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NURS 731 Foundations in Healthcare Quality Research
Credit hours: 3 per Semester
Cluster: Systems, Leadership, Informatics and Policy,


Course Level: Doctoral

Course Type: PhD


Course Open to: PhD Students

Institution:Virginia Commonwealth University

Pre-requisites: A doctoral level theory course or permission from instructor.

Course Description: This course provides a foundation for critically examining and developing research frameworks and models used to conduct healthcare quality research. The course explores assumptions about healthcare quality, its dimensions and outcomes at the individual, organizational, and population levels. Different approaches to healthcare quality research will be discussed. Finally, current applications of healthcare quality research to policy, health system accountability, and various levels of the provision of health care are reviewed.


Method of Instruction: blended

Delivery Platform: Canvas

Campus visits required: 0

Course Contact: Fonda Neal



Tuition: $865/credit hour


Other considerations: The first day of the course is synchronous; date and time TBD. This course is for students interested in developing a research area and conceptual model focused on healthcare quality. The course will cover quality and safety research across healthcare settings from community to healthcare organizations. Course objectives: 1. Examine different research frameworks and models used in healthcare quality research. 2. Evaluate dimensions of healthcare quality including patient safety research. 3. Compare and contrast different approaches to healthcare quality research. 4. Critique quality and patient safety research evidence as applied to policy, organizational system accountability, and the provision of health care. 5. Develop a research framework/model in the student’s area of interest.


Available Seats by Semester for this course:


FALL 2019

Section: C01
Instructor: Terry Jones, PhD
Seats: 3
Credits: 3 / Semester
Start Date: 08-20-19
End Date: 12-13-19

FALL 2020

Section: C01
Instructor: Terry Jones
Seats: 3
Credits: 3 / Semester
Start Date: 08-18-20
End Date: 12-07-20

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FALL 2021

Section: C01
Instructor: Terry Jones, PhD
Seats: 2
Credits: 3 / Semester
Start Date: 08-24-21
End Date: 12-13-21

FALL 2022

Section: C01
Instructor: Terry Jones, PhD
Seats: 3
Credits: 3 / Semester
Start Date: 08-23-22
End Date: 12-12-22

Funding to develop this project was provided in part by the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education
and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
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