Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Quality & Patient Safety

This program is designed for students with healthcare industry experience who wish to focus on improving quality and patient safety in the field.

The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Quality & Patient Safety provides you with the tools to analyze healthcare processes and to identify and eliminate waste, delays, and medical errors. Specific emphasis is given to concepts, analytic tools, and techniques in operations management; new ways of organizing and delivering services; and performance improvement in complex systems.

This certificate program is designed to be completed part-time in two semesters on campus. You can continue to build on your healthcare administration knowledge by stacking the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Quality & Patient Safety with our Graduate Certificates in Healthcare Management & Leadership (should be taken first) or Healthcare Analytics. If you apply to the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree program or another graduate business degree program, you may be able to apply the courses in this certificate program to reduce the time it will take to complete your master’s degree.

Courses are taught by leading faculty at the Sawyer Business School, which is ranked among the best in the world.

View the Healthcare Quality & Patient Safety curriculum

Applying to the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Quality & Patient Safety

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: July 15 (International Applicants), August 15 (Domestic Applicants), then rolling
  • Spring Semester: December 1 (International Applicants), January 4 (Domestic Applicants), then rolling

Learn about the advantages of priority applications.

Application Materials

  • Completed application
  • $50 application fee (waived for students who attend a graduate admission event)
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts of all post-secondary work. Admitted students enrolling in the program will need to have official transcripts, including proof of degree conferral, on file prior to their first class
  • Goal statement (essay)

Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Quality & Patient Safety (2022-2023)

Per credit: $1,262

Financial Aid for Graduate Study

Suffolk University is pleased to offer both merit- and need-based financial aid to graduate students—these awards can be up to $23,000 per academic year. Merit-based aid is awarded based on the applicant's academic credentials presented on the admission application. No separate application is required for merit consideration.

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