Certificate in Healthcare Quality and Safety

How to Apply

All applicants will be required to submit the following materials:

An updated CV detailing your relevant education and experience.

A one-page description of your career goals that includes a description of how the HQS certificate program meets your educational objectives.

Your personal statement should include the following:

  • A brief summary of your background and current role in healthcare
  • A description of why you are interested in the program and how you feel the program could advance your professional career goals
  • Consider sharing one or more examples of improvement opportunities in your environment that you would like to work on in the program (optional)

Two letters of recommendations are required from individuals who can speak to your academic or professional preparation and experience.

For applicants who are part of a training program, please include one letter of recommendation from your program director and one from a leader in quality and safety in your division/department.

Please notify your letter writers of the LoR deadline (same as application deadline).

  • Physician Fellows applications – 11/30/2022
  • All other applicants – 3/1/2023

There is a $75 application fee through the online application interface, which accepts credit cards.

Unofficial transcripts from past undergraduate and graduate degrees are optional. 


Applicants Must:

  • Have a minimim of a bachelor’s degree
  • Be working in a healthcare setting for at least 2 years
  • Live in the United States and be able to attend in person class session in the city of Philadelphia 
Applicants who meet the admissions criteria will be interviewed by program faculty.

Tuition Information

We encourage prospective students to explore funding options prior to applying.
Costs listed below reflect the 2023-2024 academic year for HQS courses per CU. The Certificate in Healthcare Quality & Safety is 4CUs total over the course of two academic years.
 0.5 CU1 CU
General Fee$237$474
Technology Fee$101$202

Employees of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine, and CHOP may be eligible for tuition benefits. If you are employed outside of the above named institution,  please refer to your employee handbook.

University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine, and CHOP Tuition Benefits Tip Sheet

UPenn Full Time Faculty and Staff

CHOP Staff
CHOP Education Assistance FAQ

Penn Medicine Staff
Tuition Assistance Guide

Penn CHIPS Health Equity Improvement Scholarship for Trainees
Program Start Date: July 2024

Deadline: 11/30/2023

Click here to access the RFA.

Department of Medicine HQS Scholarship for Fellows
Program Start Date: July 2024

Deadline: 11/30/2023

Click here to access the RFA.