DHSc in Clinical Practice and Education

Program Highlights

  • Primarily online curriculum, limited residency requirement during capstone phase (4 weekends total)
  • Complete your degree in 30 months or less
  • Designed to integrate interprofessional collaborations
  • Application of competencies to the learner’s professional practice environment
  • Nationally known faculty across several disciplines.
  • Award winning, quality, on-line instruction. 

Program Summary

The George Washington University's (GW) Doctorate of Health Sciences (DHSc) in Clinical Practice and Education allows clinical health professionals to advance their expertise and professional practice in either the clinical or academic environment by emphasizing the scholarly and practical application of systematic inquiry including healthcare program design and implementation, leading interprofessional teams, and advancing healthcare through evidence based practice. Develop the skills necessary to make research-based contributions to healthcare that integrates theory and practice and serves to advance clinical and educational practices

Two Distinct Tracks

  1. Clinical Practice Leadership track focuses on enhancing skills related to advancing clinical practice in leadership positions.
  2. Educational Practice Leadership emphasizes skills related to providing education for health professionals as well as leadership in health professional education in a higher-education setting. The curriculum of study will emphasize the scholarly and practical application of systematic inquiry to the learner’s current clinical and educational contexts.

Program Outcomes

The DHSc in Leadership in Clinical Practice and Education program leverages distinguished faculty, innovative curriculum, and real-world experience. You'll gain the comprehensive skills you need to succeed in clinical or educational leadership practice, so when you graduate, you'll be able to:

  • Design programs to advance the practice of health professionals in academic and clinical settings.
  • Collaborate with interprofessional stakeholders to foster improvements in education and practice in healthcare.
  • Apply systematic methods to appraise gaps in knowledge and best practice in healthcare.
  • Advance the body of knowledge through action-oriented research and scholarship.

DHSc - Courses You’ll Take

Course Title: HFR 8270 Research methods in HP I
Prerequisites: N/A
Course Description: Methodological issues of basic, applied, and clinical research. Students develop the knowledge and skills to critically appraise and synthesize research results, analyze qualitative and quantitative data, evaluate evidence-based methods, develop research questions, and identify appropriate inquiry methodologies. Students become familiar with all elements of a research proposal, including those relating to the use of human subjects and informed consent.
Credits: 3

Course Title: HFR 8271 Research Methods in HP II
Prerequisites: N/A
Course Description: Methodological issues of basic, applied, and clinical research. Students develop the knowledge and skills to critically appraise and synthesize research results, analyze qualitative and quantitative data, evaluate evidence-based methods, develop research questions, and identify appropriate inquiry methodologies. Students become familiar with all elements of a research proposal, including those relating to the use of human subjects and informed consent.
Credits: 3

Course Title: HFR 8107 Program Theory and Innovation in the Health Professions
Prerequisites: N/A
Course Description: A translational approach to practice requires health and educational innovations that are evidence-based, have a theoretical foundation, and are based on strategies to support fidelity. The purpose of this course is to introduce program theory as the basis for designing health and educational innovations that can be tested using scientific methods, replicated in practice, and inform policy.
Credits: 3

Course Title: HFR 8203 Bioethical Implications of Health Research
Prerequisites: N/A Course
Description: The purpose of this course is to emphasize the critical roles of ethics theories and bioethics principles in the planning, conduct, and dissemination of scientific studies. Topics covered will include scientific and academic integrity, protection of human participants in research, conflicts of interest and commitment, ownership of data and intellectual property, whistleblowing and dispute resolution, and privacy and confidentiality.
Credits: 3

Course Title: HFR 8101 Interprofessional Collaboration in Practice
Prerequisites: N/A
Course Description: This course analyzes the core competencies and skills required for effective interprofessional and team based care for patients and populations. Students will leverage the expertise of interprofessional partners to effectively address patients’ needs. Communication and flexible leadership strategies will be emphasized and students will analyze the impact of interprofessional practice on health delivery practices and outcomes.
Credits: 3

Course Title: HFR 8102 HP Practicum I
Prerequisites: Completion of 6 credits in educational leadership or advanced clinical practiced track. Recommend HFR 8107 be completed prior to HFR 8102.  Approval of instructor.
Course Description: This is the first of two courses that provide students the opportunity to integrate and implement principles of educational or clinical leadership in a professional practice environment. With the support of a site mentor as well as a faculty member, the student will design and plan for the implementation a learning project to advance educational or clinical practice within the learner’s practice environment or a selected site.
Credits: 3

Course Title: HFR 8103 HP Practicum II
Prerequisites: HFR 8102
Course Description: This is the second of two courses that provide students the opportunity to integrate and implement principles of educational or clinical leadership in a professional practice environment. With the guidance of a site mentor as well as a faculty member, the student will implement a project designed to advance educational or clinical practice within the learner’s practice environment or selected site. The student will also assess the impact and success of the project and provide future recommendations based on the assessment.
Credits: 3

Course Title: HFR 8116 Academic and Clinical Leadership in the HP
Prerequisites: N/A
Course Description: This course builds the skills, knowledge, and behaviors required for academic leadership in the health professions. Learners will perform a comprehensive self-assessment and analysis of required attributes for leadership within their practice context that will result in a development plan. Learners will determine the strategic alignment between goals, resources, processes, and capacities. Learners will integrate and apply learning to a project designed to benefit the institution and enhance the student’s leadership skills.

Course Title: HFR 8996 Seminar I
Prerequisites:Completion of core content including HFR 8270 and 8271
Course Description:This is the first in a series of 3 courses related to scholarly inquiry for students in the DHSc program. Students construct a significant problem statement, identify key terms, and conduct an extensive literature review relevant to the gap in the health science educational or clinical practice addressed by the problem statement, and generate a research question. Students will create a research protocol.
Credits: 3

Course Title: HFR 8997 Seminar II
Prerequisites: Seminar I
Course Description: This is the second in a series of 3 courses related to scholarly inquiry for students in the DHSc program. Following IRB approval, the student will collect, and analyze data related to the research question. Students manage data to assure quality, integrity, confidentiality, and accuracy.
Credits: 3

Course Title:HRF 8998 Seminar III
Prerequisites:HFR 8997 Seminar II
Course Description: This is the third in a series of 3 courses related to scholarly inquiry for students in the DHSc program. Students interpret the results of the data analysis in relation to the research question and draw conclusions based on the interpretation of the results. Students draft a manuscript for potential submission to a peer reviewed journal based on the work completed in Seminars I through III.
Credits: 3

Elective Courses – 6 credits required

Course Title: HFR 8213 Qualitative Methods for HP leadership
Prerequisites: Approval of Academic Advisor or Program Director Course Description: Qualitative methods and designs applicable to translational health science research problems; qualitative epistemology, methods, data collection, and data analysis.
Credits: 3

Course Title: HFR 8215 Advanced Statistical Methods for Clinical and Translational Research
Prerequisites: Approval of Academic Advisor or Program Director
Course Description: Advanced data management and analytic techniques required for testing hypotheses in translational health research. Restricted to students in the PhD in translational health sciences degree program in good standing or with the permission of the instructor. Recommended background: Completion of graduate-level courses in epidemiology and biostatistics.
Credits: 3

Course Title: HFR 8221 Mixed Methods in Translational Health Sciences
Prerequisites: Approval of Academic Advisor or Program Director Course Description: Use of mixed methods as a legitimate design tradition to address translational research questions.
Credits: 3

Course Title: HFR 8220 Measurement of Human Function and Learning
Prerequisites: Approval of Academic Advisor or Program Director
Course Description: Selection, implementation, and evaluation of assessment tools. Changes in performance that occur in clinical environments, in adult educational settings, and in research programs. Levels and purposes of measurement; proximity of the measure to the “intervention;” utility, including reliability and validity; precision, including range, targeting, and sensitivity to change; efficiency and practicality.
Credits: 3

Course Title: HFR 6241 The Health Care Enterprise
Prerequisites: Approval of Academic Advisor or Program Director
Course Description: An overview of global business principles related to health care systems: the management of patient-centered care delivery, marketing, finance and fiscal management principles, information technology, and quality improvement.
Credits: 3

Course Title:COHM 6220 Finance for Health Care Operations
Prerequisites: Approval of Academic Advisor or Program Director
Course Description:Applied health economics, finance and policy for high-quality, value-based health care operations; costs, expenditure, and reimbursement of services; strategic financial planning tools. Restricted to students in the clinical operations and health care management program.
Credits: 3

Course Title: HSCI 6297 Independent Study for Health Professionals
Prerequisites: Approval of Academic Advisor or Program Director Course Description: Independent study involving analysis of a clinical topic, a patient education project, or an on-site mentored clinical research practicum.
Credits: 1-5

Courses listed in tracks not completed as part of the required program of study are highly recommended as electives. Additional courses may be selected in collaboration with the student’s advisor.

Course Title: HFR 8212 Teaching Strategies in the Health Professions
Prerequisites: N/A
Course Description:Application of teaching and learning principles in the delivery of education in health professions; practices grounded in andragogy, contributing to curriculum program development and the enhancement of teaching and assessment skills. Restricted to SMHS students. Recommended background: experience in health care or practice as a health care professional. (cross listed with HSCI 8212). Recommended completion in first 2 semesters of program.
Credits: 3

Course Title: HFR 8213 Curriculum Development in the Health Professions
Prerequisites: N/A
Course Description: Curriculum development and assessment skills in medical and health science settings. Restricted to SMHS students. Recommended background: experience in health care or practice as a health care professional. (cross listed with HSCI 8213)
Credits: 3

Course Title: HFR 8214 Assessment in HP Education
Prerequisites: HFR 8212 and 8213
Course Description: This course prepares students to effectively assess the cognitive, behavioral, and psychomotor skills of aspiring and practicing health professionals. Students will align assessment strategies to the learning objectives and incorporate multiple methods to provide formative feedback and summative conclusions. The advantages and challenges of low and high fidelity simulations and clinical practice assessments will be considered. Students will use outcome data to systematically evaluate a course or program.
Credits: 3

Course Title: HFR 8215 Technology and Education in HP
Prerequisites: HFR 8212 and 8213
Course Description: This course provides a systematic process to design, implement and evaluate learning in a technology based environment. Students will consider ways to enhance active engagement, use multisensory approaches, incorporate universal design features, and align learning objectives with teaching and assessment strategies. Students will apply the course content to the development of a module or course for health professionals relevant to the learners current practice environment.
Credits: 3

Course Title: CML 6203 Health Information, Quality, and Outcomes
Prerequisites: N/A
Course Description: Approaches to medical informatics to support managerial decision making, patient care, and quality improvement in clinical practices. Ethical, legal, and social dimensions of health care information technology.
Credits: 3

Course Title: HFR 8313 Knowledge Translation in Health Care
Prerequisites: N/A
Course Description: The course examines the emerging field of Knowledge Translation, which integrates knowledge across three conceptual domains (translational research, implementation and dissemination science, and collaboration and team science) within the context of current health practice and legislation. Students will learn about the impact of knowledge translation related to the development of treatments, improvements in clinical practice, implementation and dissemination of research discoveries, and changes in policy to improve the public’s health.
Credits: 3

Course Title: HCQ 6200 Introduction to Health Care Quality
Prerequisites: N/A
Course Description: An overview of the US health care system and the influence of health policy development and implementation on health care quality. Introduction to fundamental concepts of health care quality, patient safety, leadership, and change management.
Credits: 3

Course Title: HFR 8314 Health Care Research
Prerequisites: Academic and Clinical Leadership in the Health Professions; HFR 8203 Health Information, Quality, and Outcomes Course Description: The course is intended to develop competencies for leaders participating in the implementation of health care research including clinical, behavioral, and other human subjects as well as secondary data research.  The course prepares clinicians to assume leadership roles as investigators and co-investigators within clinical settings.
Credits: 3

Admission Requirements

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To be accepted to the program, you must have:

  • A Masters degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Applicants must have an entry-level professional degree or a clinical degree in biomedical sciences or a health related field
  • 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Evidence of at least one year of clinical or health-related practice or health administration/leadership
  • Comprehensive Essay describing your reasons for undertaking study at The George Washington University and how you anticipate your completion of the PhD will further your career goals. Describe a health related problem area of interest and discuss the translational nature of that problem. Also include a potential dissertation topic and any substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form. This personal statement should be concise and precise, and should not exceed 1000 words.
  • Completed Application
  • Resume/CV
  • 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.
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Official transcripts from every college and university attended
  • Interview - All potential doctoral students will be interviewed by a member or members of the admissions committee. Interviews will discuss the applicant's interest in the tracks and range of previous experiences in clinical and/or academic settings.
  • 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.

Key Dates
Application Deadline: November 1, 2019
Start: January 13, 2020

Tuition & Fees

Per Credit Hour - $953
3 Credit Hours - $2859
Registration Fee - $35