Greenbelt Class

Students at Greenbelt Session

Value Institute Learning Center (VILC) Greenbelt training introduces students to the Lean Six Sigma tools and methodology of process improvement, while simultaneously developing their skills as team members. Participants will get a better understanding of how these tools can be applied in their organizations to increase productivity and efficiency, decreasing the complexity of processes and eliminating waste. This training has been designed to fit the needs of healthcare workers through the use of hands-on activities and presentations that directly relate to real-world situations.

Spring 2024 class schedule:

  • Week 1: March 6 to 7, 2024, 8 am to 12:30 pm
  • Week 2: March 13 to 14, 2024, 8 am to 12:30 pm
  • Week 3: March 19 to 21, 2024, 8 am to 12:30 pm
  • Week 4: March 26 to 28, 2024, 8 am to 12:30 pm

Students selected for the Spring 2024 Greenbelt Training will achieve certification through the Greenbelt Case Study. They will complete a project where they will apply multiple DMAIC processes and tools to understand and address performance challenges for sepsis care in a fictional hospital emergency department.

Upcoming Greenbelt course registration

Greenbelt course curriculum


  • Charters
  • Suppliers, Inputs, Process, Outputs and Customers (SIPOC)
  • Affinity Diagrams
  • Voice of the Customer
  • Critical to X (CTX)


  • Process Mapping
  • Statistics
  • Distributions
  • Variation
  • Sampling Plans
  • Time Plots
  • Frequency Plots
  • Defects Per Million Opportunities (DPMO)
  • Process Capability


  • Lean Thinking
  • Value Stream Map (VSM)
  • 8 Wastes
  • Value Analysis
  • Lean Assessment Tools
  • Cause and Effect Diagrams
  • 5 Whys
  • Hypothesis Testing
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Pareto Charts


  • Brainstorming
  • Benchmarking
  • Lean Solutions
  • Solution Selection
  • Future State Mapping
  • Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA)
  • Risk Assessment
  • Implementation Planning


  • Standard Work
  • Training
  • Key Performance Indicator Monitoring
  • Control Plans
  • Control Methods
  • Project Closure

Greenbelt certification pathways

  Coached project Case study
Available for
  • Only available for fall 2023 students
  • Dartmouth Health employees
  • External students
Application prep: Letters of support
  • Identify project
  • Letter of sponsor support
  • Written support from supervisor
  • Written support from supervisor (internal candidates only)
Application prep: Supplemental materials
  • PowerPoint
  • Excel with data visualizations
Greenbelt application Complete and submit by November 25, 2023
  • 45-minute interview with 2 VILC instructors
  • Discuss proposed project
  • 45-minute interview with 2 VILC instructors
  • Overview of case study by VILC
Student selection Students will be notified by early January 2024
Class attendance
  • Attend all 10 half-day sessions
  • Actively participate in class and breakout activities
Test Complete and pass the post-class exam with a score of 80% or more by April 11, 2024
Post class engagement
  • Coaching meetings
  • Sponsor tollgate meetings
  • Study sessions facilitated by VILC coaches
Certification requirements
  • Two 10-minute Report Outs (poster presentations) of your project progress
  • Submit project summary to VILC for certification
  • One 20-minute presentation with in-depth tool review
  • Complete and submit 5 DMAIC case study phases and final poster
Greenbelt cycle end dates
  • Coaching support will end by April 30, 2024
  • Project work may continue after coaching ends
  • Complete modules and final presentation by August 22, 2024

Greenbelt accreditation

Dartmouth Hitchcock is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Dartmouth Hitchcock designates this live activity for a maximum of 33.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Dartmouth Hitchcock's Nursing Continuing Education Council is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This educational activity carries 33.25 contact hours.

Greenbelt pricing

Type of attendee Price per attendee
Regular $2500
NEAH members $1350
Partner organizations $1350
DHMC staff and member organizations Free

If you are interested in other pricing and delivery options please email us to discuss how to meet your organizational needs.

Cancellation policy

If you need to reschedule, please contact the VILC staff as soon as possible. We are happy to work with you to reschedule for another time.

A full refund less $25 processing fee will be issued for cancellations made 15 or more days prior to the class date. If you must cancel your registration within 15 days of the class, a 10% fee will be assessed per registered student. For registration questions, please e-mail