Chapter Network Overview

Introduction to the IHI Open School Chapter Network

The IHI Open School is a global learning community that supports change agents to provide the best possible care through online courses in quality, safety, and leadership, and hundreds of local Chapters around the world. In more than 900 settings across nearly 100 countries around the world, students, residents, faculty, and health care professionals come together in face-to-face, interprofessional Chapters to learn and apply skills in quality, safety, and leadership to improve health and health care locally. ​​


​How can I get involved?

Check out our interactive Chapter Map to see if a Chapter exists at an organization near you. We'll connect you with the Chapter Leaders directly to learn how you can get involved.

If you don't find a nearby Chapter to join, start your own!

What does a Chapter do?​

Every IHI Open School Chapter is unique. Some are led by students and residents from different health professional programs at a university, and others are hosted by a health care organization. No matter the setting, Chapter members come together based on a shared interest in learning about quality improvement and advancing the health of their patients and communities.

As a Chapter member, you'll work with like-minded peers to:

Please note: Starting a Chapter is free, but it does not give you free access to IHI Open School online courses. 

If you are a student, resident, university faculty, or a resident of a developing country, Open School online courses are free whether you belong to a Chapter or not. Professionals can purchase a subscription to access the Open School course catalog, regardless of participation in a Chapter. Learn more about course access and professional subscriptions here.

Are you ready to lead a chapter?

Chapter Leaders recruit fellow students, residents, faculty, and professional colleagues to join the Chapter to learn and apply quality improvement and community organizing skills.

Faculty Advisors offer support and guidance to a university-based Open School Chapter. Ideally, Faculty Advisors hold permanent positions at an organization to promote continuity at the Chapter. To read more about the responsibilities related to leading an IHI Open School Chapter, review the Chapter Leader Toolkit.

Looking for help defining and achieving your Chapter's goals? Connect with a member of the Open School Coach team, a dedicated group of former and current Chapter Leaders who coach Chapters to grow and thrive. Meet the team here.