Quality Improvement Practicum

Are you ready to apply your improvement and safety knowledge in your own health care setting? The IHI Open School offers a course, QI 301: Guide to the IHI Open School Quality Improvement Practicum, designed to walk health professionals and students through the process of conducting a local quality improvement project. The course will call on your knowledge and learning from many other IHI Open School courses, and help you apply quality improvement skills in a real-world setting.

If you are a health professions student, IHI faculty will help you along your improvement journey. You will submit documents after several of the lessons — including a charter, cause and effect diagram, and run charts — and receive timely feedback from a trained improvement advisor. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive the IHI Open School Practicum Certificate, showing future employers and health care organizations that they have the skills, knowledge, and desire to improve care processes. (If you are a health professional, we invite you to use the framework of the course to guide your staff through projects that will improve the quality of the care in your local setting.)

If you are a faculty member interested in using the Practicum with trainees, check out GME 207: Faculty Advisor Guide to the IHI Open School Quality Improvement Practicum. This one-lesson module offers tools and advice for serving the role of Practicum Faculty Advisor.