Dual Degree: BSHS in Clinical Management & Leadership/MSHS in Health Care Quality

This multi-level dual degree program offers academically qualified individuals a seamless and accelerated pathway for completing both the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) in Clinical Management and Leadership and the Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Health Care Quality. Undergraduate and graduate degrees will be conferred sequentially, with the BSHS awarded upon completion of 120 credits (nine of which are taken for graduate credit). The MSHS is awarded following completion of an additional 27 credits of graduate coursework.

BSHS in Clinical Management & Leadership

The BSHS with a major in Clinical Management and Leadership is a degree completion program that requires successful completion of 120 credit hours. Students may transfer in up to 60 credits to satisfy general education and advanced standing requirements. Non-traditional credit sources may be considered on a case-by-case basis (i.e. military coursework, credit-by-exam, and non-college based health programs). Students must complete at least 60 credit hours of GW coursework to meet the academic residency requirements for the program.

General Education and Advanced Standing (60 credits)*

  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • Physical or Natural Science with Lab (4 credits)
  • Social Sciences (6 credits)
  • Humanities (3 credits)
  • Advanced Standing: Other academic coursework (44 credits)

*Applicants missing one or more general education courses may be considered for admission, if they have junior standing (i.e. 60 college credits)

Transfer Credit Policy

For an assessment on the transferability of your previous coursework, please contact the program office. Coursework will be evaluated for transfer using the following criteria:

  • College-level
  • Academic in nature
  • Completed at a regionally accredited institution
  • Earned with a C or better (C- grades do not transfer)

A limited amount of non-traditional credit sources may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Appropriate documentation required. Please contact the program office for more information.

Coursework at GW (60 credit hours; 3 credits each)

Health Sciences Distance Education Courses
  • CML 2140: Management of Human Resources in Health Science Organizations
  • CML 2141: Planning and Marketing in Health Sciences
  • CML 2142: Financial Management in the Health Sciences
  • CML 2143: Current Issues in Health Sciences Management
  • CML 4144: Seminar in Health Science Leadership
  • HSCI 2103: Health Policy and the Health Care System
  • HSCI 2104: Management of Health Science Services
  • HSCI 2105: Current Issues in Bioethics
  • HSCI 2107: Health Care in Literature
  • HSCI 2108: Quality Improvement in Health Care
  • HSCI 2112: Writing in the Health Sciences
  • HSCI 2113: Informatics in the Health Sciences
  • HSCI 2117: Introduction to Statistics for Health Sciences
  • HSCI 4103: Health Care Law & Regulation
  • HSCI 4105: Case Studies in Health Care
  • HSCI 4106: Introduction to Epidemiology for Health Sciences
  • HSCI 4112: Research and Writing for Health Professionals
Graduate Courses
  • HSCI 6223: Topics in Health Care Leadership
  • HSCI 6263: Biostatistics for Clinical and Translational Research
  • HCQ 6200:  Introduction to Health Care Quality

MSHS in Health Care Quality

The MSHS in Health Care Quality requires successful completion of an additional 27 credit hours of graduate coursework, including 6 credit hours in research.

Health Care Quality Courses

  • HCQ 6201: Building a Quality Culture
  • HCQ 6202: Health Care Quality Landscape
  • HCQ 6203: Quality Improvement Science
  • HCQ 6204: Health Care Quality Measurement, Data Management and Analysis
  • HCQ 6205: Patient Safety Systems
  • HCQ 6275: Leadership and Change in Health Care Quality

Graduate Research Course

  • HSCI 6264: Epidemiology for Clinical and Translational Research

Foundation of Health Sciences Courses

  • HSCI 6241: The Health Care Enterprise
  • CML 6203: Health Information, Quality and Outcomes

Credit for HSCI 6223, HSCI 6264, and HCQ 6200 is applied to both the BSHS and MSHS degrees.