This program trains future clinicians to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of health care. Students are immersed in a hospital, clinic, health department, or other health systems as they implement and assess practical solutions to real-world problems in health care. Scholarly Concentration projects may stem from quality improvement initiatives in local health care systems or translational research projects in health care innovation.
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 Foundations of Translational Research course) takes place in Evansville. The scholarly project 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.