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BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management: Curriculum

Curriculum Details


120 credits in required and elective courses; at least 60 of these credits must be taken at GW. Students 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 24 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


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.

Introduction to the health sciences literature Emphasis is on construction, evaluation and organization of written communication of health sciences information.

Includes a significant engagement in writing as a form of critical inquiry and scholarly expression to satisfy the WID requirement.

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.

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.

Introduction to key finance competencies necessary for clinical and healthcare operations; costs, expenditure, and reimbursement of services.

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.

Overview of health communication research, theory, and practice, examining the powerful communication influences on delivering care and health promotion. 

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.

The cross-cutting nature of the social determinants of health and clinical and biomedical implications in practice and research settings. This is the prerequisite course to begin the health equity micro-minor.

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.

New technologies, healthcare delivery models, and the phenomenon of sophisticated consumers. Assessment of the impact of science, technology, ethics, and government on the provision of healthcare.

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.

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.

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.

An introduction to epidemiological methods and their applications in the prevention and control of illness, community and clinical interventions, and health services. 

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.

Introduction to the field of regulatory affairs to regulations, strategies, and laws that apply to safe and effective product development.



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.


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.

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Note, 45 transferrable credits required to apply for BSHS and BSHS/MSHS dual degree programs