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Quality and Innovation in Health Care Scholarly Concentration

This program trains future clinicians to improve quality, safety and efficiency in health care systems. Scholarly Concentration students are immersed in a hospital, clinic or health department as they implement and assess practical solutions to real-world problems. By participating in interactive, workshop-style courses alongside various health care professionals, students master widely recognized approaches for continuous improvement and design thinking. Through completion of coursework and a quality improvement project, students can earn Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification. Students gain experience applying quality improvement and innovation frameworks that can be used in any specialty throughout their careers.


All coursework (except the online Fundamentals of Research and Scholarship course) takes place in Evansville. The scholarly project work occurs in Evansville.

Curriculum and Timeline

Students completing the Quality and Innovation in Health Care concentration fulfill the same core curriculum as students in other concentrations. The didactic components provide a strong academic and experiential foundation in health care quality and innovation that is vital for completion of the core curriculum project and product.

Recommended Pathway

*Available mid-December to mid-February.

Students determine if a concentration pathway will fit in their schedule by contacting concentration co-directors. Actual pathway may vary.

Scholarly Project Topic Examples

Whether applying innovative technologies or simple changes to an existing health care process, all Scholarly Concentration projects provide an opportunity for students to apply the tools learned through this program, such as design-thinking, data-driven decision-making, and continuous improvement frameworks. Students are welcome to come up with their own project idea.

Example Topics include:

  • Working with the local Health Department to improve rates of HPV vaccination
  • Analyzing a large EMR dataset to determine real-world outcomes associated with a cardiac procedure
  • Assessing clinical use of new technology to improve communication with non-English speaking populations
  • Working with a post-discharge clinic to reduce hospital readmission rates for high risk patients
  • Analyzing real-world utilization of IV’s and phlebotomy testing in different hospital branches


42731-Garcia, Kara

Kara Garcia, PhD

Assistant Research Professor of Radiology & Imaging Sciences

Bio and Contact Information

44106-Chlebowski, Arthur

Arthur L. Chlebowski, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

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MD Student News

Concentration Topic: Quality and Innovation in Health Care

Kara Garcia, PhD, and Steven Becker, MD, share details on the Quality and Innovation in Health Care Scholarly Concentration, which trains future clinicians to improve quality, safety and efficiency in health care systems in any specialty throughout their careers. 

IU School of Medicine  |  Feb 11, 2019