The BSHS in Leadership for Emergency Action & Disaster Response is a 100% online, degree-completion program that will offer courses in an accelerated format. Students will have 8-week classes offered in Session A and B of the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

The BSHS with a major in Leadership for Emergency Action & Disaster Response is a degree completion program that requires successful completion of 120 credit hours, divided into three components:

  • General Education (19 credit hours)*
  • Advanced Standing and Electives (41 credit hours)*
  • Courses in the Major (60 credit hours)

*Students who are missing general education or advanced standing credits prior to admission, may take additional GW courses to meet these degree requirements.

General Education (19 credit hours)

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

Advanced Standing and Electives (41 credit hours)

Prior academic coursework will be evaluated for transferability. Academic credit may also be awarded for ACE-recognized military courses and other non-traditional learning, as appropriate.

Courses in the Major (60 credit hours; 3 credits each unless noted)

Major Courses (45 credits; 3 credits each):

  • EHS 2160: Disaster Response Planning & Management (take as first course in major)
  • EHS 2109: Infectious Diseases & Bioterrorism
  • EHS 2161: Principles of Hazmat and CBRNE Incident Management (take EHS 2109 first)
  • EHS 3101: Leadership Concepts
  • EHS 3103: Technology in Critical Incident Response
  • EHS 3105: Integrated Response to High Impact Violent Incidents
  • 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 2112W: Writing in the Health Sciences
  • HSCI 4102: Human Physiology in Extreme Environments
  • HSCI 4112W: Research and Writing in the Health Sciences

Major Electives (15 credits; 3 credits each); Chosen with advisor approval:

  • EHS 2211: Introduction to Telemedicine
  • EHS 4198: Administrative Internship
  • HSCI 2101: Psychosocial Aspects of Health & Illness
  • HSCI 2102: Pathophysiology
  • HSCI 2103: Health Policy and the Health Care System
  • HSCI 2110: Disease Prevention & Health Promotion
  • HSCI 2114: Health Care in Developing Nations
  • HSCI 4105: Case Studies in Health Care
  • HSCI 4106: Intro to Epidemiology for Health Sciences