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Term: Summer Inst. term
Credits: 2 credits
Contact: Pamela Davis
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:

Introduces students to the rapidly evolving field of patient safety in developing countries, focusing on health systems improvement. Explains the role of global organizations, national governments, institutions, local communities, and individuals in improving patient safety in developing countries. Reviews key global patient safety resources that can be utilized to enhance patient safety in developing country health systems. Students learn how to utilize a “problem solving paradigm” to patient safety, conduct a patient safety situational analysis, and develop an action plan for patient safety at the institutional level. Explores the use of patient safety partnerships between hospitals as a model for inter-continental collaboration.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Discuss the current state of knowledge on the extent of patient safety problems in developing country health systems
Describe how a “problem solving paradigm” can be utilized for patient safety in developing countries
Demonstrate knowledge on how to identify global patient safety resources that can be used in developing countries
Conduct a patient safety situational analysis in a health care organization in a developing country
Define and describe essential management methods that can be used to develop a patient safety action plan for a developing country institution

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on class participation and a short paper on patient safety action planning.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Mon 06/03/2013 - Tue 06/04/2013
  • Monday 9:00 - 5:00
  • Tuesday 9:00 - 5:00
Enrollment Minimum: 8
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Frequency Schedule: One Year Only
Next Offered: 2015-2016