309.731.11 | AY 2012-2013 - Summer Inst. Term | 2 Credit(s)
FS 9:00:00 AM
  • Contact Information
  • 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 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.

  • Intended Audience

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

  • Methods of Assessment

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

    Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

  • Academic Ethics Code

    The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Disability Support Services

    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact Betty H. Addison in the Office of Student Life Services:, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.