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.
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:
- Describe several frameworks and theories for assessing and improving the quality of medical care
- Describe current key policy and programmatic areas in quality of care
- Understand how to assess quality of care for a medical condition
- Describe key elements of published quality assessment and improvement studies
- Understand how to develop a workable quality improvement and evaluation plan
- Recognize the extent of problems in patient safety in medical care
- Describe the role of various systems and factors in creating safety and in causing errors and adverse events
- Discuss problems and issues in measuring and reporting safety
- Demonstrate knowledge of the basics of conducting an incident investigation and disclosing an adverse event
- Design solutions to improve patient safety
- Understand the ethical, legal, and regulatory implications related to patient safety
Patient Outcomes Research
- Argue for the importance and challenges of using patient and consumer reported measures in research, clinical practice, and program evaluation
- Compare the different types of instruments available to measure health related quality of life
- Critique the use of commonly used patient reported outcomes in specific applications
- Plan the development of a new questionnaire
- 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
- 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.
Applicants should review the How to Apply page for information about eligibilty and special instructions.
The certificate program's review committee will review the applications and notify each applicant of their admissions decision. Only those approved and notified by the certificate admissions committee may earn the certificate.
Requirements for Successful Completion
The certificate requires a minimum of 21 term 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. All required and elective courses must be taken for a letter grade and a 2.75 or better overall GPA for all Certificate courses required. The certificate length is flexible; it varies from student to student, however, the certificate must be completed within three years.
The student must submit a Notification of Completion to the certificate's administrative contact after completeing 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 of Study
Students should check the course catalog to confirm when the courses are 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 whether instructor consent is required.
All students are required to complete this free course before taking other online courses.
Academic and Research Ethics at JHSPH
All students are required to complete this free online course during their first term of study
Required Courses: Students must complete the following required courses and practicum
Assessing Health Status and Patient Outcomes
Patient Safety and Medical Errors
Quality of Medical Care
Introduction to Comparative Effectiveness and Outcomes Research
Certificate in Quality, Safety, and Outcomes Research Practicum
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
Quality Assurance Management Methods for Developing Countries
Palliative and Hospice Care: Quality of Care and Health Policy
Elective Courses: Domain 2: Patient Safety
Patient Safety in Developing Countries
Organizational and Human Factors in Patient Safety
Introduction to Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety from the Management Perspective
Elective Courses: Domain 3: Outcomes Research
Economic Evaluation I
Economic Evaluation II
Economic Evaluation III
Elective Course: Domain 4: Health Care Management Informatics
Managing Health Services Organizations
Population Health Informatics
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
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