“The MSc(HQ) program at Queen's University has effectively helped me develop and drive improvements into my practice area. The measurement and reporting techniques I have learned have been invaluable. With an eye on systems, I've used my new skills and knowledge to improve care delivery and safety, reduce cost, and build better teams. I would strongly recommend the MSc(HQ) to any professional who touches the healthcare system."
Jon Schmid, RN, BScN, Clinical Operations Manager | Emergency Department, Royal University Hospital
The Master of Science in Healthcare Quality MSc(HQ) is the first of its kind, specializing in linking theory and practice in quality, risk, and safety in healthcare. We offer interdisciplinary courses, led by leaders in their fields, valuable international experience and convenient distance learning. Unparalleled in its scope, the new Master of Science in Healthcare Quality is the only program in Canada to address the growing need for interactions across disciplines, professions and communities. Join us on the forefront of improving healthcare quality, risk, and safety in Canada and worldwide. We promote, innovate and disseminate the theoretical and practical core concepts about quality, risk, and safety in healthcare. In the Master of Science in Healthcare Quality program MSc(HQ), you will engage in study and application that will enhance your understanding of quality improvement, and risk reduction, as well as, give you the ability to promote safety within the healthcare system. You will learn how to systematically examine, evaluate and measure current tools and approaches for system improvements.
The Master of Science in Healthcare Quality program is designed for young professionals or mid- to senior-level executives who wish to continue to work full time, while pursuing an advanced degree. Professionals that may be well suited to taking the Master of Healthcare quality are:
- Business professionals
- Healthcare professionals
- Professional administrators
- Policy advisors
Career paths – employment opportunities
Graduates can expect to find exciting and varied employment opportunities in many different fields, such as in a law or engineering firm, in business, in provincial and federal government, or in hospital administration and policy.
M.Sc.: 2 full years of part time study, comprised of three semesters each.
Method of Completion
This part time, two year program consists of seven required courses, plus a project. Courses include:
1) Introduction to Quality, Risk and Safety;
2) Process Improvement in Healthcare;
3) Research and Evaluation Methods to Assess Quality, Risk & Safety;
4) Law, Risk and Healthcare;
5) Organizational Behaviour in Healthcare;
6) Human Factors in Safety;
7) Public Policy, Politics, and Quality Healthcare;
8) Project in Healthcare Quality.
An elective course, International Perspectives on Quality Risk and Safety, will also be offered. The Master of Science in Healthcare Quality degree program will be delivered on a part time basis over two years by an interdisciplinary team from the Faculties of Health Science, Law, and Engineering as well as the Schools of Business and Policy Studies at Queen's University. The interdisciplinary team of experts in the areas of quality, risk and safety will provide learners with a unique opportunity to link theoretical foundations with practical application.
The Master of Science in Healthcare Quality degree program will be delivered on a part time basis over two years by an interdisciplinary team from the Faculties of Health Science, Law, and Engineering as well as the Schools of Business and Policy Studies at Queen’s University. The interdisciplinary team of experts in the areas of quality, risk and safety will provide learners with a unique opportunity to link theoretical foundations with practical application.
Courses will primarily be offered online, but students will be expected to attend two, one-week intensive on campus sessions. The first of these sessions will be in the first week of the fall semester of year one, and the second will be the first week of the winter semester, year two. The remainder of the courses will be delivered through interactive online classes and independent learning. Students will be expected to carry between 1 and 2 courses at a time.
- Two intensive on campus week sessions
- Interactive on line classes
- Independent study
- Research project
Through the combination of course work, lecture and discussion, the program will stress the development of a theoretical knowledge base combined with the practical ability to apply concepts and measure results in quality, risk and safety in healthcare.
The Master of Science in Healthcare Quality is an interdisciplinary program. As such, students are able to work in a variety of different fields.
Supervisors are available for the following interests: business, engineering, nursing, anesthesiology, medicine, policy, law, pharmacy, hospital administration and human factors.
Students applying to this program should refer the School of Graduate Studies Academic Calendar for updated graduate school requirements
Students requesting admission to the program will normally have graduated with a minimum of a second class standing of a B or 70% (GPA 3.0) from an accredited, baccalaureate granting University, with a preferred degree in a healthcare discipline, law, business, engineering, or policy studies.
Students will also have undergraduate courses in statistics and evidence of an understanding of research methodology and or quality improvement experience.
A TOEFL score (or equivalent) with satisfactory standing may be required if native languages of a student do not include English
Key Dates and Deadlines
Application Deadline: February 1st of each year
Application Fee: $105
Course Fees: $13,324.98 per year
Additional Fees: $1500 program fee. If you attend the summer elective at the Castle there is also an additional fee.
Degree Level Expectations - M.Sc.(HQ) (308 KB)
"I was looking for a graduate program that encompassed the bigger system wide issues that are currently affecting the healthcare system in Canada. As soon as I saw the information about the Queen's MSc in Healthcare Quality, Risk and Safety I knew it was for me because it offered many courses that I was interested in - politics, law, organizational behaviour. I have really enjoyed the program as it has opened up my eyes to the small changes that can be made in our healthcare system that can improve efficiency and save money while also improving quality and safety for the patient. Working with a wide range of clinicians and professionals has also broadened my perspective of how complex the issues are in the healthcare system and hardened my resolve to become a leader in facilitating a change for the better."
Lynn Suter BPE, BSc (PT), Physiotherapist
"I am pursuing the MSc(HQ) Program at Queen’s University as I am interested in examining the Canadian healthcare system from a different perspective and gaining a comprehensive understanding of quality improvement and patient safety in the national and international healthcare landscapes. This has been a wonderful learning experience thus far, which has re-emphasized the importance of delivering patient-centered care and continues to shape the way in which I view the provision of healthcare services."
Aryn Gatto, BA (Hons.)Project Coordinator, Disease Pathway Management Secretariat, Cancer Care Ontario