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Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Course Descriptions

Implementation Science in Health and Health Care  

Course Directors:

Frances K. Barg, PhD, MEd                                                                                              Rinad Beidas, PhD                 

Course Description and Objective: In this course, we will highlight a suite of qualitative, quantitative and mixed research methods that address the features of implementation science. The course will include an introduction to the foundational aspects of implementation science, followed by guest speakers who describe their implementation science research. The structure of the course will focus on 3 successive stages-(1) introduction to the foundation/theory of implementation science, (2) exposure to researchers conducting implementation research, and (3) and learning how to critically evaluate and design implementation science studies. An emphasis on specific tools in qualitative and mixed methods approaches is included.

Principles & Practice of Quality Improvement

Course Directors:

Kathleen G. Burke, PhD, RN

Jennifer S. Myers, MD   

Course Description and Objective: The goal of this inter-professional course is to provide students with a broad overview of the principles and tools of quality improvement and patient safety in healthcare. It will provide a foundation for students or practicing clinicians interested in pursuing quality improvement and patient safety research and in applying these principles in clinical settings or administrative leadership positions. To get the full benefit of this course, students should use this course to identify the tools and design the methods that they plan to employ in a real quality improvement or patient safety project in their area of interest.


Course Directors:

Kathleen G. Burke, PhD, RN

Susan Keim, MSN, RN, CRNP

Course Description and Objective: This blended online/in-classroom graduate level course integrates principles of systems thinking with foundational concepts in patient safety. Utilizing complexity theories, students assess healthcare practices and identify factors that contribute to medical errors and impact patient safety. Using a clinical microsystem framework, learners assess a potential patient safety issue and create preventive systems. Lessons learned from the science of safety are utilized in developing strategies to enhance safe system redesign. Core competencies for all healthcare professionals are emphasized, content is applicable for all healthcare providers including, but not limited to, nurses, pharmacists, physicians, social workers and healthcare administrators, and may be taken as an elective by non-majors.

Penn Medicine University of Pennsylvania Medical campus