JHU Online MAS in Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality

The Johns Hopkins University located in Baltimore, Maryland, offers a fully online master of applied science (MAS) in patient safety and healthcare quality. This multidisciplinary program is a collaboration between four JHU schools: the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the JHU School of Nursing, the JHU School of Medicine, and the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.

The degree seeks to educate leaders in preventing patient harm and improving patient experiences and outcomes in the healthcare industry. Students learn to design safer systems, affect cultural and organizational change, create patient-centered healthcare, measure the safety and quality of patient programs, and spot problems before they post a risk to patients. The program also seeks to educate physicians in change theory and leadership in the areas of patient safety and healthcare quality—an area lacking in many education programs for healthcare providers.

Interested professionals must have at least three years of health-related work experience. Graduates of the program may go on into positions such as medical director and patient safety officer, director of quality management, director of quality outcomes, director of patient safety, and risk improvement director, among others.

What to Expect from the JHU Online MAS in Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality

Admission Requirements: Applicants must have a BS from an accredited institution and submit an online application through SOPHAS, official transcripts, a resume or CV detailing at least three years of health-related work experience, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose. International students must submit TOEFL or IELTS test scores and a course-by-course evaluation of their degree from WES. No GMAT/GRE is required.

Study Plan: Students may begin courses for the MAS in patient safety and healthcare quality in the fall. They take two courses in each of the four terms to complete the program in two to four years. There are two introductory online module courses that do not earn credit, in addition to the 48 credits earned throughout the program. Students end the program with an integrative activity designed to demonstrate learned outcomes. Students identify a patient safety or quality problem, investigate the issue, create a solution and a plan for implementation, and evaluate their plan.

Curriculum: The MAS in patient safety and healthcare quality consists of 48.5 credits. Students take two non-credit courses at the beginning of the program: introduction to online learning and academic and research ethics. Courses taken then follow a prescribed sequence. Courses include two sequences of seminars in public health, an introduction to quality of care for patients, case studies in quality and safety, the science of patient safety, a professional development workshop, an introduction to epidemiology, leadership for change, statistical concepts in public health 1 and 2, quality improvement tools, intermediate epidemiology, infection surveillance and control, measurement and evaluation in quality and safety, a measurement lab in quality and safety, and a final integrative activity.

Online Experience: This integrated program offers online classes through CoursePlus, the course management system at JHU. Students begin with an introduction to online learning, which introduces students to distance-based and onsite course structures throughout the JHU campus, including cohort-based, time-boxed, and highly collaborative course designs. Students learn what their responsibilities are and how to communicate and collaborate with faculty and peers throughout the program. The class also touches on computer and network connection compatibility and the use of online tools to facilitate their education.

To ensure the consistency of on-campus to online courses, all online courses are taught twice on campus before being recorded for online programs. The JHU Bloomberg School also offers a wealth of free online courses through OpenCourseWare, Coursera, and iTunes U. Online students have access to the same support as on-campus students including 24/7 technical support, faculty advising, admissions counseling, career counseling, library services, and more.

On-Site Requirements: This program has no onsite requirements as it is 100 percent online. Students are welcome to visit campus anytime and participate in graduation.

Paying for the JHU Online MAS in Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality

JHU Online MAS in Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality tuition is listed in the tables below. Potential applicants should contact the JHU Bloomberg School admissions department for an estimated cost analysis.

The JHU Bloomberg School may offer scholarships to graduate students, including the universal OPAL Scholarship. Please note that the tuition below reflects the OPAL assistance. The admission application doubles as a scholarship application. In addition, students should fill out the FAFSA to seek federal loans, as well as exploring options for private loans and outside scholarships and funding. As a final note, employees are encouraged to speak with their employer regarding tuition reimbursement programs. Students can find out more by contacting the Bloomberg School Financial Aid Office.

Johns Hopkins University - Bloomberg School of Public Health Master of Applied Science in Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality

Program Essentials
Degree Level Master's Degree
Program Start Dates Fall
Credits Needed to Graduate 48.5
Time to Complete? Complete in 2-4 years.
100% Online? Yes
Program Accreditation None
Program Admissions
Level of Education Required? Bachelor's degree or higher
GRE or GMAT Required? No
Work Experience Required? Yes, 3 years
Program Tuition
Credit Hours 48.5
Average Cost Per Credit $813
Estimated Program Tuition * $39,024.00

Tuition is calculated based on credits, at the published tuition rate. For programs with variable tuition rates, we use the rates for part-time students. Tuition number represents the cost of tuition for the entire program, not per semester or year. Estimated total tuition does not include additional fees, unless otherwise specified. Please check here for any tuition updates.

Sara Navratil
Sara Navratil

Sara Navratil is a freelance writer and a Certified Canfield Success Principles Trainer. She's the owner of Sara Liza Life, a company dedicated to helping people rewrite their lives. She enjoys researching and writing about healthcare-related topics, including information on online MHA programs. When not working she likes to read, bake, and spend time with her family.