Master of Science in Health Care Quality and Safety

Program Description | Admission | Degree Requirements | Courses


Program Description

The Master of Science in Health Care Quality and Safety degree program is targeted toward health care professionals engaged or planning to be engaged in leadership roles in the quality and safety areas in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and other health care organizations.  Professionals in health care quality and safety manage the strategic and operational aspects of quality operations; establish goals and standards; lead the quality improvement programs; provide training and coaching in quality improvement tools and techniques; develop, implement and monitor measures to assess quality performance; direct organization-wide quality initiatives including the National Patient Safety Initiatives; and direct ongoing monitoring of accreditation survey readiness activities.


Admission

Applicants seeking admission to the graduate program in health must submit the following directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

1.  A Graduate Studies Application with the application fee.
2.  Undergradiate degree from an accredited U.S. Institution.
3.  Official transcript(s) from all postsecondary scholls attended.
4.  Minimum GPA of 3.0.
5.  Official scores for the GRE, GMAT, MCAT, DAT< LSAT< USMLE< or other graduate school entrance exams obtained within the last 5 years.  This requirement may be waived if any of the following apply:

  1. Graduate or professional degree from U.S. accredited institueion.
  2. Successfully completed 9 or more hours of graduate coursework from an accredited institution in the U.S. with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  3. Evidence of a minimum of 3 years of professional supervisory experience in healthcare.

6.  Writing Samples:

  1. Please, include a 250-500 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study at Sam Houston State University, and your academic objectives, career goals, and related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities relevant to your program of interest.
  2. Please, provide a 500 word description of one key issue in Healthcare Quality or Patient Safety and discuss possible solutions.

7. Two letter of recommendation from:

  1. Individuals who served in a supervisory capacity and who can strongly attest to the appricant's work ethic, and/or
  2. Academic instructors who can strongly attest to the applicant's academic ability.

8.  A C.V. or resume.

9.  Evidence of health care work experience in clinical or non-clinical settings [referred.

10. On-campus or video interview with the MSHCQ&S faculty coordinator for selected competitive applicants meeting all admissions criteria.

11. The program currently does not accept international students.

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in Health Care Quality and Safety (Thesis Option)
Course Name Hours
Core Coursework (24 credit hours)
HLTH 5355 Health Services Administration 3
HLTH 5371 Health Care Quality and Safety 3
HLTH 6371 Advanced Concepts in Health Care Quality 3
HLTH 5373 Risk Management in Health Care Organizations 3
HLTH 6373 Leading Change in Healthcare Organizations 3
HLTH 5375 Statistical Design in Health 3
HLTH 5374 Resarch Seminar 3
HLTH 6384 Health Care Quality & Safety Capston 3
Internship (3 credit hours)
HLTH 6397 Internship 3
Thesis (6 credit hours)
HLTH 6098 Thesis I 3
HLTH 6399 Thesis II 3
Electives (3 credit hours) 6 credit hours from 5000-6000 level Health:
HLTH 5384 Quality and Safety Public Reporting Systems (Thesis Option Only)* 3
HLTH 5378 Health Care Informatics (Thesis Option Only)* 3
HLTH 5333 Foundations of Epidemiology* 3
HLTH 5381 Chronic Care Coordination 3
Total Credit Hours 36

 

Master of Arts in Health Care Quality and Safety (Non-Thesis Option)
Course Name Hours
Core Coursework (30 credit hours)
HLTH 5355 Health Services Administration 3
HLTH 5371 Health Care Quality & Safety 3
HLTH 6371 Advanced Concepts in Health Care Quality 3
HLTH 5373 Risk Management in Health Care Organizations 3
HLTH 6373 Leading Change in Healthcare Organizations 3
HLTH 5384 Quality and Safety Public Reporting Systems 3
HLTH 5375 Statistical Design in Health 3
HLTH 5378 Health Care Informatics 3
HLTH 5374 Research Seminar 3
HLTH 6384 Health Care Quality & Safety Capstone 3
Internship (3 credit hours)
HLTH 6397 Internship 3
Electives (3 credit hours) 3 credit hours from 5000-6000 level Health.
HLTH 5333 Foundations of Epidemiology* 3
HLTH 5381 Chronic Care Coordination 3
Total Credit Hours 36
Notes
Courses must be approved by the Health Graduate Coordinator



Courses

Health (HLTH)

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