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 Quality in Public Health, Unit B

​​Unit B: ​Quality Measurement

This module provides key definitions and concepts for performance measurement.  Learn practical tips for selecting and using quality and performance measurement to effectively monitor system performance.  A step-by-step example illustrates the process and provides a reference for implementation.

Learning Objectives
  • Understand important quality measurement terms and concepts

  • Apply the following practical measurement strategies:

    • Preserving the context

    • Listening to the Voice of the Process

    • Knowing when to bundle and unbundle data

    • Using a balanced set of measures

    • Differentiating types of measures and their uses

    • Implementing a measurement system, not just measures


  1. Quality Measurement Lecture – Amy Mullenix, MSPH, MSW, 2015. (~20 minutes)

  2. Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Transformation - Part Two​. Michael Lu, MD, MS, MPH, HRSA associate administrator of maternal and child health, discusses the transformation of the MCH Services Block Grant to States, which aims to reduce burden, maintain flexibility and improve accountability. This video was originally presented at the 2014 MCH Block Grant Reviews. (~23 minutes)​ ​


  1. For the Public’s Health: The Role of Measurement in Action and Accountability. 2011. The Institute of Medicine. Report Brief.​

  2. Promotion of Improvement as a Science. Marshall M., Pronovost P. and M. Dixon-Woods, The Lancet, 2013. 38(9864): 419-421.​​​

  3. Identifying Continuous Quality Improvement Priorities in Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting. Julie Preskitt, PhD, MSOT, MPH; Matthew Fifolt, PhD; Peter M. Ginter, PhD; Andrew Rucks, PhD; Martha S. Wingate, DrPH. J Public Health Management Practice, 2014, 00(00), 1–9.7​

Complete Module (pg 19-21)


The National MCH Workforce Development Center is funded by a cooperative agreement (#UE7MC26282) with the Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau.