Curriculum

The PhD in Translational Health Sciences is a cohort-based program requiring 54 credits beyond a master's degree, successful completion of two comprehensive examinations, a proposal defense, and a defended dissertation. The curriculum is low-residency, integrating didactic content delivered online with facilitated learning activities two mandatory weekends per semester at the Virginia Science and Technology (VSTC) campus in Ashburn, VA. 

The PhD in Translational Health Sciences draws on multiple, cross-disciplinary bodies of knowledge, which form the framework for the coursework and dissertation.  These bodies of knowledge are illustrated below:

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Course Offerings

  • THS 8101: Foundations in Translational Science
  • THS 8103: Principles of Collaboration and Team Science
  • THS 8105: Translational Science in Complex Health Systems
  • THS 8107: Program Theory and Health Innovations
  • THS 8109: Implementation Science and Innovation Leadership
  • THS 8121: Advanced Study Design for Translational Research
  • THS 8123: Qualitative Methods in Translational Health Science
  • THS 8125: Advanced Statistical Methods for Clinical and Translational Research
  • THS 8201: Learning Theory and Models for Knowledge Translation in Health Systems I
  • THS 8203: Bioethical Implications of Health Research
  • THS 8205: Learning Theory and Models for Knowledge Translation in Health Systems II
  • THS 8212: Mixed Methods in Translational Health Science
  • THS 8961: Proposal Defense Preparation
  • THS 8996/8997/8998: Dissertation Seminars

Current Students' Translational Research Topics

Candidate: Mandi Chapman
Approved Proposal Title: "Implementing Sexual and Gender Minority Health Curricular Changes in Academic Medicine."
Dissertation Chair: Leslie Davidson, GW SMHS


Candidate: Radwa Aly
Approved Proposal Title: "Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES): A taxonometric approach to understanding the population."
Dissertation Chair: Henry Kaminski, GW SMHS


Candidate: Kellie Bodeker
Approved Proposal Title: "The contribution of patient reported outcome measures to shared decision-making in radiation oncology at a midwestern comprehensive cancer center."
Dissertation Chair: Philip Van der Wees, GW SMHS, Radboud University


Candidate: Romiya Barry
Approved Proposal Title: "Axiomatically True, Diametrically Opposed: Interpreting the Paradoxical Relationship between Ethic of Care and Participant Recruitment for Physician-Researchers."
Dissertation Chair: Gaetano Lotrecchiano,GW SMHS


Candidate: Christopher Simon
Approved Proposal Title: "A Mixed Methods Examination of Immersive VR as a Technology-based Intervention for Clinician Burnout."
Dissertation Chair: Neal Sikka, GW SMHS


Candidate: Jennifer Conlon
Approved Proposal Title: "Diagnosis and Management of Adolescents with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in Primary Care: A mixed methods study to explore provider behaviors and barriers and facilitators to practice."
Dissertation Chair: Maureen Monaghan, Children's National


Candidate: Shahnaz Khan
Approved Proposal Title: "A Mixed Methods Approach to Evaluation the Current Uptake of Co-Testing and it's Determinants Based on the 2012 Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines and the Multilevel Barriers to Guideline Impmentation in Urban Healthcare Settings."
Dissertation Chair: Philip Van der Wees, GW SMHS, Radboud


Candidate: Brittany Wilbourn (Lewis)
Approved Proposal Title: "Assessing Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Screening and Need among Men Who Have Sex with Men and Transgender Persons of Color: A Mixed Methods Case Study of the IMPACT DMV Demonstration Project."
Dissertation Chair: Paige McDonald, GW SMHS


Candidate: Cortni Romaine
Approved Proposal Title: "ENGAGEMENT IN RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH EDUCATION AND TRAINING: AN DESCRIPTIVE CASE STUDY OF THE FACTORS OF ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE AND IMPLEMENTATION DRIVERS THATINFLUECNE ADOPTION OF AN RCR PROGRAM."
Dissertation Chair: Joseph Bocchino,GW SMHS


Candidate: Jennifer Weaver
Approved Proposal Title: "Translating Assessments into Practice Using Principles of Shared Decision Making: An Exemplar Using the Coma Recovery Scale-Revised."
Dissertation Chair: Trudy Mallinson, GW SMHS


Candidate: Kevin Bugin
Approved Proposal Title: "Modelling Cross-Disciplinary integration in FDA multidisciplinary and integrated reviews: A phenomenological descriptive comparative case study."
Dissertation Chair: Gaetano Lotrecchiano


Candidate: Katie Clark
Approved Proposal Title: "The Buprenorphine Positive Deviants: A Qualitative Study of Connecticut Healthcare Practitioners Who Have Integrated Buprenorphine Prescribing in Primary Care Settings."
Dissertation Chair: Uli Koch


Candidate: Sam Hanna
Approved Proposal Title: "Sensors and Wearables in Oncology: A study of the Barriers and Facilitators to Adoption."
Dissertation Chair: Leonard Friedman


Candidate: Emily Balog
Approved Proposal Title: "A Mixed Methods Study of Aging in Place: Perspectives of Older Adults to Unpack Individual and Suburban Characteristics..."
Dissertation Chair: Philip van der Wees


A Mixed Methods Approach to Evaluating the Current Uptake of Co-Testing and it's Determinants Based on the 2012 Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines and the Multilevel Barriers to Guideline Impmentation in Urban Healthcare Settings

 

Report PosterExplore the work of PhD student Shahnaz Khan on Translating Evidence from Research to Practice for Select Interventions in Cancer Control at the 10th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health. View poster