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309.731.11 Patient Safety in Developing Countries

Health Policy and Management
Summer Inst. term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
East Baltimore
Thu 06/06/2019 - Fri 06/07/2019
Class Times:
  • Th F,  8:30am - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Pamela Davis
Course Instructor :
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, challenges and opportunities related to patient safety & quality in developing country health systems
  2. Articulate the importance of establishing a culture of patient safety & quality within an organization
  3. Conduct a patient safety situational analysis in a health care organization in a developing country
  4. Define and describe essential management methods that can be used to develop a patient safety & quality action plan for a developing country institution
Methods of Assessment:

class participation and a short paper on patient safety action planning due after the conclusion of the course.

Enrollment Restriction:

Graduate level students only

Instructor Consent:

No consent required