Sep 16th 2014

PH555x: Improving Global Health: Focusing on Quality and Safety (edX)

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An introduction to the emerging field of global health quality. Challenge yourself to think beyond access to healthcare and question: ‘Access to what?’

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. The most recent data suggest that poor quality healthcare is likely one of the top causes of morbidity and mortality in the world. While there are a number of initiatives to improve health care quality in the United States and a handful of other countries, broad evidence from high-income countries and emerging evidence from low and middle-income countries suggest that a global focus is needed.

You 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. At the completion of this course, you will be able to:

- Define and refine key concepts around quality and its measurement

- Compare and contrast healthcare practices aimed at improving healthcare quality in range of settings with a global network of colleagues

- Implement tools and contextual knowledge to promote the delivery of safe and effective healthcare

The course will run for eight weeks and consist of a series of conversations between Ashish Jha and experts in the emerging field of global health quality. These conversations will span topics such as: the measurement of healthcare quality, the role of leadership, litigation and patient-centeredness. As a participant, you will actively contribute to course content. We aim to make each session interactive, collecting and responding to participants’ own experience with, and knowledge of, healthcare quality. Course exercises will inform real-time instruction, the development of future course content and a strengthened understanding of the state of global health quality.

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