Become a high-quality patient-safety advocateMaster of Science in Healthcare Quality and Safety

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Why choose our program?

Designed for working professionals, the JU HQS programs offer flexible schedules with cutting-edge programming to take students to the next step in their career.

  • The Jacksonville University HQS program is one of an elite few in North America and JU is one of the 10 founding HQS schools working with the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) to develop industry standards for healthcare quality and safety accreditation
  • The JU HQS programs are offered in a 100% online format to meet the needs of working professionals.
  • JU is the home of the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Institute Regional Center

If you already have a master's degree, you might be interested in the post-graduate certificate in Healthcare Quality & Safety.

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Join us to meet with an admission's counselor and the Program Director, Dr. Teri Chenot.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. EST

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Our Curriculum

To obtain a Master of Science in Healthcare Quality and Safety, each student must complete 33 credit hours of graduate level coursework, in addition to one three credit hour capstone for a total of 36 credit hours.

  • HQS 501: Introduction to Healthcare Quality/Culture, Interprofessional Teams, and Simulation
  • HQS 502: Health Law, Regulatory Issues, and the Business of Healthcare Quality Improvement
  • HQS 503: Improvement Science, Human Factors, and Systems Thinking
  • HQS 512: Organization, Delivery, and Policy in Healthcare
  • HQS 514: Healthcare Leadership and Advanced Roles
  • HQS 516: Information Systems and Technology for Improved Healthcare
  • HQS 520: Biostatistics
  • HQS 525: Epidemiology
  • HQS 532: Introduction to the US Health System, Healthcare Quality and Safety
  • HQS 533: Quality and Safety in Healthcare
  • HQS 551: Advanced Role Practicum
  • HQS 560: Healthcare Quality and Safety Capstone Seminar and Project
Dr. Teri Chenot, the program manager for the program.

The level of clinical excellence can be increased, medical error prevention can be addressed, and health outcomes can be improved.

Dr. Teri ChenotAssociate Professor & Department Chair

Read more about Dr. Chenot's passion for patient safety

AdmissionsHow to Apply

Admission into the HQS program is selective and limited to those students who have demonstrated potential for successfully completing the program. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants must submit the following documents to be considered for admission:

  • Completed online graduate application.
  • Candidates must have earned a bachelor's degree with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of  a 3.0, or higher, on a 4.0 scale to be fully admitted.
  • A graduate entrance exam (GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, or MAT) may be required for applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Candidates where English is not the language of instruction must also submit a TOEFL score. Minimum score 650 (paper), 280 (computer), 114 (internet-based), or IELTS – 8.0.
  • Current CV or Resume.
  • Personal Statement of Purpose/Essay may be requested. 
  • Letters of recommendation may be requested.
  • Unencumbered background check completed by the start of the first semester. Information on the background check may need to be released to agencies for permission to participate at the healthcare site. If placement is denied by the agency, and an alternative site cannot be obtained, the student will not complete the program.

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Contact Information Healthcare Quality and Safety

Phone: (904) 256-7169
Email: hqs@ju.edu

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