Degree Requirements – QIPS

(FCE = Full course equivalent)

Two options of training are being offered at the Masters level – a non-thesis, course only option and a thesis-based option.

Courses are delivered in a modular format. A compulsory one-week intensive takes place in September for both options. The remaining class time is concentrated in modules spread throughout the fall and winter terms. Each module of the required courses consists of a full day Thursday and Friday, and a half-day on Saturday four times during the September – December term and four times during the January – April term.

Non-Thesis Option Thesis Option

The degree requirement is 5.0 Full Course Equivalents (FCE) which includes:

  • 3.0 FCE (6 half courses) in the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Concentration*
  • 1 required research project HAD3040Y Project Practicum (1 FCE equivalent)
  • 1 external practicum or 1 FCE (2 half courses) within the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
  • plus 2 electives (1 FCE equivalent):
    • 2 reading courses (equivalent to .5 FCE each), or
    • 1 reading course (equivalent to .5 FCE) and 1 practicum comprising 120 hours (equivalent to 0.5 FCE), or
    • an extended practicum comprising a total of 240 hours (equivalent to 1.0 FCE)

The external practicum is in a work environment that is external to a student’s usual work environment and takes place after the student successfully completes the required courses in the MSc QIPS concentration.

The reading courses can be taken from the courses offered through IHPME or elsewhere within the University, with express permission from the QIPS Program Director and the respective instructors.

The timing of the 6 required half courses in the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety concentration is as follows:

HAD3010H Fundamentals of Improvement Science One week of daily classes during September
HAD3020H Quality Improvement Methods Four modules (3 days each) in the fall term:
October to December
HAD3050H Leading and Managing Change
HAD3060H Quality Improvement in Health Systems One week of daily classes during January
HAD3030H Concepts and Strategies in Patient SafetySystems Four modules (3 days each) in the winter term:
January to April
HAD3070H Legal and Regulatory Environment and Risk Management

Note: HAD3040Y runs throughout the academic year and the instruction time will be embedded in the required courses in the fall and winter terms.

The Thesis option requires the completion of a thesis plus 3.0 Full Course Equivalents (FCE), of which there are 4 required courses

  • HAD3010H, HAD3020H and HAD3050H (3 half courses), plus
  • HAD3041Y (equivalent to 1.0 FCE)
  • an elective
  • a thesis written under the supervision of a thesis committee (supervisor and at least one, and preferably two, additional graduate faculty members) and its defence before an examination committee.

Note: HAD3041Y (thesis option) runs throughout the academic year and the instruction time will be embedded in the required courses in the fall and winter terms.

The overall length of time to complete the thesis based option for MSc Quality Improvement and Patient Safety is one year.