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Online Healthcare Management Programs

As a leader in medical and health science education, the George Washington University’s (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences offers online Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS), Graduate Certificates and Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) programs for healthcare professionals.

Graduate Programs

MSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management

Total credit hours: 36
Total number of courses: 11
Program completion: 2 years, depending on the number of courses taken per semester
Residency requirements: No on-campus residency or practicum

 

The MSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management focuses on the skills necessary to manage and lead across the dynamic continuum of health service delivery. The program also prepares students to sit for their Project Management Professional (PMP) exam, provides mentorship with leaders in the field of healthcare operations, and offers unique practicum experiences.

 

Common Careers

  • Clinical Laboratory Operations Supervisor
  • Clinical Manager/Supervisor
  • Clinical Programs Lead
  • Director of Clinical Operations
  • Vice President of Operations

 

Sample Course Offerings


HSCI 6241 Healthcare Enterprise 
Understand the complexity of the healthcare enterprise by diving into the intricate workings of each department, the continuum of care, and the key stakeholders and systems involved.


HSCI 6223 Topics in Healthcare Leadership 
Study leadership theory and styles through case studies and application of best practices, while learning from guest lecturers currently leading operations in large healthcare organizations.


CML 6275 Leadership and Change 
Gain an understanding of operational leadership and change management practices in a constantly changing system.


COHM 6210 Strategic Communications
Discover the power of effective communication in the healthcare environment and evaluate and improve personal communication styles.

MSHS in Health Care Quality

Total credit hours: 36
Total number of courses: 12
Program completion: 2 years
Residency requirements: No on-campus residency or practicum

 

Created in partnership with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), the online Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Health Care Quality was developed for patient safety and quality leaders to advance their career and meet the growing demand for patient-centered, quality-based care.

 

Common Careers

 

  • Clinical Director, Quality Services
  • Clinical Nurse Auditor
  • Compliance Auditor Analyst
  • Director of Quality Management
  • Healthcare Manager
  • Healthcare Quality Analyst
  • Quality & Safety Specialist
  • Quality Assurance Consultant
  • Quality Improvement Nurse

 

Sample Course Offerings


HCQ 6201 Building a Quality Culture

Covers the analysis of quality and patient safety challenges in U.S. health care with a focus on political and environmental influences.


HCQ 6202 The Health Care Quality Landscape

Involves application of leadership and organizational change theories and principles to the implementation of quality and patient safety initiatives. Strategies are put forth that would address development of the culture and infrastructure needed to support patient safety and continuous quality improvement.


HCQ 6204 Health Care Quality Measurement, Data Management and Analysis

Involves application of measurement, data management and statistical analysis principles to quality improvement and patient safety challenges. This course focuses on the importance and design of effective measures and the selection of appropriate analysis tools.

 

HCQ 6205 Patient Safety Systems

Involves an examination of the epidemiology and sources of error in health care, risk assessment and the design of processes and systems to improve patient safety. Focuses on the application of process and technology-based systems to reduce the incidence of error.

Undergraduate Program

BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management

Total credit hours: 120, may transfer up to 60 credits into the program.

  • Students 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.

Total number of courses: 20 courses; 16 major courses and 4 general health sciences courses
Program completion: 2 years, depending on the number of courses taken per semester
Residency requirements: No residency requirement

 

The George Washington University's (GW) online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management will prepare you to manage a clinically effective, value-based health care delivery system that improves overall patient care and safety.
 

Common Careers

  • Private practice clinic manager
  • Nursing home administrator
  • Medical reimbursement specialist
  • Health care consultant
  • Human resource manager
  • Clinical operations manager

 

Sample Course Offerings


CML 4144 Seminar in Health Science Leadership

Propose and analyze multidimensional solutions that address complex issues encountered in the management and leadership of health sciences clinical enterprises.

 

COHM 2142 Finance for Health Care Managers

Understand key finance competencies necessary for clinical and health care operations such as costs, expenditure, and reimbursement of services.

 

COHM 4145 Case Studies for Clinical Healthcare Management and Leadership
Examine case studies from clinical operations and health care management practices while discussing real-life operational experiences from various health care organizations.

 

HSCI 2108 Quality Improvement in Health Care

Explore structures designed to enhance the quality of health care delivery and the political and economic influences that affect quality improvement programs.

BSHS in Global Leadership in Disaster Response

Total credit hours: 120*

Total number of courses: 20**

Program completion: 2 years depending on transferable credits

Residency requirements: 100% online, no on-campus residency or practicum

 

*Students may transfer up to 60 credits from a prior institution. Students must complete at least 60 credit hours of GW coursework.

 

**Not including any courses required to meet the general education or advanced standing requirement.

 

GW’s online BSHS in Global Leadership in Disaster Response program was originally developed to recognize the work of special operations medics in the U.S. military. If you're a recent military professional, this program can provide a seamless transition from the field to a career in emergency management and equip you to lead in the most challenging of situations, mitigating the impacts of disasters for all stakeholders.

 

Common Careers

  • Emergency Management Director
  • Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Specialist
  • Director of Business Continuity & Emergency Management
  • Emergency Preparedness Manager
  • Emergency Management Specialist

 

Sample Course Offerings


EHS 2160 Disaster Response Planning and Management

Planning for and management of mass-casualty incidents in the pre-hospital and hospital environments for all risks (attack, man-made, and natural), including development of response plans, triage, medical evacuation procedures, communications, roles of government and the private sector, terrorism, pandemics and epidemics, and medical care for mass gatherings. Restricted to students in the health sciences program or with the instructor's permission.

 

HSCI 2114 Healthcare in Developing Nations

An introduction to health concerns in the developing world. Students will explore interventional approaches for such issues as malaria, HIV/AIDS, clean water, maternal and women's health, and childhood mortality.

Certificate Programs

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management

Total number of courses: 6
Program completion: 18 months-2 years, depending on the number of courses taken per semester
Residency requirements: No on-campus residency

 

The online Graduate Certificate in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management provides the foundational knowledge and tools to lead projects and operations within the complex world of healthcare delivery.

 

Upon completion of the graduate certificate, students have the opportunity to transfer all 18 credits into the MSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management program.

 

Common Careers

  • Clinical Operations Associate
  • Clinical Consultant
  • Clinical Quality Specialist
  • Operations Manager/Specialist

 

Sample Course Offerings

 

COHM 6430 Healthcare Systems Operations
Learn what you need to know about management in the healthcare industry by surveying the systems and functions required to plan, produce, and deliver high-quality, patient-centered healthcare services.


HSCI 6223 Topics in Healthcare Leadership 
Study leadership theory and styles through case studies and application of best practices, while learning from guest lecturers currently leading operations in large healthcare organizations.

Graduate Certificate in Health Care Quality

Total credit hours: 18
Total number of courses: 6
Program completion: 18 months-2 years, depending on the number of courses taken per semester
Residency requirements: No on-campus residency

 
The George Washington University's (GW) Online Graduate Certificate in Health Care Quality is a fully online, 18 credit-hour graduate certificate program built on an interdisciplinary, practice-based curriculum and developed to prepare you for a leadership role in quality-based healthcare.

Upon completion of the graduate certificate, students have the opportunity to transfer all 18 credits into the MSHS in Health Care Quality program.

 

Common Careers

  • Associate Healthcare Director of Provider Quality
  • Healthcare Associate
  • Healthcare Quality Analyst
  • Quality & Safety Specialist
  • Quality Assurance Consultant
  • Quality Manager
  • RN Quality Improvement Specialist 

 

Sample Course Offerings

 

HCQ 6200 Introduction to Health Care Quality

Introduces the fundamental concepts to be covered in HCQ 6201 through HCQ 6205 and discusses how they are integrated within the context of health care quality.


HCQ 6203 Quality Improvement Science in Health Care

Provides an introduction to quality improvement and patient safety theories, models, methods and tools and their application to quality and safety improvement challenges in health care.

Graduate Certificate in Correctional Health Administration

Total credit hours: 15

Total number of courses: 5

Program completion: 12 months

Residency requirements: 100% online, no on-campus residency required

 

The George Washington University's (GW) Online Graduate Certificate in Correctional Health Administration (CHA) will help you develop a solid foundation and the critical training required for a career in correctional health care administration. Earn your certificate with confidence knowing that you'll be prepared to manage a health care delivery system that is effective and financially sustainable while meeting the needs of incarcerated patients.

 

The course curriculum was designed by Newton E. Kendig, MD, clinical professor of medicine at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) and retired medical director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

 

Common Careers

  • Health Care Administrator
  • Health Services Administrator
  • Director, Nursing
  • Director of Health Services

 

Sample Course Offerings


CML 5020 Correctional Health Care Administration for Special Populations

This course will address health care policy and programmatic requirements for managing incarcerated populations with special health needs. These patient populations include women, juveniles, detainees, sexual minorities, the elderly, disabled persons, and persons with serious mental illness and chronic addiction.

 

CML 6050 Correctional Health Care Delivery

This course will cover the key operational responsibilities of the correctional health care administer to include, policy development; staffing and managing a multidisciplinary health care team; ensuring access to efficiently run sick call and chronic care clinic services; and providing necessary oral health care and ancillary services.

Graduate Certificate in Health Services and Outcome Research

Total credit hours: 18

Total number of courses: 6

Program completion: 18 months

Residency requirements: 100% online, no on-campus residency required

 

The George Washington University's (GW) 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.

 

This program is designed for 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.

 

Sample Course Offerings


THS 6102 Decision Making and Economic Evaluation in Health Care

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.

 

HSCI 6270 Research Methods for the Health Professions I

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.

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