Patient Safety


Graduate Certificate
4 course, 12 credit

Full-time or part-time

100% online learning with flexible modules that allow participants to learn at their own pace

Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Patient Safety provides the next generation of patient safety experts with the knowledge and practical skills needed to design safer systems of care and promote a culture of safety. The program follows the vision and mission of the Institute of Healthcare Improvement and empowers learners to work toward being a “Certified Professional In-Patient Safety” (CPPS) through the Institute. 

Who’s this for?

The program is for clinicians who wish to incorporate the latest skills, knowledge, and principles to ensure safety for patients and colleagues. It is also relevant to healthcare leaders and administrators who wish to implement the most up-to-date patient safety practices and policies in their organizations.

Program Objectives

  • Using systems theory and concepts to design and/or evaluate safety improvement strategies that advance healthcare quality and safety. 
  • Analyze the impact of national regulatory and policy decisions on patient safety in healthcare.
  • Describe high reliability strategies and discuss how they can be adapted for healthcare systems.
  • Explain the role of communication errors in undermining patient safety.
  • Analyze the concept of safety culture on healthcare delivery.
  • Analyze the impact of adverse events and medical errors on clinician wellness.
  • Demonstrate how effective data collection and measurement tools advance patient safety.
  • Analyze the effectiveness and limitations of a quality improvement model.

More Information

For more information, please contact:

Ruth Ann Murray
Assistant Dean for Graduate and Workforce Development Programs

[email protected]


To apply you need a minimum of a baccalaureate degree or equivalent.