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Patient Safety and Medical Errors

3rd term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2015 - 2016
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Albert Wu

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


Provides an introduction to the science of safety, and how it relates to problems with patient safety in health care. Explores the extent and nature of safety problems through discussion of important papers and reports. Uses case as the basis for understanding factors that cause, mitigate, and prevent errors and patient harm. Emphasizes the role of both individuals and systems in improving patient safety. Teaches how to conduct incident investigations, understand advantages and limitations of error reporting, how to disclose bad news, and use models that can be used to improve safety in health care organizations.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Recognize the extent of problems in patient safety in medical care
  2. Describe the role of various systems and factors in creating safety and in causing errors and adverse events
  3. Discuss problems and issues in measuring and reporting safety
  4. Conduct a basic incident investigation and disclosure of an adverse event
  5. Propose solutions to improve patient safety
Methods of Assessment:

Students will be evaluated based on participation, a mid-term assignment and a final paper

Instructor Consent:

No consent required