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IHI Open School

On a national and now international scale, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the Open School concept was launched in September 2008.  The mission of the IHI is to advance health care improvement and patient safety competencies in the next generation of health professionals worldwide. The IHI provides students of medicine, nursing, public health, pharmacy, health administration, dentistry, and other allied health professions with the opportunity to learn about quality improvement and patient safety at no charge. The online, educational community features a growing catalog of online courses, extensive content and resources, and a network of local Chapters that organize events and activities on campuses around the world.  

IHI Open School Curriculum

The IHI Open School for Health Professions is an inter-professional educational community that gives healthcare students, Residents, Faculty, and hospital healthcare staff skills to become change agents in healthcare improvement. Skills include quality improvement, patient safety, teamwork, leadership, and patient-centered care. The leadership of the Chattanooga Campus Sponsoring Institution: University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga and Erlanger believe that the IHI Open School Curriculum for Patient Safety and Quality Improvement education will be important components of our educational process as we work to meet new accreditation for the ACGME Next Accreditation System.

Medical Students, Residents, Faculty, and hospital staff can register/login to the IHI website to access online modules and resources by creating an account at  Instructions for creating an account for our IHI Open School Curriculum.  The modules are available since we are registered as an IHI Open School Chapter without charge. A list of all IHI Online Courses is available on the IHI website: Click on this link to view online courses.  We recommend that Residents and Faculty review and complete these basic IHI Modules:  

Quality Improvement

  • QI 101: Introduction to Health Care Improvement*
  • QI 102: How to Improve with the Model for Improvement*
  • QI 103: Testing and Measuring Changes with PDSA Cycles*
  • QI 104: Interpreting Data: Run Charts, Control Charts, and other Measurement Tools*
  • QI 105: Leading Quality Improvement 

Patient Safety

  • PS 101: Introduction to Patient Safety*
  • PS 102: From Error to Harm*
  • PS 103: Human Factors and Safety*
  • PS 104: Teamwork and Communication in a Culture of Safety*
  • PS 105: Responding to Adverse Events*
  • PS 201: Root Cause and Systems Analysis
  • PS 202: Building a Culture of Safety


L 101: Introduction to Health Care Leadership 

Click here to view the classes recommended for GME faculty who teach about Quality and Patient Safety.

Nov 20, 2023