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

    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 

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    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.

    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.

    Graduate students who utilize student loans (FAFSA) must maintain a minimum enrollment of 4.5 credits per term.

    MS Core Courses  
    HSAD 530 Politics and Policy of Healthcare Resources  4.0
    HSAD 505 Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Management and Policy  4.0
    IPS 544 Quality and Safety in Healthcare  3.0
    RSCH 503 Research Methods and Biostatistics  3.0
    RSCH 504 Evaluation and Translation of Health Research  3.0
    Track Courses  
    IPS 501 Legal Compliance: Structure and Implementation  4.5
    IPS 504 Regulations in Health Care  4.5
    IPS 505 Health Care Quality and the Legal Context  4.5
    IPS 506 HIPAA: A Patient’s Legal Right to Privacy  4.5
    IPS 584 Analysis of Performance Standards in Healthcare Quality  3.0
    IPS 585 Science of Safety, Human Factors, and Systems Thinking  3.0
    IPS 586 Creating a Culture of Safety  2.0
    IPS 601 Quality, Safety, and Risk Management Capstone   5.0
    Total Credits 48.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0
      • If your GPA is lower, you're still encouraged to apply, but should ensure that relevant professional experience is included on your resume. You must also provide two professional letters of recommendation from either previous or immediate supervisors or former faculty members who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study.
    • 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
    • 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 2020-2021 is $1026 per credit. (A 10% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1140 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.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • 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.

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    Academic Calendar

    2020-2021 Academic Year

    Term

    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2020

    September 21, 2020

    December 5, 2020

    December 7, 2020

    December 12, 2020

    Winter 2021

    January 4, 2021

    March 13, 2021

    March 15, 2021

    March 20, 2021

    Spring 2021

    March 29, 2021

    June 5, 2021

    June 7, 2021

    June 12, 2021

    Summer 2021

    June 21, 2021

    August 28, 2021

    August 30, 2021

    September 4, 2021

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