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The information below includes resources for students in the PhD in Translational Health Sciences program.

For more information about the resources provided through the Office of Student Services, please click here.

PhD in Translational Health Sciences Student Handbook

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Translational Health Sciences (THS) is an interdisciplinary program that strives to educate individuals dedicated to the health sciences, building on students’ own experience, disciplinary training, and interests. The Student Handbook for the PhD in Translational Health Sciences is a comprehensive resource for our students.

Residency Weekend Dates & Program Academic Calendar

The following weekend sessions have been scheduled:

Academic Year 2017-2018 Academic Year 2018-2019
Fall 2017 Spring 2018 Summer 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Summer 2019
9/22-9/24 2/16-2/18 6/22-6/24 9/28-9/30 2/15-2/17 6/14-6/16
10/27-10/29 3/23-3/25 7/27-7/29 11/2-11/4 3/22-3/24 7/19-7/21
Academic Year 2019-2020 Academic Year 2020-2021
Fall 2019 Spring 2020 Summer 2020 Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021
9/27-9/29 2/14-2/16 6/19-6/21 10/2-10/4 2/12-2/14 6/19-6/21 10/1-10/3
11/1-11/3 3/20-3/22 7/24-7/26 11/6-11/8 3/19-3/21 7/23-7/25 11/5-11/7

The following academic program sessions have been scheduled:

Summer 2020
W1 W2 W3 W4 W5 W6 W7 W8 W9 W10 W11 W12 W13
5/21-5/27 5/28-6/3 6/4-6/10 6/11-6/17 6/18-6/24 (RW 6/19-6/21) 6/25-7 /1 7/2-7/8 7 /9-7 /15 7/16-7/22 7/23-7/29 (RW 7/24-7/26) 7 /30-8/5 8/6-8/12 8/13-8/19
Academic Year 2020-2021
Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Summer 2021
9/3-9/9 1/14-1/20 5/20-5/26
9/10-9/16 1/21-1/27 5/27-6/2
9/17-9/23 1/28-2/3 6/3-6/9
9/24-9/30 2/4-2/10 6/10-6/16
10/1-10/7 (RW 10/2-4) 2/11-2/17 (RW 2/12-14) 6/17-6/23 (RW 6/18-20)
10/8-10/14 2/18-2/24 6/24-6/30
10/15-10/21 2/25-3/3 7/1-7/7
10/22-10/28 3/4-3/10 7/8-7/14
10/29-11/4 3/11-3/17 7/15-7/21
11/5-11/11 (RW 11/6-8) 3/18-3/24 (RW 3/19-21) 7/22-7/28 (RW 7/23-25)
11/12-11/18 3/25-3/31 7/29-8/4
11/19-11/25 4/1-4/7 8/5-8/11
11/30-12/3 4/8-4/14 8/12-8/18
12/4-12/9 4/15-4/21 N /A
12/10-12/16 4/22-4/28 N /A
Half-Time/Full-Time Certification

PhD Students who are entering the candidacy portion of their program should complete the Half Time/Full Time Certification Form in order to continue deferring their student loans.

If approved, this form will allow certification of full- or half-time study with a registration of fewer credits than officially required: 9 credits per semester for full-time study; 4.5 credits per semester for half-time study. In the summer, full-time status requires 6 credits and half-time status requires 3 credits.


MyGW is a portal for all GW systems, including GWMail, Blackboard, GWeb, and other university services.

Visit MyGW to:

  • Register
  • View course schedule and grades
  • Access Blackboard
  • Access DegreeMap (advising software)
  • View the University Bulletin for official policies
  • View the academic calender
Advising and Registration

Advising and DegreeMap

DegreeMap is your program of study which shows a snapshot of your current academic progress. The DegreeMap Planner offers an individualized guide for course selection and registration each semester if desired.

To access DegreeMap:

  • Go to MyGW.
  • Click "GWeb Info System" on the left sidebar.
  • Type in your User ID (GWid) and password.
  • Select "Student Records & Registration."
  • Select "Student Records Information."
  • Select "DegreeMap."
  • Click the "Planner" tab.

If you notice an error on your DegreeMap, please contact your advisor. Tutorials are available here: Office of the Registrar.


The GWeb registration system is available seven days a week (not including university holidays) from 7:00 am - 8:00 pm EST.

First Step: Identify your Course Registration Numbers (CRN)

  • Go to the Schedule of Classes.
  • Choose your desired semester.
  • Click "Off Campus."
  • Click the subject of your course (i.e. "INTM" or "HSCI").
  • Find your Spring 2015 course (INTM 6201) and make note of the CRNs.

Second Step: Register using the GWeb Info System

  • Go to MyGW.
  • Click "GWeb Info System" on the left sidebar.
  • Log in with your GWid and PIN.
  • Select "Student Records & Registration."
  • Select "Registration Menu."
  • Select "Register, Drop, and/or Add," and then term.
  • Under "Add Classes Worksheet" enter the CRN.

If the courses show up as "Web registered on X date," you have successfully registered. Classes usually become available in Blackboard the day classes begin, or a day or two before.
Please do not use the "search class" function in GWeb to find courses, as this causes errors in your registration.

Adding and Dropping Classes

A student can add or drop classes without penalty until 8:00 pm EST the Sunday before classes start. Any changes to registration after this deadline will incur a penalty. If you must add or drop a class after the first day of classes, please contact your advisor for guidance.

Visit the Course Drop Refund Schedule for current semester dates and deadlines.

Textbooks and Course Materials

Textbooks and course materials are posted 4-6 weeks before the start of each semester. Order books soon after you register to be sure you have them before classes start.

Book information is available via the Schedule of Classes, each course has a link to textbooks and course materials. You can also access this information through the GW Bookstore:

  • Go to GW Bookstore.
  • Click "Books" (blue bar at top), then "Textbooks."
  • For "Select Your Program," default to All Programs in drop box.
  • Select the appropriate term.
  • Select Your Department (i.e. "INTM").
  • Select the appropriate section. This should be a DE section (e.g. DE, DE1, DE2).
  • Click "Submit."

Be sure to use the correct ISBN if you use another vendor.

Paying for Classes

All payments must be received by the first day of class. Please use the Paying for Classes guide for detailed information on the process.

Credit card payments can be used for tuition and other fees for distance education students only.

There is no automatic drop for non-payment. All unpaid balances are subject to a late fee and interest accrual. A financial hold will be placed on all unpaid accounts over $500.

The Student Accounts Office is happy to answer any billing questions. Contact them at or (202) 994-7350 Monday through Thursday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm EST or Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST.

Technology Support

Division of Information Technology (DIT) provides information and support to all GW students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call (202) 994-GWIT (4948) or email

DIT's Student Technology Guide provides information on accessing your student accounts, security, software, and more.

Academic Resources

Library and Database Access

As a School of Medicine and Health Sciences student, your home library is the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library.  As your home library, you can access core research tools and services via Himmelfarb Library and can request to borrow materials from other nearby academic libraries (American, Catholic, Georgetown, etc.) using the Consortium Loan Service available in the Health Information @ Himmelfarb search tool.   Himmelfarb Library offers an Online Orientation series and tutorials to familiarize you with the many resources available for students. You also have access GW's Gelman Library.

Off-campus students should use the Virtual Private Network (VPN) or login via the Himmelfarb website. For both off-campus access methods, login with your  GW NetID and password - i.e. your GW email address and password. 

GW Writing Center

The GW Writing Center offers free individual tutoring for GW students. Tutors are available during any stage of the writing process: brainstorming, organizing information efficiently and clearly, developing a strong thesis, addressing grammar and punctuation issues, providing evidence in support of an argument, and presenting the findings of an experiment or the solution to a research problem.

Tutors are available by telephone for off-campus students. Arrangements are required in advance. Email to schedule an appointment.

Academic Calender

The University's academic calendar includes holidays and the beginning and end dates for each semester.

University and Health Sciences Programs Policies

Academic policies for Health Science graduate and undergraduate students, including those related to admission, transfer credits, academic standing, degree requirements, and enrollment status are provided in the following documents:

The Guide to Student Rights and Responsibilities contains the following university policies:

Policies on the following topics are provided in the Schedule of Classes

  • Collection of Student Current Address Information
  • Students called to Active Military Duty
  • Religious Holidays
  • Graduation Retention Information
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Directory Information Release of Student Information
Military Student Services

As a military or veteran student we understand you bring unique skills and experiences to GW. Along with those skills and experiences, however, you often face equally unique needs and challenges. The Office of Military and Veteran Student Services offers a range of services and information including a helpful checklist, Yellow Ribbon Program procedures, the certification process and a services center all designed to help you meet those challenges and achieve your academic goals.

For assistance please call (202)994-9570 or email The office is open Monday through Thursday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm EST and Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EST.