The IHI Open School offers two courses that support learners as they lead improvement projects in their local settings.
Learn more about both offerings by taking our quick five-question quiz or by reading the descriptions below.
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Experiential Learning Overview

The IHI Open School offers two courses that support learners as they lead improvement projects in their local settings.

Learn more about both offerings below -- or take our quick five-question quiz to see which course is a better fit for you!

If you’re still unsure which course to take, email the Open School with a description of your project idea, and we’ll help you decide.

And don’t forget — you can always take both!

IHI Open School Quality Improvement Practicum

Are you interested in conducting a quality improvement project in a clinical setting? As an example, you’d like to improve hand hygiene compliance in a unit at the hospital where you intern.

If so, consider the IHI Open School Quality Improvement Practicum, which walks you step-by-step through the process of completing a quality improvement project. This course helps you apply your learning from several prerequisite IHI Open School courses, which teach the basics of quality improvement science. Students* receive written feedback from IHI faculty at critical stages of their projects.

The course, QI 301: Guide to the IHI Open School Quality Improvement Practicum, is asynchronous — so you can start and end your project whenever it fits your schedule.

*Note: Written feedback is currently available for health professions students only, although health care professionals are welcome to take the course.

Leadership and Organizing for Change

Would you like to improve the health of your community by honing your leadership and community organizing skills and putting them to work?

For example, you’d like to inspire a group of classmates to improve their fitness by walking more instead of driving. Or you’d like to help the homeless by improving their access to care through partnerships with local organizations.

These are examples of projects aimed at improving population health that are a great fit for the IHI Open School Change Agent Network (I-CAN) course, Leadership and Organizing for Change.

The semi-synchronous course is offered two times during the year — in the spring and fall — and includes 10 weeks of learning from online lectures, assignments, fieldwork, and coaching calls.