Pre-service Quality Improvement Module Outline

The purpose of this module is for students in health care professions to attain knowledge, attitudes, and competencies required to continuously improve health care once they are in active service.

At the end of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Understand and explain the fundamental concepts and principles of quality of health care;
  • Set improvement aims defining what is to be achieved and how these aims will be measured;
  • Create and manage an improvement team;
  • Conduct an analysis to understand what the quality gap is and what is the cause;
  • Develop (identify), test, and implement prioritized actions (changes) to address gaps; and
  • Manage, analyze, and use data for the improvement process.

This module is designed to be integrated into an existing course or curriculum where a few hours per week could be dedicated to classroom training followed by hands-on training at a practicum site.  Depending on how it is organized by an institution, the classroom portion of the module is likely take from 9 to 15 hours. The practicum part of the module may be 30 to 55 hours over the course of 8 to 10 weeks or one semester, depending on how the activities are set up and how quickly the students pick up the skills.

Report Author(s): 
Kim Ethier Stover, Lisa Dolan-Branton and Prisca Muange
Organization(s): 
USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project/URC
ASSIST publication: 
ASSIST publication
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