Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a Major in Medical Informatics

The bachelor of science in health sciences (BSHS) in the field of medical Informatics helps prepare students for rewarding careers such as health data analysts, system evaluators, and annotators. The emerging field of medical informatics serves as the bridge between human–computer interactions in the health care space and focuses on how data collected in these settings can be leveraged to improve patient safety, outcomes, and quality.

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 and advanced standing (60 credits)

  • 3 credits English composition
  • 3 credits humanities
  • 6 credits social science (psychology recommended)
  • 4 credits biology with lab (anatomy and physiology with lab also acceptable)
  • 3 credits in statistics
  • 41 credits of electives (experience/coursework in programming languages is highly recommended. Additional biology, computer science, math, and cognitive science courses also recommended.)
Required GW courses
HSCI 2105Current Issues in Bioethics
HSCI 2108Quality Improvement in Health Care
HSCI 2112WWriting in the Health Sciences
HSCI 3117Principles of Biostatistics for Health Sciences
HSCI 4106Introduction to Epidemiology for Health Sciences
HSCI 4112WResearch and Writing in Health Sciences
INFR 4101Introduction to Medical Informatics
INFR 4102Survey of Medicine for Informaticians
INFR 4103Programming for Informaticians
INFR 4104Medical Informatics Terminology & Standards
INFR 4105Consumer Health Informatics
INFR 4106Population Health for Medical Informatics
INFR 4107Clinical Decision Support
INFR 4108Information Extraction for Medical Informatics
INFR 4109Evaluation Methods in Medical Informatics
INFR 4110Biomedical Data Science
INFR 4197Medical Informatics Internship
or INFR 4198 Medical Informatics Research Project
Electives
9 credits from the following:
INFR 4197Medical Informatics Internship
INFR 4198Medical Informatics Research Project
HSCI 2101Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Illness
HSCI 2102Pathophysiology
HSCI 2103Health Policy and the Health Care System
HSCI 4103Health Care Law/Regulation

Transferable Coursework (60 credit maximum)

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 C or above (C- grades do not transfer)