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Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety

Become a Workplace Leader

As a Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety student at the George Washington University (GW), our interdisciplinary and hands-on curriculum will enhance your ability to lead and implement new healthcare quality measures in your workplace. You will further develop the ability to navigate the safety improvement challenges that local and global healthcare markets face.

As an 100% online student you will also benefit from our flexible program format and earn your certificate or degree on your schedule.

Online Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety Programs

GW’s online MSHS and Certificate programs in healthcare quality and patient safety give students the knowledge and skills required to take on leadership positions in their workplaces.

Dual BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management / MSHS in Health Care Quality

Gain marketable skills in data management, analysis of clinical research, and organizational leadership.

Graduate Certificate in Health Care Quality

Meet the growing need for quality and patient safety specialists with an education based on the practical knowledge and skills needed to improve the quality of care and safety of patients in various healthcare settings.

MSHS in Health Care Quality

Ensure quality in healthcare settings by applying risk assessment methodologies, navigating hurdles in patient safety systems and implementing positive organizational change.

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Whether you’re curious about a specific program or the day-to-day requirements of learning online, we’re here to answer your questions. Fill out the form and we’ll be in touch.

Career Outlook

Meet a Growing Demand 

With a degree or certificate in healthcare quality and patient safety, you’ll be prepared to fill the industry’s need for healthcare professionals who have experience in patient-centered care. 

Medical and health services managers are expected to see an 18-percent growth in employment between 2018 and 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.1

Prestigious Rankings & Accreditations

  • GW is fully accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Certified by the Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
  • Ranked #70 Best National University in 2020 by U.S. News & World Report
  • Ranked #86 Best Value School by U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Colleges ranking

Frequently Asked Questions

As you explore an online program at the George Washington University, our dedicated staff is here to support you. If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 844-386-7323.

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GW operates on 15-week semesters, with courses starting three times throughout the year in August, January, and May.

Online classes are designed to take the same amount of time as on-campus classes. They are taught by GW faculty members and have comparable assignments to campus programs that can be completed off-site. Each three-credit hour course is expected to take between 18-20 hours for coursework per week. As an off-campus student, you also save time that on-campus students spend commuting.

While most studies will be completed online, your program may require you to visit campus during the course of your studies.

No, you do not need to attend class at a specific time. Our online courses are designed to be asynchronous, giving you flexibility.

Assignments will have specified due dates that must be met. Students are expected to attend weekly class sessions and participate in weekly class collaborations.

Yes, an academic advisor will work with you throughout the admissions process, scheduling classes, and the course of your studies. GW also offers our online students 24/7 technical support.

Students in GW’s master’s, bachelor’s and post-bachelor’s programs may be eligible for financial aid. Students seeking graduate certificates are not eligible for federal financial aid.

You may also be able to benefit from loans, institutional scholarships, merit- or need-based grants, employer reimbursement programs, and more. Explore your options on our Tuition and Financial Aid page.

Yes, GW is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

You can request more information to speak with a GW program manager, or you can begin the application process today.

Yes. GW’s transcript ordering service is available to interested applicants of the programs listed on this website. The service is designed to make the application process simpler for you, while also helping us expedite the admissions decision on your behalf. Our transcript services team will order all domestic transcripts once you decide to allow us to help you with this task.

The George Washington University will only request and pay for your domestic college transcripts that allow third-party requests up to the point of admission to the university. This means that any coursework completed after you are advised of an admission decision, including coursework you are currently completing, will still need to be submitted by you.

It is your responsibility to request and purchase these additional transcripts to complete your file. This information may be used to determine your eligibility for financial aid, admission, and potential transfer credits. Additionally, some institutions may require you to obtain your official transcripts directly; if this is the case, we will contact you.


  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 September 4). Medical and Health Services Managers. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved February 26, 2019, from