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No, GRE scores are not required.
Three (3) credits each of graduate level biostatistics and epidemiology must be successfully completed (B- or better) prior to matriculation into the PhD program. A course in statistics, rather than biostatistics, will not suffice as a substitute. These courses can be taken at any accredited institution at which they are offered, and must be completed within the last five (5) years. Applicants may be able to complete one or both courses online through GW once admitted to the PhD program but prior to full matriculation. Early application submission is strongly encouraged. Please contact the program administrator for details.
We admit 10-15 doctoral learners each Fall.
The curriculum includes a Dissertation Proposal Preparation course (3 credits) in the semester prior to the proposal defense. The dissertation phase is associated with 9 credits of seminar. Our expectation is that the courses related to the dissertation will be graded as complete/incomplete.
Performance in the courses will be based on a wide range of assessments requiring written and oral communication. Some team-based assignments are also included. Participation at residency weekends and in online discussion forums contributes to a portion of each course grade.
We are still exploring this potential as an option in the future, but currently there is not a part-time version of the curriculum.
Translational health science requires collaboration among many stakeholders so team-based projects will be an important part of the curriculum. The team projects will not always include other doctoral learners however; it is conceivable that you will be asked to engage relevant stakeholders from your community or professional network in selected projects. We recognize the added difficulty of conducting team-based projects for busy professionals, therefore we are committed to keeping team-based projects short-term (e.g., conducted during the residency weekends) with assessments based on products controlled individually (e.g., team analysis), when feasible.
Currently there are no specialized accreditations that are relevant to this program. The George Washington University is regionally accredited by Middle States Commission.
The didactic portion of the curriculum requires 5 semesters of full-time work, and four semesters of part-time work. The curriculum is designed so students can achieve doctoral candidacy after seven semesters. The timing of the dissertation defense is dependent on many individual factors, but we anticipate an additional 1-3 years following the proposal defense.
The didactic portion of the program will take 5 sequential semesters, including summers, to complete and the dissertation proposal defense will occur following the 6th semester. Once your proposal is approved, you would move into the dissertation phase of the program, which typically may take 1-3 years depending on your research question, methodology, and data collection.
Summer sessions begin in late-May/early June and end in mid-August.
The dissertation will be the typical 5 chapter format, which includes research methodology, which can be quantitative, qualitative, or mixed. We encourage students to identify dissertation topics that align with their current work, when possible, although not necessary. Students are not permitted to collect data to be used for dissertation before ALL program approvals have been obtained.
The translation health sciences courses are highly integrated with one another and cover both theoretical concepts and applications. There is a great deal of reading expected for each course to ensure that students are well-versed in the literature. Students should expect to dedicate 20 hours per week during the didactic portion of the program, in addition to the residency weekends. The time commitment for the dissertation phase will vary.
The online coursework will be conducted asynchronously, but there will be quite a bit of interactivity through the various learning tools, such discussion forums, voice thread, wikis, and blogs. On occasion, learning is enhanced through synchronous sessions that are not mandatory (but highly encouraged).
The type of projects we expect PhD students to pursue in their dissertations are ultimately designed to generate new knowledge about translation, implementation, and dissemination of evidence to practice and to population health. All dissertation work is translational in nature and must be grounded in collaboration science and implementation science perspectives. Please refer to the definition of translational science from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, NIH.The types of research questions therefore that we would expect from learners include, but are not limited to the following:
For a given health issue with population-wide implications, how do…
- Evidence-based solutions compare in terms of effectiveness, acceptability, sustainability, uptake, and costs?
- Implementation mechanisms of action affect outcomes?
- Cultural systems interact with translation of evidence to health care practice and policy?
- Key individual, team, organizational, and system-based factors contribute to successful adoption of evidence-based innovations in health care?
How does a given evidence-based approach (e.g., product, assessment tool, procedure) affect specific health outcomes, and what are the implications for translation to practice and policy?
How do the essential aspects of delivery strategies used affect naturally occurring knowledge diffusion in communities (e.g., practitioners, consumers, educators, researchers, policymakers)?
How do implementation and dissemination approaches affect adoption of evidence-based practices?
How do providers, consumers, policymakers, and other key stakeholders use data to shape decisions? To what extent does outcomes data inform and change health care practice?
How do fidelity strategies and measures affect translation of findings from clinical trials to generalized practices?
How is clinical decision-making shaped by the level of conceptual development underlying assessment instruments used in health care?
How do implementation processes and strategies affect outcomes at various levels of health care, including individual providers/consumers, groups or teams of providers/consumers, organizations, and systems level?
How do team attributes, composition, and dynamics shape health care processes and outcomes?
What are the effects of integrated transdisciplinary curricula and dissemination products on learning and more distally, on practice?
What is the impact of an innovative teaching or evaluation method on learners and more distally, on the competencies of health professionals?
In terms of the dissertation committee, yes, students will be permitted and encouraged to identify members from other departments, schools and even external to GW. Since the PhD program is cohort-based with a fixed tuition price, there are limited opportunities for enrolling in electives outside of the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Career trajectories in the field of translational health sciences are numerous and expected to continue to grow as political, social, economic and other factors drive the need for a transdisciplinary and effective approach to complex health problems. Several areas we can anticipate at this time include, but are not limited to:
- Academic career in health professional education programs, either entry level or post-professional.
- Administrative leadership positions in a variety of public and private, for profit and nonprofit, domestic and international organizations which have a health-related mission. Graduates would be uniquely qualified to serve in leadership positions requiring them to enact system-level change.
- Research positions in private industry (e.g., pharma), public agencies (e.g., NIH), academia, or research institutes.
The PhD program does not qualify admitted students to any visa status in the United States. Given the low residency nature of the THS program, students only come to campus two weekends a semester (i.e., six times a year). International students traveling to the U.S. to attend PhD residency weekends should plan to do so on a tourist visa.
For additional questions, please contact GW's International Services Office (internationalservices.gwu.edu).
Twice each semester during the first 6 semesters. As possible, these weekends are scheduled to occur from Friday noon through Sunday noon during approximately the 5th and 10th week of each semester. Actual dates for all 6 semesters are provided to each cohort upon matriculation. The weekends will be pre-determined and students will be notified far in advance of each semester and not based on student's availability per se. Attendance at each of the residency weekends is strictly required. The residency weekends are only during the didactic coursework portion of the program, not the dissertation phase.
The following weekend sessions have been scheduled:
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The weekend sessions will begin at noon on Friday and continue through Saturday, ending at noon on Sunday. This minimizes the time away from home and work. In addition to residency weekends, each new cohort should plan to attend an orientation in July prior to the start of their program. Dates for the upcoming orientations are listed below:
- July 18-19 2019
- July 23-24 2020
- July 22-23 2021
All students are required to attend all residency weekends. Students will not be excused for required residency weekends and are expected to be present for the entire residency weekend (noon Friday through noon Sunday).
Unless a special event is arranged, all weekend activities will be held in Exploration Hall on the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus (VSTC) in Ashburn VA. Our full address is 20101 Academic Way, Ashburn, VA 20147.
The program will not provide nor arrange for transportation, lodging or meals. Lunch on Saturday, food at receptions, some light snacks, water and coffee will be provided throughout the weekend, however students should be prepared to seek most meals on their own. As possible, special arrangements for discounted lodging at some of the area hotel will be provided.
The George Washington University Virginia Science and Technology Campus is in Loudoun County, inside the University Center complex in Ashburn, Virginia. The Campus is conveniently located off Route 7, one mile west of Route 28, and only five miles north of Dulles International Airport. For this reason, we highly recommend that you plan to fly into Dulles International Airport. GW does not provide transportation from the airport to campus, so students should plan their own methods of transportation from the airport.
Note: VSTC is located 35 miles Northwest of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Coming to campus from this location can take close to 1-2 hours in Friday rush hour traffic. For more specific directions to campus, we invite you to visit our website.
Hotels within close proximity to the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus include:
Courtyard Marriott (Dulles Town Center)
Cost: $159.00 Mon.–Wed. and $69.00 Thurs.–Sun.
Note: This hotel is walking distance to Dulles Town Center, the local mall featuring many restaurants and stores.
DoubleTree by Hilton—Washington Dulles Airport
Cost: $119.00 Mon.–Wed. and $69.00 Thurs.–Sun.
Note: Shuttle to campus buildings
Cost: $119.00 Mon.–Wed. and $69.00 Thurs.–Sun.
Note: Shuttle to campus available.
Rate Code: GOVCON
Cost: $119.00 Mon.–Wed. and $74.00 Thurs.–Sun.
Note: Walking distance to campus
Please note that all rates are subject to change at the discretion of the hotels. For specific information and nightly rates, contact the hotels directly.
VSTC does maintain a small cafeteria on campus in Enterprise Hall. Please note that the hours of operation are limited. The current schedule may be found on VSTC’s Colonial Cafe website.
In addition to our on-campus option, there are a number of local venues students can easily access from campus:
- One Loudoun is a new development located only one mile from VSTC and which is home to a number of different shops, restaurants, and bars - 20626 Easthampton Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20147
- Antonio’s NY Pizzeria - 44927 George Washington Blvd, Ashburn, VA 20147
- Chick-fil-A - 44835 Lakeview Overlook Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20147
- OPA Mezze Grill - 44110 AShburn Shopping Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20147
- Delhi 6 - 43761 Parkhurst Plaza, Ashburn, VA 22011
- Sushi Noshi - 44260 Ice Rink Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20147
There are a number of other local establishments in and around Ashburn, Virginia. I encourage you to explore the various options around campus!
The 3-person dissertation committee will consist of the dissertation chair, a content expert, and a methodologist. You are encouraged to include one person from your current network of colleagues or mentors on the dissertation committee.
Academic advisors consist of faculty who teach in the first year. Please refer to the relevant section of the Doctoral Handbook for a more extensive discussion of advisors and mentors.
Yes, the Faculty tab on our website will bring you to a list of core PhD Program faculty. Additional information regarding each faculty member’s research interests is continually added to the website. Click on the faculty members name for more detailed information.
Feel free to email any faculty member that you would like to contact, or let the program administrator know who you want to speak with to be connected. You can access contact information by clicking on the envelope icon for any faculty member listed on the Faculty page of the website.
The PhD in Translational Health Sciences is a set-tuition program. The tuition is divided over nine semesters. Students are charged $2500 each semester for semesters 6-9. The remainder of the balance will be divided proportionally over semesters 1-5 (example, if tuition is $70,000, $10,000 is initally deducted to be spread over semesters 6-9. The remaining balance of $60,000 is divided over the first five semesters and students will be charged $12,000 each semester for five semesters).
The PhD in Translational Health Sciences is a fixed price, cohort-based program with a curriculum which integrates content from three foundational bodies of knowledge -- collaboration science, implementation science, and translational research. For these reasons, we cannot offer transfer credit for the required courses, although we will do so for up to 6 elective credits. However because this is a fixed price program, the transfer of elective credits would not reduce the overall tuition, although it would potentially eliminate one course towards completion of the degree.
Yes, the program is eligible for tuition benefits offered to GW faculty and staff. Please refer to GW’s Human Resources Department for further details.
Yes, GW is a Yellow Ribbon school, and we have students using Yellow Ribbon benefits across our online and on-campus programs. Using benefits in the PhD will be no problem, provided the student is eligible through the VA. Eligible applicants are encouraged to visit GW’s Office of Military and Veteran Students Services for more information.