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Graduate Committee
Dr. Tammy Webster (Chair), Tanya Custer (Program Director), Dr. Karen Honeycutt, Dr. Victoria Kennel, and Kimberly Michael.

The Healthcare Quality Improvement subplan provides healthcare professionals with an academic foundation in quality improvement focusing on system and social influence of quality and safety, the design of quality improvement initiatives, and the implementation and evaluation of improvement initiatives. Students enrolling in the Healthcare Quality Improvement subplan must successfully complete the four quality improvement courses as listed below:

Core Courses (15 Credit Hours)
HDS 831MANAGEMENT IN HEALTH CARE3
HDS 852DESIGN OF QUALITY IMPROVEMENT INITIATIVES3
HDS 860INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH INFORMATICS 3
HSRA 872HEALTH CARE FINANCE AND ECONOMICS3
HPTT 823LEADERSHIP IN HEALTH PROFESSIONS EDUCATION3
Total Credit Hours15
Capstone I & II (3 Credit Hours)
HDS 871INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL PORTFOLIO 1
HDS 872DIGITAL PORTFOLIO CAPSTONE2
Total Credit Hours3
Required Healthcare Quality Improvement Courses
HDS 850FOUNDATIONS OF QUALITY IMPROVEMENT3
HDS 851SYSTEM AND SOCIAL INFLUENCES IN QUALITY AND SAFETY3
HDS 853IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION OF QUALITY IMPROVEMENT INITIATIVES3
Total Credit Hours9
Electives (3 Credit Hours total)
HDS 815COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE IN HEALTHCARE3
HDS 823PRINCIPLES OF CRITICAL INQUIRY2
HDS 826HEALTH CARE ETHICS AND CRITICAL THINKING3
HDS 830SCANNING HEALTH CARE ENVIRONMENT3
HDS 850FOUNDATIONS OF QUALITY IMPROVEMENT3
HDS 851SYSTEM AND SOCIAL INFLUENCES IN QUALITY AND SAFETY3
HDS 853IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION OF QUALITY IMPROVEMENT INITIATIVES3
HDS 873SPECIAL TOPICS IN HEALTHCARE1-4

Total Credit hours:   30 credit Hours