The objective of this new course is to focus on the special methodological challenges in quality and effectiveness research. Systems approaches will be emphasized. Students will learn about developing quality metrics, collaborative improvement strategies and major new innovations in the field. Special strategies for the collection and ongoing tracking of data relevant to safety and quality will be reviewed. Students will be introduced to approaches to reduce medical errors. By the end of the course, students will be able to add value to the New York Presbyterian Hospital quality improvement teams.