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Patient Safety in Developing Countries

Summer Institute
Health Policy and Management
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online
Start Date
Thursday, June 8, 2023
End Date
Friday, June 9, 2023
Class Time(s)
Th, F, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
One Year Only
Next Offered
Only offered in 2023
Introduces students to the rapidly evolving field of patient safety in developing countries, focusing on health systems improvement. Explains the role of global organizations, national governments, institutions, local communities, and individuals in improving patient safety in developing countries. Reviews key global patient safety resources that can be utilized to enhance patient safety in developing country health systems. Teaches how to utilize a “problem-solving paradigm” to patient safety, conduct a patient safety situational analysis, and develop an action plan for patient safety at the institutional level. Explores the use of patient safety partnerships between hospitals as a model for inter-continental collaboration.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Discuss the current state of knowledge, challenges and opportunities related to patient safety & quality in developing country health systems
  2. Articulate the importance of establishing a culture of patient safety & quality within an organization
  3. Conduct a patient safety situational analysis in a health care organization in a developing country
  4. Define and describe essential management methods that can be used to develop a patient safety & quality action plan for a developing country institution
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 25% Participation
  • 75% Final Paper
Enrollment Restriction
Graduate level students only
Special Comments

Students are encouraged to register for the inperson section of this course. If you are not able to attend in person, this section of the course will be offered remotely, via Zoom, for 2 days in the HPM Summer Institute. Students are required to complete readings prior to the start of the course. The final assignments will be due no later than August 4, 2023.