221.722.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 1st Term | 4 Credit(s)
MW 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Gilbert Burnham
    Anbrasi Edward
    Bill Weiss
    Richard Morrow
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • define what quality means from the standpoint of a variety of stakeholders
    • identify the root cause of quality problems
    • apply the problem solving cycle to quality shortfalls identified
    • explain the relationship of costs to quality
    • develop a monitoring approach to track the quality of health services
  • Course Description
    Presents the principles and practice of total quality management methods for health systems in developing countries. Emphasizes integrated district-level health systems management; fostering a genuine team approach in the face of an authoritarian tradition; central importance of community governance; interventions performed according to standards and in an equitable fashion; introducing a measurement-based approach to problem solving, emphasizing analysis of service delivery process and outcome; and developing operational research as an integral component of the management system.

    Additional Faculty Notes:
    Quality Assurance Management Methods for Developing Countries provides a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of quality assurance management for those who have or will have responsibility for health systems in developing countries. Through informal discussion, exercises to develop competencies in selected quality assurance methods, and a series of case studies, participants will work through a systematic process for closing the gap between what should be accomplished with presently available resources and what actually takes place with health care efforts in most of the developing world.

  • Intended Audience
    MHS and PhD students in IH; MPH students

    Additional Faculty Notes:
    This course is intended for those who have or will have responsibility for health systems in developing countries.

  • Methods of Assessment
    Student evaluation based on analysis and presentation of case studies.

    Additional Faculty Notes:


    Assignment 1: Applying QA Tools = 10%

    Assignment 2: Case Study Critiques = 10%

    Quiz (3), attendance, participation = 30%

    Final Presentation Project / Storyboard = 50%

  • Prerequisites

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Teaching Assistant:
    Frank Manase, MD, MPH, MPMed
    Post Doctoral Fellow, International Health; Health Systems.

  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Recommended Resources

    • The Memory Jogger
    • A Modern Paradigm for Improving Healthcare Quality
  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    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.

  • Welcome Message

    Welcome to the course on Quality Assurance Management Methods for Developing Countries. We appreciate your interest in widening your understanding on QA and hope you will develop the skills for measuring and improving the quality of health systems and programs in developing countries. — Gilbert Burnham, MD, PhD — Richard Morrow, MD, MPH — Anbrasi Edward, PhD, MPH, MBA.

  • Course topics
    Principles of Quality Improvement Defining and Measuring Quality Analytical and Statistical Tools QA in Primary Health Care Teamwork and Team Building Development of Standards Performance Improvement Role of Quality in Cost Recovery Principles of Supervision
  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)

    Gilbert Burnham, MD, PhD
    Email: gburnham@jhsph.edu
    Office: E8142
    Tel: 410-955-3928

    Anbrasi Edward, PhD, MPH, MBA
    Email: aedward@jhsph.edu
    Office: E8142
    Tel: 410-955-3928

    Richard Morrow, MD,MPH
    Email: rmorrow@jhsph.edu
    Office: E8142
    Tel: 410-955-3928

    Bill Weiss, DrPH, MA
    Email: bweiss@jhsph.edu
    Office: E8640
    Tel: 410-614-6172

  • Course Objectives(from old syllabus)
    After completing this course, you should be able to do the following: Recognize major challenges to successful implementation of quality assurance management approach, which is new for health systems in developing countries Explain the importance of a genuine team approach in the face of generally authoritarian tradition Facilitate recognition of the entire community as the "customer" requiring an active participatory approach Introduce measurement-based methods for problem identification and solving with an emphasis on process indicators for rapid feedback and corrective action Develop a familiarity with operational research that serves as an integral part of the management system Select a case study for a group presentation for evaluation based on analysis
  • Disability Support Services
    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact the Office of Student Life Services at 410-955-3034 or via email at dss@jhsph.edu.