UCL Medical School


Quality Improvement in Health Care (PGMEG017)

Module Overview

This distance-learning module on Quality Improvement is relevant to development and improvement in all health care systems. Drawing largely on UK/European and North American literature participants will explore the theories and methods of healthcare quality improvement. This module will enable participants to appraise these theories in the context of their own organizational setting to understand what initiatives could improve the quality of health care delivered. Participants will be required to participate in online discussions, one online virtual seminar and submit one written assignment reflecting on their understanding, and application, of quality improvement.




This module aims to enable participants to: explore the different meanings of quality in the context of health care; appraise a range of approaches and tools for promoting quality in health care; assess the role of governments, organizations, professionals and service users in quality improvement initiatives; study the research evidence on what works best in quality improvement and to apply these findings to their own organizational contexts.



Module Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will develop skills that enable them to:
  • Offer and negotiate definitions for the significant terms used in defining and assessing quality in health care
  • Identify a range of approaches, tools and strategies to quality Improvement, and critical success factors
  • Assess the role of government, non-governmental organisations, managers, purchasers, professionals and service users in quality improvement initiatives
  • Identify the different ways and levels in which users can be involved in quality improvement in health care
  • Be familiar with a range of approaches and tools for promoting quality in health care
  • Appraise one chosen approach/tool for promoting quality in their own organizational context


Mode of Delivery

This module will be delivered entirely through a VLE (Moodle 2). This approach combines educational methods that encourage self-directed learning, reflection on personal experience, critical thinking and access to extensive online resources. This will enable students to engage in collaborative learning and to be in regular contact with module tutors for a high level of academic support.

Participants will work through course materials and readings, undertake directed learning activities and participate in a two week asynchronous virtual seminar. This will build the foundations for their written assignments.

Teaching dates

Teaching BlockStart End Assignment due date Closing date for applications
Block 2Monday 5 March 2018Friday 11 May 2018Thursday 14 June 20188 January 2018

If you have any queries please contact uclms.postgraduate@ucl.ac.uk.

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