Quality, Patient Safety, and Outcomes Research
The certificate is designed for graduate students and fellows from the Johns Hopkins Schools of Public Health, Medicine, and Nursing and health-related professionals interested in quality, patient safety, and outcomes research. The certificate requires a mentored practicum that provides a hands-on, supervised experience in research or practice related to quality of care, patient safety, or outcomes research. The practicum may be conducted in a health care setting or organization or with a team of researchers, subject to approval by the certificate faculty. For more details on the program or the application process, please visit the Certificate Program's Departmental Page.
Those who complete the certificate will gain competencies in quality, patient safety, and outcomes research; however the certificate does not provide training in conducting research. Students completing the certificate will be able to:
- 1. Describe several frameworks and theories for assessing and improving the quality of medical care
- 2. Describe current key policy and programmatic areas in quality of care
- 3. Understand how to assess quality of care for a medical condition
- 4. Describe key elements of published quality assessment and improvement studies
- 5. Understand how to develop a workable quality improvement and evaluation plan
- 1. Recognize the extent of problems in patient safety in medical care
- 2. Describe the role of various systems and factors in creating safety and in causing errors and adverse events
- 3. Discuss problems and issues in measuring and reporting safety
- 4. Demonstrate knowledge of the basics of conducting an incident investigation and disclosing an adverse event
- 5. Design solutions to improve patient safety
- 6. Understand the ethical, legal, and regulatory implications related to patient safety
Patient Outcomes Research
- 1. Argue for the importance and challenges of using patient and consumer reported measures in research, clinical practice, and program evaluation
- 2. Compare the different types of instruments available to measure health related quality of life
- 3. Critique the use of commonly used patient reported outcomes in specific applications
- 4. Plan the development of a new questionnaire
- 5. Understand the role of patient-centered outcomes research in improving health, including its place in the U.S. research portfolio; the importance of stakeholders in the research process, and policy implications related to implementation
- 6. Identify study designs and methodologies unique to patient outcomes research
The certificate is open to currently enrolled masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students at The Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, as well as School of Medicine residents and fellows engaged in outcomes and comparative effectiveness research. It is also offered to non-degree students with at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, a strong record of successful academic performance, and a minimum of three years (full-time equivalent) of professional experience in a related health care field.
Bloomberg School of Public Health masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students are required to submit a short application and submit it to the Administrative Contact by September 10, 2014. Applicants are also encouraged to contact Dr. Lilly Engineer in order to receive advice on selecting courses. To make an appointment to speak to Dr. Engineer, please email Ms. Mary Wisniewski.
All other Johns Hopkins University masters and doctoral students must apply to the program using the school's online application before they begin taking certificate courses. The certificate application includes a CV, a statement of purpose vis-à-vis the certificate, and written approval from the student's academic advisor to pursue the certificate. The application does not require scores from the GRE, TOEFL, or ILETS. The certificate program will review the applications and notify each applicant of its admissions decision. Only those approved and notified by the certificate admissions committee may earn the certificate.
- In the "Academic Program" module of the application, you will be asked to choose the degree program you are applying for. If you are a degree seeking student in another Johns Hopkins University school (i.e. School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Carey Business School, etc) please choose the option that says Certificate_for Credit-Hopkins Degree student.
Non-JHU applicants (applicants who are not currently enrolled in a degree program at the Johns Hopkins University) must also apply using the school’s online application before they begin taking certificate courses. The certificate application includes official transcripts from all post-secondary schools, a CV, a statement of purpose vis-à-vis the certificate, one letter of recommendation, and written approval from the student's academic advisor to pursue the certificate. Transcripts from non-US institutions must be approved by a credentialing agency. The application does not require scores from the GRE. Applicants from countries where English is not the official language must submit scores of an English Language Proficiency test (TOEFL or ILETS). Please visit the JHSPH Admissions Website for more information on who is required to submit these scores. The certificate program will review the applications and notify each applicant of its admissions decision. Only those approved by the certificate admissions committee may earn the certificate.
- In the "Academic Program" module of the application, you will be asked to choose the degree program you are applying for. If you are not a degree seeking student within Johns Hopkins University, please choose the option for Certificate_for Credit-Non Degree Student.
The Certificate in Quality, Patient Safety, and Outcomes Research will have two application periods, allowing students to enter this program in either first term or third term. Please pay close attention to the deadline dates. Applications submitted after the deadline date, will automatically be considered for the next available starting term.
FIRST TERM MATRICULATION (TERM STARTS SEPTEMBER 3, 2013)
The deadline for applicants who are not currently enrolled in a degree program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is June 15, 2013.
The deadline for Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health degree-seeking students, who have already completed Introduction to Online Learning (IOL), is August 15, 2013. All JHSPH degree seeking students who have not completed the IOL course must adhere to the June 15th deadline (no exceptions).
THIRD TERM MATRICULATION (TERM STARTS JANUARY 21, 2014)
The deadline for applicants who are not currently enrolled in a degree program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is October 18, 2013.
The deadline for Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health degree-seeking students, who have already completed Introduction to Online Learning (IOL), is December 13, 2013. All JHSPH degree seeking students who have not completed the IOL course must adhere to the October 18th deadline (no exceptions).
Course of Study
The certificate requires a minimum of 21 credits, including four required courses, the practicum, and at least six credits of elective courses. Students should contact the faculty sponsor as early as possible to discuss the practicum. The certificate courses are listed in the table below.
Students should check the course catalog to confirm when the course is offered. The term and time may change from what is listed in the table below and some courses are only offered every other year. Students should also check for pre-requisites and if instructor consent is required.
The free, non-credit Introduction to Online Learning course must be completed before enrolling in online courses. It is offered five times each year.
Requirements for Successful Completion
All required and elective courses must be taken for a letter grade and a 3.0 or better overall GPA for all certificate courses is required. Requirements must be completed within a three-year period.
The student must submit a Notification of Completion to the certificate’s administrative contact after completing all of the certificate requirements. The student’s transcript will not indicate that the certificate was earned until the Notification of Completion has been submitted, verified by the certificate program, and processed by the Registrar.
|Course No.||Course Title||No. Credits||Online Term||Campus Term|
|Required Courses: Students must complete the following required courses and practicum|
|309.712||Assessing Health Status and Patient Outcomes||3||2||-|
|309.730||Patient Safety and Medical Errors||3||3||SI|
|311.615||Quality of Medical Care||3||1||-|
|312.693||Introduction to Comparative Effectiveness and Outcomes Research||3||1||3|
|TBA||Certificate in Quality, Safety, and Outcomes Research Practicum||3|
|Elective Courses: Students must complete at least six credits from the following elective courses. Students may wish to concentrate on one domain or select courses from several domains|
|Elective Courses: Domain 1: Quality of Care|
|221.722||Quality Assurance Management Methods for Developing Countries||4||1||1|
|309.845||Palliative and Hospice Care: Quality of Care and Health Policy||2||WI|
|Elective Courses: Domain 2: Patient Safety|
|309.731||Patient Safety in Developing Countries||2||-||SI|
|309.732||Organizational and Human Factors in Patient Safety||3||-||4|
|312.678||Introduction to Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety from the Management Perspective||2||-||3|
|Elective Courses: Domain 3: Outcomes Research|
|313.790||Economic Evaluation I||3||2||-|
|313.631||Economic Evaluation II||4||-||3|
|313.632||Economic Evaluation III||3||-||4|
|Elective Course: Domain 4: Health Care Management Informatics|
|551.601||Managing Health Services Organizations||4||3||-|
|309.631||Population Health Informatics||3||2||-|
SI= Course is offered in the Summer Institute held in June and July in Baltimore
WI= Course is offered in the Winter Institute held in January in Baltimore/Washington, DC
Health Policy and Management
Name Albert Wu, MD, MPH
Program Associate Director
Lilly Engineer, MD, DrPH, MHA
Name Pamela Davis
Gainful Employment Program Information
In accordance with US Department of Education regulations, the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health is required to disclose graduation rate data, median loan debt data, and other select information for all Title IV eligible gainful employment programs. To see the most recent data available for this gainful employment program, please view the attached disclosure.
Note: Fewer than 10 students graduated from this program in the 2012-13 academic year. Therefore, in accordance with US Department of Education guidelines on student privacy, the on-time completion rate and median loan debt data are not published. The restrictions imposed by the current US Department of Education online disclosure form limit the number of jobs related to this program that can be displayed in this disclosure: the job(s) listed here represent only a sample of the jobs related to the program.
- The certificate is offered to students in graduate-level degree programs at the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine fellows and residens, and health care professionals (non-degree students who hold at least an undergraduate degree) interested in outcomes and comparative effectiveness research.
- The certificate program length is flexible; it varies from student to student, however, the certificate must be completed within three years. Students do not need to be enrolled in a certificate course during consecutive terms. The number of certificate course credits taken may range from zero to 22 per term. Degree students earn the certificate simultaneously with their degree program and determine the number of credits taken each term with advisor approval. Full-time degree students are able to complete the certificate within one academic year.
- Tuition, application fee, and book costs are subject to change from one academic year to another academic year.
- Completion rates will be tracked beginning in academic year 2012-2013.
- The Council of Public Health Education which accredits schools of public health does not require schools to track job placement rates for certificate programs.