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Master of Applied Science Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality

Master of Applied Science in Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality


A fully online, part-time interdisciplinary degree offered by top-ranked schools within Johns Hopkins University. The Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality master’s program is an interdisciplinary degree offered by the Johns Hopkins University. It is a first of its kind collaboration between the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. It combines coursework from JHU’s top-ranked schools with the Armstrong Institute’s pioneering advances in patient safety. The program is designed to educate students in the transformative mechanisms and evidence-based protocols that reduce preventable patient harm and improve clinical outcomes.

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Advantages of this fully online graduate program:

  • Led by renowned experts who are shaping the field through research and application, including one of the world’s leading authorities on patient safety, Dr. Peter Pronovost, Former Director of the Armstrong Institute, and Former Senior Vice President for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Online delivery gives flexibility and accessibility to students around the world
  • Adds to your current experience to take your career to the next level
  • Competitive price point for tuition


Admissions Information

APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 1, 2020 for Fall 2020 Applications

The application for the MAS in Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality will open in SOPHAS on August 15, 2019. The priority deadline to submit an application is Wednesday April 15, 2020. Applications are accepted on an ongoing, space-available basis after the priority deadline until Monday, June 1, 2020. All applications must be completed (includes all supporting documents received/processed, as well as verification) in SOPHAS on or before July 1, 2020 for consideration in the Fall 2020 cohort. International students will need to allow additional time for processing of WES course by course credential evaluations prior to the noted deadlines. We recommend that applicants begin the WES credential evaluation process no later than April 1, 2020 if they wish to apply for Fall 2020 programs. For more information, please call 844-379-1319 to speak with an admissions officer or visit our OPAL admissions page.

Admissions Requirements include:

  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions attended
  • WES credential evaluation for international academic records
  • Relevant work experience
  • Letters of recommendation

For a full list of admissions requirements for each OPAL program, information for international applicants and other admissions details, please visit our OPAL Admissions page.



A Live Virtual Open House was held in October 2019. To view a recording of this session, please click the image below.



The Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality Movement

“Organizations profess patient safety as a top priority, but they are still figuring out how to manage it with the same rigor, discipline and accountability that they do their budgets.” – Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, FCCM

The year 2000 marked the birth of the patient safety movement. Its focus: to end preventable harm and improve patient outcomes and experiences in health care. Since then, there has been groundbreaking work and innovation across the continuum of care. Advances in the science of safety have allowed meaningful discoveries that highlight defective processes. Resulting risk reduction strategies are being implemented, leading to greater efficiency and performance improvement.

This movement has much more to accomplish and great potential to drive further widespread advances in safety and quality. Re-engineering care is rife with complexities. There are hierarchies, limited funding, high patient volumes, time pressures, interruptions, distractions, communication challenges, and siloed data. Making changes can feel like a colossal task. The great news – we CAN effect change. In fact, we are already doing it.

The Impact on Public Health

The patient safety problem is staggering. For instance:

  • More than one in ten hospitalized people are harmed while receiving care
  • One in ten hospitalized patients acquire health care associated infections
  • Every American will experience a missed or delayed diagnosis at some point in his or her lifetime
  • There are at least 1.5 million preventable adverse drug events in the U.S. every year

What can this degree do for you?

It can turn your passion for patient safety into a career in which you help to lead the charge. The Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality master’s program focuses on the measurement of safety and quality, designing safer systems, organizational and cultural change, patient-centric care and preventing patient harm. 

Want More?

Interested in patient safety and health care quality careers and what you can do with this degree? Check out the careers page.

Get In Touch

Request more information or call us at 844-379-1319 to speak with an admissions officer.

OPAL Program Office

Elizabeth Golub, PhD, MEd
Director, Online Programs for Applied Learning
Email:   Phone: (410) 502-2502

Albert Wu, MD
Director, MAS program in Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality
Email:   Phone: (410) 955-6567


State-specific Information for Online Students

Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.