Concentration in Healthcare Quality and Safety

Frequently Asked Questions

Prospective Students

The fellowship will specifically prepare graduates for careers in health services research and health policy related to healthcare improvement in academic, government, and community settings and for leadership positions in healthcare quality and safety operations

This is a full-time program. Students generally take 2 courses per semester over the course of 2 years. Students who remain clinically active are generally 80% students in the program / 20% clinical work.

Please contact one of the program directors: Jennifer Myers  or Kathy Shaw We have also created a diagram to help you think through the differences between these programs with respect to your career goals in quality and safety here.

Please refer to the How to Apply page for updated application requirements and how to apply online. Applicants who would like to be considered for the Concentration as part of their MSHP degree should explicitly indicate and explain this interest in their MSHP statement of purpose.

MSHP with Concentration in Healthcare Quality – Sample Schedule with 12 Creditsa, including Capstone Course

First Year

Second Year







HPR 6040 Introduction of Statistics of HPR

MWF 10:45 am-12:15 pm

HPR 6080 Applied Regression Analysis for

HPR TR 10:15 -11:44 am


HPR 5010 Economics of Health Care Delivery

TR 10:15-11:44 am

HPR 9510 Thesis I

HPR 6060 Fundamentals of Health Policy Elective

TR 10:15-11:44 am

HQS 6500 Systems Thinking & Patient Safety
R 1:45-4:30PM

HPR 6000

Introduction to Health Policy and Research

MWF 9:00-10:30 am

HPR 6030 Health Services and Policy Research Methods I

TR 8:30-9:59 am

HPR 6070 Health Services and Policy Research Methods II

 TR 8:30-9:59 am


HPR 9520  Thesis II


HQS 9900

QI Capstone I Course
R 5:15-6:15



Principles & Practice of QI

R 1:45-4:30PM





Academic calendars for each term are available here. Each cohort will begin in early July and completion of two (2) Summer courses is required.

Currently, tuition is $6,332 per HPR CU including fees. Total tuition will depend on the number of CUs required for the program. 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.

Prospective students should contact  Karen Shala with questions at