Methodologies for Improving Health Outcomes

Methodologies for Improving Health Outcomes focuses on the knowledge and skills about methodologies frequently used to conduct Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) projects, specifically, quality improvement, program evaluation, surveillance, and N of 1.  The five-part series includes a one-hour Introduction module to set the stage for discussion of the four methodologies.  One-hour modules on the four methodologies follow, which cover essential content along with application in a published project.  The information will be useful for nurses advising DNP students and collaborating with DNP graduates as well as advanced practice nurses who want to expand their skill set to participate in and/or lead efforts to improve health outcomes.


Elizabeth A. Schlenk, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing


The five (5) – one hour (1) self-paced modules are:

  • Introduction and overview of the methodologies*
  • Quality improvement
  • Program Evaluation
  • Surveillance
  • N of 1

Module selection:

*Initially the minimum number of modules to be taken is two (2): Introduction module and another module of your choosing.
Participants can take additional modules individually or the entire series.

Contact Hours/Cost:

$45 for two modules consisting of the Introduction module plus one additional module
$25 for each additional module
$100 for the entire 5-module series

For University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing Faculty:  all registration received before September 30, 2019 will receive a $45 credit toward the cost of the activity.


Support for this series was provided by the Lucie Young Kelly Faculty Leadership Award