Online Health Care Quality Programs

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Note, 45 transferrable credits required to apply for BSHS and BSHS/MSHS dual degree programs.

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Elevate Health Care Quality and Your Earning Potential

Medical errors cost America’s health care system an estimated $20 billion per year.2 Now, you can prepare for roles where you increase health care quality while reducing the financial impact of health care mistakes with the online programs from the George Washington University (GW). Our health care quality programs focus on the practical knowledge you need to develop, deploy, and sustain initiatives that improve health care delivery and keep patients safe. The MSHS in Health Care Quality program is one of the first quality & safety programs in North America to achieve CAHME Accreditation.

Complete the form to learn about credentials that equip you with skills for the next phase of your career. In addition to graduate programs, we offer a dual program to help you acquire your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in less time.

Continue your education online with GW to benefit from distinguished connections and career-aligned learning opportunities that foster success in the health sciences. While studying online, you will receive the same benefits and education as our on-campus students, joining an ever-expanding alumni community dedicated to discoveries that can make the world a better place.

  • GW offers programs with Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) accreditation
  • The median salary for MSHS in Health Care Quality graduates is $75,000
  • 84% job placement rate for GW’s MSHS in Health Care Quality graduates
  • 65% of students think online programs are better or no different than on-campus classes3

Degrees and Certificates That Support Your Success

Discover degrees and certificates that instill the expertise needed to support patient safety and improve health care quality.


By seeking this master’s degree online, you can prepare to lead the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of health care quality and patient safety initiatives. This program helps you gain skills and knowledge for success in rewarding management and research positions within health care organizations or policy agencies.


Prepare to lead health care quality initiatives in an online program created in partnership with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). After finishing this graduate certificate program, you will have the opportunity to transfer your credits to the MSHS in Health Care Quality program.


This online program prepares you to become a leader who ensures health care organizations provide high-quality, value-based care. You’ll study the delivery of health care services while focusing on key operational activities such as clinical decision-making, finance, human resources, informatics, marketing, policy, quality, and safety. You can also study for several professional certifications that can enhance your career.

Join a Tradition of Excellence in the Health Sciences

Founded in 1824, the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences was the first medical school in the nation’s capital. Today, we are committed to improving the health and well-being of local, national, and global communities through online programs that promote inclusion, service, and advocacy.

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The Flexibility to Thrive in Class and Your Career

GW offers an innovative learning experience, delivering world-class programs that you can complete entirely online. We designed our classes for flexibility, allowing you to gain expertise for advancing your career when and where is convenient for you. Throughout your online program, you’ll benefit from our supportive faculty-to-student ratio and online resources that make it easier to interact with your peers and instructors.

Courses That Immerse You in Practices for Quality-Based Care

GW’s health care quality programs focus on competencies rooted in quality improvement, leadership, and evidence-based practice. You’ll learn from expert faculty who build on theory with hands-on skills development so that you’re ready for advanced roles where you elevate health care quality. To ensure our health care quality programs meet the highest standards, we developed them in partnership with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). You’ll complete each course in an online format, getting the flexibility to meet your work and life commitments while continuing your education.

Make Patient Safety Your Career Mission

When you focus on health care quality, you’ll oversee efforts to reduce costs while helping improve health care delivery. In addition to serving a critical need, workers in this field benefit from stable employment. For instance, medical and health services manager employment is expected to rise 32% from 2020 to 2030, four times faster than the average for other careers.4 With GW’s online degrees and certificates, you can develop the expertise to lead patient safety and health care quality initiatives in numerous administrative and clinical positions, including the options listed below.

10 Health Care Quality Careers

  1. Clinical director, quality services
  2. Clinical nurse auditor
  3. Director of quality management
  4. Health care manager
  5. Health care quality analyst
  1. Patient safety specialist
  2. Quality and safety specialist
  3. Quality assurance consultant
  4. Quality improvement nurse
  5. RN quality improvement coordinator

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  1. U.S. News & World Report. Best Colleges Rankings: George Washington University. Retrieved May 16, 2022, from
  2. The Patient Safety Company. “The Financial Impact of Patient Safety Errors.” Retrieved May 18, 2022, from
  3. Wiley University Services. Voice of the Online Learner 2021. Retrieved May 13, 2022, from
  4. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Medical and Health Services Managers. Retrieved May 18, 2022, from

** The total number of credits and program duration depend on the number of transferred credits.