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311.615.20 Quality of Medical Care

Department:
Health Policy and Management
Term:
3rd term
Credits:
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Location:
East Baltimore
Dates:
Thu 01/30/2020 - Sat 02/01/2020
Class Times:
  • Th F Sa,  8:30am - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
No
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact:
Judith Holzer
Course Instructors:
Resources:
Description:

Introduces quality issues, including quality assessment and assurance performed by researchers, health systems, professional societies, and government and other third party organizations who pay for care. Provides a basis to evaluate the effectiveness of quality assessment and assurance activities. Describes different approaches to quality improvement and evaluation.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe a framework for analyzing and improving the quality of medical care
  2. Explain how to assess quality of care for a medical condition, including: relative advantages/disadvantages of measuring structure, process, outcome; different assessment methods and need for risk adjustment; advantages and methods for assessing patient satisfaction
  3. Describe the fundamental elements of quality assurance in the United States
  4. Discuss how to develop a workable quality improvement and evaluation plan, including: theoretical framework, quality assessment, evaluating assessment results and developing goals for improvement, changing individual health professionals’ behavior
Methods of Assessment:

Class participation (15%); group project and presentation (30%); paper outline (15%); final paper (40%)

Enrollment Restriction:

Enrollment restricted to students in the Tsinghua DrPH cohort

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

Consent required for all students

For consent, contact:

judith.holzer@jhu.edu

Special Comments:

This course will be offered over a 3-day period in Baltimore. Students are required to complete assignment prior to the first class session.