PSL Course Descriptions

The Master of Science in Patient Safety Leadership requires all courses listed below, taken in the sequence listed below.
The Graduate Certificate in Patient Safety, Error Science and Full Disclosure program requires PSL 401, PSL 402, and PSL 403, taken in the sequence listed below.

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PSL 401: Patient Safety and Quality Care Improvement (4 Semester Hours)

Introduces students to relevant theory, content, tools and methods in the field of patient safety. Focuses on the historical concepts, demographic trends, and current issues of patient safety and quality care.

PSL 402: Error Science, Risk and Disclosure (4 Semester Hours)

Teaches error theory and systems thinking, as well as methods for risk assessment and patient safety improvement, including high risk contexts for error occurrence. Students will be introduced to what is currently known about effective methods for error disclosure.

PSL 403: Communication and Collaboration (4 Semester Hours)

Introduces advanced communication strategies for patient safety success in the current and future healthcare systems. Topics include enhanced communication skills, individual and group design/presentation techniques, hand-off, chain of command, critical thinking strategies and skills, stress and time management and learning team dynamics.

PSL 404: Organizational Leadership/Health Systems (4 Semester Hours)

Explores organization theory, culture and change specifically related to the healthcare system in the current medical error and quality improvement environment. Utilizes learning teams to explore and discuss historical and contemporary leadership theories.

PSL 501: Healthcare Simulation, Team and Applied Leadership Principles (includes on-site residency in Illinois) (4 Semester Hours)

Applies program objectives and learned skills in an on-site residency employing an exercise in practical, professional leadership decision making. Focuses the learner on the challenges faced by leaders who must balance the needs of customers, shareholders, employees and other stakeholders.

PSL 502: Health Sciences Research and Information Technology (4 Semester Hours)

Illustrates and demonstrates a broad range of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, such as profiles and data manipulation to prepare the learner to apply them to a variety of research questions. Content includes measurement, reliability and validity theory and assessment using correlation, internal consistency, factor analysis and others.

PSL 503: Economics, Policy and Environment (4 Semester Hours)

Analyzes accreditation and regulatory issues, federal and state constituents and laws and institutional and individual legal issues in relation to the patient safety movement. Reviews case laws and specific pieces of healthcare legislation with a focus on malpractice and claims.

PSL 504: Creating Human and System Change (4 Semester Hours)

Examines and synthesizes the concept of change and its impact on healthcare organizations. The students will be expected to use higher level critical thinking skills to assess current systems, and create effective change strategies for the implementation of process improvements, behavior change and facilitation of a culture of patient safety within organizations.

PSL 597: Capstone Project (4 Semester Hours)

Provides the opportunity for the master’s candidate to demonstrate his/her ability to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills acquired from the master’s program. Students will be required to design, implement and evaluate the impact of a patient safety/quality care improvement project in a self-selected area of interest.


BHIS 534: Health Information Technology and Patient Safety (3 Semester Hours)

Provides an analytical examination of health information technology and its implications to patient safety with the purpose to improve the performance of health professionals and enhance patient safety.

PSL 594: Special Topics in Patient Safety Leadership: Quality in Health and Healthcare (2 Semester Hours)

An introduction to the concepts, tools, methods, and techniques underlying process improvement and quality in health care.