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309.600.51 Evaluating Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Programs

Health Policy and Management
Winter Inst. term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
Washington, DC
Tue 01/07/2014 - Wed 01/08/2014
Class Times:
  • Tu W,  9:00am - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Pamela Davis
Course Instructor:
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Prepares students to evaluate Quality Improvement/Patient Safety (QI/PS), projects by developing their competencies in the following areas: 1) Critiquing evaluations of QI/PS projects; 2) Designing a robust evaluation of a QI/PS project; and 3) Conducting a small scale qualitative study.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. enumerate and communicate the importance of understanding environmental, organizational, group, provider, task, work system, implementation and patient influences on outcomes
  2. describe and evaluate strengths and weaknesses of designs for testing success of QI/PS interventions
  3. describe operational steps to conducting robust data collection and analysis (quantitative and qualitative)
  4. define and describe remedies for common problems in QI/PS studies
Methods of Assessment:

class participation 30%; and a final paper 70%.

Enrollment Restriction:

undergraduate students are not permitted in this section

Instructor Consent:

No consent required