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  • MS in Quality, Safety, and Risk Management in Healthcare

    Overview

    The MS in Quality, Safety, and Risk Management in Healthcare prepares you to lead organizational efforts that improve and monitor quality metrics, improve safety for both patients and staff, and manage risks in a dynamic healthcare environment.

    This interdisciplinary patient safety and healthcare quality master's program is designed for healthcare professionals seeking to develop essential competencies to assess, monitor, and improve healthcare outcomes in community-based care delivery settings, hospitals, and other healthcare organizations. 

    Upon graduation, you will be able to:

    • Apply a legal and ethical framework of healthcare delivery
    • Further the role of the quality, safety, and risk management professional in the healthcare system through scholarship, clinical experience, and organizational involvement 
    • Demonstrate critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills in decision-making
    • Integrate multiple technologies and relevant theories into the organization and synthesis of health data to care for patients, families and communities
    • Demonstrate leadership through the development of outcome-based standards of care and practice-based health policy issues
    • Evaluate and modify the quality and effectiveness of care based on current research findings, standards of care, and patient outcomes
    • Contribute to the advancement of healthcare and humanity through communication, collaboration and education

    Program Features

    • Designed for those interested in a career that will impact quality, safety and risk management in the healthcare industry
    • Faculty who are current practicing experts in the fields of law, quality, patient safety, and risk management 
    • Interdisciplinary structure, offering the opportunity to learn and work collaboratively as you would in practice
    • Realistic virtual simulation experiences and a short on-campus experience in our state-of-the-art simulation labs, which allow you to apply principles learned throughout the program to realistic, high stakes, simulation activities
    • Three-year tuition lock for those who complete the program within 3 years 

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.

    Curriculum

    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    MS Core Courses 
    HSAD 530Politics and Policy of Healthcare Resources 
    HSAD 505Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Management and Policy 
    IPS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare 
    RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics 
    RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research 
    Track Courses 
    IPS 501Legal Compliance: Structure and Implementation 
    IPS 504Regulations in Health Care 
    IPS 505Health Care Quality and the Legal Context 
    IPS 506HIPAA: A Patient’s Legal Right to Privacy 
    IPS 584Analysis of Performance Standards in Healthcare Quality 
    IPS 585Science of Safety, Human Factors, and Systems Thinking 
    IPS 586Creating a Culture of Safety 
    IPS 601Quality, Safety, and Risk Management Capstone  
    Total Credits48.0

    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
    • GPA of 3.0 or above on all previous coursework or last 60 credits completed
      • Those with a lower GPA may be considered on an individual basis
    • While specific clinical work and/or volunteer experience is not required, it may make your application more competitive

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two professional letters of recommendation from colleagues or supervisors who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study
      • Letters must include the address, phone number, and signature of your recommender
    • Personal statement describing your interest in the program and particular specialty
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    An admissions interview may be required

    Tuition

    The tuition rate for the academic year 2017-2018 is $940 per credit. (A 10% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1044 per credit)


    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

     

    Academic Calendar

    2017-2018 Academic Year

    Term 
    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2017     

    September 25, 2017

    December 9, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    December 16, 2017

    Winter 2018 

    January 8, 2018

    March 17, 2018

    March 19, 2018

    March 24, 2018

    Spring 2018 

    April 2, 2018

    June 9, 2018

    June 11, 2018

    June 15, 2018

    Summer 2018 

    June 25, 2018

    September 1, 2018

    September 4, 2018

    September 8, 2018

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