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MSN: Health Systems Management Track

MSN Health Systems Management Track (onsite & online)

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.

Expect Innovation

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.


Graduates are eligible to apply for certifications available for nurse executives: American Nurses Credentialing Center, American Organization of Nurse Executives.

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Program Overview

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.

Additional Information

View the recording of the MSN Health Systems Management virtual information session.

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Priority Application Deadline

Fall Entry
January 1
Still accepting applications for Fall 2017.

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Additional Program Options

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Alison Owens
Alison Owens
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.

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Admission Criteria

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)

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Applicants Who Have Studied Abroad

International applicants and applicants who have completed courses outside of the United States must submit:

More information for international applicants
Office of International Student, Faculty, and Staff Services

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.

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Health Systems Management Curriculum

  • Full 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.

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Tuition & Other Costs

Billed Expenses

(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)
Health Insurance: $3,7772
Health Fee: $475
Total Billed Expenses: $54,160

Estimated Other Expenses3

Room and Board: $17,520
Books/Supplies: $2,784
Loan Fees: $180
Personal Expenses: $1,836
Travel Expenses: $4,608
Total Other Expenses: $26,928
Total Expenses: $81,088

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.

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Funding Opportunities

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

Employment Opportunities

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

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