QUALITY OF MEDICAL CARE Syllabus

311.615.11 | AY 2013-2014 - Summer Inst. Term | 3 Credit(s)
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Describe a framework for analyzing and improving the quality of medical care
    • Explain how to assess quality of care for a medical condition, including: -Relative advantages/disadvantages of measuring structure, process, outcome -Different assessment methods and need for risk adjustment -Advantages and methods for assessing patie
    • Describe the fundamental elements of quality assurance in the United States
    • Discuss how to develop a workable quality improvement and evaluation plan, including: -Theoretical framework -Quality assessment -Evaluating assessment results and developing goals for improvement -Changing individual health professionals’ behavior
  • Course Description

    Introduces quality issues, including the extent to which customary care for specific health problems improves quality of life and reduces mortality, and quality assessment and assurance performed by caregivers, professional societies, government-sponsored professional review organizations, and government and other third party organizations who pay for care. Provides a basis to judge the effectiveness of quality assessment and assurance activities and to begin to develop programs.

  • Intended Audience

    iMPH students and students interested in Quality Care

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: Student evaluation based on a midterm paper and a final paper.

    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: baddison@jhsph.edu, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.