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Curriculum revisions pending. Applications accepted starting Fall 2018. Contact the program office for more information.

The BSHS with a major in Medical Informatics is an online degree completion program that requires successful completion of 120 credit hours, divided into three degree components:

  • General Education (19 credit hours)
  • Advanced Standing and Electives (41 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 (60 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
  • A minimum cumulative and science GPA of 2.5 or better (C- grades and lower do not transfer)

General Education (19 credit hours)

  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • Humanities (3 credits)
  • Social Sciences; Pyschology-recommended (6 credits)
  • Biology with lab; Anatony and Physiology with lab are acceptable (4 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)

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

Advanced Standing and Electives (41 credit hours)

Academic credit may be awarded for ACE-recognized military courses, as appropriate. Additionally, up to 41 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).

Experience and/or coursework in programming languages, biology, computer science, math, and cognitive science are highly recommended.

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

Health Sciences Distance Education Courses

  • HSCI 2105: Current Issues in Bioethics
  • HSCI 2108: Quality Improvement in Health Care
  • HSCI 2112W: Writing in the Health Sciences
  • HSCI 3117: Principles of Biostatistics for Health Sciences
  • HSCI 4106: Introduction to Epidemiology for Health Sciences
  • HSCI 4112W: Research & Writing in the Health Sciences
  • INFR 4101: Introduction to Medical Informatics
  • INFR 4102: Survey of Medicine for Informaticians
  • INFR 4103: Programming for Informaticians
  • INFR 4104: Medical Informatics Terminology & Standards
  • INFR 4105: Consumer Health Informatics
  • INFR 4106: Population Health for Medical Informatics
  • INFR 4107: Clinical Decision Support
  • INFR 4108: Information Extraction for Medical Informatics
  • INFR 4109: Evaluation Methods for Medical Informatics
  • INFR 4110: Biomedical Data Science

Select one from the following with advisor approval (3 credits):

  • INFR 4197: Medical Informatics Research Project
  • INFR 4198: Medical Informatics Internship

Elective – Select three from the following with advisor approval (9 credits):

  • INFR 4197: Medical Informatics Research Project (may be repeated for credit)
  • INFR 4198: Medical Informatics Internship (may be repeated for credit)
  • HSCI 2101 – Psychosocial Aspects of Health & Illness
  • HSCI 2102 – Pathophysiology
  • HSCI 2103 – Health Policy and the Health Care System
  • HSCI 4103 – Health Care Law and Regulation