Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a Major in Global Leadership in Disaster Response

Offered in a distance learning format, the bachelor of science in health sciences (BSHS) in global leadership disaster response degree program is available to active-duty and veteran service members from the civil affairs medic community or related health care fields and to civilians in the health care fields with international experience and interest. All courses are offered online in a flexible, asynchronous format allowing students to pursue their degree, regardless of time zone, station, or overseas assignment.

Drawing heavily from both civilian and military challenges and successes experienced during natural as well as man-made disaster and crisis events, both domestically and internationally, the program allows civil affairs medics to build on their existing academic, military, and training experiences. Students are called upon to work individually as well as collaboratively in the development of broadened view of and holistic approach to delivery of aid and relief to the individuals, families, and communities affected by catastrophic events.

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The following requirements must be fulfilled: 120 credits, 60 of which must be completed at GW. Up to 60 credits from coursework taken elsewhere may be transferable.

General education (16 credits)
3 credits English Composition
4 credits Natural or Physical Science with Lab
6 credits of Social Sciences
3 credits Humanities
Advanced standing (44 credits)
Up to 44 credits in prior academic coursework is evaluated for transferability. Academic credit also may be awarded for ACE-recognized military courses and other non-traditional learning, as appropriate. *
Courses in the major (60 credits)
EHS 2109Infectious Diseases and Bioterrorism
EHS 2160Disaster Response Planning and Management
EHS 2211Introduction to Telemedicine
EHS 3101Leadership Concepts
EHS 3103Technology in Critical Incident Response
EHS 3107Financial Management for the Disaster Cycle
EHS 4101Humanitarian Relief Operations
EHS 4103Advanced Topics in Leadership
EHS 4105Operations Management in Asymmetric Conditions
EHS 4160Project Management and Leadership Capstone
HSCI 2105Current Issues in Bioethics
HSCI 2110Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Concepts
HSCI 2112WWriting in the Health Sciences
HSCI 2114Health Care in Developing Nations
HSCI 2117Introduction to Statistics for Health Sciences
HSCI 4102Human Physiology in Extreme Environments
HSCI 4106Introduction to Epidemiology for Health Sciences
HSCI 4112WResearch and Writing in Health Sciences
Two courses selected from the following with the advisor's approval:
EHS 2161Principles of Hazardous Materials and CBRNE Incident Management
EHS 3105Integrated Response to High Impact Violent Incidents
EHS 4198Administrative Internship
HSCI 2102Pathophysiology
HSCI 2104Management of Health Science Services
HSCI 4105Case Studies in Health Care

*Additional academic coursework. Non-traditional credit sources may be considered on a case-by-case basis (i.e., military coursework, credit-by-exam, and non-college based health programs).

Transferring credits

Up to 60 credits may be transferable from coursework taken elsewhere. Students should contact the program office for an assessment on the transferability of previous coursework. Coursework is evaluated for transfer using the following criteria:

  • College-level
  • Academic in nature
  • Completed at a regionally accredited institution
  • Earned with a minimum grade of C (C- grades do not transfer)