About The Course
Welcome Message

Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for PATIENT SAFETY IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES (309.731.11), a course offered by the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

Introduces students to the rapidly evolving field of patient safety in developing countries, focusing on health systems improvement. Explains the role of global organizations, national governments, institutions, local communities, and individuals in improving patient safety in developing countries. Reviews key global patient safety resources that can be utilized to enhance patient safety in developing country health systems. Students learn how to utilize a “problem solving paradigm” to patient safety, conduct a patient safety situational analysis, and develop an action plan for patient safety at the institutional level. Explores the use of patient safety partnerships between hospitals as a model for inter-continental collaboration.

Course Learning Objectives

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

  • Discuss the current state of knowledge on the extent of patient safety problems in developing country health systems
  • Describe how a “problem solving paradigm” can be utilized for patient safety in developing countries
  • Demonstrate knowledge on how to identify global patient safety resources that can be used in developing countries
  • Conduct a patient safety situational analysis in a health care organization in a developing country
  • Define and describe essential management methods that can be used to develop a patient safety action plan for a developing country institution

Course Time

Fri Sat Sun   9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Course Faculty
Intended Audience

Internet-based MPH students and anyone else who is interested in this topic

Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Student evaluation based on class participation and a short paper on patient safety action planning.

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

Administrative Contact

Pamela Davis
E-mail: pdavis@jhsph.edu