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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 Ph.D. 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 marticulation. Early application submission is strongly encouraged. Please contact the program coordinator for details.
Initially, we plan to admit 10-15 doctoral learners in the Fall 2016 cohort.
We are adopting a modified type of rolling admission policy. We will review the completed applications as a group on three occasions throughout the late Fall and early Spring. At each of those three occasions, we will immediately notify the applicant of the decision regarding an interview.
The curriculum includes a Dissertation Proposal Preparation course (1 credit) in the semester during which the proposal is defended. 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, and we are exploring the implications of using this grading approach throughout the curriculum.
Performance in the courses will be based on a wide range of assessments requiring written and oral communication. We are establishing benchmarks for each semester and assessments are designed to determine the level at which each learner have achieved these benchmarks. The benchmarks reflect the cognitive and scholarly work required to complete a dissertation.
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 didactic portion of the curriculum requires 5 semesters of full-time work, and the dissertation proposal is defended during semester six. The curriculum is designed so students can achieve doctoral candidacy after six 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 in 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.
The translation health sciences courses will be highly integrated with one another and cover both theoretical concepts and applications. There will be a great deal of reading expected for each course to ensure that students are well-versed in the literature. Students should expect to dedicate 3-4 hours per credit 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.
No, those topics are just provided as examples of the types of dissertation topics consistent with a degree in Translational Health Sciences.
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 Ph.D. 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) or academia.
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.
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) except in the most extreme emergencies.
Unless a special event is arranged, all weekend activities will be held in Enterprise Hall on the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus (VSTC) in Ashburn VA. Our full address is 44983 Knoll Square, Ashburn, VA 20147.
The program will not provide nor arrange for transportation, lodging or meals. 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 one hour 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 academic advisor, who may or may not serve as the dissertation chair. Each committee must also include 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.
Based on your background and dissertation topic identified in your personal statement, as part of your application, a faculty advisor will be chosen by the program and part of the interview and assigned to you if you are admitted and matriculate into the program. The advisor will serve as a member of your dissertation committee. If you identify a member of the translational health sciences program faculty who you believe aligns with your research interests, you should note this in your personal statement, and this will be considered in our review of your application.
Yes, the Faculty tab on our website will bring you to a list of core Ph.D. Program faculty who will be among those identified to be advisors. Additional information regarding each faculty member’s research interests is continually added to the website.
Feel free to email any faculty member that you would like to contact, or let the program director (Dr. Mary Corcoran) know who you want to speak with so she can connect you. You can access contact information by clicking on the envelope icon for any faculty member listed on the Faculty page of the website.
The program is divided over 5 semesters - 9 credits each for the Fall and Spring semesters and 6 credits for the Summer semesters. This credit load is the minimum required to qualify for financial aid.
The Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. 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.