• Course Delivery
  • Total Credits
  • Tuition
  • Duration
    2 years

Program Highlights:

  • One of four founding HCQ programs certified by CAHME
  • 100% online, complete your degree in 24 months 
  • Created in partnership with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) 
  • The program is ideal for healthcare professionals looking to advance into leadership roles in health care quality, patient safety or research

Master of Science in Health Sciences in Health Care Quality

Created in partnership with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), and certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), the online Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Health Care Quality was developed for patient safety and quality leaders to advance their career and meet the growing demand for patient-centered, quality-based care. CAHME-certified programs assure students of appropriate curriculum content and program quality.

Offered through the George Washington University's (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the online MSHS in Health Care Quality teaches you the skills to lead developments in healthcare quality while successfully navigating safety improvement challenges in local and global markets. For those interested in a certificate, GW also offers an online Graduate Certificate in Health Care Quality.

Program Outcomes
Designed to support excellence in quality improvement and patient safety leadership, GWs online MSHS in Health Care Quality equips you with the practical knowledge and skills necessary to effect positive organizational change, apply risk assessment methodologies and navigate challenges in patient safety systems within the healthcare setting.

Upon completion of this program you will have the experience and confidence to:

  • Develop, implement and evaluate quality and patient safety improvement initiatives.
  • Lead healthcare management organizations in developing a patient-centered, quality-driven culture.
  • Translate national quality expectations into daily operations.
  • Apply quality improvement processes and tools to measure, analyze and interpret healthcare data.
  • Design and implement information technology systems to support quality assurance.
  • Conduct research to drive clinical and operational decision-making.

Who Is the Ideal Student for This Program? 
The online MSHS in Health Care Quality program is ideal for healthcare professionals looking to advance to leadership roles in health care quality, patient safety or research in health care.

Career Outlook
Designed to meet the growing demand for patient-centered, quality health care, GW's MSHS in Health Care Quality program prepares students with a comprehensive base of skills including data management and analysis to clinical research and organizational leadership. 

The online program prepares graduates to fill a variety of roles in healthcare including:

  • Clinical Director, Quality Services
  • Clinical Nurse Auditor
  • Compliance Auditor Analyst
  • Director of Quality Management
  • Healthcare Manager
  • Healthcare Quality Analyst
  • Quality & Safety Specialist
  • Quality Assurance Consultant
  • Quality Improvement Nurse

Take Your Next Step

To learn more about the online Masters in Health Care Quality, contact an Admissions Advisor today at (844) 386-7323.

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Bachelors Degree from a Regionally Accredited Institution

  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Previous work experience

    Healthcare Experience Preferred

  4. A written personal statement

    Statement of Purpose (Applicants must include a 250-500 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study at GW, your academic objectives, career goals and related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, relevant to your program of interest. Include any substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.)

  5. Completed Application
  6. Resume/CV
  7. Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $80 is required. The application fee is waived for active-duty U.S. military and veterans, current GW students, degree-holding GW alumni, graduates of Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), and current McNair Program Scholars.
  8. 2 Letters of Recommendation
  9. Official transcripts from every college and university attended. All non-U.S. transcripts (including those in English) must be evaluated by an accredited foreign credential agency. Please find the list of member organizations here: https://www.naces.org/members
  10. International Students: Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are also required to submit official test scores for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Pearson’s Test of English (PTE) Academics or the academic International English Language Test System (IELTS). The following are the minimum scores for admission consideration: TOEFL: 250 computer-based or 100 Internet-based GW's school code for the TOEFL is 5246. PTE: overall score of 68 IELTS: overall band score of 7.0, with no individual band score below 6.0 International applicants may be considered for admission without submitting the above scores if: You are a citizen of a country where English is the official language, You hold a bachelor’s degree from a country where English is the official language and language of instruction, You hold a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.


The MSHS in Healthcare Quality requires successful completion of 36 credit hours.

  • COHM 6235Leadership Development in Health Care Systems3 Credits

    Overview of principles related to leadership, including theories and styles, organizational management and values, communication strategies, and change in the context of health care systems. Credit cannot be earned for this course and HSCI 6223

  • COHM 6245Strategic and Operational Decision Making for Health Care Leaders3 Credits

    Overview of business principles related to health care systems and leadership, focusing on strategic management of health care service delivery in various settings. Credit cannot be earned for this course and HSCI 6241.

  • HCQ 6200Introduction to Health Care Quality3 Credits

    Introduces the fundamental concepts to be covered in HCQ 6201 through HCQ 6205 and discusses how they are integrated within the context of health care quality.

  • HCQ 6201Building a Quality Culture3 Credits

    Covers the analysis of quality and patient safety challenges in U.S. health care with a focus on political and environmental influences.

  • HCQ 6202The Health Care Quality Landscape3 Credits

    Involves application of leadership and organizational change theories and principles to the implementation of quality and patient safety initiatives. Strategies are put forth that would address development of the culture and infrastructure needed to support patient safety and continuous quality improvement.

  • HCQ 6203Quality Improvement Science in Health Care3 Credits

    Provides an introduction to quality improvement and patient safety theories, models, methods and tools and their application to quality and safety improvement challenges in health care.

  • HCQ 6204Health Care Quality Measurement, Data Management and Analysis3 Credits

    Involves application of measurement, data management and statistical analysis principles to quality improvement and patient safety challenges. This course focuses on the importance and design of effective measures and the selection of appropriate analysis tools.

  • HCQ 6205Patient Safety Systems3 Credits

    Involves an examination of the epidemiology and sources of error in health care, risk assessment and the design of processes and systems to improve patient safety. Focuses on the application of process and technology-based systems to reduce the incidence of error.

  • HCQ 6206Health Information, Quality and Outcomes3 Credits

    Approaches to medical informatics to support managerial, patient care, and quality improvement decision making in clinical practice, considering ethical, legal, and social dimensions of health care.

  • HCQ 6275Leadership and Change in Health Care Quality3 Credits

    Designed for the student to integrate all of the material from the HCQ program of study in a master’s level proposal for a research projects intended to address a major area of a change within health care quality and/or clinical research. The course includes a series of case studies for which the students evaluate and develop strategic alternatives. The final project is designed to have the student develop a proposal similar to chapter one of a research proposal that can then be pursued after graduation or through a doctoral level program.

  • HSCI 6263Biostatistics for Clinical and Translational Research3 Credits

    Provides an introduction to the foundation of biostatistics, which is comprised of the design and analysis of clinical research. Topics include distributions, populations and sample selection, variables, interaction and confounding, hypothesis formulation, correlation, t-tests, ANOVA, regression and chi-square analysis. In addition, the course will examine the interpretation of output from statistical software (SPSS and SAS). Practice problems and review of scientific literature are also included to provide a comprehensive context in public health.

  • HSCI 6264Epidemiology for Clinical and Translational Research3 Credits

    Provides an introduction to the way epidemiologists explore individual characteristics and their influences on public health, identify risk factors and health disparities of disease and provide information for preventive medicine through the use of descriptive studies, surveillance and analytical studies. The basic concepts and methods of epidemiology and their application in measuring, studying and improving the health of populations are discussed.

Tuition & Fees

Note: Tuition rates are subject to change and additional fees may vary by program. Please call at (844) 386-7323 for more information.

  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $980
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2,940

What's it like to earn this degree online?

  • Study on your schedule
    The flexible anytime, anywhere approach to online learning at GW means that you can study and work on assignments when and where it’s convenient for you. Balance your personal and professional commitments. At GW online, you can advance your career without stopping it.
  • Personalized learning
    Many of our online programs have a student-instructor ratio that’s lower than on-campus classes, making it easier to interact with fellow students and get personalized attention from your instructors. Plus, you have access to one-on-one tutoring to help ensure your success.
  • The prestige of a GW degree
    Now you can earn a GW degree without relocating your life, giving you access to the distinguished connections and opportunities we provide. When you earn a degree from an online program at GW, you earn a degree from the George Washington University. Entrusted with its rights, privileges, and honors, you’ll join the ever-expanding GW alumni community who make the world a better place.
  • Connect to campus from anywhere
    GW is your link to leading authorities in policy and health care in Washington, D.C. You’ll be able to research, collaborate, and discuss with classmates and instructors using online learning management systems. Engage with all the resources GW offers, including tutors, the writing center, career services, and libraries—all online.
  • A dedicated advisor from day one
    Each GW online student is assigned an academic advisor who will support your journey to graduation. You’ll get help finding resources, guidance on scheduling classes, answers to your questions, and more. As an online learner at GW, you’re never alone.
  • Round-the-clock tech support
    A late-night software malfunction won’t keep you from getting your assignment in on time. GW provides 24/7 technical support for our online students, ensuring you have complete access to what you need, when you need it.

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