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Term: Summer Inst. term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Pamela Davis
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:
  • Sydney M. Dy

Introduces quality issues, including the extent to which customary care for specific health problems improves quality of life and reduces mortality, and quality assessment and assurance performed by caregivers, professional societies, government-sponsored professional review organizations, and government and other third party organizations who pay for care. Provides a basis to judge the effectiveness of quality assessment and assurance activities and to begin to develop programs.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Describe a framework for analyzing and improving the quality of medical care
Explain how to assess quality of care for a medical condition, including: -Relative advantages/disadvantages of measuring structure, process, outcome -Different assessment methods and need for risk adjustment -Advantages and methods for assessing patie
Describe the fundamental elements of quality assurance in the United States
Discuss how to develop a workable quality improvement and evaluation plan, including: -Theoretical framework -Quality assessment -Evaluating assessment results and developing goals for improvement -Changing individual health professionals’ behavior

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on a midterm paper and a final paper.
Location: East Baltimore
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Restriction: Restricted to graduate students
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail