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MSN: Health Systems Management Track

MSN Health Systems Management (online)

Leading Health Care Systems

Make an Impact

The Health Systems Management 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

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.

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Priority Application Deadline

Fall Entry
June 15 (full time)
July 1 (part time)

Spring Entry
November 15 (part time only)

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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.

Read Alison's Story
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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.

  • Admissions Application
  • 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
  • Applicants must submit evidence of current nursing license. On-campus students must have or obtain Maryland RN license for matriculation (or RN license from compact state).  Online students must have or obtain RN license from an authorized state.


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, Massachusetts and Oregon. For more information, please contact an admissions representative. Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.

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

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

  • Full Curriculum (35 Credits, 376 Clinical Hours)

    Core Courses - 12 Credits

    • Philosophical, Theoretical, and Ethical Basis for Nursing (3)
    • The Research Process and Its Application to Evidence-Based Practice (3)
    • Context of Healthcare for Advanced Practice Nursing (3)
    • Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice (3)

    Specialty Courses - 23 Credits, 376  Clinical Hours

    • Program Development and Evaluation in Health Care (2)
    • Leadership and Management in Health Care (3)
    • Health Systems Management I (3, 40 cl)
    • Business Plan (1)
    • Health Systems Management II - Specialty Practice (3, 168 cl)
    • Health Systems Management III - Outcomes Management (3, 168 cl)
    • Leadership for the Complex Learning Organization (2)
    • Management Elective I (2)
    • Management Elective II (2)
    • Financial Management Theory (2)
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Tuition & Other Costs

Billed Expenses

(September 2017 - May 2018)

Tuition: $38,184 (full time per year)1
Per Credit Cost: $1,591
Matriculation Fee: $500 (one-time-only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)
Health Insurance: $2,9522
Health Fee: $316
Total Billed Expenses: $41,952

Estimated Other Expenses3

Room: $10,971
Board: $3,726
Books/Supplies: $800
Loan Fees: $1,056
Personal Expenses: $2,385
Travel Expenses: $3,564
Total Other Expenses: $22,502
Total Expenses: $64,454

1Full time: 10+ credit hours per semester. Tuition is billed at $1,591 per credit and students enrolling less than full-time will incur less 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


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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