nursing schoolProspective students, lifelong learners, or anyone simply interested in health care safety can get a thorough overview of the topic and a taste of the Johns Hopkins educational experience beginning June 3.

The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) has opened registration for its first-ever MOOC (for massive open, online course), The Science of Safety in Healthcare. It will be offered June 3-30 by patient safety experts Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb, PhD, RN, FAAN, of JHUSON and Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

The MOOC was designed for delivery through Coursera as a free offering. In it, Dennison-Himmelfarb and Pronovost will explore topics in the science of safety, patient safety culture, patient-centered care, teamwork, and how to improve care. Space is unlimited, but time is not. Those interested should register as soon as possible.

Dennison Himmelfarb is an expert on improving cardiovascular care for high-risk, underserved populations. Her current research includes developing and testing an innovative online decision support system to improve the quality of clinical care among heart failure patients. She is also director of the Fuld Fellows program at JHUSON, which offers scholarships to students interested in becoming leaders in health care quality and patient safety.

Pronovost, internationally known for his work in patient safety, is director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins, senior vice president for patient safety and quality for Hopkins Medicine, and author of Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals: How One Doctor’s Checklist Can Help Us Change Health Care From the Inside Out.

More MOOCs on subjects including Dementia and HIV/AIDS will be added in the future, according to David Newton, JHUSON executive director for professional programs. “We’ll see where this takes us,” said Newton. “Certainly we have a vast store of expertise at Hopkins Nursing to choose from.”

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