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Quality Management Concepts and Tools for Healthcare in Low and Middle income Countries

Course Status

2nd Term
MAS Office
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
The field of healthcare quality is rapidly evolving. Over the past decade its use has led to improved patient outcomes, lower costs, and improved efficiency of healthcare services in diverse contexts. As demand for better healthcare escalates, leaders and managers face the imperative to improve efficiency and quality and eliminate error and wasteful procedures. The dynamic transformations in the healthcare landscape require system-wide performance improvement to ensure evidence-based standards of practice; effective engagement of all stakeholders; and options for reconfiguring healthcare to optimize the care process. Healthcare leaders are the primary audience for this course.
Presents the concepts, principles, and tools of total quality management methods for health systems in low and middle income economies. Emphasizes integrated health systems management; fostering a genuine team approach in the face of an hierarchical tradition; central importance of community governance; interventions designed based on evidence and standards of practice and in an equitable fashion; introducing a measurement-based approach to problem solving, emphasizing analysis of service delivery process and outcome; and integrating implementation science as an integral component of the management system.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe the principles, tools and methods for developing quality improvement initiatives
  2. Determine stakeholder expectations to design appropriate delivery systems and metrics of performance standards
  3. Determine the root cause of quality deficiencies and apply team based problem solving methods to optimize systems and address poor performance
  4. Assess the costs of poor quality and of quality improvement
  5. Develop performance monitoring systems and indicators to manage performance of healthcare
  6. Apply concepts and tools to design quality improvement initiatives for healthcare improvement in various systems
  7. Explain the importance of data in measuring the quality of a health activity
  8. Discuss why good two-way communication up and down the health structure is critical to high quality of services
Enrollment Restriction
Restricted to students in MAS in Global Health Planning and Management