IHI Open School for Institutions of Higher Learning

Institutions of higher learning worldwide use the IHI Open School to expose students to foundational concepts and develop critical knowledge in patient safety and quality improvement. Core topics covered in the Open School courses are relevant to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, allied health professionals, public health students, and community health workers. Organizations around the world have used the Basic Certificate, paired with facilitated classroom and practical experiences, to prepare the health and health care leaders of tomorrow.  

The Basic Certificate in Quality and Safety is a 13-course curriculum that provides an introduction to patient safety, quality improvement, population health, health care leadership, and person- and family-centered care. Completion of all 13 courses earns users 17.5 Continuing Education (CE) Credits and the Safety and Quality Improvement Micro-Credential*.

When we interview health care leaders of today, many describe the Open School as a catalyst for their interest in patient safety and quality improvement.  

Benefits of a Group Subscription

With a group subscription to the IHI Open School, users within institutions of higher learning can:

  • Access students' completion data as an administrator 
  • Receive discounts on IHI's Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) Review Course
  • Enable the learners of Open School to earn Continuing Education Credits
  • Become a member of IHI's upcoming Community of Practice
  • Take advantage of our exclusive Educator's Toolkit. For those organizations who leverage the Open School in their new employee onboarding program, the toolkit includes course summaries, teaching slides, assignments, exams, and recommended readings for each of the 13 courses in the Basic Certificate in Quality and Safety Click here to view sample slides for QI 101.

Coming in Fall 2023: Join the IHI Community of Practice for Institutions of Higher Learning. As a member organization, you will be part of a community that is focused on leveraging and scaling the knowledge of the Open School to improve organizational safety and quality. Learn from other members how they are using the Open School at their organizations to improve quality and safety. We will also be leveraging the Community of Practice to understand the trajectory of your organization’s needs for new courses and resources to continue to build your staff and advance patient care.


​# of Participants 
​Cost ($USD)* 
​Price Per Student
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                                                                                              **Price Per course based on the Basic Certificate (13 courses)

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To subscribe for a group with 500+ participants, please contact memberinfo@ihi.org.

Note: Subscriptions will not auto-renew. We will contact you when your subscription is approaching expiration. Scholarships may be available in cases of financial hardship.

*A micro-credential is a digital badge showing proof of completion for a series of courses from an accredited learning institution. They let employers and your professional network know that you have proficiency in a subject area.