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Impact Change in Health Care through Expert Management and Top-Quality Patient Care
Discover what it takes to manage a clinically effective, cost-efficient, healthcare delivery system while meeting the demand for quality-based patient care with the George Washington University’s online Dual Degree: BSHS Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management/MSHS in Health Care Quality. Learn from clinically experienced educators in a convenient online format as you gain the expertise to make a positive impact in one of the fastest growing fields in the nation.
This 87-credit/hour health science degree delivers the key skills needed to manage clinical operations across the continuum of care. Graduate with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree and enter the workforce as a competitively qualified healthcare professional.
Accreditation and Rankings
- GWU is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
- #62 Best National University*
- #15 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs*
- #8 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans*
* The U.S. News & World Report – 2023 Rankings
- You can take nine graduate credits as part of your undergraduate program, shortening the duration and cost of your master’s degree.
- Transfer up to 60 credit hours into the dual degree program.
- The George Washington University is an Institutional Member of the Consortium of Academic Programs in Clinical Research (CoAPCR), which ensures a high-quality education.
- The Master of Science in Health Care Quality is seeking accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Management Education (CAHME) and is one of seven founding HCQ programs certified by CAHME.
- A multidisciplinary approach to care
- Fast track knowledge to apply in your current role
- Military-friendly, Yellow Ribbon school
Curriculum: Learn to Drive Clinical and Operational Decision-Making
In coursework for the dual BSHS in Clinical Operations and Health Care Management / MSHS in Healthcare Quality, you’ll study the delivery of healthcare services while focusing on key operational activities such as clinical decision-making, finance, human resources, informatics, marketing, policy, quality, and safety.
As part of this dual degree program, you can prepare for the following certifications:
- Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE®) certification through the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
- Certified Professional in Health Care Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS®) through the Health Care Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
- Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP®) and Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA®) through The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).
- Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE®) and Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives (FACMPE®) through the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).
- Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ®) through the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ).
Why Choose a Dual Degree?
By completing nine credits of graduate coursework as part of the BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management, you can then complete your MSHS in Health Care Quality in around four semesters rather than six.
You’ll also save money because the nine credit hours of graduate coursework that are part of the BSHS program will be charged at the undergraduate tuition rate instead of the graduate tuition rate. Plus, you can transfer up to 60 credits for previous coursework from regionally accredited institutions.
Program outcomes for the BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management:
- Apply knowledge of healthcare services’ topics, forces, and factors that influences the present and future direction of healthcare.
- Integrate the influences of individual behavior, the environment, communication, and health information technology to support excellence in the clinical operations healthcare management.
- Apply the core managerial knowledge, practice leadership and managerial, and quantitative skills of clinical operations healthcare management needed that will positively affect performance as a healthcare manager.
- Engage in critical and innovative thinking, reflection, and problem-solving through evidence-based practice in multiple healthcare settings to solve complex healthcare problems.
- Apply the theories and practices of clinical operations healthcare management in the practice setting.
- Explain structural determinants adversely impacting the health of socially disadvantaged groups from diverse perspectives.
Program outcomes for the MSHS in Health Care Quality:
- Distinguish quality improvement, patient safety, leadership, organizational, and research theories/standards applicable to healthcare.
- Implement quality and patient safety improvement initiatives.
- Utilize information technology systems to support quality assurance.
- Lead organizational change to sustain a quality-focused culture.
When you graduate with your dual BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management / MSHS in Health Care Quality, you’ll have marketable skills in data management, analysis of clinical research, and organizational leadership so you can help fulfill increased demand for health care services.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 32% growth in the employment of medical and health services managers from 2019 to 2029, which is much faster than average.1
With this dual degree, you could fill the following roles with these median yearly salaries:
- Clinical Director, Quality Services: $89,6142
- Clinical Nurse Auditor: $69,9923
- Compliance Auditor/Analyst: $59,3054
- Director of Quality Assurance: $116,4045
- Health Care Manager: $65,6286
- Health Care Quality Analyst: $56,4977
- Medical and Health Services Manager: $104,2801
- Patient Safety Specialist: $98,5008
- Quality Assurance Consultant: $77,9499
- Quality Improvement Nurse: $79,49710
To apply for the dual BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management / MSHS in Health Care Quality, you’ll need the following:
- Completed application and $80 application fee
- 3.3 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale for all previous college-level coursework
- Statement of purpose
- At least 45 credit hours of college-level coursework or an associate degree
- One letter of recommendation from a previous instructor or employer
If you have an associate degree from a participating D.C., Maryland, or Virginia community college, you may be eligible for guaranteed admission to this program. Review the list of participating institutions or complete this form to speak with an Online Admissions Advisor for more details.
The dual BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management / MSHS in Health Care Quality at GW consists of 87 credit hours. Nine credit hours of graduate coursework that are part of the program will be charged at the undergraduate tuition rate instead of the graduate tuition rate. Review the cost per credit hour and total estimated program costs.
Note: Tuition rates are subject to change and additional fees may vary by program.
Meet the Program Directors
GW’s experienced faculty provide you with the rich, practical knowledge and support needed for you to succeed in the program and in your career.
Mountasser Kadrie, PhD, MHA, FACHE, FACMPE, FHIMSS
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Dr. Mountasser Kadrie has over 25 years of healthcare executive experience, from holding executive leadership appointments at world-renowned health systems, academic medical centers, and higher education institutions. His expertise has been focused on promoting strategies for maximizing health care performance through innovation and digital transformation.
Dr. Kadrie is a double Fulbright awardee, a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), a Fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives (FACMPE), and a Fellow in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS). He has served as a Board Examiner for the Baldrige Performance Award Program at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Sabrina Figueiredo, PhD, MSc
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Dr. Figueiredo is a graduate of McGill University where she earned a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation. Her graduate training involved designing and conducting multiple randomized pilot studies, cross-sectional surveys, longitudinal prospective studies, and systematic reviews. She has a strong background in data analysis, having used complex statistical models such as group-based trajectory modeling. Prior to her graduate studies, Dr. Figueiredo earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education.
Before joining the GW community, Dr. Figueiredo served as Assistant Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais (Brazil) and at McGill University (Canada). She has extensive teaching experience, including having taught to more than 1000 students the course Research Methodology and Foundations of Professional Practice, which comprised principles of Global Health, the Canadian Health Care System, and the role of OTs and PTs in the different health care settings.
During her tenure at McGill University, she was also the Associate Director of the Physical Therapy Program, and oversaw initiatives related to curriculum development, program evaluation, and accreditation. She created a Program Logic Model and an Assessment & Implementation Plan deemed best practices by the Canadian Physiotherapy Accreditation Regulatory Body.
Dr. Figueiredo’s research portfolio focuses on patient safety, coordination of care, creating innovative measurement strategies to contribute evidence to patient-centered outcomes as well as developing telehealth initiatives to improve seniors’ outcomes. She has published a book chapter and scientific papers in these fields and has received external funding and awards for her presentations at national and international meetings. In partnership with the Children’s National Hospital, Dr. Figueiredo is working on a research project to understand the impact of provider burnout in health care quality.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2021 April 9). Medical and Health Services Managers. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved May 4, 2021
- Payscale (2021). Average Director, Clinical Services Salary. Retrieved May 4, 2021
- Payscale (2021). Average Clinical Nurse Auditor Salary. Retrieved May 4, 2021
- Payscale (2021). Average Compliance Auditor Salary. Retrieved May 4, 2021
- Payscale (2021). Average Director of Quality Assurance Salary. Retrieved May 4, 2021
- Payscale (2021). Average Health Care Manager Salary. Retrieved May 4, 2021
- Payscale (2021). Average Health Care Quality Analyst Salary. Retrieved May 4, 2021
- Payscale (2021). Average Patient Safety Specialist Salary. Retrieved May 4, 2021
- Payscale (2021). Average Quality Assurance Consultant Salary. Retrieved May 4, 2021
- Payscale (2021). Average Quality Improvement Nurse Salary. Retrieved May 4, 2021
*The total number of credits and program duration depend on the number of transferred credits.