School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Health Quality Programs



“The MSc(HQ) program at Queen's University has effectively helped me develop and drive improvements into my practice area.  The measurement and reporting techniques I have learned have been invaluable.  With an eye on systems, I've used my new skills and knowledge to improve care delivery and safety, reduce cost, and build better teams.  I would strongly recommend the MSc(HQ) to any professional who touches the healthcare system."

Jon Schmid, RN, BScN, Clinical Operations Manager | Emergency Department, Royal University Hospital


Program Contact

Michelle Trotter
Cataraqui Building
92 Barrie Street
Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6

Phone: 613.533.6000 ext. 75370


Program Overview

The Master of Science in Healthcare Quality MSc(HQ) is the first of its kind, specializing in linking theory and practice in quality, risk, and safety in healthcare. We offer interdisciplinary courses, led by leaders in their fields, valuable international experience and convenient distance learning. Unparalleled in its scope, the new Master of Science in Healthcare Quality is the only program in Canada to address the growing need for interactions across disciplines, professions and communities. Join us on the forefront of improving healthcare quality, risk, and safety in Canada and worldwide. We promote, innovate and disseminate the theoretical and practical core concepts about quality, risk, and safety in healthcare. In the Master of Science in Healthcare Quality program MSc(HQ), you will engage in study and application that will enhance your understanding of quality improvement, and risk reduction, as well as, give you the ability to promote safety within the healthcare system. You will learn how to systematically examine, evaluate and measure current tools and approaches for system improvements.

The PhD in Health Quality (PhDHQ) will prepare experts who will improve the delivery of healthcare through teaching, developing new methodologies and theoretical frameworks, as well as testing innovation in the field of health quality. The PhDHQ program offers a collaborative approach to comprehend and address the complexities within the healthcare system. 


These programs are designed for young professionals or mid- to senior-level executives. Professionals that may be well suited to taking these programs are - Lawyers, Engineers, Business professionals, Healthcare professionals, Professional administrators, Policy advisors

Career paths – employment opportunities

Graduates in MSc program can expect to find exciting and varied employment opportunities in many different fields, such as in a law or engineering firm, in business, in provincial and federal government, or in hospital administration and policy.

Graduates of the PhD program will be prepared to take senior leadership roles in health quality portfolios in practice and policy settings across Canada and will also be educated to assume tenure track positions in university programs

Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

M.Sc.: 2 full years of part time study.

PhD: 4 years

Method of Completion

The MScHQ program consists of eight courses, including a supervised project.

  • Two intensive on campus week sessions
  • Interactive on line classes
  • Independent study
  • Research project

Through the combination of course work, lecture and discussion, the program will stress the development of a theoretical knowledge base combined with the practical ability to apply concepts and measure results in quality, risk and safety in healthcare.

The PhD in Health Quality program consists of five courses in year one, including an internship over the summer. In year 2 the comprehensive exam is written and the remaining years focus is on the PhD thesis.


Fields of study and Supervisors

These two programs are interdisciplinary program. As such, students are able to work in a variety of different fields.

Supervisors are available for the following interests: business, engineering, nursing, anesthesiology, medicine, policy, law, pharmacy, hospital administration and human factors.

Academic Prerequisites, Deadlines & Fees

Academic Prerequisites

Students applying to this program should refer the School of Graduate Studies Academic Calendar for updated graduate school requirements

Students requesting admission to the program will normally have graduated with a minimum of a second class standing of a B or 70% (GPA 3.0) from an accredited, baccalaureate granting University, with a preferred degree in a healthcare discipline, law, business, engineering, or policy studies.

Students will also have undergraduate courses in statistics and evidence of an understanding of research methodology and or quality improvement experience.

Test Requirements

A TOEFL score (or equivalent) with satisfactory standing may be required if native languages of a student do not include English

Key Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadline: February 1st of each year


Application Fee: $105

Domestic Students

  • Tuition Fees: $14,708.25 CAD for the 2017-18 academic year
  • Program Fee: $1600 CAD

International Students

  • Tuition Fees: $20,993.49 CAD for the 2017-18 academic year
  • Program Fee: $1600.00 CAD
Learning Outcomes

Degree Level Expectations - M.Sc.(HQ) (308 KB)

More Testimonials

"I was looking for a graduate program that encompassed the bigger system wide issues that are currently affecting the healthcare system in Canada.  As soon as I saw the information about the Queen's MSc in Healthcare Quality, Risk and Safety I knew it was for me because it offered many courses that I was interested in - politics, law, organizational behaviour.  I have really enjoyed the program as it has opened up my eyes to the small changes that can be made in our healthcare system that can improve efficiency and save money while also improving quality and safety for the patient.  Working with a wide range of clinicians and professionals has also broadened my perspective of how complex the issues are in the healthcare system and hardened my resolve to become a leader in facilitating a change for the better."

Lynn Suter BPE, BSc (PT), Physiotherapist

"I am pursuing the MSc(HQ) Program at Queen’s University as I am interested in examining the Canadian healthcare system from a different perspective and gaining a comprehensive understanding of quality improvement and patient safety in the national and international healthcare landscapes. This has been a wonderful learning experience thus far, which has re-emphasized the importance of delivering patient-centered care and continues to shape the way in which I view the provision of healthcare services."

Aryn Gatto, BA (Hons.)Project Coordinator, Disease Pathway Management Secretariat, Cancer Care Ontario