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School of Medicine Greenville

High Value Care, Performance Improvement and Population Health

The High Value Care, Performance Improvement and Population Health Distinction Track prepares future physicians to be effective leaders and innovative participants in health care improvement. Students will learn established strategies and methods for performance improvement to achieve high-value health care for their patients and the surrounding community. The critical population health issue of substance misuse and addiction will serve as the centerpiece of this track.


  1. Define and explain the importance of high-value health care and its impact on population health.
  2. Discuss “costs” in health care including the basics of health insurance, payment models and definitions of “charges and costs” to both the patient and the health system.
  3. Participate in system improvement activities such as root cause analyses and quality improvement meetings.
  4. Design a project to improve value/performance in the delivery of patient care.
  5. Publish and/or present a project pertaining to High Value Care, Performance Improvement and Population Health.
  6. To obtain Recovery Coach certification in order to be able to serve in GHS performance improvement projects.


Curriculum Overview:

M1 & M2
  • Introduction to healthcare quality and population heath
  • Enroll in the IHI Open School and complete required online modules (National Certificate of Completion)
  • Monthly group meeting to build on understanding of the online modules
  • Online discussion on current events from High Value Care conferences, webinars, or meetings and other assigned readings
  • Enroll in the Recovery Coach training program and participate as a certified Recovery Coaches in the community project for Addiction (USCSOMG/FAVOR collaboration for Recovery Coaching)
  • Attend meetings involving performance improvement engineers, physicians and risk management specialists
  • Take an observation of low-value care from their clerkship
  • Start to develop a plan for a performance improvement project
  • Write a vignette and submit for publication
  • Complete the performance improvement project
  • Submit a vignette and prepare a presentation
  • Present their project