External Training, Residencies, and Fellowships

Below is a selection of quality improvement and patient safety training programs, residencies and fellowships. These resources are meant to provide examples of programs that exist outside of the Yale New Haven Health System. The list is not exhaustive. Please visit the program’s website for more information about availability and cost.

External At-Cost Training

Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality

The Institute offers a variety of online and in-person courses on quality improvement and patient safety including Lean for Healthcare, Lean Sigma Green Belt, and Improving Patient Safety with Human Factors Methods.

Duke Patient Safety Center

The Center offers an in-person patient safety leadership training and certification course as well as courses in TeamSTEPPS (Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety).

Intermountain Healthcare

Intermountain Healthcare offers in-person introductory and advanced training courses in quality improvement designed for healthcare professionals.

James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s

The Center offers in-person and in-person/webinar hybrid courses in Rapid Cycle Improvement, Intermediate Improvement Science, and Advanced Improvement Methods.

American Society for Quality

The American Society for Quality offers several courses in quality improvement covering topics such as Lean and Lean Six Sigma for healthcare professionals. Courses are offered in-person, online, or as an in-person/online hybrid.

Villanova University

Villanova University offers an online Master Certificate in Six Sigma-Healthcare. The Master Certificate includes three required courses: Six Sigma Green Belt – Healthcare, Lean Six Sigma – Healthcare, and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt – Healthcare.

Emory University

Emory University offers certificates in the Lean Six Sigma series. Courses are offered in-person, online, or as an in-person/online hybrid.

University of Michigan

The University of Michigan offers in-person Lean Healthcare courses and an online Six Sigma Green Belt healthcare course. 

University of North Carolina-Wilmington

The University of North Carolina-Wilmington offers an online Lean Six Sigma Healthcare Black Belt Certification program. Participants can elect to enroll in the full certification program, which encompasses the yellow, green and black belt certifications, or take each course separately.

External No-Cost Training

Duke University Medical Center, Department of Community and Family Medicine: Patient Safety-Quality Improvement Modules

The Duke University Medical Center, Department of Community and Family Medicine offers free online modules in patient safety and quality improvement. Modules cover quality improvement and patient safety topics such as chart audits, the culture of safety, and the evolution of quality and safety in healthcare.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School

The IHI Open School offers online courses in patient safety, improvement capability, quality, cost, and value, person- and family-centered care, and triple aim for populations and leadership. Courses are free for students, residents and professors.

The IHI Open School offers a basic certificate in quality and safety. Students must complete a series of courses to obtain the certificate. In addition the IHI Open School offers a practicum certificate. To obtain this certificate students must complete the improvement capability coursework and a quality improvement project at their home institution.

Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM)

The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) offers online courses on a variety of quality improvement and patient safety topics. Courses are free for members and low cost for non-members. Courses cover topics such as quality improvement methods, patient safety tools, the use of data in quality improvement, teamwork and communication, and organization knowledge and leadership.