Master 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. Students must currently be working in healthcare.

Please refer to the Masters 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.

Courses Course Type Semester Day of Week Time

HQS601 Introduction to Healthcare Quality

1-week intensive

Summer I


8:30 – 4:30 daily

HQS XXX0 Applied Clinical Informatics for QI

TBD Spring Thursdays TBD
HQS603 Evaluating QI & PS Programs

Hybrid Fall Thursday 5:15-8:00

HQS612 Principles and Practice of QI

Hybrid Fall Thursdays 1:45-4:30

HQS640 Coaching QI Work

Hybrid* Fall 3 Thursdays 8:30-12:30

HQS650 Systems Thinking & Patient Safety

Hybrid* Spring Thursday 1:45-4:30

HQS990 Capstone

Hybrid* Spring Thursday 1:45-2:45

HQS991 Capstone

Independent Any NA NA

HQS XXX0 Healthcare Leadership in QI

Hybrid Summer I Tues + Thurs 5:15-8PM/1:45-4:30PM

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 Master in Healthcare Quality & Safety program begins each summer term.

Academic calendars for each term are available here.

Costs listed below reflect the 2022-2023 academic year for HQS courses per CU. The Master in Healthcare Quality & Safety is 10CUs total (8 required HQS CUs).
0.5CU 1.0CU 2.0CU 3.0CU
Tuition $2,673 $5,346 $10,692 $16,038
General Fee $228 $456 $912 $1,830
Technology Fee $97 $194 $388 $582
Clinical Fee $332
Total $2,998 $5,996 $11,992 $18,782

Visit Student and Financial Services to view the cost of required courses and electives outside of HQS.

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.

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

UPenn Full Time Faculty and Staff

CHOP Staff
CHOP Education Assistance FAQ

Penn Medicine Staff
Tuition Assistance Guide

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

Prospective students should contact Karen Shala with questions at

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