Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a Major in Health Intervention and Disaster Response

Offered in a distance learning format, the bachelor of science in health sciences (B.S.H.S.) in health intervention and disaster response is available to active-duty and veteran service members from the civil affairs medic community or related healthcare 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.

The bachelor of science in health sciences with a major in health intervention and disaster response is a distance learning degree completion program that requires successful completion of 120 credits, 60 of which must be completed at GW. Up to 60 credits of coursework may be transferred from coursework taken elsewhere.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

60 credits of general education and advanced standing including:
3 credits of English composition
4 credits of natural or physical science with lab
6 credits of social sciences
3 credits of humanities
44 credits of advanced standing*
At least 60 credits of GW courses including
CML 2143Current Issues/Hlth Sci Mgt
EHS 2211Intro to Telemedicine
EHS 4101Humanitarian Relief Ops
HSCI 2101Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Illness
HSCI 2102Pathophysiology
HSCI 2104Management of Health Science Services
HSCI 2105Current Issus in Bioethics
HSCI 2110Disease Prev/Health Promotion
HSCI 2112WWriting in the Health Sciences
HSCI 2113Informatics in the HSci
HSCI 2114Healthcare/Developing Nations
HSCI 2117Introduction to Statistics for Health Sciences
HSCI 4102HumanPhysiology/ExtremeEnviro
HSCI 4106Intro to Epidemiology for HS
HSCI 4112WRsrch/Wrtng in Health Sciences
MLS 4114Clinical Microbiology
MLS 4115Parasitology and Mycology
MLS 4141Immunology and Serology
Three of the following with advisor approval:
CML 2142Financial Mgt/Health Sciences
EHS 2175Community Risk Management and Safety in EHS
EHS 4112Special Ops and Disaster Mgt
HSCI 2103Health Policy and the Health Care System
HSCI 2111Dev/Health Care Professions
HSCI 3117Principles of Biostatistics for Health Sciences
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 of coursework may be transferable from coursework taken elsewhere. For an assessment on the transferability of your previous coursework, please contact the program office. Coursework will be evaluated for transfer using the following criteria:

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