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MSHS in Health Care Quality

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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Program Highlights


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.

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Why GW MSHS in Health Care Quality?

Hear from Program Director Sabrina Figueiredo as she shares her insights into the benefits of GW’s health care quality program.

Accreditation and Rankings

  • Fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • #63 Best National University*

* The U.S. News & World Report – 2022 Rankings

“The faculty was great overall. They are knowledgeable, caring and provide a variety of accessible instructional methods to learn the curriculum of the program.”
– Wendy Frisby, MSHS in Health Care Quality alumna, ‘17

Program Outcomes

After completing the program, students will be able to…

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:

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Tuition Details

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

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

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“The program and program goals were aligned with leading organizations in the health care quality field. The online format allowed the flexibility I needed to pursue a graduate degree as a military service member at home and abroad.”
– Angel Rivera, MSHS in Health Care Quality alumnus, ‘19

Meet the Program Director

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, 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.

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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  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers, at (visited on May 5, 2021)