BSHS in Emergency Medical Services Management

**We are not accepting admissions to the program at this time.**

The BSHS with a major in Emergency Medical Services Management is an online 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 credits 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

Builds on concepts introduced in HSci 2104. Theory and application of management and leadership as they affect the management of human resources in health sciences organizations. Focus is on leadership, ethics, and organizational dynamics in a changing health care environment.

CML 2142: Financial Management in the Health Sciences

An overview of accounting and financial concepts for management of health sciences organizations. Budgeting, cash management, reimbursement guidelines, and financial management.

EHS 2174: Foundations of EHS Systems

An overview of the design and operation of systems, delivery of services, and echelons of care.

EHS 2175: Community Risk Management & Safety in EHS

Introduction for the EHS professional to the benefits of community information and relations. Students analyze strategies for introducing risk reduction programs and apply concepts in the development of such programs.
Prerequisite: EHS 2174.

EHS 4110: Operations Management in EHS Systems

This course applies principles of general management that contribute to the effectiveness of day to day operations within an Emergency Health Services organization.
Prerequisite: CML 2140, EHS 2174, HSCI 2104.

EHS 4111: Leadership Concepts in EHS

Introduction to leadership in the EHS setting. Topics include: the nature of leadership, recognizing leadership traits, developing leadership skills, creating a vision, setting the tone, listening to out-group members, handling conflict, overcoming obstacles, and addressing ethics in leadership.
Prerequisite: CML 2140, EHS 2174, HSCI 2104.

EHS 4112: Special Operations and Disaster Management

Introduction to EMS special operations. Develop and apply a general understanding of what constitutes special operations and resources needed to mitigate incidents, both small and large, in the 21st century. The student will be able to evaluate local special operations incidents, major multi-agency operations, scheduled and unscheduled mass casualty events, terrorism and natural disasters.
Prerequisite: CML 2140, EHS 2174, HSCI 2104.

EHS 4144: Seminar in EHS Leadership

Capstone: Integrates the theories and concepts learned with a focus on the identification and resolution of problems and opportunities encountered by EHS managers. To be taken in the final semester of study or with program director approval.
Prerequisite: Final semester or with approval.

HSCI 2103: Health Policy and the Health Care System

Incorporates economic theory and policy analysis methodology to analyze the impact of changes in the health care system on the practice of health sciences professionals and the quality and process of health care.

HSCI 2104: Management of Health Sciences Services

Application of management and organizational principles to the delivery of services provided by health sciences disciplines. Issues addressed include information systems, leadership, team building, fiscal management, human resources, quality improvement, and conflict and change.

HSCI 2105: Current Issues in Bioethics

Basic issues, approaches, and requirements of ethically acceptable decision-making with patients, including patient confidentiality, conflicts of interest, allocation of scarce resources, occupational risks in health care, and professional responsibility for overall quality of care.

HSCI 2108: Quality Improvement in Health Care

Analysis of the structures in place to enhance the quality of health care delivery and political and economic influences that affect quality improvement programs. Assessment of specific interventions to enhance health care from the perspectives of providers and patients.

HSCI 2112W: Writing in the Health Sciences

Introduction to the health sciences literature. Emphasis is on construction, evaluation and organization of written communication of health sciences information.

HSCI 2117: Introduction to Statistics for Health Sciences

This course is an introductory course in probability and statistics for students in the health sciences. This course explores the foundational concepts in descriptive and inferential statisics, including probability, sampling distribution, estimation, correlation, t-Test, simple linear regression, and chi-square. Cournseowrk will focus on the application of statistical concepts and methods within the health sceinces. 

HSCI 4103: Health Care Law and Regulation

This course introduces students to the legal structures, rules, and mechanisms important to health care professionals, executives and organizations.
Prerequisite: HSCI 2103.

HSCI 4106: Introduction to Epidemiology in the Health Sciences

An introduction to epidemiological methods and their applications in the prevention and control of illness, community and clinical interventions, and health services.
Prerequisite: HSCI 2115.

HSCI 4112W: Research and Writing in the Health Sciences

Students will analyze discipline-specific texts, dissect and analyze a research proposal, create and critique abstracts, and write scientific literature reviews.
Prerequisite: HSCI 2112W.


HSCI Electives (Choose three with advisor approval)

EHS 2211: Introduction to Telemedicine

An introduction to the ethical, legal, and technical aspects of telemedicine, including, but not limited to, emerging technologies, planning and operational considerations. Students will complete a number of practical exercises requiring direct application and utilization of Internet, video, audio, and other emerging technologies. Prerequisite: HSCI 2113.

EHS 4101: Humanitarian Relief Ops

An integrative approach to humanitarian relief operations, including factors that can influence relief delivery, field planning considerations, and the roles and limitations of non-governmental organizations, international organizations, local government, and various federal and civilian and military agencies. Emphasis on medical aspects of working with particular populations such as women, children, the elderly, and culturally underrepresented or persecuted population subsets.

HSCI 2101: Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Illness

This course explores the psychological, emotional, spiritual and social aspects of health and illness. Special situations will be discussed including working with the bereaved, children, the elderly, dying patients, patients from diverse cultures/backgrounds, and ethical decision-making.

HSCI 2102: Pathophysiology

Biomedical and scientific framework for the understanding of human disease mechanisms and biologic processes. Overview of infectious, immunologic, cardiovascular, genetic, respiratory, gastrointestinal, neoplastic, reproductive, renal, hematologic, neurologic, and musculoskeletal diseases.

HSCI 2109: Trends and Innovations in Health Care

Examination of new technologies, health care delivery models, and the phenomenon of sophisticated consumers. Assessment of the impact of science, technology, ethics, and government on the provision of health care.

HSCI 2110: Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Concepts

An overview of basic public health concepts for health sciences students, including epidemiology, health promotion, and disease prevention. Review of current issues in health promotion. Completion of a public health project in a clinical site.

HSCI 2111: Development of Health Care Professions

Students will analyze the history and evolution of health care professions, and compare them to general changes in science and culture. Students will compare and contrast how the evolution of health care professions has changed practice and informed how we may view clinical practice in the future.

HSCI 4102: Human Physiology in Extreme Environments

The course examines human physiology and the pathophysiology of acute illnesses and injuries, and evaluates appropriate mitigation strategies associated with living and working in extreme environments.
Prerequisite: HSCI 2102.

HSCI 4105: Case Studies in Health Care

Case studies will be used to explore the application of ethical principles and decision-making processes to selected problems in medicine, health care and biotechnology. An interdisciplinary approach that integrates social, legal, economic, scientific and professional issues in health care will be followed.
Prerequisite: HSCI 2105.