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Patient Safety in Developing Countries

Summer Inst. term
Health Policy and Management
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online
Fri 06/11/2021 - Sat 06/12/2021
Class Times:
This course will be offered online, via Zoom, June 11-12, 2021.
  • F Sa,  9:00am - 5:30pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Pamela Davis
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Introduces students to the rapidly evolving field of patient safety in developing countries, focusing on health systems improvement. Explains the role of global organizations, national governments, institutions, local communities, and individuals in improving patient safety in developing countries. Reviews key global patient safety resources that can be utilized to enhance patient safety in developing country health systems. Students learn how to utilize a “problem solving paradigm” to patient safety, conduct a patient safety situational analysis, and develop an action plan for patient safety at the institutional level. Explores the use of patient safety partnerships between hospitals as a model for inter-continental collaboration.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Discuss the current state of knowledge, challenges and opportunities related to patient safety & quality in developing country health systems
  2. Articulate the importance of establishing a culture of patient safety & quality within an organization
  3. Conduct a patient safety situational analysis in a health care organization in a developing country
  4. Define and describe essential management methods that can be used to develop a patient safety & quality action plan for a developing country institution
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 25% Participation
  • 75% Final Paper

Enrollment Restriction:

Graduate level students only

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This course will be offered remotely, via Zoom, for 2 days in the HPM Summer Institute. Students are required to complete readings prior to the start of the course. The final assignments will be due no later than August 6, 2021.