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MSHS in Health Care Quality: Curriculum

Curriculum Details


The MSHS in Health Care Quality requires successful completion of 36 credit hours including three credit hours of elective courses, selected in consultation with the program director, from existing online graduate courses in Medical Laboratory Sciences or Health Sciences.


An overview of the US health care system and the influence of health policy development and implementation on health care quality. Introduction to fundamental concepts of health care quality, patient safety, leadership, and change management. Applicants of the MSHS in Health Care Quality program may use the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) credential as an accepted equivalent.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Basic concepts and methods of biostatistics applied to translational research. Topics include distributions, populations and sample selection, variables, interaction and confounding, hypothesis formulation, correlation, t-tests, ANOVA, regression, and chi.

Students explore the basic concepts of epidemiology which includes various epidemiological study designs used to examine disease frequency, cause-effect relationships between risk factors and disease states, and effects of bias as examples. Students apply epidemiologic concepts in the context of translational research.

Approaches to medical informatics to support managerial decision making, patient care, and quality improvement in clinical practices. Ethical, legal, and social dimensions of health care information technology.

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.

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.

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Note, 45 transferrable credits required to apply for BSHS and BSHS/MSHS dual degree programs