Columbia, MD – Georgetown University, in collaboration with the MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety, has announced the development of a second track for The Executive Master’s in Clinical Quality, Safety, and Leadership Program focused on human factors engineering and systems safety. The new Human Factors Engineering track, in partnership with MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare will instruct on prominent principles and methods drawn from multiple disciplines like industrial engineering and cognitive psychology, and apply them to real-world patient safety and quality issues and challenges. The development of the second track compliments the existing Quality & Safety track which focuses on healthcare policies, regulation, and economics, along with how leaders are creating and leading sustainable change within healthcare.
“The development of the additional track came after a close review of the existing educational market, and how there are still very few opportunities in this field,” said Kristen Miller, DrPH, CPPS, scientific director, National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare at MedStar Health and faculty in the Executive Master’s program. “As the complexity of healthcare increases with technological advances and information overload-the field of human factors engineering offers practical approaches to evaluate problems, mitigate risk, and improve outcomes.”
The human factors engineering track will be available starting fall 2021. The Georgetown University Executive Master’s in Clinical Quality, Safety and Leadership is an online asynchronous program led by international experts in patient safety, clinical quality and human factors engineering. For more information on the Executive Master’s and to enroll visit: patientsafetymasters.georgetown.edu.
About the MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety
The mission of the Medstar Health Institute for Quality and Safety is to partner with patients, their families, and those that take care of them to improve patient care outcomes and reduce the global burden of preventable harm. Established by Medstar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, the Institute provides a global infrastructure in which leaders, front-line care givers, patients and family members jointly develop, educate, assess, and advocate for patient safety and clinical quality initiatives. For more information, visit www.medstariqs.org.
About the MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare
The MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare (the Center) is an applied research, usability, safety advisement, and education center committed to the scientific study of how humans think, work, and interact within the healthcare environment.
Located in Washington, D.C., the Center was founded in 2010 within the MedStar Institute for Innovation and moved to its new organizational home in the MedStar Health Research Institute in July 2020. Working in close collaboration with these teams and the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety, the Center is the largest human factors program embedded within a U.S. healthcare system. For more information, visit www.medicalhumanfactors.net.