• Course Delivery
    Online
  • Total Credits
    48
  • Tuition
    $47,040
  • Duration
    2.5 years

Program Highlights 

  • Graduate in as few as 30 months
  • Two concentration options to choose from
  • Design programs to advance the practice of health professionals in academic and clinical settings 

Doctorate of Health Sciences (DHSc) Leadership in Clinical Practice or Education 

Gain a mastery of the design, implementation and evaluation of health care programs, lead interprofessional teams, and evaluate evidence to advance health care. The program prepares those in clinical health positions from a range of backgrounds who seek to build competencies in advanced professional practice, whether that be in the clinical or academic environments. 

The curriculum is primarily online, meaning you continue in your profession full-time, learning when and where it is most convenient to you. There are two residencies required over separate weekends, and the program culminates with a finalized manuscript ready for submission to a peer review journal. 

The program offers two concentrations in either clinical or educational practice. 

Clinical Practice Leadership Track 

  • Manage the clinical aspects of a health care facility and improve its outcomes. By graduation you'll be able to: 
  • Design strategies to improve clinical practice guidelines, clinician performance, and improved outcomes in a health care environment 
  • Collaborate with interprofessional teams to address a common goal such as improved efficiency and effectiveness, or improved satisfaction among patients and health care providers 
  • Analyze gaps between the outcomes of best practice and current practice in health care practice environments 

Clinical Practice Leadership Track Courses:

  • CML 6203Health Information, Quality, and Outcomes - 3 credits
  • HCQ 6200Introduction to Health Care Quality - 3 credits
  • HFR 8313Knowledge Translation in Health Care - 3 credits
  • HFR 8314Health Care Research - 3 credits

Educational Practice Leadership Track 

Improve your health or higher-education staff's student outcomes and meet the rigorous standards for leadership positions in this field. By graduation you'll be able to: 

  • Create educational programs that prepare participants to serve as effective health professionals in complex health care environments 
  • Collaborate with interprofessional stakeholders to build educational practices that foster teamwork in patient-centered care 
  • Analyze gaps in educational research to support the effective preparation of health professionals 
  • Design and test an educational innovation to support improved outcomes in health care education 

Educational Practice Leadership Track Courses:

  • HFR 8212Teaching Strategies in the Health Professions - 3 credits
  • HFR 8213Curriculum Development in the Health Professions - 3 credits
  • HFR 8214Assessment in HP Education - 3 credits
  • HFR 8215Technology and Education in HP - 3 credits

Who is the Ideal Student for this Program? 

Professionals with clinical backgrounds who are interested in pursuing a career as a clinical manager or as an educator in higher education. Professionals who are interested in pursuing a career in a leadership position, either in a clinical or educational role, to improve outcomes in health care. The program delivers the advanced skills and credentialing needed to meet expectations associated with higher-level positions. 

Career Outlook 

Obtaining the experience and credentials provided by GW's rigorous DHSc Leadership in Clinical Practice and Education makes you the competitor to beat in a rapidly growing market. Sample titles include: 

  • Medical and health service manager positions are expected to grow by 18 percent from 2018 to 2028.
  • Faculty and administrators for postsecondary education are expected to grow faster than average at 7 percent from 2018 to 2028.2 

Request More Information 

To learn more about this program, contact an admissions advisor today at (844) 386-7323.

1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 September 4). Medical and Health Services Managers. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved September 12, 2019 from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm.

2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 September 4). Postsecondary Education Administrators. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved September 12, 2019 from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/postsecondary-education-administrators.htm.

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A master's degree

    All admitted students are required to have a master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to matriculation into the program.

  2. 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.

  3. Completed Application
  4. Resume/CV
  5. Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $80 is required. The application fee is waived for active-duty U.S. military and veterans, current GW students, degree-holding GW alumni, graduates of Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), and current McNair Program Scholars.
  6. 2 Letter of Recommendation
  7. Official transcripts from every college and university attended. All non-U.S. transcripts (including those in English) must be evaluated by an accredited foreign credential agency. Please find the list of member organizations here: https://www.naces.org/members
  8. 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 68 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.
  9. Applicants must provide evidence of at least one year of clinical or health-related practice or health administration/leadership.
  10. The admissions committee will give preference to students with competitive academic credentials and substantial prior clinical or academic experience related to the track the applicant wishes to pursue. Previous coursework in epidemiology or statistics is also recommended and will be considered in the selection process.
  11. Applicants must have an entry-level professional or clinical degree (MD, PA, DPT, OTD, MSN, DNP) in biomedical science or a health related field.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

Courses

Core
  • HFR 8101Interprofessional Collaboration in Practice3 Credits

    This course analyzes the core competencies and skills required for effective interprofessional and team based care for patients and populations. Students will leverage the expertise of interprofessional partners to effectively address patients’ needs. Communication and flexible leadership strategies will be emphasized and students will analyze the impact of interprofessional practice on health delivery practices and outcomes.

  • HFR 8102HP Practicum I 3 Credits

    This is the first of two courses that provide students the opportunity to integrate and implement principles of educational or clinical leadership in a professional practice environment.  With the support of a site mentor as well as a faculty member, the student will design and plan for the implementation a learning project to advance educational or clinical practice within the learner’s practice environment or a selected site.   

  • HFR 8103HP Practicum II3 Credits

    This is the second of two courses that provide students the opportunity to integrate and implement principles of educational or clinical leadership in a professional practice environment. With the guidance of a site mentor as well as a faculty member, the student will implement a project designed to advance educational or clinical practice within the learner’s practice environment or selected site. The student will also assess the impact and success of the project and provide future recommendations based on the assessment.

  • HFR 8107Program Theory and Innovation in the Health Professions3 Credits

    Program theory as the basis for designing health and educational innovations that can be tested using scientific methods, replicated in practice, and used to inform policy. Restricted to students in the PhD in translational health sciences degree program in good standing or with instructor's permission.

  • HFR 8116Academic and Clinical Leadership in the HP3 Credits

    This course builds the skills, knowledge, and behaviors required for academic leadership in the health professions. Learners will perform a comprehensive self-assessment and analysis of required attributes for leadership within their practice context that will result in a development plan. Learners will determine the strategic alignment between goals, resources, processes, and capacities. Learners will integrate and apply learning to a project designed to benefit the institution and enhance the student’s leadership skills.

  • HFR 8203Bioethical Implications of Health Research 3 Credits

    The purpose of this course is to emphasize the critical roles of ethics theories and bioethics principles in the planning, conduct, and dissemination of scientific studies. Topics covered will include scientific and academic integrity, protection of humanparticipants in research, conflicts of interest and commitment, ownership of data and intellectual property, whistleblowing and dispute resolution, and privacy and confidentiality.

  • HFR 8215Advanced Statistical Methods for Clinical and Translational Research3 Credits

    Advanced data management and analytic techniques required for testing hypotheses in translational health research. Restricted to students in the PhD in translational health sciences degree program in good standing or with the permission of the instructor. Recommended background: Completion of graduate-level courses in epidemiology and biostatistics. (cross listed with ThS 8215)

  • HFR 8270HFR 8270 Research Methods in HP I3 Credits

    Methodological issues of basic, applied, and clinical research. Students develop the knowledge and skills to critically appraise and synthesize research results, analyze qualitative and quantitative data, evaluate evidence-based methods, develop research questions, and identify appropriate inquiry methodologies. Students become familiar with all elements of a research proposal, including those relating to the use of human subjects and informed consent.

  • HFR 8271HFR 8271 Research Methods in HP II 3 Credits

    Methodological issues of basic, applied, and clinical research. Students develop the knowledge and skills to critically appraise and synthesize research results, analyze qualitative and quantitative data, evaluate evidence-based methods, develop research questions, and identify appropriate inquiry methodologies. Students become familiar with all elements of a research proposal, including those relating to the use of human subjects and informed consent.

  • HFR 8996Seminar I3 Credits

    This is the first in a series of 3 courses related to scholarly inquiry for students in the DHSc program.  Students construct a significant problem statement, identify key terms, and conduct an extensive literature review relevant to the gap in the health science educational or clinical practice addressed by the problem statement, and generate a research question. Students will create a research protocol.

  • HFR 8997Seminar II3 Credits

    This is the second in a series of 3 courses related to scholarly inquiry for students in the DHSc program. Following IRB approval, the student will collect, and analyze data related to the research question. Students manage data to assure quality, integrity, confidentiality and accuracy.

  • HFR 8998Seminar III3 Credits

    This is the third in a series of 3 courses related to scholarly inquiry for students in the DHSc program. Students interpret the results of the data analysis in relation to the research question and draw conclusions based on the interpretation of the results. Students draft a manuscript for potential submission to a peer reviewed journal based on the work completed in Seminars I through III.

  • Clinical Practice Leadership in Health Professions Track CML 6203 Health Information, Quality, and Outcomes3 Credits

    Approaches to medical informatics to support managerial decision making, patient care, and quality improvement in clinical practices. Ethical, legal, and social dimensions of health care information technology.

  • Clinical Practice Leadership in Health Professions Track HFR 8313 Knowledge Translation in Health Care3 Credits

    The course examines the emerging field of Knowledge Translation, which integrates knowledge across three conceptual domains (translational research, implementation and dissemination science, and collaboration and team science) within the context of current health practice and legislation. Students will learn about the impact of knowledge translation related to the development of treatments, improvements in clinical practice, implementation and dissemination of research discoveries, and changes in policy to improve the public’s health.

  • Clinical Practice Leadership in Health Professions Track HCQ 6200 Introduction to Health Care Quality3 Credits

    An overview of the US health care system and the influence of health policy development and implementation on health care quality. Introduction to fundamental concepts of health care quality, patient safety, leadership, and change management.

  • Clinical Practice Leadership in Health Professions Track HFR 8314 Health Care Research3 Credits

    The course is intended to develop competencies for leaders participating in the implementation of health care research including clinical, behavioral, and other human subjects as well as secondary data research. The course prepares clinicians to assume leadership roles as investigators and co-investigators within clinical settings.

  • Educational Leadership in Health Professions Track HFR 8213 Curriculum Development in the Health Professions3 Credits

    Curriculum development and assessment skills in medical and health science settings. Restricted to SMHS students. Recommended background: experience in health care or practice as a health care professional. (cross listed with HSCI 8213)

  • Educational Leadership in Health Professions Track HFR 8214 Assessment in HP Education3 Credits

    This course prepares students to effectively assess the cognitive, behavioral, and psychomotor skills of aspiring and practicing health professionals. Students will align assessment strategies to the learning objectives and incorporate multiple methods to provide formative feedback and summative conclusions. The advantages and challenges of low and high fidelity simulations and clinical practice assessments will be considered. Students will use outcome data to systematically evaluate a course or program.

  • Educational Leadership in Health Professions Track HFR 8215 Technology and Education in HP3 Credits

    This course provides a systematic process to design, implement and evaluate learning in a technology based environment. Students will consider ways to enhance active engagement, use multisensory approaches, incorporate universal design features, and align learning objectives with teaching and assessment strategies. Students will apply the course content to the development of a module or course for health professionals relevant to the learners current practice environment.

  • Educational Leadership in Health Professions Track HFR 8212 Teaching Strategies in the Health Professions3 Credits

    Application of teaching and learning principles in the delivery of education in health professions; practices grounded in andragogy, contributing to curriculum program development and the enhancement of teaching and assessment skills. Restricted to SMHS students. Recommended background: experience in health care or practice as a health care professional. (cross listed with HSCI 8212). Recommended completion in first 2 semesters of program.

Elective
  • COHM 6220Finance for Health Care Operations3 Credits

    Applied health economics, finance and policy for high-quality, value-based health care operations; costs, expenditure, and reimbursement of services; strategic financial planning tools. Restricted to students in the clinical operations and health care management program.

  • HFR 8123Qualitative Methods for HP leadership3 Credits

    Qualitative methods and designs applicable to translational health science research problems; qualitative epistemology, methods, data collection, and data analysis. (cross listed with THS 8213)

  • HFR 8220Measurement of Human Function and Learning3 Credits

    Selection, implementation, and evaluation of assessment tools. Changes in performance that occur in clinical environments, in adult educational settings, and in research programs. Levels and purposes of measurement; proximity of the measure to the “intervention;” utility, including reliability and validity; precision, including range, targeting, and sensitivity to change; efficiency and practicality. (cross listed with OT 8220)

  • HFR 8221Mixed Methods in Translational Health Sciences3 Credits

    Use of mixed methods as a legitimate design tradition to address translational research questions. (cross listed with THS 8221)

  • HSCI 6241The Health Care Enterprise3 Credits

    An overview of global business principles related to health care systems: the management of patient-centered care delivery, marketing, finance and fiscal management principles, information technology, and quality improvement.

  • HSCI 6297Independent Study for Health Professionals3 Credits

    Independent study involving analysis of a clinical topic, a patient education project, or an on-site mentored clinical research practicum.

Tuition & Fees

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: $980
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2,940

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