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Health Systems Management (onsite & online)

Leading Healthcare Systems
Alison Owens
"I wanted to have the opportunity to make an impact."
Alison Owens , BS, RN

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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  • Program

    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 healthcare 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. Learn to manage the entire spectrum of healthcare by combining the HSM and clinical nurse specialist master’s programs.

    Those who earn a master's of science degree in health systems management:

    • Assume leadership positions in a number of healthcare settings, including public and private sector hospitals, ambulatory care facilities, and long-term care facilities
    • Facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration, provide critical analyses of healthcare outcomes, and develop innovative redesigns of healthcare delivery systems
    • Serve as experts in fiscal management, legal and ethical issues, strategic planning, and organizational structures
    • Manage a healthcare 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.

  • Program

    Program Requirements

    Students may apply for full- or part-time study.

    Admissions Criteria

    • 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)


    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.

    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

  • Curriculum


    This 35-credit degree program may be completed in 4 semesters.

    View Full Curriculum and Sample Courses of Study

  • Tuition

    Tuition and Other Costs

    MSN Program (September 2015-May 2016)

    Billed Expenses

    Tuition: $36,216 (full-time per year)1
    Per credit cost: $1,509
    Matriculation fee: $500 (one time only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)
    Health Insurance: $2,6562
    Health fee: $316
    Total Billed Expenses: $39,688

    Estimated Other Expenses3

    Room and Board: $12,744
    Books/Supplies: $1,856
    Loan fees: $146
    Personal Expenses: up to $1,350
    Travel Expenses: up to $3,366
    Total Other Expenses: $19,462
    Total Expenses: $59,150

    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. 

  • Funding

    Funding Opportunities

    The Office of Student Financial Services is available to provide counseling on financing opportunities to ensure that students are able to pursue their educational goals.

    The School of Nursing participates in several financial aid programs that can help to pay education expenses, including grants, scholarships, loans, and work study. Students typically fund their studies through a combination of these sources.

    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

Application Deadlines

Fall Entry
January 1

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