The Health Care Quality Program

Welcome

The Health Care Quality Program at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) is an interdisciplinary program designed for healthcare professionals who want to advance their career and become leaders in Health Care Quality & Patient Safety. Our competency-based curriculum is informed by the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) and the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ).

As one of the first two quality and safety programs in North America to achieve national accreditation from the Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), our program aligns with the highest quality and safety education standards established by leading academics and practitioners. 

Our mission is to meet an emerging demand for quality and patient safety specialists who have the capacity and competence to grow and sustain a culture of continuous improvement at all levels and within every sector of the healthcare delivery system. Through a rigorous curriculum and an active-learning environment, graduates will be prepared for quality and patient safety leadership, management, and research positions within health care organizations or policy agencies. 

Through the program, students can receive a Graduate Certificate in Health Care Quality or Master’s in Health Sciences in Health Care Quality, both available online.

Accepting students since 2010, the program has earned a reputation of graduating leaders in the field, who go on to transform health care in their communities.

Programs
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Graduate Certificate in Health Care Quality

The George Washington University's (GW) Online Graduate Certificate in Health Care Quality is a fully online, 18 credit-hour graduate certificate program built on an interdisciplinary, practice-based curriculum and developed to prepare you for a leadership role in quality-based healthcare.

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MSHS in Health Care Quality

Created in partnership with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), 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.

Latest News

May 31, 2022
The MSHS Healthcare Quality Program has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). We are one of the first two quality and safety programs in North America to achieve CAHME-accreditation. 
March 31, 2022
Dr. Figueiredo co-authored, “Reducing research wastage by starting off on the right foot: Optimally framing the research question,” in the March issue of Quality of Life Research.