Leading Health Care Systems
Make an Impact
The Health Systems Management track opens doors to leadership positions in health education, program development, consultation, and administration. Graduates could have the opportunity to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations and provide critical analyses of health care outcomes in a number of settings.
Students earning a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus in Health Systems Management will be immersed in the learning of evidence-based decision making and outcomes management. With modern technology ever evolving, students can become facilitators in innovative redesigns of health care delivery systems while emphasizing nursing core values of quality care.
Are you driven to improve healthcare quality and efficiency? Our master’s program in health systems management provides the tools you’ll need. Developed and directed by internationally-recognized Johns Hopkins nursing faculty, the program taps nursing’s unique perspective at the front line of patient care to manage, evaluate, and improve an evolving health care delivery system.
Grounded in evidence-based practice, the coursework and practica can be tailored to focus on management and administration, information technology, health policy, or case management/population management.
Those who earn a master's of science degree in health systems management:
- Assume leadership positions in a number of health care settings, including public- and private-sector hospitals, ambulatory care facilities, and long-term care facilities
- Facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration, provide critical analyses of health care outcomes, and develop innovative redesigns of health care delivery systems
- Serve as experts in fiscal management, legal and ethical issues, strategic planning, and organizational structures
- Manage a health care system that incorporates modern technology, evidence-based decision making, information and outcomes management, and nursing core values of quality care
State-Specific Information for Online Programs
Students currently cannot conduct clinical activities in Massachusetts. For more information, please contact an admissions representative. Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.
Making a Difference
Deborah J. Baker, DNP, CRNP, Alumna and Senior Vice President for Nursing for the Johns Hopkins Health System.
Forging centralized nursing structures and integrating services throughout medical campuses and community hospitals. Dr. Baker is unifying best practices across the health system and developing nurse leaders.
View the recording of the MSN Health Systems Management virtual information session.
Priority Application Deadline
Still accepting applications for Fall 2017.
I wanted to have the opportunity to make an impact.
Alison Owens has two reasons to celebrate: It’s her 30-year anniversary as a Hopkins nurse and she’s about to receive her master’s degree in health systems management. “I’ve been able to immediately apply knowledge and skills that I’ve learned in my classes to my job and my role,” says Owens, who heads a team of patient care coordinators. She even won a Johns Hopkins Nursing Excellence Award for her statistical analysis of a quality improvement project.
Students may apply for full- or part-time study.
- Admissions application
- Application fee of $75
- Bachelor's of Science degree in nursing
- Scholastic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited college or university
- Demonstrated commitment to nursing practice and scholarly pursuit
- Community service and professional commitment
- Interview with faculty member
- Written expression of goals
- Letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools
- Current Resume/CV
- Applicants must submit evidence of current nursing licensure. Students must have or obtain Maryland RN licensure for matriculation (or RN license from compact state)
- Undergraduate Statistics Take at Hopkins Nursing
Applicants Who Have Studied Abroad
International applicants and applicants who have completed courses outside of the United States must submit:
- Official course-by-course evaluation from the World Education Services (WES) or Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)—(academic credits from institutions outside the United States must be evaluated)
- Official Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL) scores for international students whose native language is not English
- All international students seeking an F-1 visa are required to submit official documents in English showing proof of funding
Transfer of Credit
Transfer of credit is granted on an individual basis. Decisions are based on equivalent content (for required courses), credit allotment, and satisfactory completion of courses. You may petition for permission to substitute a course from another college or university by submitting a request to the Office of Admissions along with the complete course syllabus.
Up to six credits of graduate course work taken at Johns Hopkins University or elsewhere may be accepted for transfer. Coursework must have been completed within the last five years. Coursework at the undergraduate level will not be considered for graduate credit.
Health Systems Management Curriculum
Core Courses - 12 Credits
- NR.110.500 Philosophical, Theoretical, and Ethical Basis for Nursing
- NR.110.503 Applications of Research to Practice
- NR.110.504 Context of Healthcare for Advanced Practice Nursing
- NR.110.507 Statistical Literacy and Reasoning in Nursing Research
Specialty Courses - 24 Credits
- NR.110.560 Program Development and Evaluation in Health Care
- NR.110.605 Leadership and Management in Health Care
- NR.110.607 Health Systems Management I
- NR.110.608 Business Plan
- NR.110.609 Health Systems Management II - Specialty Practice
- NR.110.611 Health Systems Management III - Outcomes Management
- NR.110.618 Leadership for the Complex Learning Organization
* NR.110.607 Health I, NR.110.609 Health II, and NR.110.611 Health III include clinical components.
There are also three additional requirements:
- Management Electives (4 credits)
- Financial Management Theory Requirement (2 credits)
Academic Catalog and Student Handbook
Important policies, procedures, and resources for easy reference.
Tuition & Other Costs
(September 2016 - August 2017)
|Tuition:||$49,408 (full time per year)1|
|Per Credit Cost:||$1,544|
|Matriculation Fee:||$500 (one-time-only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)|
|Total Billed Expenses:||$54,160|
Estimated Other Expenses3
|Room and Board:||$17,520|
|Total Other Expenses:||$26,928|
1Full time: 12 credit hours per semester
2All students must have health coverage. Purchase of the School’s plan is optional.
3Amounts for other expenses vary based upon student's selection of books, supplies, and living arrangements.
Billed expenses are subject to change without prior notice. Changes to a student’s program or course load may result in additional tuition charges and fees.
Scholarships & Grants
Grants are awards based on financial need that do not have to be repaid. Many students also benefit from scholarships and awards based on merit. More
Many students will avail themselves of loans to help finance their School of Nursing Education. If necessary, we encourage you to borrow only what is absolutely essential to cover your educational costs. More
Many students locate part-time employment to help pay education expenses. Numerous positions are available on campus and within various community-based organizations. These jobs provide students with opportunities to gain practical work experience. Most positions are funded through the Federal Work-Study Program. More
Other Funding Sources
We encourage students to seek outside funding opportunities. Information can be obtained from library resource books and professional organizations and alumni organizations. More