Healthcare Quality and Safety, MHQS

Mission Statement

The mission of the Perelman School of Medicine’s Master’s degree in Healthcare Quality and Safety (MHQS) is to train the next generation of healthcare leaders and practitioners in the science of healthcare quality and patient safety.

Program Goals

The goal of the MHQS is to provide in-depth didactic instruction and hands-on experience to current healthcare professionals who aim to improve the quality and safety of healthcare, locally, regionally or nationally. This program will prepare students to pursue careers in healthcare administration and leadership that may be broad (e.g. director of quality and safety for a healthcare system or hospital) or more focused (e.g. positions that oversee population health, health equity, patient safety, value-based care for a healthcare system, department, or organization). Some graduates will combine their clinical and academic careers with a focus on healthcare quality and safety leadership, others will go on to pure leadership positions.


Core Requirements
HQS 601Introduction to Healthcare Quality1
HQS 602Learning Health System Seminar Series.5
HQS 603Evaluating Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Programs1
HQS 612Principles and Practice of Healthcare Quality Improvement1
HQS 640Coaching in Quality Improvement Work.5
HQS 650Systems Thinking in Patient Safety1
HPR 670Health Care Strategic Leadership and Business Acumen1
HQS 990Quality Improvement Capstone I1
HQS 991Quality Improvement Capstone II1
Select two elective courses2
Non-Academic Requirements
HIPPA Training
Total Course Units10

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2021 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.