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10/15/2012 6:00 PM
​​The University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation is offering a concentration in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety in its MSc Program, in collaboration with the Centre for Patient Safety.  This graduate research degree prepares students to create and apply evidence in this emerging field, and to lead sustainable quality improvement within organizations and across the healthcare system. 

This one-year research degree provides a strong foundation in:

    • 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

The Msc(QIPS) is designed for high performing administrators, physicians and health professionals. The modular format allows students to earn their degree in one year without interrupting their career. The initial cohort of 25 students began their courses in September 2012. The students represent a range of health professionals and health sectors and generously add their knowledge and experience to class discussions.   

The deadline for applications for the 2013-14 academic year is November 15, 2012. Courses begin in September 2013.  

The program’s faculty are recognized national and international leaders in the fields of improvement science, patient safety, risk management and healthcare leadership and bring a diverse mixture of professional, clinical and managerial backgrounds: 

    • Ross Baker Full Professor, IHPME, with 20 years of experience,  more than 50 relevant publications in quality improvement and patient safety, author of the book High Performing Healthcare Systems – Delivering Quality by Design, and one of the founders of the Dartmouth Faculty Symposium on Quality Improvement held annually since 1994;
    • Kaveh Shojania, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, is the Director of the University of Toronto Centre for Patient Safety and holds a Canada Research Chair in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement; published over 100 peer reviewed articles including in leading journals, such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the CMAJ.; lectured widely on issues related to the scholarly advancement of patient safety and quality improvement, including twice delivering invited lectures to the US Institute of Medicine; and Editor of the BMJ Quality & Safety, the leading journal in the field;
    • Ed Etchells, Site Director, Sunnybrook HSC site for U of T Patient Safety Centre; Associate Scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute has  70 peer reviewed publications, including being on the Canadian Adverse Events study and recent publications on the economics of patient safety, and principal investigator or co-principal investigator on numerous grants from CIHR and Canadian Patient Safety Institute on patient safety informatics and medication safety issues;
    • Paula Blackstien-Hirsch, Quality and Patient Safety Consultant supporting a broad range of healthcare organizations, and Associate Faculty, NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement; has led system level improvement provincially and nationally as Senior Director, Canadian Patient Safety Institute, Executive Director, Centre for Healthcare Quality Improvement, and Director, Hospital Report Research Collaborative, UofT.
    • Polly Stevens, Vice President, Risk Management, Hospital Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC), has led hospital wide improvements and risk management as Director of Quality and Risk Management at the Hospital for Sick Children and American Hospital Association Patient Safety Fellow with a focus on assessing macro system risks and learning from low frequency, high severity events.  
    • Chris Hayes, Critical Care Physician, Medical Director Quality and Patient Safety St. Michaels’ Hospital, Medical Officer for Canadian Patient Safety Institute, Graduate of IHI Patient Safety Executive Officer Training Program, member CPSI/ RCPSC Safety Competencies project; Scientist in the Keenan Research Centre of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital; and
    • Lianne Jeffs, Assistant Professor Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, Director of Nursing Research at St. Michael’s Hospital where she has led and collaborated on nursing and interprofessional quality improvement and safety knowledge translation and education strategies involving action learning projects.

For more information on the MSc Quality Improvement and Patient Safety contact Elaine Aimone by email at or by phone at 416-946-5608. Program details are available on the IHPME website at