Patient Safety Leadership

Mailing Address:

University of Illinois at Chicago

School of Continuing Studies (MC 165)

1333 S. Halsted Street, Suite 225

Chicago, Illinois   60607-5019


Phone: (866) 772-2268, option 1

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Patient safety is an issue at the forefront of healthcare today. Nearly 100,000 Americans are killed every year by preventable medical errors, according to an October 2008 New York Times op-ed. The elimination of error and risk in our healthcare system can translate directly into improved care and cost reduction. The emerging field of Patient Safety is revolutionizing healthcare for the 21st century.

The University of Illinois at Chicago offers the Master of Science in Patient Safety Leadership and Graduate Certificate in Patient Safety, Error Science and Full Disclosure to provide healthcare professionals the opportunity to explore ways to design quality patient care practices and to develop an organizational culture of patient safety. Learners will benefit from the focus on interprofessional teamwork, simulation training, communication and collaboration, medical error science, organizational change, and healthcare leadership. Graduates of the program will have the skills to design, implement, and lead a broad range of patient safety activities, including global transformation of the current error-ridden culture of healthcare.

The program courses are delivered using online instruction that emphasizes self-directed learning and team collaboration. An on-site residency in Chicago, Illinois, embedded within one of the courses, provides the opportunity for students to practice and apply the tools and principles introduced in online courses, and to participate in active learning with cohort members in a face-to-face format.

Master of Science

Degrees for the program are conferred by the UIC College of Medicine. The program is administered by the UIC Institute for Patient Safety Excellence (IPSE) in partnership with the School of Continuing Studies (SCS). The program is unique in its interdisciplinary approach, as reflected in the IPSE mission to improve the safety and outcomes of patient care through:

  1. Continuous improvement of the patient care process through analysis and measured change to current clinical programs in the inpatient and outpatient environments.
  2. Translating the knowledge gained from these interdisciplinary care processes to develop the research and education programs necessary to advance the national patient safety agenda.
  3. Sharing this interdisciplinary patient safety research and improvements in patient safety and patient care outcomes through educational programs, bringing benefit to all the people of Illinois and beyond.
  4. Fostering translational curricula, research and clinical practice that targets novel interdisciplinary approaches to patient care involving, but not limited to, all of the health science colleges, the College of Engineering and the College of Architecture and the Arts.

Detailed information about the program can be found at the UIC Online Web site at