety
  • Analyze the influence of quality measures, standards and regulations on health care quality and patient safety in the US today
  • Analyze the overarching legal and ethical issues involved in health care quality improvement
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of health care quality and patient safety activities in terms of the IOM National Quality Framework and the JCAHO National Patient Safety Goals

HCQ 6203 – Quality Improvement Science in Health Care

Provides an introduction to quality improvement and patient safety theories, models, methods and tools and their application to quality and safety improvement challenges in health care.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze foundational theories, principles and processes of quality improvement and patient safety as they relate to health care
  • Apply quality improvement models and methodologies to address various challenges in health care with emphasis on improving quality and patient safety
  • Select appropriate tools for each phase of a quality improvement or problem solving process
  • Develop an original proposal for improving a quality or patient safety-related process

HCQ 6204 – Health Care Quality Measurement, Data Management and Analysis

Involves application of measurement, data management and statistical analysis principles to quality improvement and patient safety challenges. This course focuses on the importance and design of effective measures and the selection of appropriate analysis tools.

Learning Objectives:

  • Compare and contrast structural, process and outcome measures of health care quality and patient safety
  • Design, develop and evaluate quality and safety measures
  • Analyze and plan strategies to overcome challenges and threats associated with quality and safety measurement
  • Select and apply appropriate strategies for quality and safety data collection and management
  • Select and apply appropriate statistical analyses for a given quality or safety question/problem
  • Create quality improvement and patient safety benchmarks 

HCQ 6205 – Patient Safety Systems

Involves an examination of the epidemiology and sources of error in health care, risk assessment and the design of processes and systems to improve patient safety. Focuses on the application of process and technology-based systems to reduce the incidence of error.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze the epidemiology and sources of error within a health care system
  • Apply risk assessment and human factors methodologies to patient safety challenges
  • Evaluate the benefits and challenges associated with patient safety systems
  • Evaluate and select technologies to improve patient safety
  • Analyze a health care process to identify areas of risk and opportunities for improvement
  • Develop strategies to error-proof a health care process 

HCQ 6275 – Leadership and Change in Health Care Quality

Designed for the student to integrate all of the material from the HCQ program of study in a master’s level proposal for a research projects intended to address a major area of a change within health care quality and/or clinical research. The course includes a series of case studies for which the students evaluate and develop strategic alternatives. The final project is designed to have the student develop a proposal similar to chapter one of a research proposal that can then be pursued after graduation or through a doctoral level program.

Learning Objectives:

  • Assess theoretical constructs of change management and links to complexity theory
  • Differentiate the critical elements for successful outcomes in organizational and process change
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills using a variety of written, verbal and electronic formats
  • Demonstrate the ability to conceptualize and synthesize information and knowledge as a key component of critical thinking and decision-making
  • Develop a proposal for initiating a key strategic change initiative within the field of major for graduation
  • Develop interdisciplinary team work with colleagues focused on patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, utilization of informatics and research data and quality improvement within health systems

Research Courses (6 credits)

HSCI 6263: Biostatistics for Clinical and Translational Research

Provides an introduction to the foundation of biostatistics, which is comprised of the design and analysis of clinical research. Topics include distributions, populations and sample selection, variables, interaction and confounding, hypothesis formulation, correlation, t-tests, ANOVA, regression and chi-square analysis. In addition, the course will examine the interpretation of output from statistical software (SPSS and SAS). Practice problems and review of scientific literature are also included to provide a comprehensive context in public health.

Learning Objectives:

  • Evaluate data sources and data quality for the purpose of selecting appropriate data that suit specific research questions
  • Discuss basic principles and the practical importance of key concepts, namely: probability, distribution, measures of central tendency, inductive and deductive reasoning, hypothesis testing, significance level, confidence interval, power, errors of type I and type II, threats to validity and confidence intervals
  • Apply numerical, tabular and graphical descriptive techniques commonly used to characterize and summarize public health data
  • Transform research objectives into clear, testable statistical hypotheses
  • Select appropriate statistical methods to be applied in a given research setting and acknowledge the limitations of those methods
  • Compare two or more groups of data using both parametric and non-parametric statistical methods
  • Present a research idea in a written proposal

HSCI 6264: Epidemiology for Clinical and Translational Research

Provides an introduction to the way epidemiologists explore individual characteristics and their influences on public health, identify risk factors and health disparities of disease and provide information for preventive medicine through the use of descriptive studies, surveillance and analytical studies. The basic concepts and methods of epidemiology and their application in measuring, studying and improving the health of populations are discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop a population-based perspective of disease and other health-related events
  • Calculate and interpret measures of disease frequency, morbidity and mortality
  • Compare, contrast and describe appropriate applications of the major types of epidemiologic study designs
  • Examine association and cause-effect relationships between risk factors and specific diseases and conditions
  • Evaluate strengths and limitations of epidemiologic studies
  • Assess effects of bias and confounding in published epidemiologic literature
  • Discuss the impact of epidemiology on public health policy and programs
  • Evaluate ethical and legal issues in epidemiologic research
  • Articulate the value of multidisciplinary research in addressing public health problems
  • Apply epidemiologic concepts in the context of translational research 

Professional Courses (9 credits)

CML 6203 – Health Information, Quality and Outcomes

Reviews fundamental issues surrounding technology and information management in the rapidly changing health care environment. It focuses on concepts relative to health care informatics and information systems and their application to support clinical and administrative decision-making. The uses of quantitative and qualitative methods to promote cost-effective and high quality patient care are discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze how developments in information technology influence the economics of the health care industry
  • Evaluate the impact of information technology on health care consumers within the broader context of the health care system
  • Examine the ethical, social, political and technical aspects of informatics applications to assess their impact on quality of care, public health and safety and health care delivery
  • Apply knowledge and skills in information management and processing principles to support evidence-based practice and quality improvement
  • Synthesize data, information and knowledge to evaluate and achieve optimal patient outcomes
  • Utilize technology, clinical informatics and decision support processes in an integrated manner to achieve improvements in patient safety, health and privacy 

HSCI 6223 – Topics in Health Care Leadership

Allows students to think critically about leadership concepts by analyzing and evaluating academic articles associated with leadership, change management and systems development. It is designed to use course content as a mechanism for developing critical thinking skills. This is a course that requires academic writing, contrasting and comparing ideas and extrapolating current literature into practical application.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of the organizational leadership literature and theories
  • Apply leadership principles in the solution of a personal leadership and organizational dilemma/challenge
  • Explain relationships that exist between culture and leadership
  • Identify your own, personal leadership philosophy and style
  • Relate leadership theory to the health care enterprise
  • Identify strategies available for developing leadership qualities in others
  • Explain how leadership relates to learning

HSCI 6241 – Health Care Enterprise

Designed around the development of an enterprise strategic plan, exposes the student to the essential components of business administration. The student identifies an enterprise, develops a mission and vision, strategic initiatives, a marketing strategy and an economic model for sustainability. Through the development of an integrated strategic plan the student builds an understanding of the intricacies of managing and leading a business unit. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop a strategic plan
  • Develop and promote a healthcare enterprise mission and purpose
  • Apply financial principles in strategic business decision-making and evaluation
  • Apply marketing strategies towards the cultivation of a customer and stakeholder base
  • Relate organizational theory and practice in order to integrate the various facets of the enterprise into a coherent "organizational enterprise”
  • Utilize information and quality improvement to further develop strategic, analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Develop strategies for successfully embracing the legal and regulatory influences in the healthcare environment
  • Develop critical thinking, analytical capabilities and creative insights that support leadership development in the context of environmental changes affecting the health care enterprise

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