- 100% online, no campus visits required
- 20 total courses are required to complete your degree
- Graduate in about two years by transferring up to 60 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution
- Learn to optimize health care operations by seeing the big picture of health care delivery
- Earn a degree from GW and join a proud group of alumni residing both nationally and internationally
BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management Program Overview
The George Washington University's (GW) online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management teaches you what it takes to manage a clinically effective, cost-efficient health care delivery system to improve overall patient care and safety. This program has been designed to provide learners with the key skills and knowledge needed to manage clinical operations across the continuum of care. Healthcare operations is one of the fastest growing fields in the nation.
When you graduate from this program, you'll hold the skills and knowledge to:
- Communicate effectively to optimize interprofessional practice.
- Find solutions that influence strategic change.
- Adopt and adapt marketing concepts, plans, and activities to optimize operations.
- Apply human resources best practices to build strong teams.
- Understand health equity and how it fits into health care management and operations.
- Learn effective tools to help execute complex projects.
Who is the ideal student for this program?
Clinical operations and health care managers are committed to finding value-based solutions to complex problems that help deliver high-quality care to the patients and populations they serve. These professionals are realistic in their budgets and demands, listen and understand employees' needs, and have the infectious energy to lead teams through changes big and small.
The BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management program provides current students and graduates the opportunity to gain significant foundational learning knowledge that is needed to achieve certification and or fellowship status for many healthcare management professional associations such as ACHE, HFMA, HIMSS MGMA, ACMPE, NAHQ, Six Sigma and Lean, Project Management, to name a few.
Below is a list of the healthcare professional associations that students and graduates can consider joining to advance their learning and professional potential:
- ACHE American College of Healthcare Executives (www.ache.org)
- HFMA The Healthcare Financial Management Association (www.HFMA.org)
- HIMSS Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (www.himss.org)
- MGMA Medical Group Management Association (www.mgma.com)
- NAHQ National Association for Healthcare Quality (www.nahq.org)
- AAHAM The American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (www.aaham.org)
- AHIMA American Health Information Management Association
- APHA American Public Health Association (www.apha.org)
- ANA American Nursing Association (www.nursingworld.org)
- AMA American Medical Association (www.ama.org)
Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management Career Outlook
As the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active later in life, there will be increased demand for health care services. Skilled health care managers are needed in a variety of health care settings across the continuum of care as well as the continuum of the lifespan.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of medical and health services managers will grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, with a median salary in 2017 of $98,350.
According to Burning Glass, from May 2017 to May 2018, these high-demand, high-paying metro areas were seeking clinical operations and health care managers with a bachelor's degree:
- New York, N.Y., 8,319 job postings, $138,120 mean salary
- Boston, Mass., 3,719 job postings, $126,450 mean salary
- Washington, D.C., 3,292 job postings, $125,770 mean salary
- Philadelphia, Pa., 3,134 job postings, $114,440 mean salary
- Baltimore, Md., 1,505 job postings, $113,090 mean salary
Discover GW's 100 percent Online BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management program. Request information, or call (844) 386-7323 to speak with an admissions advisor.
Students will complete 51 credit hours (17 courses) of core courses and 9 credits (3 courses) of electives.
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
2.5 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
Completed credits should include 3 credits English Composition, 4 credits Physical or Natural Science (including lab), 6 credits Social Sciences, 3 credits Humanities, Advanced Standing: Other academic coursework (44 credits)
A written personal statement
Please include a 250-500 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study at The George Washington University, and your academic objectives, career goals, and related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, relevant to your program of interest. Include any substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $80 is required. The application fee is waived for active-duty U.S. military, current GW students, degree-holding GW alumni, current McNair Program Scholars.
1 Letter of Recommendation
Official transcripts from every school attended
International Students: Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are also required to submit official test scores for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Pearson’s Test of English (PTE) Academics or the academic International English Language Test System (IELTS). The following are the minimum scores for admission consideration: TOEFL: 250 computer-based or 100 Internet-based GW's school code for the TOEFL is 5246. PTE: overall score of 86 IELTS: overall band score of 7.0, with no individual band score below 6.0 International applicants may be considered for admission without submitting the above scores if: You are a citizen of a country where English is the official language, You hold a bachelor’s degree from a country where English is the official language and language of instruction, You hold a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency.
- Application Deadline
- Start Date
- August 5
- August 26
Students must earn a total of 120 college credit hours to receive the BSHS degree. They may transfer in up to 60 college credit hours from another institution which are applied towards the general education and advanced standing requirements. They then must earn at least 60 college credit hours at GW to meet the academic residency requirement of which 48 credit hours are required courses for the major.*
* Students may be considered for review with a minimum of 45 transfer credits but will be required to complete any missing general education credit hours in addition to completion of the 60 programmatic hours. Transfer credit hours will be evaluated prior to admission.
The goal of the course is to enable learners to propose and analyze multi-dimensional solutions that address complex issues encountered in the management and leadership of health sciences clinical enterprises.
Theory and application of management and leadership as they affect the management of human resources in health sciences organizations. Focus is on leadership, ethics, and organizational dynamics in a changing health care environment.
Skills needed by health care leadership to promote services and strategic change; theory and application of marketing principles for the purpose of project planning, organizational growth, and public relations.
Introduction to key finance competencies necessary for clinical and healthcare operations; costs, expenditure, and reimbursement of services.
Builds on prior coursework to apply clinical operations and health care management practices to a case studies format. Students analyze and discuss real-life operational case studies from various health care organizations.
Supervised field work in clinical operations and health management, arranged in consultation with the program director. May be repeated for credit.
Incorporates economic theory and policy analysis methodology to analyze the impact of changes in the health care system on the practice of health sciences professionals and the quality and process of health care. Development of critical thinking skills through review of current medical literature.
Application of management and organizational principles to the delivery of services provided by health sciences disciplines. Issues addressed include information systems, leadership, team building, fiscal management, human resources management, quality improvement, and management of conflict and change.
Basic issues, approaches, and requirements of ethically acceptable decision making with patients, including patient confidentiality, conflicts of interest, allocation of scarce resources, occupational risks in health care, and professional responsibility for overall quality of care.
Analysis of the structures in place to enhance the quality of health care delivery and political and economic influences that affect quality improvement programs. Assessment of specific interventions to enhance health care from the perspectives of providers and patients.
Introduction to the health sciences literature. Emphasis is on construction, evaluation and organization of written communication of health sciences information.
Foundational concepts in descriptive and inferential statistics, including probability, sampling distribution, estimation, correlation, t-Test, simple linear regression, and chi-square. Application of statistical concepts and methods within the health sciences.
This is an upper division course intended to introduce students to the legal structures, rules, and mechanisms important to health care professionals, executives and organizations. Students analyze a range of legal standards related to medical malpractice and liability, fraud and abuse, and health care compliance. Since this is a health sciences course, trends in genetics, pharmacy law, and laboratory law will be discussed. In addition, students will become familiar with key legal terms, documents, and sources of law; the tools of communication and governance that shape health care arrangements and practices.
The goal of the course is to equip learners to examine issues in health care and develop multi-dimensional approaches and solutions.
An introduction to epidemiological methods and their applications in the prevention and control of illness, community and clinical interventions, and health services.
In this course, one of the key objectives is to work with you on your critical thinking, analytical, and integrative skills as a future graduate of the George Washington University.
Medical informatics applications and innovations in health care and the health care system; implications for health care delivery and patient outcomes, including electronic medical records, health system databases, and medical data analysis. (This course includes a laboratory fee.)
Comprehensive introduction to the psychological and social aspects of health and wellness. Emphasis on the development of communication skills and the establishment of caring relationships. Discussions of special situations such as working with dying patients and patients with self-destructive behaviors.
Biomedical and scientific framework for the understanding of human disease mechanisms and biologic processes. Overview of infectious, immunologic, cardiovascular, genetic, respiratory, gastrointestinal, neoplastic, reproductive, renal, hematologic, neurologic, and musculoskeletal diseases.
Literature, as well as TV and film, has shaped the public’s attitude toward health care for as long as storytelling and health care have coexisted. In the last hundred years, health care related discoveries have proliferated, benefiting from innovative research, while society remains plagued by many of the same problems such as the treatment of family violence, the extreme stigma of certain illnesses, or disparities in access and quality of health care. By studying literature, medical journals, as well as some visual media that have engaged with these and other health care issues, students will acquire a better understanding of how cultural attitudes toward health care are created, altered and reinforced. Through assignments students will explore how literature forms or expresses society’s opinions on controversial health care issues, and what these opinions mean for practitioners and patients.
An overview of basic public health concepts for health sciences students, including epidemiology, health promotion, and disease prevention. Review of current issues in health promotion. Completion of a public health project in a clinical site.
Biostatistics for health science professionals. Concepts and methods, including confidence intervals, ANOVA, multiple and logistic regression, and non-parametric analyses. Scientific literature is used to provide a comprehensive context in which analytical evidence is employed to support practices in the health sciences.
Note: Tuition rates are subject to change and additional fees may vary by program. Please call at (844) 386-7323 for more information.
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $595
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $1,785
What's it like to earn this degree online?
- Study on your schedule
- The flexible anytime, anywhere approach to online learning at GW means that you can study and work on assignments when and where it’s convenient for you. Balance your personal and professional commitments. At GW online, you can advance your career without stopping it.
- Personalized learning
- Many of our online programs have a student-instructor ratio that’s lower than on-campus classes, making it easier to interact with fellow students and get personalized attention from your instructors. Plus, you have access to one-on-one tutoring to help ensure your success.
- The prestige of a GW degree
- Now you can earn a GW degree without relocating your life, giving you access to the distinguished connections and opportunities we provide. When you earn a degree from an online program at GW, you earn a degree from the George Washington University. Entrusted with its rights, privileges, and honors, you’ll join the ever-expanding GW alumni community who make the world a better place.
- Connect to campus from anywhere
- GW is your link to leading authorities in policy and health care in Washington, D.C. You’ll be able to research, collaborate, and discuss with classmates and instructors using online learning management systems. Engage with all the resources GW offers, including tutors, the writing center, career services, and libraries—all online.
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- Each GW online student is assigned an academic advisor who will support your journey to graduation. You’ll get help finding resources, guidance on scheduling classes, answers to your questions, and more. As an online learner at GW, you’re never alone.
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