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Evaluating Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Programs

East Baltimore
Winter Inst. term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Mon 01/13/2020 - Wed 01/15/2020
Class Times:
  • M Tu W,  8:30am - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
Pamela Davis
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Prepares students to evaluate Quality Improvement/Patient Safety (QI/PS), projects by developing their competencies in the following areas: 1) Critiquing evaluations of QI/PS projects; 2) Designing a robust evaluation of a QI/PS project; and 3) Conducting a small scale qualitative study.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Enumerate and communicate the importance of environmental, organizational, group, provider, task, work system, implementation and patient influences on outcomes
  2. Describe and evaluate strengths and weaknesses of designs for testing success of QI/PS interventions
  3. Describe operational steps to conducting robust data collection and analysis (quantitative and qualitative)
  4. Define and describe remedies for common problems in QI/PS studies
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 40% Participation
  • 60% Final Paper

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Special comments: This course will be offered for 3 days in the Winter Institute. Students are required to complete readings prior to the start of the class. Final quality exercise due February 7, 2020.