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309.732.01 Human Factors in Patient Safety

Health Policy and Management
4th term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Ayse Gurses
Course Instructor s:
Frequency Schedule:
Every Other Year
Next Offered:
2021 - 2022

309.730 is strongly recommended, or students must get instructor consent


Provides students with the essential concepts, methods and tools to enable them to design effective patient safety interventions and evaluate their impact.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe and apply concepts and methods in organizational and human factors literature
  2. Assess the roles of organizational, system and human factors in patient safety and in provider/patient behavior change more broadly
  3. Use appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods to identify and prioritize patient safety problems
  4. Describe and propose designs for successful patient safety interventions
  5. Identify and address barriers to improvement efforts
  6. Identify appropriate team members for safety improvement efforts
  7. Evaluate the outcomes of patient safety interventions
Methods of Assessment:

class participation (10%); patient safety literature review (20%); project outline/description (15%); group presentation (20%); final paper (35%)

Enrollment Restriction:

undergraduate students are not permitted in this course

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for students who have not taken 309.730.

For consent, contact: