IHI Open School Online Courses Curriculum

With self-paced courses in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French, faculty from institutions of higher learning and health and healthcare leaders around the world rely on the IHI Open School as an easy way to bring essential training in quality improvement and patient safety to students and staff — creating a common language around improvement and giving learners crucial skills to become leaders and agents of change in health care.

The Basic Certificate in Quality and Safety, comprising 13 courses (marked with an * asterisk below; 17.75 total hours), provides a well-rounded introduction to quality, safety, population health, equity, health care leadership, and person- and family-centered care. Advanced courses allow learners to go deeper into each of these topics, and our Faculty Guide and library of teaching resources help group leaders engage all types of learners in unique ways.

There are several approaches to integrating IHI Open School content into training programs. For example:

  • Choose a few courses to teach specific concepts.
  • Set students up with a solid foundation in quality and safety by assigning the Basic Certificate, comprised of 13 core courses
  • Facilitate discussion and applied learning with activities available in the Educator's Toolkit (part of a group subscription)

o matter the approach, our free guide aims to support educators in their efforts to bring training in quality and safety to students or staff — with help from the IHI Open School. We invite you to download and share the IHI Open School Faculty Guide: Best Practices for Curriculum Integration.

Course Catalog

Click on the subject links below to view learning objectives, available CE credits, and other course details.
Overview information is also available for download: IHI Open School Course Catalog


  • Courses marked as [FREE] are currently being offered as free to all.
  • Courses marked with an * asterisk are part of the Basic Certificate in Quality and Safety; this includes QI 101–Q105, PS 101–105, TA 101, PFC 101, and L 101.

Quality Improvement Courses

  • QI 101: Introduction to Health Care Improvement*
  • QI 102: How to Improve with the Model for Improvement*  [FREE]
  • QI 103: Testing and Measuring Changes with PDSA Cycles*
  • QI 104: Interpreting Data: Run Charts, Control Charts, and Other Measurement Tools*
  • QI 105: Leading Quality Improvement*
  • QI 201: Planning for Spread: From Local Improvements to System-Wide Change
  • QI 202: Addressing Small Problems to Build Safer, More Reliable Systems

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Patient Safety Courses

  • PS 101: Introduction to Patient Safety*
  • PS 102: From Error to Harm*
  • PS 103: Human Factors and Safety*
  • PS 104: Teamwork and Communication*
  • PS 105: Responding to Adverse Events*
  • PS 201: Root Cause Analyses and Actions
  • PS 202: Achieving Total Systems Safety
  • PS 203: Pursuing Professional Accountability and a Just Culture

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Triple Aim for Populations Courses
  • TA 101: Introduction to the Triple Aim for Populations*
  • TA 102: Improving Health Equity
  • TA 103: Increasing Value and Reducing Waste at the Point of Care
  • TA 104: Building Skills for Anti-Racism Work: Supporting the Journey of Hearts, Minds, and Action  [FREE]
  • TA 105: Conservative Prescribing
  • TA 201: Pathways to Population Health  [FREE]

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​Leadership Courses
  • L 101: Introduction to Health Care Leadership*
  • L 102: Mental Health and Well-being During and After COVID-19  [FREE]
  • L 103: Making Publishable QI Projects Part of Everyday Work
  • L 201: The Role of Leaders in Workforce Safety  [FREE]

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Person and Family-Centered Care Courses
  • PFC 101: Introduction to Person- and Family-Centered Care*
  • PFC 102: Key Dimensions of Patient- and Family-Centered Care
  • PFC 103: Incorporating Mindfulness into Clinical Practice
  • PFC 104: Confronting the Stigma of Substance Use Disorders
  • PFC 201: A Guide to Shadowing: Seeing Care Through the Eyes of Patients and Families
  • PFC 202: Having the Conversation: Basic Skills for Conversations about End-of-Life Care  [FREE]
  • PFC 203: Providing Age-Friendly Care to Older Adults  [FREE]

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Graduate Medical Education Courses

  • GME 201: Why Engage Trainees in Quality and Safety?
  • GME 202: The Faculty Role: Understanding & Modeling Fundamentals of Quality & Safety
  • GME 203: Designing Educational Experiences in Health Care Improvement
  • GME 204: A Roadmap for Facilitating Experiential Learning in Quality Improvement
  • GME 205: Aligning Graduate Medical Education with Organizational Quality & Safety Goals

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An annual IHI Open School Subscription can provide access to all the courses and more.
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