The Science of Safety in Healthcare Coursera

Register now for free, on-line course, The Science of Safety in Healthcare, taught by Johns Hopkins Patient Safety Experts

For the second year in a row, The Johns Hopkins University will lead a free online course, The Science of Safety in Healthcarewhich begins June 3 and continues for five weeks. If you have ever wanted an introduction to patient safety concepts and improvement methods—or have colleagues with interest—this five-week course, led by patient safety experts Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb, RN, PhD of Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and Albert Wu, MD, MPH of Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health, is a great opportunity.

Last year’s course was a great success, with thousands of students energized around this topic. We’ve improved on that curriculum by re-shooting some videos from that first session in higher quality.  In addition to topics in the science of safety, patient safety culture, teamwork and communication, patient-centered care, and strategies for assessing and improving care, we will introduce new topics such as adverse-event reporting, engaging families in patient care, and the business case for patient safety.

MOOCs such as this are a great experiment in higher education, bringing programs for free to thousands of people at a time. And while they historically have offered no academic or continuing education credit, that is beginning to change. This year’s patient safety course, for example, will now offer continuing nursing education credits for a fee for those who wish to pursue them.


Learn more about the curriculum and sign up.