• Course Delivery
  • Total Credits
  • Tuition
  • Duration
    1.5 years

Program Highlights:

  • 100% online, no visits to campus required 
  • The program requires 18 total credits and can be finished in 18 months 
  • Learn research design and advanced quantitative methods such as cost-benefit analysis (CBA) and decision analytics 

Graduate Certificate in Health Services and Outcome Research

GWs online Graduate Certificate in Health Services and Outcome Research is designed to help you develop the much needed and less emphasized skills in research design and methods, including the foundations of cost-benefit analysis (CBA), decision analytics and advanced quantitative methods.

You'll gain the skills and knowledge to: 

  • Critically appraise the rigor of health services research studies using basic statistical concepts and study design principles 
  • Evaluate research design models and research team skills needed in various health services research programs 
  • Effectively communicate study methods and research findings to meet manuscript and grant application standards in the health services research fields 

Who is the Ideal Student for this Program?

Clinicians, physicians, nurses, medical students and residents looking to advance their professional career through a deeper understanding of the factors that are influencing the demand and supply of health care services in the United States.

Health Services and Outcome Research Career Outlook 

An estimated 352,200 people serve in health administration, from middle management to CEO positions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment in this career will grow 20 percent between 2016 and 2026, much faster than average. 

The median salary (half of all salaries fall above this number and half below) for medical and health services managers as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics was $98,350 in May 2017. Salaries will vary according to type of organization, location and experience, among other factors.

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Completed coursework

    Students must have completed 3 credits of college-level mathematics.

  4. 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.

  5. Completed Application
  6. Resume/CV
  7. 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.
  8. 2 Letters of Recommendation
  9. Official transcripts from every college and university attended
  10. 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.
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.

Key Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date
August 5
August 26


The online Graduate Certificate in Health Services and Outcome Research is designed to help you develop the much needed and less emphasized skills in research design and methods, including the foundations of cost-benefit analysis (CBA), decision analytics and advanced quantitative methods. Students complete 18 credit hours of online courses and can complete their graduate certificate program in as little as 1.5 years. 

  • HSCI 6263Biostatistics for Translational Research3 Credits

    Biostatistics is a scientific approach used in ensuring that reliable evidence is employed to support practices in public health. This course, HSci6263, provides an introduction to the foundation of biostatistics, which is comprised of the design and analysis of clinical research. Topics include distributions, populations and sample selection, variables, interaction and confounding, hypothesis formulation, correlation, t-tests, ANOVA, regression, and chi-square analysis. In addition, the course will examine the interpretation of output from statistical software (SPSS and SAS). Practice problems and review of scientific literature are also included to provide a comprehensive context in public health.

  • HSCI 6265Grantsmanship in Translational Research3 Credits

    This graduate course is intended to build skills in writing grant proposals to fund clinical research, with an emphasis on translational research proposals. Students practice communicating persuasive, significant, and conceptually based hypotheses or research questions and appropriate research methods that reflect and build on relevant literature. Students will gain exposure to practical issues related to the grant application process, including communicating with funding agencies and program officers, developing defensible budgets that provide rationale for resources that support translational health science studies, and developing an effective personal statement for a biosketch.

  • HSCI 6270Research Methods for the Health Professions I3 Credits

    In HSCI 6270, students are in the driver's seat of your graduate-level learning journey in research design and methods. Instructors will facilitate and guide students throughout the process. Students will improve their skills in evaluating and interpreting published research. The purpose of this course is to provide students with foundational skills and knowledge related to research design. At the end of this course, students will have an understanding the elements of research proposals in preparation for conducting a study.

  • THS 6101 A Survey to Advanced Quantitative Methods in Health Services and Outcome Research3 Credits

    In this course, students advance their skills and intuition to use statistical methods to conduct health services and outcome research. The course covers key statistical concepts such as association, measurement bias, confounding factors, missing data, and correlated and heteroskedastic error. The instruction model will be the integration of lectures, analysis of real data in Stata, and critiques of existing studies.

  • THS 6102Decision Making and Economic Evaluation in Health Care3 Credits

    This course covers the basic components of cost-benefit analysis including microeconomic foundations for CBA, valuation techniques, and uncertainty. The course will also introduce a number of analytical tools that are used in real program evaluation practice, including cost-benefit analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-utility analysis, decision analytics, and sensitivity analysis. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to use decision analytical software to carry out cost-benefit analysis. Classes mix lectures, discussion, presentations and case studies.

  • Economics of Health Care Systems3 Credits

    This course examines economic principles as they apply to health policy in the public and private sectors. The basic framework of economics is used to analyze the behavior of consumers, hospitals, physicians, insurers, as well as pharmaceutical companies and long-term care providers. An overview of Medicare and Medicaid will also be presented.

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

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.
  • A dedicated advisor from day one
    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.
  • Round-the-clock tech support
    A late-night software malfunction won’t keep you from getting your assignment in on time. GW provides 24/7 technical support for our online students, ensuring you have complete access to what you need, when you need it.

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