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Welcome

*NOTE*  

The MS in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety program and the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Patient Safety program are currently not accepting applications for admission.

In "Brief" from the Program Director,

Thank you for your interest in the MS in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety and Advance Certificate in Patient Safety. The call for increased healthcare quality and patient safety initiatives began with the Institute of Medicine Report (IOM) "To Err is Human". It sounded the patient safety alarm when it reported that 44,000-98,000 patients die every year from medical errors.  It also noted: "The biggest challenge to moving toward a safer health system is changing the culture from one of blaming individuals for errors to one in which errors are treated not as personal failures, but as opportunities to improve the system and prevent harm." The IOM Report--To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System (1999) five years after "To Err is Human" was published, Safety Leaders, Lucien Leape and Don Berwick  wrote "The groundwork for improving safety has been laid in these five years, but progress is slow."

This slow progress precipitated changes in health care reimbursement from a fee for service basis to a value based purchasing model. Quality, risk reduction, patient safety and measurable outcomes is now and will continue to be a catalyst in driving health care quality improvements, health care risk mitigation strategies and accelerating patient safety initiatives. Patient safety, health care risk management and healthcare quality and patient centered care are now at the forefront of our health care delivery system. There is tremendous identified need for healthcare professionals with training, education, and skills in health care quality, health care risk management and patient safety.

The MS in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety and the Advanced Graduate Certificate are designed specifically for clinical and non-clinical interdisciplinary health professionals who wish to develop the knowledge, skills, and competencies required to assume leadership roles in health care quality, health care risk management, patient safety and related fields.

Regards,

Ronnie McKinnon RN, JD, CPHRM, CPSO, CPPS, TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer, Certified Just Culture Professional

Clinical Assistant Professor, Program Director, MS in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety, and Advanced Graduate Certificate in Patient Safety