Project-Based Learning

​​​​IHI offers Virtual Training Programs​ that support learners as they lead improvement projects in their local settings. Consider these two options to build upon your learning from the IHI Open School courses and Chapter Network,

Quality Improvement Practicum: Moving from Theory to Action

On a global scale, the challenges facing health and health care can seem daunting. But every day, people all over the world are making a difference​ on a local level. If you've identified an opportunity for ​​improvement ​— whether it is a process in your system, outcomes for your customers, or your own daily work — this online course will help you put your ideas into action.​​​

Be forewarned: Like improvement, you cannot complete this program from your desk. We will guide you with engaging online modules, group calls, one-to-one coaching, and downloadable tools. It will be up to you to manage your improvement project, apply your learning, and run your own tests of change, from start to sustainability.

Step-by-step, with the help of expert faculty and a collaborative learning environment, in this course you will:
  • Describe and use ​foundational frameworks for improvement.
  • Formalize plans to improve something meaningful in your local setting.
  • Conduct and learn from small tests of change.
  • Collect and analyze data about your system.
  • Plan for the long-term sustainability of improvements you have made.​
  • We hope you will join us for the 9-week project-based learning experience​

Learn more about the Practicum

Leadership and Organizing for Change

​​​​​​​​​Health professionals at all levels are being asked to lead change throughout the organizations and communities in which they work. Although the technical aspects of the transformation are challenging, most managers and leaders report that the cultural aspects present far greater hurdles.
This 9-week virtual course for change agents is drawn from the teachings of Harvard Kennedy School’s Marshall Ganz on leadership, organizing, and action (review the frequently asked questions about the course​ for details​). ​

Sample lecture:​​​​

Through weekly video lectures, group coaching calls with experts in the field, and support from your peers, you will learn to apply skills and knowledge in leadership, community organizing, population health, and the science of improvement. During the course, you will be asked to choose a specific project for your organization or your community and then directly apply your learning each week to move your​
​project forward.​

Learn more about Leadership and Organizing