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The Science of Safety in Healthcare: Free Online Course by the Johns Hopkins University

The Science of Safety in Healthcare offered by the Johns Hopkins University via “”

Date: June 3–July 1, 2013.
This free online course will review basic principles of the science and culture of safety in healthcare. Taught by Dr. Peter Provost, “champion of patient safety” and a practicing critical care physicians and Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University.
The goals for this course are:

To provide definitions and context of patient safety concepts and terms using a systems approach.

Explore foundation-level content in the science of safety, patient safety culture, teamwork, patient-centered care, and leading change.

Introduce students to strategies for identifying and mitigating risks through the use of human factors science and quality improvement methods.

Learn about the importance of using data to guide their change efforts, and about the use of the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP)

The content of this course has been adapted from the intensive five-day Patient Safety Certificate Program offered by the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality as well as the Helene Fuld Fellows Program undergraduate course content from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.


Judith Weiner Mills, AHIP, MLIS, MS
Knowledge Manager Librarian
NCNMLG President

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