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Quality, Patient Safety and Outcomes Research Certificate Program

Sponsored By: Department of Health Policy and Management

Onsite or Online | Part-Time | 1-3 years

About the Quality, Patient Safety and Outcomes Research Certificate Program

The certificate program is designed for graduate students from the Johns Hopkins Schools of Public Health, Medicine, and Nursing and health-related professionals interested in quality, patient safety, and outcomes research. Those who complete the certificate program will gain competencies in quality, patient safety, and outcomes research; however the program does not provide training in conducting research.

Educational Objectives

Students completing the certificate program will be able to:


  1. Describe several frameworks and theories for assessing and improving the quality of medical care;
  2. Describe current key policy and programmatic areas in quality of care;
  3. Understand how to assess quality of care for a medical condition; 
  4. Describe key elements of published quality assessment and improvement studies;
  5. Understand how to develop a workable quality improvement and evaluation plan.


  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. Design solutions to improve patient safety;
  6. Understand the ethical, legal, and regulatory implications related to patient safety.

Patient Outcomes Research

  1. Argue for the importance and challenges of using patient and consumer reported measures in research, clinical practice, and program evaluation;
  2. Compare the different types of instruments available to measure health related quality of life; 
  3. Critique the use of commonly used patient reported outcomes in specific applications;
  4. Plan the development of a new questionnaire;
  5. 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;
  6. Identify study designs and methodologies unique to patient outcomes research.

Curriculum for the Quality, Patient Safety and Outcomes Research Certificate Program

Please visit our Academic Catalogue to see the full certificate curriculum requirements. Please also review the certificate completion requirements.

Admissions Requirements

Degree Students

The certificate program is open to currently enrolled master's and doctoral students at the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, with the exception of BSPH MAS students, who are not eligible to apply until they have completed their degree program.

Applying to the certificate program as a JHU graduate student

Students already enrolled in a graduate program at JHU are not required to submit the School's electronic admissions application, but must submit the declaration of intent form prior to starting coursework.

Eligible Start Terms:

1st and 3rd

Non-Degree Students

The certificate program is also offered to non-degree students who have 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.

Eligible Start Terms:

1st and 3rd

Applying to the certificate program as a non-degree applicant

Students who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program at JHU are required to apply to certificate programs using SOPHAS Express

Prerequisites or special requirements

Successful applicants will have at least three years of professional health care experience in a related field.

Application for Non-Degree Students


Information regarding the cost of tuition and fees can be found on the Bloomberg School's Certificate Programs Tuition page.

Financial Aid Eligibility: U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents enrolled in this certificate program may be eligible to apply for Title IV financial aid. Please contact the JHU Office of Student Enrollment and Account Management (SEAM) for more information.

Contact Us

Questions about the program? We're happy to help.

Sponsoring Department
Health Policy and Management

Certificate Program Contact
Pamela Davis

Faculty Sponsor
Albert Wu, MD, MPH

Program Co-Director
Lilly Engineer, MBBS, DrPH, MHA