Quality Improvement & Patient Safety

Elevating the Dialogue.

Please be aware: That both the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 programs are being planned for face to face delivery. This will be in accordance with relevant public health guidance and may change as necessary. Students will be updated accordingly.

Program Director:  Christine Shea

IHPME offers a MSc concentration in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety in a unique partnership with the University of Toronto’s Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. It is one of the first graduate programs in English Canada to offer a specific focus on quality improvement and patient safety.

The Quality Improvement and Patient Safety concentration provides students with the opportunity to focus their research and learning on both the theory and application of improvement science in real time. The program offers a comprehensive, innovative curriculum that incorporates the latest research and thinking in healthcare quality improvement, patient safety and leadership. IHPME faculty are recognized national and international leaders in the fields of improvement science, patient safety and health care leadership. Students work closely with faculty both in and out of the classroom applying their in-class learning to lead and evaluate a sustainable quality improvement initiative in the workplace. Offered in a modular format the program is designed to allow individuals to earn this research degree in one year without interrupting their careers.

Research and Practice.

The transdisciplinary curriculum provides a solid foundation in quality and safety improvement theory and research methods as they apply to the current Canadian health care context.

Students explore best practices in implementing quality improvement and develop the essential leadership and change management skills to successfully lead improvement across the system.

  • Improvement science theory and research methods
  • Measurement methods and tools
  • Best practices in implementing quality improvement and patient safety
  • Systems thinking
  • Theory and tools for leading change at the macro, meso and micro levels.

Welcome to Aspiring Leaders

The MSc concentration in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety is designed for high performers who wish to develop their expertise and lead quality improvement research or initiatives within their organizations or the broader health care system:

  • Early-career health professionals or physicians who are completing their residencies and looking for an area of specialty to advance their academic/research careers.
  • Mid-career physicians or health professionals (e.g., clinical managers, professional practice leaders, educators) with administrative responsibilities in acute care, rehabilitation/community care centres and community hospitals, primary care or long-term care facilities.
  • Mid-career administrators (e.g., program directors, VPs) within acute care, rehabilitation/community care centres and community hospitals, long-term care facilities, Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) or Community Care Access Centres (CCACs).
  • Policy-makers/planners involved in quality improvement initiatives.

Other questions?

Please contact Christine Shea, christine.shea@utoronto.ca, Program Director, for more information or to explore whether this degree is right for you.