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Electives and Minors

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences offers elective courses, both online and face to face, to meet the needs of students interested in a variety of health care topics. These courses are open to students in many programs of study across GW. Before registering students should obtain academic advisor approval. Some courses may also have prerequisites and/or may require approval from the program director.

Electives Offered On-Campus

SMHS face to face electives may be offered either on the Foggy Bottom or Virginia Science and Technology (VSTC) campuses. The range of subjects includes health equity, prehospital care, medical laboratory science, clinical research, and molecular diagnostics to name just a few.

  • HSCI 2050 Foundations of Health Equity
  • HSCI 2101 Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Illness 
  • HSCI 2105 Current Issues in Bioethics
  • HSCI 2110 Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Concepts
  • HSCI 2118 Global Women’s Health

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  • EHS 1002 CPR and First Aid
  • EHS 1040/1041 Emergency Medical Technician
  • EHS 2107 Theory and Practice of Research in a Clinical Setting
  • EHS 2108 Emergency Clinical Scribe
  • EHS 2109 Infectious Diseases and Bioterrorism
  • EHS 2162 Introduction to the Principles of Tactical Medicine
  • EHS 3174 Foundations of Emergency Health Services Systems
  • EHS 3175 Community Risk Management and Safety in EHSEHS 2110 Emergency Department Critical Care Assessment and Procedures
  • EHS 6227 Introduction to Human Health in Space

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  • MLS 2005 Plagues, Pandemics and Epidemics
  • MLS 2007 Microbes and Society
  • MLS 2007W   Microbes and Society

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Electives Offered Online

SMHS online electives provides an exemplary online experience from leaders and experts in the health care and medical laboratory science fields. The online courses allow students to explore a range of topics and yet still offers the flexibility necessary for their busy schedules.

Courses by Subject

  • HSCI 2101 Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Illness 
  • HSCI 2105 Current Issues in Bioethics
  • 2107 Health Care in Literature
  • HSCI 2110 Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Concepts

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  • MLS 2005 Plagues, Pandemics and Epidemics
  • MLS 2007 Microbes and Society
  • MLS 2007W   Microbes and Society
  • MLS 4151 Molecular Diagnostics

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Courses by Semester

  • EHS 2109 Infectious Diseases and Bioterrorism
  • EHS 2162 Introduction to the Principles of Tactical Medicine
  • EHS 3175 Community Risk Management and Safety in EHS
  • EHS 2160 Disaster Response Planning and Management
  • HSCI 4102 Human Physiology in Extreme Environments
  • HSCI 2050 Foundations of Health Equity
  • HSCI 2101 Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Illness 
  • HSCI 2105 Current Issues in Bioethics
  • HSCI 2110 Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Concepts
  • HSCI 2118 Global Women’s Health
  • MLS 4151 Molecular Diagnostics
  • HSCI 2050 Foundations of Health Equity
  • HSCI 2101 Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Illness 
  • HSCI 2105 Current Issues in Bioethics
  • HSCI 2118 Global Women’s Health
  • MLS 2005 Plagues, Pandemics and Epidemics
  • EHS 2160 Disaster Response Planning and Management
  • EHS 4105 Operations Management in Asymmetric Conditions
  • EHS 4101 Humanitarian Relief Operations
  • EHS 2161 Principles of Hazardous Materials and CBRNE Incident Management
  • EHS 3101 Leadership Concepts
  • EHS 3103 Technology in Critical Incident Response
  • HSCI 2101 Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Illness 
  • HSCI 2105 Current Issues in Bioethics
  • 2107 Health Care in Literature
  • EHS 2160 Disaster Response Planning and Management
  • EHS 2211 Introduction to Telemedicine
  • EHS 3107 Financial Management for the Disaster Lifecycle

Electives for Healthcare MBA students

In partnership with the GW School of Business, SMHS offers a variety of electives to Healthcare MBA (HCMBA) students across a range of topics and fields. Courses offer in depth health care curriculum to complement the HCMBA program coursework.

  • INFR 6101: Principles of Medical Informatics
  • INFR 6102: Principles of Medicine in Informatics
  • INFR 6103: Advanced Computing Applications for Biomedical Informatics
  • INFR 6105: Health Care Quality Principles and Practice for Informatics
  • INFR 6540: Medical Decision Making and Decision Support Systems
  • HSCI 6273 Bioinformatics for Genomics

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  • COHM 6220 Finance for Health Care Operations
  • COHM 6320 Informatics for Operational Leadership and Health Care Quality
  • COHM 6430 Healthcare Systems Operations
  • COHM 6470 Applications in Clinical Operations and Health Care Management

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  • CRA 6201 Critical Analysis of Clinical Research
  • CRA 6202 Medicines Development
  • CRA 6203 Partnerships with Human Subjects
  • CRA 6204 The Clinical Research Industry
  • CRA 6205 Clinical Investigation

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  • CTS 6201 Critical Analysis of Clinical Research
  • CTS 6205 Clinical Investigation
  • CTS 6261 Foundations in Translational Research
  • CTS 6265 Grantsmanship in Translational Research
  • CTS 6285 Collaboration and Team Science in Practice and Research

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  • CML 6020 Fundamentals of Correctional Health Care

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  • HCQ 6200 Introduction to Health Care Quality
  • HCQ 6201 Building a Quality Culture
  • HCQ 6202 Health Care Quality Landscape
  • HCQ 6203 Quality Improvement Science in Health Care
  • HCQ 6204 Health Care Quality Measurement, Data Management and Analysis
  • HCQ 6205 Patient Safety Systems
  • HSCI 6223 Topics in Health Care Leadership
  • HSCI 6240 Issues and Trends in the Health Care System

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  • INTM 6201 Foundations in Integrative Medicine
  • INTM 6202 Self Care Methods for Health Care Professionals
  • INTM 6206 Legal Medical Ethics in Integrative Medicine
  • INTM 6207 Business of Integrative Medicine and Health Care
  • INTM 6101 Nutrition I
  • INTM 6110 Food Technology and Health
  • INTM 6111 Current Topics in Nutrition

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  • RAFF 6201 Introduction to Global Regulatory Affairs
  • RAFF 6202 Regulatory Strategy in the Development of Drugs and Biologics
  • RAFF 6203 Regulatory Strategy in the Development of Devices and Diagnostics
  • RAFF 6204 Clinical Research for Regulatory Affairs
  • RAFF 6205 Regulatory Compliance

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