Quality and Safety in Health Systems (MS)

The Master of Science: Quality and Safety in Health Systems degree emphasizes acquiring the critical knowledge and skills in patient-centered, value-based and outcome evaluation models that analyze effectiveness and efficiency of organization performance. The transdisciplinary challenges in the delivery and measurement of high quality and safe health care in a market of unprecedented change.

"The MS in Quality and Safety in Health Systems can be a productive career move for anyone who works in a health-related industry, from a medical office staff employee to a sales rep for medical devices. This degree helps you become really in tune with quality and safety across all facets of your organization, from patient satisfaction to employee protection."

The Master of Science Quality and Safety in Health Systems curriculum is structured to assist nurses in meeting the Essentials of Master's Education (AACN, 2011) 

Program Highlights

  • The first quality and safety master's degree program in the western United States
  • 35 credits
  • 5 semesters; including 1 summer semester
  • Interdisciplinary hybrid educational model
  • Learning deep dives
  • 300 practica hours at your workplace

The on-site deep-dive learning immersions will allow students to learn directly from experts in the field like CFOs, administrators, Medicare officers, and more, helping them to learn about and appreciate the different aspects of the interdisciplinary healthcare industry.

Who Should Apply?

Health professionals across specialties with a baccalaureate degree and an understanding of the concepts of patient care processes should apply. Nurses and other health professionals aspiring to improve the quality and safety of healthcare will benefit from this program. Graduates of this master’s program will be prepared to meet the demands of risk, quality and patient safety operations, and be equipped to lead the journey of creating a balanced and accountable highly reliable operation. 

Admission Information

  • All Application materials due by July 31, 2018.
  • Admission requirements can be found on the Graduate School website.
  • No library, technology, application or distance learning fees.
  • Inquire about our corporate tuition discount.

Contact Us

Interested in the Master of Science Quality and Safety in Health Systems program? Questions? Looking for more information?

  • Email the School of Nursing at nursing@up.edu
  • Call the School of Nursing at 503.943.7211
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The bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs at the University of Portland School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


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