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The BSHS with a major in Global Leadership in Disaster Response (GLDR) is a degree completion program that requires successful completion of 120 credit hours, divided into three degree components:

  • General Education (16 credit hours)
  • Advanced Standing and Electives (44 credit hours)
  • Health Sciences Distance Education (60 credit hours)

Students must complete at least 60 credit hours of GW coursework to meet the academic residency requirements for the online program.

Transferable Coursework (45-60 credit hours credit hours)

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)

General Education (16 credit hours)

  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • Natural or Physical Science with lab (4 credits)
  • Social Science (6 credits)*
  • Humanities (3 credits)*

*Applicants may complete outstanding coursework through additional Health Sciences Distance Education courses.

Advanced Standing and Electives (44 credit hours)

Academic credit may be awarded for ACE-recognized military courses, as appropriate. Additionally, up to 39 credits of advanced standing may be awarded to graduates of non-college based health programs who present appropriate documentation (e.g. EMT or RN license).

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

Health Sciences Distance Education Courses

  • EHS 2109: Infectious Diseases & Bioterrorism
  • EHS 2160: Disaster Response Planning & Management
  • EHS 2211: Introduction to Telemedicine
  • EHS 3101: Leadership Concepts
  • EHS 3103: Technology in Critical Incident Response
  • EHS 3107: Financial Management for the Disaster Cycle
  • EHS 4101: Humanitarian Relief Operations
  • EHS 4103: Advanced Topics in Leadership
  • EHS 4105: Operations Management in Asymmetric Conditions
  • EHS 4160: Seminar in Project Management and Leadership
  • HSCI 2105: Current Issues in Bioethics
  • HSCI 2110: Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Concepts  
  • HSCI 2112W: Writing in the Health Sciences
  • HSCI 2114: Healthcare in Developing Nations
  • HSCI 2117: Introduction to Statistics for Health Sciences
  • HSCI 4102: Human Physiology in Extreme Environments
  • HSCI 4106: Intro to Epidemiology for Health Sciences
  • HSCI 4112W: Research and Writing in the Health Sciences

HSCI Electives (Choose two with advisor approval)

  • EHS 2161: Principles of Hazmat and CBRNE Incident Management (take EHS 2109 first)
  • EHS 3105: Integrated Response to High Impact Violent Incidents
  • EHS 4198: Administrative Internship
  • HSCI 2102: Pathophysiology
  • HSCI 2104: Management of Health Science Services
  • HSCI 4105: Case Studies in Health Care