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Careers in Health Care Quality

Meet the Growing Demand for Quality Healthcare

The pressure to improve care is creating rapid growth in the healthcare industry, and there is a particular need for leaders with advanced knowledge and expertise to lead healthcare policies and patient safety systems.

Healthcare Quality Careers

As a graduate of the MSHS in Health Care Quality program, you will have the learned a broad base of skills including data management and analysis to clinical research and organizational leadership. The online program prepares graduates to fill a variety of roles in the industry. Healthcare Quality career titles include, but are not limited to:

  • Clinical Director, Quality Services
  • Clinical Nurse Auditor
  • Compliance Auditor Analyst
  • Director of Quality Management
  • Healthcare Manager
  • Healthcare Quality Analyst
  • Quality & Safety Specialist
  • Quality Assurance Consultant
  • Quality Improvement Nurse

Source: National Association for Health Care Quality

Learn more about career resources available to Healthcare Quality professionals.

Earning Potential for Healthcare Quality Professionals

According to the Payscale.com's Certified Professionals in Health Care Quality survey, leadership roles in healthcare quality can provide significant earning potential. The table below outlines median compensation by job level for U.S. based professionals, and does not guarantee equivalent pay throughout the country and within the healthcare field.

Median Earnings for Healthcare Quality Professionals

Job Title

Median Salary

Vice President, Quality


Quality Management Director


Quality Manager


Source: Based on the median salary for each role as reported in Payscale.com survey.

Lead Change to Improve Patient Safety Systems

The George Washington University (GW) Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Health Care Quality was created in partnership with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) to develop patient safety leaders to answer the growing global demand for patient-centered, quality-based care. Led by a faculty of real-world experts, our program provides students with a practical application and critical skills necessary to improve patient outcomes, assess risks and challenges, and navigate the environmental changes affecting the healthcare enterprise.

Students in the online Health Care Quality program gain access to a vast network of healthcare professionals’ connections through GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences’ deep roots in Washington DC, the heart of policy and innovation.

Become a Change Agent for Quality Care

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