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Comparing the Patient Safety Programs

The Armstrong Institute offers three programs—two online and one in-person—that provide a broad overview of patient safety and quality improvement work. Use this table to help you decide which is the best fit for you. For the online courses, you have the opportunity to sample or trial the course at no cost

 Online Patient Safety CertificatePatient Safety Specialization (Coursera)

Covers many of the same topics as the 5-day certificate, but in a more concise way, with self-paced instruction and interactivity.

A broad and thorough introduction to patient safety and quality improvement, with a focus on the tools and strategies involved in health care improvement projects.


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13 modules7 four-week courses
DURATION AND PACESelf paced program that takes about 18.5 hours to complete

Each course involves 2-4 hours of lectures, reading and assignments per week

Take only the courses you want, in any order, or more than one simultaneously


Highly interactive modules. Apply concepts to realistic scenarios in a simulated health care environment



18.5 CME/ACPE/CNE Credits availableSpecialization can be added to LinkedIn profile or resume


  • $400/participant
  • Group discount: for groups of 25 or more
  • Free for Johns Hopkins employees via MyLearning


Yes, view course samplesYes, 7-day free trial


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