The Harvard Medical School Safety, Quality and Informatics Leadership (SQIL) Program

The Harvard Medical School Safety, Quality and Informatics Leadership (SQIL) Programis a one-year certificate program designed to develop knowledge and skills in patient safety, quality, informatics and leadership.  A deep understanding of patient safety is inextricably linked to the delivery of quality healthcare, and SQIL’s students will develop the skills and knowledge in the science and implementation of safety and quality programs in a hospital setting. This is the fundamental premise of the Institute of Medicine's Learning Health System concept - a common thread in SQIL.  The program consists of three in-person 3-day workshops at the program’s beginning, mid-point and conclusion, with online courses, webinars and instruction during the 12-month period.  The blended learning approach to this one-year program enables clinicians and administrators from around the world to participate.

Candidates for This Program

Who should apply?  The SQIL is designed for physicians, clinicians, senior level emergency department staff and nurse practitioners, and administrators in leadership roles in clinical quality and/or patient safety.  Candidates for the program should indicate any doctoral-level degree (for example: MD, PhD, MBBS, MBChB, DNP, MSN, DMD, DDC, PharmD), or master’s level degree (for example: MBA, MPH, MSc).

The 2015 – 2016 SQIL Program

SQIL is a blended learning one-year certificate program of online webinar material with workshop skill-based learning around newly developed cases. Layered on this will be an individual capstone safety or quality project.

At the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the scientific underpinnings of safety, quality, and clinical informatics
  • Develop leadership skills, focused on effecting change, negotiation and conflict resolution
  • Address quality and safety issues in a clinical context using a case based approach
  • Organize, write and, potentially, implement a proposal for a safety/quality/informatics project relevant to their clinical setting

There are a limited number of full and partial scholarships available to support qualified candidates. These are awarded on the basis of merit and conditions stipulated by the sponsor.* When applying for a scholarship, candidates should indicate in their personal statement why they merit consideration for support.

Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research Scholarships

The Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research (DHFMR) offers a limited number of partial scholarships to selected candidates. ** Priority is given to candidates from the United Arab Emirates, but candidates from the GCC and MENA region ***, regardless of nationality, will also be considered.

Deadline for All Scholarship Applications:

The Deadline for Applying for a Scholarship is March 1, 2015. Applicaiton is avalable at DHFMR website, at

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* If you apply for and do not receive a scholarship, you may still apply for admission to the program; however, since candidates are accepted on a rolling basis, in addition to meeting our admission criteria, your participation will depend on remaining capacity in the program. You will need to pay tuition at the rate applicable to the date of acceptance.

** Recipients of scholarships will be responsible for complying with applicable tax laws, in the US and/or in your home country

*** The MENA Region includes: Algeria | Bahrain | Djibouti | Egypt | Iraq | Israel | Jordan | Kuwait | Lebanon | Libya | Malta | Morocco | Oman | Qatar | Saudi Arabia | Syria | Tunisia | United Arab Emirates | West Bank and Gaza | Yemen