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Program Course Core Elements:

NURS 7311 Theories and Research in Leadership, Quality, Safety, and Evidence Base


This course focuses on leadership in complex adaptive systems as a foundation for leading and supporting practice-based improvement using evidence based frameworks to inform and shape health care improvement.  Microsystems, mesosytems, and macrosystems and their impact on healthcare quality, cost, and patient outcomes will be explored.  Exposure to state and federal health policy trends, interprofessional health care perspectives, strategic planning, and evaluation are essential for leading and achieving a patient-centered healthcare system that produces better care, better health, and lower costs.


Credit Hour Allocation: 3 Semester Credit Hours
Clock Hour Allocation: 3 Clock Hours Class (45 hours class)


Graduate Standing


  1. Analyze personal leadership styles.
  2. Evaluate the science of leadership in multiple interprofessional contexts.
  3. Analyze healthcare delivery as a complex adaptive system through the lens of complexity science.
  4. Compare and contrast creativity and innovation as leadership tools.
  5. Apply activities to promote creative thinking and innovation to facilitate transformation of the health care delivery system.
  6. Differentiate leadership work required at the micro, meso, and macrosystems levels of care to redesign how health care is delivered and inform health policy.
  7. Analyze frameworks for evidence-based practice.
  8. Develop a strategic plan for evaluating, transforming, and sustaining improvement over time that aligns across micro, meso, and macrosystem levels of the health care organization.




Attendance in class is an expectation of each student.


The APA Publication Manual 6th edition is required for use in all nursing school programs. 


Students are expected to be above reproach in all scholastic activities. Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from the university. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." Regents Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22.


Any student seeking reasonable accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact either the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services within the first week of the semester or schedule a meeting with the UTHSCSA ADA Compliance Office so that appropriate accommodations may be arranged. A request for accommodations (Form ADA-100: must be completed and submitted to the Executive Director of the ADA Compliance Office before accommodations can be provided. Additional information can be provided in the Student Success Center, Room 1.118 or through the ADA Compliance Office website:

Admissions Information:

MSN Flyer: Master of Science in Nursing
PhD Flyer: Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing


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