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Evaluating Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Programs

Winter Inst. term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2020 - 2021
Mon 01/04/2021 - Fri 01/08/2021
Class Times:
This course will be offered January 4, 6, 8, 2021 from 9am - 12pm.
  • M W F,  9:00am - 12:00pm
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:

This course will be offered remotely with a mix of asynchronous lectures and synchronous zoom sessions. Students are required to listen to lectures prior to the start of class. Final exam is due by February 5, 2021.