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MSN: Health Systems Management Track

MSN Health Systems Management Track

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Leading Health Care Systems

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The MSN 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 (MSN) 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.

Certification

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

Top-Ranked Online Education

Are you driven to improve healthcare quality and efficiency? Our MSN Health Systems Management Track 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 (MSN) 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

Learn more about the MSN Health Systems Management/MBA Dual Degree

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

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Priority Application Deadline

Fall Entry
January 1

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Additional Program Options

Learn about our Master's and Doctoral program offerings.

Degrees & Programs

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Neysa Ernst, MSN, RN
Neysa Ernst
MSN ’11, RN (HSM track)
Nurses hold health care together, creating order out of chaos.

Neysa Ernst doesn’t shrink from an opportunity to lead. A nurse manager at Johns Hopkins Hospital, she opened Halsted 4, a 15-bed adult inpatient unit, in December 2012 and, in October 2014, became nurse manager of the Johns Hopkins Biocontainment Unit. “I use my MSN every single day as I work to establish authentic leadership."

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Requirements

Admission Criteria

Students may apply for full-or part-time study for Fall entry.   Students may apply for part-time study only for Spring entry.

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (from an accredited college or university)
  • Scholastic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Official Transcripts (from all post-secondary schools)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (2 academic and 1 professional preferred)*
  • Goal Statement
  • Current Resume/CV
  • Interview with faculty (if moved forward by admissions committee)
  • Applicants must submit evidence of current nursing license. Online students must have or obtain RN license from an authorized state.
  • TOEFL or IELTS if English is not your first language

Information for applicants with international education

Admissions Application

*References should be recent, written for the purpose of your application to this program and from professors who know you as a student or employers who know you as a professional in a job setting preferably in a supervisory role. Personal references from colleagues, friends, or family members do not meet the requirement.

Prerequisites

Undergraduate Statistics  Take at Hopkins Nursing. Course must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a letter grade of B or better.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

State-Specific Information for Online Programs

Students currently cannot conduct clinical activities in Louisiana and Minnesota. For more information, please contact an admissions representative. Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.

Student Sponsorship

This program does not qualify for F-1 or J-1 student sponsorship. Legal Permanent Residents and non-immigrants who are otherwise physically present in the U.S. and in a status that allows for full or part-time study, may pursue this program.

Transfer of Credit

Transfer of credit is granted on an individual basis. Please see the transfer of credit policy and complete the form to make a request.

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Curriculum

Health Systems Management Curriculum

This program is online with an occasional opportunity for face to face courses.

Full Time - Program Total: 35 Credits, 376 Clinical Hours [cl]

  • First Semester (12 Credits, 40 Clinical Hours)
    • Philosophical, Theoretical & Ethical Basis of ANP (3)
    • Context of Healthcare for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
    • Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice (3)
    • Health Assessment I (3, 40cl)
  • Second Semester (11 Credits, 168 Clinical Hours)
    • The Research Process and Its Application to Evidence-Based Practice (3)
    • Leadership and Management in Health Care (3)
    • Health Systems Management II – Specialty Practice (3, 168cl)
    • Financial Theory Requirement (2)
  • Third Semester (4 Credits)
    • Program Development and Evaluation in Health Care (2)
    • Leadership for Complex Learning (2)
  • Fourth Semester (8 Credits, 168 Clinical Hours)
    • Business Plan (1)
    • Health Systems Management III – Outcomes Management (3, 168cl)
    • Management Elective (2)
    • Management Elective (2)

Part Time - Fall Semester Start - Program Total: 35 Credits, 376 Clinical Hours [cl]
  • First Semester (6 Credits)
    • Philosophical, Theoretical & Ethical Basis of ANP (3)
    • Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice (3)
  • Second Semester (7 Credits)
    • The Research Process and Its Application to Evidence-Based Practice (3)
    • Financial Theory Requirement (3)
    • Management Elective (3)
  • Third Semester (2 Credits)
    • Program Development and Evaluation in Health Care (2)
  • Fourth Semester (6 Credits, 40 Clinical Hours)
    • Context of Healthcare for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
    • Health Systems Management I (3, 40cl)
  • Fifth Semester (6 Credits, 168 Clinical Hours)
    • Leadership and Management in Health Care (1)
    • Health Systems Management II – Specialty Practice (3, 168cl)
  • Sixth Semester (2 Credits)
    • Leadership for Complex Learning (2)
  • Seventh Semester (8 Credits, 168 Clinical Hours)
    • Business Plan (1)
    • Health Systems Management III – Outcomes Management (3, 168cl)
    • Management Elective (2)

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Tuition & Other Costs

BILLED EXPENSES

(SEPTEMBER 2020 - AUGUST 2021)

Tuition: $48,872 (full-time per year)1
Matriculation fee: $500 (one time only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)
Health Insurance: $4,1792
Health fee: $566
Total Billed Expenses: $54,117

Estimated Other Expenses3

Room and Board: $20,220
Books & Supplies: $1,500
Loan fees: $1,716
Personal Expenses: $2,760
Travel Expenses: $4,920
Total Expenses: $85,233

1Full-time: 12 credit hours per semester. Tuition is billed at $1,738 per credit. The costs shown are for students pursuing the full-time plan of study. Students pursuing the part-time plan of study will be billed less tuition charges.

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

Loans

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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