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5/3/2012 6:00 PM

​​The Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) at the University of Toronto, in consultation with the Centre for Patient Safety, have launched a Master of Science (Quality Improvement and Patient Safety).

The new MSc concentration in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety provides students with the opportunity to focus their research and learning on all aspects of improvement science, current issues in healthcare quality and safety and relevant leadership and influencing skills. The program is offered in a modular format to allow individuals to earn this research degree in one year without interrupting their careers. Apply now for the Fall 2012 program; applications are due by May 15, 2012.

The transdisciplinary curriculum provides a solid foundation in quality and safety improvement theory and research methods as they apply to the current Canadian healthcare context. Students will also explore best practices in implementing quality improvement and develop the necessary leadership and change management skills to lead improvement across the system. Key areas of study include:

  • Improvement science theory and research methods
  • Measurement methods and tools
  • Best practices in implementing quality improvement and patient safety
  • Systems thinking
  • Theory and tools for leading change at the macro, meso and micro levels

The new concentration in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety links theory to practice. Students will lead and evaluate a sustainable quality improvement initiative within the workplace. 

The new MSc concentration in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety is designed for high performers who wish to develop their expertise and lead quality improvement research or initiatives within their organizations or the broader healthcare system, including:

  • Early-career health professionals or physicians who are completing their residencies and looking for an area of specialty to advance their academic/research careers
  • Mid-career physicians or health professionals (e.g., clinical managers, professional practice leaders, educators) with administrative responsibilities in acute care, rehab/CCC and community hospitals, primary care or long-term care facilities
  • Mid-career administrators (e.g., program directors, VPs) within acute care, rehab/CCC and community hospitals, long-term care facilities, LHINs or CCACs
  • Policy-makers/planners involved in quality improvement initiatives

Contact Elaine Aimone, Project Lead at e.aimone@utoronto.ca, for more information or to explore whether this degree is right for you.