Patient Safety Certification Program

SEIPS Shortcourse 2016 ISyE

Certificate in Patient Safety

It has been estimated that at least 98,000 US adults die each year from medical errors; fewer people die from breast cancer, AIDS or auto accidents. The costs associated with preventable medical errors exceed $17 billion. To help train scientists and practitioners to effectively reduce the likelihood of preventable patient harm, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is offering this Graduate Certificate in Patient Safety. The Certificate is supported by the School of Medicine and Public HealthSchool of NursingSchool of Pharmacy, and College of Engineering.

Objective: To increase student knowledge about how systems engineering and systems design can be used to identify, analyze and solve patient safety research and applied problems.


  1. Accepted into a graduate or professional degree program
  2. Full- or part-time graduate student status
  3. One of the following three:

The reason for the three options for prerequisites is to allow people with and without health care backgrounds to obtain the certificate.

IMPORTANT: students must choose one of the core faculty members listed below as an advisor. The advisor will determine if a student has met the pre-requisite requirement. Advisors must sign the section of the curriculum form titled “Patient Safety Certificate Application and Completion” in order for students to enroll.

How to obtain the Patient Safety Certificate

  • Complete the Patient Safety Certificate Declaration Form and have it signed by an approved advisor. Return form to the ISyE Student Services Coordinator in 3182 Mechanical Engineering.
  • Students must choose one of the core faculty members as an advisor (see below for a full list).
  • Complete the courses required for the Patient Safety Certificate (see curriculum below).
  • The semester you plan to graduate, complete the Patient Safety Certificate Completion Form and obtain your advisor’s signature. Take the form to the ISyE Student Services Coordinator in 3182 Mechanical Engineering. The coordinator will notify that Registrar’s Office that you have fulfilled the requirements.

Any questions about this process can be directed to a ISyE Student Services Coordinator.

Exit Requirements

  • GPA of 3.2 or above for the Patient Safety Certificate Curriculum courses (mandatory and elective combined).
  • Completion of all mandatory and elective courses.