The University of Alabama at Birmingham has partnered with NAHQ to make the MS in Healthcare Quality and Safety degree a great fit for the working professionals’ life. The 36 credit-hour program includes a capstone project where students tackle a problem specific to their organization. Students acquire skills to lead healthcare quality improvement strategies and teams.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham tailors its online Master of Science in Healthcare Quality and Safety (MSHQS) degree to fit lives of healthcare quality professionals. A recently formed partnership with the NAHQ makes this graduate education more accessible to those with the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) credential. This new partnership recognizes the CPHQ for master’s credit toward completion of the UAB MSHQS program. NAHQ members who hold the CPHQ can apply three credit hours toward the MSHQS, resulting in lower costs and a shorter timeframe for completing the degree.
A key element to UAB’s 36 credit-hour program is a capstone project where students work on a problem specific to their organization. This allows students to earn their degree while simultaneously becoming effective, efficient leaders at work.
“Capstone projects are awesome because they provide real synergy to combine, the student’s professional workplace opportunities with the educational efforts in a manner that provides positive outcomes and patient safety improvement,“ said Deborah Grimes, RN JD CHC CPHQ – member of the first UAB MSHQS graduating class and chief diversity officer, UAB Medicine. In addition, the program provides training in quantitative methods, leadership, and healthcare policy and regulation.
Since its inception, the UAB Graduate Programs in Healthcare Quality and Safety, which includes a Graduate Certificate in addition to the Master’s, have educated more than 300 administrators, nurses, patient safety officers, quality managers, providers, clinicians, and other professionals. Every year they accept 20-30 new students.
“Achieving safety in healthcare organizations is critical to attain high-quality healthcare, and our curriculum – with a focus on performance improvement and leadership – positions graduates to take the lead in the promotion of improved measures and the prevention of medical errors,” said Allyson Hall, PhD, program director, UAB Graduate Programs in Healthcare Quality and Safety.