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Patient Safety Leadership

Important Note: This is the archived version of the 2012–2014 Graduate Catalog. The information on these pages was archived on August 22, 2012 and will not be updated as requirement and/or program changes are approved.

Mailing Address:
University of Illinois at Chicago
School of Continuing Studies (MC 165)
1333 S. Halsted Street, Suite 225
Chicago, Illinois 60607-5019

Program code: 2EFS5142MSU
Phone: (866) 772-2268, option 1
Web site:
Director of Graduate Studies: William Chamberlin, MD
Program Director: Stacy D. Saxon, Ph.D.

Patient safety is an issue at the forefront of healthcare today. One in three patients admitted into a hospital suffer a medical error or adverse event – nearly 10 times greater than believed previously according to a 2011 study published in Health Affairs.  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 two Graduate Certificate Programs: Patient Safety, Error Science, and Full Disclosure and Patient Safety Organizations. The Patient Safety Leadership (PSL) program is designed to facilitate dynamic educational opportunities in a learner-centered environment for both clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals who desire to become leaders in patient safety and the delivery of quality healthcare. PSL students explore innovative ways to design quality patient care practices and develop a patient safety organizational culture. Learners will benefit from the focus on inter-professional 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 towards a culture of safety embedded in a just culture approach.

The program courses are delivered 100% online asynchronously using the Blackboard Learning Management System. In the online environment, PSL learners engage in self-directed and team-based learning. A three-day onsite residency requirement at the UIC campus provides learners the opportunity to practice and apply the tools and principles introduced in the preceding online courses, and to participate in active learning with cohort members in a face-to-face format.

Master of Science

The UIC College of Medicine confers the Master of Science in Patient Safety Leadership. The program is offered by the UIC Institute for Patient Safety Excellence (IPSE) and administered by the School of Continuing Studies (SCS).The program offers a unique interdisciplinary approach, as reflected in the IPSE mission statement to improve the safety and outcomes of patient care by:

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