Taught course

Healthcare Improvement

University of Bristol · Centre for Health Sciences Education

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Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a relevant professional qualification and be in full-time or part-time professional employment in a healthcare organisation.

Months of entry


Course content

This innovative distance learning programme aims to create a new generation of healthcare professionals who are able to understand, critically analyse and provide solutions for the challenges faced by health systems and healthcare organisations in the 21st century. It aims to equip you with the skills to manage the changes required to meet those challenges.

Designed for those with an interest in pursuing a career in promoting, developing and delivering healthcare improvement initiatives, you will currently be working in a variety of professional backgrounds, as doctors, nurses, managers, in systems design and other health professions.

The programme draws on the knowledge of leading University of Bristol academics from across disciplines and healthcare experts from industry. As part of the Faculty of Health Sciences and under Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals, the programme benefits from research excellence in health service provision.

As such, it provides a comprehensive research-driven theoretical framework, along with practice-oriented knowledge and skills in patient safety, risk management, human factors and quality improvement healthcare initiatives.

There will be the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of strategies to establish a culture of organisational learning, focusing on continued proactive improvement of healthcare delivery. You will be challenged to incorporate a number of healthcare-related themes - leadership, simulation education, patient safety, innovation, team training and quality improvement - into a unified approach to deliver sustainable change. You will also have the opportunity to a pursue project relevant to healthcare improvement, where possible applying your learning to your own place of work.

This online programme is delivered through a blend of recorded lectures, activities and web-based tutorials and discussions. Through collaborative learning environments, you will have the opportunity to network and learn from peers from a variety of healthcare backgrounds. You will also have the chance to participate in real time discussions and presentations. Distance learning offers you the flexibility to study in your own environment from anywhere in the world, allowing you to manage your own time and resources efficiently whatever your personal and professional commitments.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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+44 (0) 117 394 1649