Grand Canyon University

M.S. in Health Administration with an Emphasis in Health Care Quality and Patient Safety


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Health Administration with an Emphasis in Health Care Quality and Patient Safety

Format: Online

Program Description:

What is a Master of Science in Health Administration with an Emphasis in Health Care Quality and Patient Safety?

The Master of Science in Health Administration with an Emphasis in Health Care Quality and Patient Safety gives students the skills and experience necessary to perform as middle- and upper-level managers in a variety of health administration organizations including hospitals, long-term care facilities, physician offices and mental health agencies. This program aims to teach students how to properly care for patients and educate them on all things health care.

The emphasis in health care quality and patient safety provides students with a specialized skillset, allowing them to make a positive impact on patient quality and safety in health care. This program emphasizes the conceptual, analytical and application skills required to manage in contemporary health care organizations and graduates are prepared to serve as innovative change agents, as well as leaders of organizational improvement and adaptation within the health administration industry.

Study Topics in Healthcare Quality and Safety

Courses for this health care program are taught by seasoned experts in their respective fields who share extensive knowledge and experience. To finish this 60-credit program, all students must pass courses including health care policies and economics, leadership styles and development, essential health care business analysis, networking and professional readiness and analysis of contemporary health care delivery models. In addition to passing all of these courses, all students are required to complete a 16-week practicum.

Study Topics Include:

  • Nationally recognized expectations and metrics for quality
  • Different approaches to support quality improvement measures
  • Methods to track, assess, analyze and review patient safety data
  • Project management models and approaches in health care
  • Ways to set expectations and identify methods to mitigate obstacles in health care project management and quality improvement
  • Technologies that support clinical decision-making for patient safety
  • Health care delivery models
  • Legal and ethical principles in health care
  • Health care policies and economics
  • Health care research methods, analysis and utilization
  • Organizational structures including marketing and development, business analysis, human resource management and more

What Can You Do With a Health Administration Degree With a Specialization in Health Care Quality and Patient Safety?

Graduates of the program are prepared for administrative positions in hospitals, long-term care facilities, outpatient facilities, physician offices, mental health agencies, insurance companies and public health agencies, as well as other types of health organizations. Program graduates often go on to become quality and patient safety coordinators, directors of risk and quality, patient safety officers, quality and accreditation coordinators, healthcare management, corporate directors, health information management directors, nurse manages and healthcare administrators.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 60

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) State Grant, Arizona Post-Secondary Education Voucher Program State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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