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Quality, Patient Safety, and Outcomes Research

Overview

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.

Educational Objectives

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:

Quality

Safety

Patient Outcomes Research

Eligibility

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.

Admissions Process

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.

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.

Application Deadline

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 TitleNo. CreditsOnline TermCampus Term
Required Courses:  Students must complete the following required courses and practicum
309.712 Assessing Health Status and Patient Outcomes32-
309.730Patient Safety and Medical Errors33SI
311.615Quality of Medical Care31-
312.693Introduction to Comparative Effectiveness and Outcomes Research313
TBACertificate in Quality, Safety, and Outcomes Research Practicum3  
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
221.722Quality Assurance Management Methods for Developing Countries411
309.845Palliative and Hospice Care: Quality of Care and Health Policy2 WI
Elective Courses: Domain 2: Patient Safety
309.731Patient Safety in Developing Countries2-SI
309.732Organizational and Human Factors in Patient Safety3-4
312.678Introduction to Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety from the Management Perspective2-3
Elective Courses: Domain 3: Outcomes Research
313.790Economic Evaluation I32-
313.631Economic Evaluation II4-3
313.632Economic Evaluation III3-4
Elective Course: Domain 4: Health Care Management Informatics
551.601Managing Health Services Organizations43-
309.631Population Health Informatics32-

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

Contact Information

Sponsoring Department
Health Policy and Management

Faculty Sponsor
Name Albert Wu, MD, MPH
Email awu@jhsph.edu

Program Associate Director
Lilly Engineer, MD, DrPH, MHA
Email lenginee@jhsph.edu

Administrative Contact
Name Pamela Davis
Phone 410.614.1580
Email pdavis@jhsph.edu

 

Gainful Employment Program Information

Certificate NameQuality, Patient Safety, and Outcomes Research1
  
CIP Code51.2201
  
Credential LevelPost-Baccalaureate Certificate
  
Occupations and SOC Codes11-9110  Medical and Health Services Managers
View O*Net occupational profiles19-1040  Medical Scientists
http://www.onetonline.org/find29-0000  Health Care Practitioners
  
Program Duration
Minimum Number of Term Credits Required21 term credits.  Each term is 8 weeks in duration.
Weeks232 (please read footnote)
  
Program Costs3 
Tuition and FeesThe tuition and fees paid by full-time Johns Hopkins University degree students cover the tuition cost of the certificate program.  Tuition is $954 per term credit for part-time degree students and non-degree students ($20,034 for 21 term credits) plus a one-time application fee of $45 (Academic Year 2013-2014). 
Books and Supplies$400 (estimated)
  
On-time Completion Rate411 students earned the certificate in academic year 2012-2013
  
Job Placement Rate5Not required
  
Median Loan Debt upon Program Completion (AY 2013 -2014)
Title IV Debt$0.00
Private Educational Loan Debt$0.00
Institutional Financing Debt$0.00
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Tuition, application fee, and book costs are subject to change from one academic year to another academic year.
  4. Completion rates will be tracked beginning in academic year 2012-2013.
  5. The Council of Public Health Education which accredits schools of public health does not require schools to track job placement rates for certificate programs.