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309.730.98 Patient Safety and Medical Errors

Health Policy and Management
2nd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
Barcelona, Spain
Wed 11/12/2014 - Fri 11/14/2014
Class Times:
  • W Th F,  8:30am - 6:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Judy Holzer
Course Instructor:
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Provides an introduction to the science of safety, and how it relates to problems with patient safety in health care. Explains the role of both individuals and systems in improving patient safety. Reviews institutional responses to adverse events, including the topics of risk management and medical malpractice. Emphasizes the importance of communication and teamwork. Students learn the basics of conducting an incident investigation, gain an understanding of the advantages and limitations of error reporting, learn how to disclose errors and adverse events, and learn models for improving safety in hospitals and other health care organizations from both the micro and macro points of view.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  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. Explore solutions to improve patient safety
Methods of Assessment:

Class participation (20%) and a final paper that will analyze a case and proposed potential solutions. (80%)

Enrollment Restriction:

undergraduate and interdivisional students are not permitted in this section

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Full-time JHU students must obtain permission to register from Judy Holzer or Pam Davis in HPM.

For consent, contact: