Certificate in Healthcare Quality and Safety

Frequently Asked Questions

Prospective Students

Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, administrators, and other personnel who are involved in leading improvements in the healthcare delivery system and who desire more formal skills in the field of quality improvement and patient safety.

Visit our Who Should Apply? page.

Please refer to the Certificate Admissions page for updated application requirements and how to apply online.

HQS courses are typically held on Thursdays. Electives will vary. Below is the current 2022-2023 schedule for HQS required courses and select electives.

Courses Course Type Semester Day of Week Time

HQS612 Principles and Practice of QI


Fall Thursday 1:45-4:30

HQS650 Systems Thinking & Patient Safety

Hybrid* Spring Thursday 1:45-4:30

HQS990 Capstone

Hybrid* Spring Thursday 1:45-2:45

Course schedules are published and updated for upcoming schedules on the Penn SRFS website here. Note that course times and locations are subject to change and will be updated.

*Some online and hybrid courses will not meet every week and have both synchronous and asynchronous components. Contact us for exact dates for the current year.

The Healthcare Quality & Safety Certificate program begins in the fall.

Academic calendars for each term are available here.

Currently, tuition is $5,996 per CU including fees. The HQS Certificate program requires a total of 4CUs.

These numbers are subject to change and will be updated on the Penn SRFS website.

Depending on your employment status, you may be eligible for tuition benefits. You can view our Tuition Benefits Tip Sheet here.

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Other applicants can apply for financial aid through the Penn SRFS website.

Applicants are notified of their admissions decision via the online application system in mid spring.

Fellows who apply during the fall will be notified by December 15.

Prospective students should contact Karen Shala with questions at kshala@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Courses from the Certificate program may be applied to the Master’s degree. Please see the visual below for the differences between the two.