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Patient Safety and Medical Errors

3rd term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method:
Sun 02/14/2021 - Tue 02/16/2021
Class Times:
  • M Tu Su,  8:30am - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Judith Holzer

Provides an introduction to the science of safety, and how it relates to problems with patient safety in health care. Explains the role of both individuals and systems in improving patient safety. Reviews institutional responses to adverse events, including the topics of risk management and medical malpractice. Emphasizes the importance of communication and teamwork. Students learn the basics of conducting an incident investigation, gain an understanding of the advantages and limitations of error reporting, learn how to disclose errors and adverse events, and learn models for improving safety in hospitals and other health care organizations from both the micro and macro points of view.

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:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 30% Group Presentation
  • 20% Participation
  • 50% Final Paper

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:

Special Comments:

This course will be offered for 3 days in Baltimore. Students are required to complete an assignment prior to the start of the course.