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Health Systems Management (onsite & online)

Leading Healthcare Systems
Felecia West Health Systems Management
"I'm still learning from my degree and building on it [every day]."
, MSN '10, RN-BC

When her 64-year-old father was diagnosed with renal disease, Felecia West saw how being uninsured could affect a person's health. Her father was one of many in her small, rural Mississippi town who "weren't getting the care they needed and were dying at an early age," she says. West earned her undergraduate degree in nursing and began working on a psychiatric unit at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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  • Program

    Program Overview

    At the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, the master's program in health systems management prepares graduates to supervise care and improve the quality and efficiency of the U.S. healthcare system. This program, developed and directed by internationally-recognized Hopkins faculty, leverages nursing's unique perspective at the front line of patient care to manage, evaluate, and improve an evolving healthcare delivery system through evidence-based practice. Coursework and practica tailor your experience to focus on management and administration or expand your scope to include 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 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

    Available States

    In accordance with state law, the School of Nursing cannot currently enroll in this program students who reside and/or plan to complete clinical/practice hours in certain states.

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  • Program

    Program Requirements

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

    The school seeks individuals who will bring to the student body the qualities of scholarship, motivation, and commitment. The Admissions Committee is interested in each applicant as an individual and will consider both academic potential and personal qualities. Therefore, school records, test scores, recommendations, and essays about goals and interests are important.

    Recommendations about a student's character, intellectual curiosity, seriousness of purpose, and range of extracurricular activities are considered.

    Selection factors include:

    • Bachelor of Science degree in nursing
    • Scholastic Grade Point Average 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
    • Applicants must submit evidence of current nursing licensure. Students must have or obtain Maryland Registered Nurse licensure for matriculation

    *Interview with a faculty member may or may not be requested.


    • Undergraduate Statistics

    In addition to the prerequisites above, the following courses are also required for MSN/MPH applicants:

    • College level course in Quantitative Science (ex. Algebra, Calculus, Statistics)
    • General Biology
    • Health Related Science (ex. Nutrition, Anatomy, Physiology)

    Transfer of Credit

    Transfer of credit is granted on an individual basis. The decision is 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 and Student Services along with the complete course syllabus.

    Up to 6 credits of graduate course work taken at Johns Hopkins University or elsewhere may be accepted for transfer. Course work must have been completed within the last five years. Course work at the undergraduate level will not be considered for advanced standing credit.

  • Curriculum


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

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  • Tuition

    Tuition and Other Costs

    Billed Expenses (September 2014 - May 2015)
    Tuition:  $34,824* (full-time Fall & Spring does not include summer)
    Per credit cost:  $1,451
    Matriculation fee:  $500 (onetime only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)
    Health Insurance: $2,830**
    Health Fee: $450

    Estimated Other Expenses***

    Room and Board: $12,294
    Books/Supplies: $1,856
    Personal Expenses: up to $1,350
    Travel Expenses:  up to $3,366

    *Full-time: 12 credit hours per semester, $17,412.00 per semester
    **All students must have health coverage.  Purchase of the School’s plan is optional.
    ***Amounts for other expenses vary based upon student's selection of books, supplies, and living arrangements.

    Billed expenses are subject to change without prior notice.       

Application Deadlines

Fall Entry
March 15

Spring Entry
September 1

Summer Entry
January 15

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