This program trains future clinicians to improve quality, safety and efficiency in health care systems. While cutting-edge technologies and scientific discoveries are important in medicine, simple changes – such as reducing time or waste in a process – can also have a dramatic impact on health care. Scholarly Concentration students are immersed in a hospital, clinic or health department as they implement and assess practical solutions to real-world problems. This concentration provides students a tool set that can be used in any specialty throughout their careers. By participating in interactive, workshop-style courses alongside various healthcare professionals, students master widely recognized approaches for continuous improvement and design thinking. Through completion of coursework and a scholarly project in quality improvement, students earn Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification. Whether the problem is general or highly technical, all projects apply the same principles of innovation, data-driven decision-making, and continuous improvement.
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.