MSHS in Health Care Quality

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Impact health care through policy, patient-centeredness, improvement science, and culture change

The online Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Health Care Quality was developed for health care professionals aspiring to become patient safety and quality leaders and meet the growing demand for quality-based care.


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Total Credits



24 months

Average Duration

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Program Highlights

  • The program is completed 100% online in just 24 months with no visits to campus required; all coursework is delivered asynchronously fully online in a flexible format
  • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). The MSHS in Health Care Quality program is one of the first quality & safety programs in North America to achieve CAHME Accreditation.
  • Created in partnership with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
  • The program is ideal for health care professionals looking to advance into leadership roles in health care quality, patient safety, or research
  • Since 2010 the program has been graduating leaders who impact health and health care delivery across the U.S.
  • 84% Job Placement Rate Post-Graduation


The MSHS in Health Care Quality requires successful completion of 36 credit hours. This comprehensive and rigorous curriculum covers 13 domains and 20 competencies related to health care quality and safety while focusing on quality improvement, patient safety science, leadership, and evidence-based practice.


Accreditation and Rankings

  • GWU is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • #62 Best National University*
  • #15 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs*
  • #8 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans*

* The U.S. News & World Report – 2023 Rankings

- wendy frisby, mshs in health care quality alumna, ‘17

Program Outcomes

After completing the program, students will be able to…

  • Evaluate appropriate quality improvement patient safety, leadership, organizational change, and research theories/standards applicable to healthcare
  • Develop quality and patient safety improvement initiatives
  • Assess information technology systems to determine the level of support for quality improvement
  • Formulate organizational change plans to sustain a quality-focused culture

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 real-world skills including data management, analysis of clinical research, and organizational leadership.

There is an expected 32% increase in jobs for Medical and Health Services Managers between 2019 and 2029. The median income for professionals in this category is $104,280 in 2020.1

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

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

Admission Requirements

To apply for the MSHS in Health Care Quality, you’ll need:

Completed application
3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
Bachelor’s degree
Personal statement
Two letters of recommendation


Tuition Details

The MSHS in Health Care Quality at GW consists of 36 credit hours. Explore the cost per credit hour and total estimated program costs.

Note: Tuition rates are subject to change and additional fees may vary by program.


– angel rivera, mshs in health care quality alumnus, ‘19

Meet the Program Director

Sabrina Figueiredo


GW’s experienced faculty provide you with the rich, practical knowledge and support needed for you to succeed in the program and in your career.

Sabrina Figueiredo, PhD, MSc

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Sabrina Figueiredo, Ph.D., MSc, joined the George Washington University (SMHS) as director of the Health Care Quality (HCQ) Program in 2020. Figueiredo comes to GW from McGill University in Montreal, where she served as assistant director of the physical therapy program.

Figueiredo has 20 years of clinical experience in physical therapy, where she focused on rehabilitating seniors and individuals with musculoskeletal disabilities. Her research portfolio, however, is focused in HCQ. “I’m interested in patient-centered outcomes and the coordination of care — how we can deliver health care services based on patient expectations,” she said.

Figueiredo also studies creating innovative measurement strategies to contribute evidence to patient-centered outcomes and care, as well as developing telehealth initiatives to improve seniors’ outcomes. In partnership with the Children’s National Hospital, Dr. Figueiredo is working on a research project to understand the impact of provider burnout in health care quality.

During her tenure at McGill University, she oversaw initiatives related to curriculum development, program evaluation, and accreditation. She created a program logic model and an assessment-and-implementation plan deemed best practices by the Canadian Physiotherapy Accreditation Regulatory Body.

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