Curricula for the graduate certificate program and the master's degree program in Correctional Health Administration have been developed by Newton E. Kendig, MD, clinical professor of medicine at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS). Kendig is a retired Assistant Surgeon General in the United States Public Health Service and former medical director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. In addition to directing the Correctional Health Administration Program, Kendig is spearheading other criminal justice health initatives for the university.

Learn more about Dr. Kendig's work.

Correctional Health Administration Graduate Certificate Courses

The Graduate Certificate in Correctional Health Administration is an online program that requires successful completion of 15 credit hours. All courses are 8-weeks in length.
» Learn more about the graduate certificate program.
  • CML 6020: Fundamentals of Correctional Health Care​ (3 credits)
  • CML 6050: Correctional Health Care Delivery (3 credits)
  • CML 6021: Correctional Health Care Administration for Special Populations (3 credits)
  • CML 6023: Correctional Health Care Fiscal Management (3 credits)
  • CML 6025: Correctional Health Care Oversight (3 credits)

Correctional Health Administration Master's Degree Courses

The Master's degree in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Correctional Health Administration requires successful completion of 36 credit hours, which includes the online courses required for the Gradute Certificate in Correctional Health Administration (15 credit hours). The MSHS courses are all online with the exception of a 6-credit practicum course of supervised field work in correctional health administration.

  • CHA 6210: Correctional Health Administration for Behavioral Health Populations​ (3 credits)
  • CHA 6275: Correctional Health Administration Practicum (6 credits)
  • HSCI 6223: Topics in Health Care Leadership (3 credits)
  • INFR 6101: Principles of Medical Informatics (3 credits)
  • CML 6202: Human Resources Development (3 credits)
  • Elective: (3 credits)

Components of the Correctional Health Administration Programs

  • Courses are online with the exception of practicum
  • Flexibility
  • No residency on GW campus
  • Nationally recognized faculty with correctional and healthcare expertise
  • Active learning
  • Small classes
  • Original content
  • Personal attention
  • Certificate can be completed in one year
  • Master's program includes field experience in correctional setting