CQI for Public Health: The Fundamentals

This on-line self-study course introduces the principles of quality improvement and methods for problem-solving, provides details on the application of the Continuous Quality Improvement process, and identifies how to use a team to improve a process in an organization. It consists of three modules that provide the basics of quality improvement in public health. Other Modules provide training in the quality improvement tools.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Module 1: Introduction and Principles

  • Define quality improvement
  • Distinguish a quality culture
  • Identify key CQI concepts and principles
  • Recognize that change is essential to improvement

Module 2: Problem-Solving PDSA

  • Identify the problem-solving strategies
  • Explain the CQI process
  • Identify the current and desired states
  • Recognize the basic tools of quality improvement and how they are applied

Module 3:CQI Project Selection and Teams

  • Explain the steps for selecting a QI project
  • Define CQI team composition
  • Recognize the team development process
  • Define a CQI mission statement

Target Audience

The target audience for this course is anyone interested in quality improvement in public health.

Date, Time, and Location

This three module course is designed as a self-study, self-paced course.

Course fee

There is no cost to take this course.


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