Certificate in Healthcare Quality and Safety

Program Description

The Certificate in Healthcare Quality Improvement and Patient Safety is designed for fellows, faculty, and staff who are interested in acquiring a robust foundation in the science of quality improvement and patient safety. Certificate students complete two core courses, an elective, and complete a mentored capstone QI project as part of the program.

The certificate is offered to faculty within the Perelman School of Medicine, post-graduate fellows within graduate medical education training programs at Penn and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and other health care professionals within the Penn community that seek knowledge and skills in quality improvement and patient safety, but not the time commitment of a masters program.

FORMAT
In-person
LENGTH
1-3 years
COURSE UNITS
4 CUs

Below are examples of both one-year and two-year schedules. Please note that there are a few electives that are held during the UPenn summer semester. Examples of schedules that include these summer options are not shown below. Elective options can be found on the Curriculum page 

One-Year Option
Two-Year Option
Fall
Spring
Fall
Spring

HQS 612

HQS 990

HQS 612

HQS 650 OR
HQS 990

Fall II
Spring II

Elective

HQS 650

Elective

HQS 650 OR
HQS 990