Health Care Quality Curriculum

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GW Health Sciences offers two graduate-level programs, an online Master's and Certificiate, in the field of Health Care Quality:

MSHS in Health Care Quality

The MSHS in Health Care Quality requires successful completion of 36 credit hours, including: 6 credit hours of research coursework, 6 credit hours of strategic leadership courses, and 24 credit hours in the field of health care quality.

Graduate Research Courses (6 credit hours)

HSCI 6263: Biostatistics for Clinical and Translational Research

One learns a foundation in the basic concepts and methods of biostatistics applied to translational research. Topics include distributions, populations and sample selection, variables, interaction and confounding, hypothesis formulation, correlation, t-tests, ANOVA, regression, and chi-square analysis.

 
HSCI 6264: Epidemiology for Clinical and Translational Research

This course is designed to be a foundation of basic concepts and methods of epidemiology and their application in measuring, students utilize this course to study and improve the health of populations and learn of its applications for translational research.

 

Strategic Leadership Courses (6 credit hours)

HSCI 6223: Topics in Health Care Leadership

Requires students to think critically about leadership concepts by analyzing and evaluating academic articles associated with leadership, change management and systems development. Topics in Healthcare Leadership 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 and ideas, and extrapolating current literature into practical application. The focus is on thinking. While very structured, the course is not didactic in nature. This course is interdisciplinary and exposes students to other disciplines and worldviews that make up the health care sector in society, broadening the student’s overall perspective.

 
HCQ 6275: Leadership and Change in Health Care Quality

This capstone course is designed for the student to integrate all of the material from the HCQ program of study in a Masters 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.

 

Foundation in Health Sciences (6 credit hours)

HSCI 6241: The Health Care Enterprise

Designed the 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. This course has a primary deliverable outside of the weekly discussions in which material for the final plan is developed. Current environmental pressures and health care reform measures that have significant impact on the health care enterprise inform the course. This course is interdisciplinary and exposes students to other disciplines and worldviews that make up the health care sector in society, broadening the student’s overall perspective.

 
CML 6203: Health Information, Quality and Outcomes

This course introduces fundamental issues surrounding technology and information management in the rapidly changing health care environment. It focuses on concepts relevant to health care informatics and informatiion systems and their application ot support clinical and administrative decision-making. The use of quantitative and qualitative tools and techniques to promote cost effective and high-quality patient care and assess standards of care will be addressed.

 

Health Care Quality Courses (18 credit hours)

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.

 
HCQ 6201: Building a Quality Culture

This course 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.

 
HCQ 6202: Health Care Quality Landscape

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

 
HCQ 6203: Quality Improvement Science

This course 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.

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

Application of measurement, data management and statistical analysis principles to quality improvement and patient safety challenges. Focuses on the importance and design of effective measures and the selection of appropriate analysis tools.

 
HCQ 6205: Patient Safety Systems

This course 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.

 

Transfer Credits

Up to six credit hours of previously earned graduate-level coursework may be accepted as transfer credit. Please contact the program office for the full policy and guidelines.

Official transfer credit evaluations are conducted only for admitted students.

Graduate Certificate in Health Care Quality

The Graduate Certificate in Health Care Quality requires successful completion of 18 credit hours All semester credits earned in this program are transferable to the MSHS in Health Care Quality.

All semester credits earned in this program are transferable to the MSHS in Health Care Quality.

Health Care Quality Courses (18 credit hours)

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.

 
HCQ 6201: Building a Quality Culture

this course 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.

 
HCQ 6202: Health Care Quality Landscape

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

 
HCQ 6203: Quality Improvement Science

This course 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.

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

Application of measurement, data management and statistical analysis principles to quality improvement and patient safety challenges. Focuses on the importance and design of effective measures and the selection of appropriate analysis tools.

 
HCQ 6205: Patient Safety Systems

This course 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.