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Patient Safety in Developing Countries


East Baltimore
Summer Inst. term
Health Policy and Management
2 credits
Academic Year:
2015 - 2016
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Pamela Davis
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

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 Objectives:

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

  1. Discuss the current state of knowledge on the extent of patient safety problems in developing country health systems
  2. Describe how a “problem solving paradigm” can be utilized for patient safety in developing countries
  3. Demonstrate knowledge on how to identify global patient safety resources that can be used in developing countries
  4. Conduct a patient safety situational analysis in a health care organization in a developing country
  5. 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.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required