Patient and clinicianThe Health Care Quality Program at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) is among the first four programs to receive national certification by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

Receiving certification is an important milestone. CAHME is currently developing accreditation standards that schools can apply for in the coming years. To develop the certification process, CAHME selected the top ten health care quality and safety programs across North America to support the effort, which included the <online Health Care Quality Program at GW. Harwood has been instrumental in helping CAHME develop certification and accreditation standards.

The Health Care Quality Program at GW was developed to meet an emerging demand for quality and patient safety specialists who have the capacity and competence to grow and sustain a culture of continuous improvement at all levels and within every sector of the health care delivery system. Through the program, students can receive a Graduate Certificate in Health Care Quality or Master’s in Health Sciences in Health Care Quality, both available online. The program has earned a reputation of graduating leaders in the field, who go on to transform health care in their communities. 


The George Washington University's (GW) Online Graduate Certificate in Health Care Quality is a fully online, 18 credit-hour graduate certificate program built on an interdisciplinary, practice-based curriculum and developed to prepare you for a leadership role in quality-based healthcare.


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Created in partnership with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), the online Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Health Care Quality was developed for patient safety and quality leaders to advance their career and meet the growing demand for patient-centered, quality-based care.