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Science of Patient Safety

1st term
Online Programs for Applied Learning
4 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Albert Wu

Become prepared to engage in hospital and health systems transformation beginning with a scientific basis for safety in health care

Provides an introduction to the science of safety and how it relates to problems with patient safety in health care. Explores the extent, nature and impact of safety problems. Introduces definitions for key concepts including error, adverse event, and harm. Provides a framework for understanding factors that cause, mitigate, and prevent errors and patient harm. Emphasizes the role of both individuals and systems in improving patient safety. Explains the importance of achieving a culture of safety, and the concept of high reliability in health care organizations. Points to roles that involve the practical application of this knowledge.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe key frameworks for assessing and improving patient safety
  2. Analyze the extent of problems in patient safety in medical care
  3. Assess the role of various systems and factors in creating safety
  4. Assess the role of various systems and factors in causing errors and adverse events
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 40% Final Paper
  • 5% Final Paper Topic Form
  • 45% Quizzes
  • 10% Participation

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to students in the OPAL programs

Instructor Consent:

No consent required