|PH555x Health Care Quality and Safety: A Global Perspective, beginning June 2, 2014|
This course will offer an introduction to the emerging field of global healthcare quality. Healthcare does not always lead to improved health; over the past two decades there has been an increasing realization that in order for healthcare to improve population health, it must be safe, effective, and reliably delivered. Despite this realization, the quality of care that the world’s citizens receive is not as good as it can and should be. The human toll of poor quality healthcare is substantial. While much of the work on healthcare quality was initiated in the US, broad evidence from other high-income countries and emerging evidence from low and middle-income countries suggest that a global focus is needed. The most recent data suggest that poor quality healthcare is likely one of the top causes of morbidity and mortality in the world. Students will be exposed to key issues related to the link between healthcare and health, and how the state of health systems and their quality across the globe is having a profound impact on the health of the world’s population.
Lead Faculty: Ashish Jha, MD '97, MPH '04
Professor of Health Policy and Management at HSPH
Website: coming soon
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