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Term: 3rd term
Credits: 2 credits
Contact: Jamila Savage
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructors:

Introduces students to the latest thinking on healthcare quality and patient safety improvement through didactic sessions, interactive exercises and case studies that have direct relevance for the public health practitioner, healthcare administrator or clinician. Focuses on the specific domains of healthcare quality and patient safety based on the strategies recommended by the Institute of Medicine report "To Err is Human." Examines healthcare quality and patient safety from a strategic viewpoint with the goal of making heathcare administrators into effective decision makers.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Explain the national policy, regulatory, and advocacy pressures to improve patient safety
Identify organizational structures and processes designed to improve quality and patient safety
Describe the role of accountability and how it is used to guide costs, quality and outcomes
Explain strategies designed to increase the use of evidence based patient safety interventions
Analyze the relationship between patient safety organizational culture and communication that influence patient outcomes
Describe the elements of Risk Management and their contribution towards patient safety strategies
Explain strategies for building a business case for improving safety

Methods of Assessment: Team papers and presentation, case studies and class participation.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Wednesday 10:30 - 11:50
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 40
Enrollment Restriction: not open to undergraduates
Instructor Consent: Consent required for all students

due to enrollment limits, all students need to obtain permission to register

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Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: Students who take this course should not take 309.730 or 311.615 in the same year.