Degree Programs

School of Nursing and Health Studies

I. B.S. in Nursing
II. B.S. in Human Science
III. B.S. in Health Care Management and Policy
IV. B.S. in Global Health
V. Individualized Program of Study
VI. Pre-Medical, Minors and Certificate Programs
VII. Application for the Degree

 

B.S. in Nursing (B.S.N.)

Vision, Mission and Curriculum Overview

The baccalaureate program terminal objectives for the Department of Professional Nursing Practice are derived from the School’s mission and core values. The mission of promoting health and well being for all people, with its emphasis on preparing students to be morally reflective healthcare leaders and scholars, is based in the school’s beliefs in:

  • The dignity of human beings
  • The growth-affirming role of society
  • Health as a dynamic entity
  • The complex, caring nature of nursing
  • The individualized, lifelong process of education

These beliefs provide the foundation for the traditional BSN program. The belief that baccalaureate nursing education prepares professional nurses who have a broad knowledge of nursing science, the humanities, the biological and social sciences, gives rise to a curriculum in which a broad liberal arts education is balanced with the natural and behavioral sciences, as illustrated in the programs of study.

The terminal objectives of the baccalaureate program provide clear statements of expected results, derived directly from the Georgetown Nursing Model, and reflect the school’s mission and core values.

The objectives are:

  1. Practice professional nursing within the Jesuit philosophy and the Georgetown University Nursing Practice Model
  2. Demonstrate the use of critical thinking in clinical decision making.
  3. Formulate a personal and professional ethical framework to guide conduct and decision making in professional nursing.
  4. Evaluate, apply and communicate research findings to improve professional practice.
  5. Analyze and evaluate leadership and management theories in nursing practice.
  6. Evaluate the health policy process for the improvement of health care for all.
  7. Demonstrate a commitment to personal and professional development through continuing education and participation in professional organizations.
  8. Demonstrate a commitment to humanitarian service as a component of professional nursing in a culturally diverse society.
  9. Engage in communication and collaboration with members of the health care team.

Website: http://nhs.georgetown.edu/nursing/bachelors/mission/

The basic four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is designed for high school graduates who wish to combine core requirements in the arts, sciences and humanities with preparation for a career in professional nursing. The curriculum includes a core of knowledge in the humanities and the behavioral, physical, and biological sciences, as well as the theory and practice of professional nursing. Coursework in bioethics and leadership prepares graduates to take their place in the current and future health care delivery system.

The nursing component of the curriculum provides for development of clinical skills as well as a strong theoretical base. Nursing coursework and clinical practice begin in the first year. The senior clinical experience allows students to request a particular clinical area of interest in which to expand their knowledge and leadership skills.

After completion of the baccalaureate program, graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination for licensure to practice as professional nurses.

The programs offered through the Department of Professional Nursing Practice are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the District of Columbia Board of Nursing.

The School of Nursing & Health Studies is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Nursing Association, and the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.

Clinical experiences are arranged within the surrounding metropolitan area including the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Students are responsible for their transportation to these clinical sites.

Required Courses

First Year

  • First Year Colloquium (HEST-001)
  • Professional Nursing Foundations for Practice (NURS-005)
  • Human Biology I and II (HSCI-101, 102)
  • Biochemistry and Human Functioning (HSCI-111)
  • Health Assessment I (NURS-011)

Second Year

  • Health Assessment II (NURS-012)
  • Nutrition and Disease Prevention (HEST-112)
  • Introduction to Genetics and Genomics (HSCI 190)
  • Pathophysiology (HSCI-202)
  • Fundamental Nursing Interventions (NURS-015)
  • Human Growth and Development (HEST-142)
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NURS-162)
  • Pharmacology (NURS-204)

Third Year

  • Introduction to Nursing Research (NURS-175)
  • Integration Seminar (NURS-177)
  • Care of Adults (NURS-181)
  • Health Care of Women (NURS-172 or 192)
  • Microbiology (HSCI-201)
  • Care of Children (NURS-182)
  • Mental Health Nursing (NURS-171 or 191)
  • Health Care Delivery Systems (NURS 176 or HESY-176)
Fourth Year
  • Public Health Nursing (NURS-241)
  • Complex Problems I (NURS-243)
  • Intro to Health Care Ethics (HEST-254)
  • Care of the Older Adult (NURS-246)
  • Vulnerable Populations (NURS-251)
  • Transitions to Professional Practice (NURS-252)
  • Senior Capstone Clinical (NURS-359)
  • Scholarly Project in Nursing (NURS-360)
Core Requirements
  • Writing: Writing and Culture Seminar and Integrated Writing Course in the Major — 2 courses
  • HALC — 1 course
  • Engaging Diversity domestic — 1 course; Engaging Diversity global — 1 course
  • Philosophy  — 2 courses
  • Theology — 2 courses
  • Introduction to Sociology or Anthropology — 1 course
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Free electives, totaling 11 credits, in any discipline
Nursing Science Honors Program

The purpose of this Honors Program is to allow traditional undergraduate nursing students with academic potential to be challenged at the highest level. Participants in the Honors Program in Nursing Science will address, through scholarly inquiry, a contemporary issue related to clinical nursing practice. The Honors Program in Nursing Science requires the completion of an independent project involving research, policy analysis, or health/illness education. Each student will summarize their final project in a formal oral presentation and submit a senior Honors thesis. Prior to graduation, participants in the Honors Program are expected to disseminate the results of the senior honors project.

Participants in the Honors Program are expected to complete all requirements for the nursing major, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5, and successfully complete the Honors Seminars (NURS 340, 341, 342 -- 6 credits total).

Traditional nursing students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher are eligible to apply; a mid-October application deadline will be posted for students in their junior year. Each applicant must submit a personal statement, a letter or recommendation, and a copy of their transcript. Eligible candidates will be interviewed by the Council on the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS). The applicant's personal statement should include an overview of the proposed topic.

Students who successfully complete the requirements of the Honors Program will graduate with the notation: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Honors).

Minors

Georgetown University Nursing students are eligible to complete a variety of minors in both NHS and the College. Due to the lockstep nature of the nursing curriculum and limited elective opportunities, students pursuing a minor will almost always have to take classes in the summer. Students interested in obtaining a minor should meet with their Academic Dean early on to discuss their interest and impact on the BSN degree progression plan.

Sigma Theta Tau

The Department of Professional Nursing Practice offers an opportunity for membership in Sigma Theta Tau, the International Nursing Honor Society. Sigma Theta Tau honors practitioners and students of nursing who exemplify outstanding qualities of leadership, scholarship, and service to the profession of nursing. Tau Chapter was founded at the Georgetown University School of Nursing in 1960.

National Students Nurses Association

The National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) mentors the professional role development of future registered nurses and facilitates development of standards, ethics and competencies that students will need as responsible and accountable leaders and members of the nursing profession. This mission is accomplished by chapter-led and nationwide programs that provide educational resources, leadership opportunities, and career guidance (http://www.nsna.org). All undergraduate nursing students at Georgetown are eligible to join. Members are expected to adhere to the NSNA Code of Academic and Clinical Conduct.

Student Professional Responsibility

Students are responsible for reviewing, understanding and abiding by the regulations, procedures and requirements as described in all official publications of Georgetown University, the School of Nursing & Health Studies, and the Department of Professional Nursing Practice. These are found specifically in the Undergraduate Bulletin as well as the Current Students Resources section of the NHS website. In addition, students are required to adhere to regulations and guidelines from Health Care Settings (in use as clinical sites), Professional Licensing Boards, Federal, State and Local Health Care Authorities and Professional Nursing Organizations.

Clinical Clearances

All student nurses are expected to meet and maintain certain health requirements. All of the clinical clearance requirements can be found on the clinical clearance portion of the NHS website at: http://nhs.georgetown.edu/nursing/resources/clearance/. Failure to meet any of the requirements will jeopardize the ability to attend clinical courses.

Comprehensive Assessment and NCLEX-RN Pretesting

All nursing students are required to participate in the Comprehensive Assessment and Review Program (CARP) provided through the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI). The program involves tutorials and content resources/review modules for independent study, testing practice, proctored examinations of nursing knowledge specific to core nursing courses and a comprehensive diagnostic predictor examination that is administered in the semester prior to graduation. The test examinations evaluate specific knowledge mastery as students progress in the program and determines readiness to obtain licensure as a registered nurse. The testing is administered in a computerized format. Feedback about the test results is provided to the students as part of the overall program.

In order to receive authorization from the department chair to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination, a student must earn a score on the ATI comprehensive predictor examination that equates to a 95% or higher probability of passing the NCLEX-RN. To facilitate achieving this requirement, students identified to be at risk will be invited to participate in the department’s knowledge mastery program.

It is strongly recommended that the NCLEX-RN Licensing Examination be completed within six months of graduation. Students who choose to take the exam after six months from the time of graduation must submit documentation of the recent completion of an NCLEX-RN review course to the department chair before receiving authorization to sit for the NCLEX-RN. The student must sit for the exam within ninety days after the authorization is given.

For further elaboration of the above information, please refer to the BSN Student Handbook.

At: https://nhs.georgetown.edu/nursing/resources

R.O.T.C.

Qualified applicants may be admitted to the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) of the United States Army, which supports a unit on the Georgetown Campus. Students complete the nursing major as well as required courses in military science. Graduates serve as commissioned officers in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps for their obligation period, with consideration of choice of location and clinical assignment. Air Force and Naval units are available at neighboring institutions. For further information, please refer to “Expenses and Financial Assistance, III. Student Financial Services” section in this Bulletin.

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B.S. in Human Science

Vision, Mission and Curriculum Overview

The mission of the Department of Human Science is to promote the health and well-being of all people by preparing future leaders and scholars in the health sciences. Its vision is to explore human biology and disease at the molecular, cellular, behavioral and systems level for the improvement of human health.

The human science major is designed for students who have a passion for the scientific disciplines and wish to build a strong foundation in the basic and health sciences. Faculty members with diverse areas of expertise guide students in building critical and analytical thinking skills and in cultivating an inquisitive mind. Experiential activities in laboratory research and community health activities complement in-class learning and allow students to witness firsthand real-life application of scientific and theoretical concepts. Internships further focus the student in the direction he or she wishes to pursue upon graduation. The program prepares students for a variety of graduate programs such as medicine, dentistry, environmental and occupational health, physical therapy and public health, as well as many careers in biomedical science, health communication, research, and teaching.

Goals and Learning Outcomes
  1. To integrate knowledge of the multiple mechanisms underlying human health and disease at the molecular, cellular, systems biology, behavioral, and population level.
    • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms underlying human biology.
    • Examine the influences of various factors on health state and physiological functioning including, but not limited to, the environment, health behaviors, culture, socioeconomic status, access to health care, health literacy, disability, genetics.
    • Integrate new course material across fields into personal scientific knowledge.
  2. To develop critical thinking through the process of scientific inquiry and its translation into human health and wellness.
    • Design experiments to address a specific hypothesis.
    • Represent and analyze qualitative and quantitative data in statistically meaningful forms.
    • Critique primary scientific literature and data for quality of evidence and relevance to theory and practice.
  3. To develop effective communication skills and ethical and complex decision making.
    • Communicate orally and in writing to demonstrate ability to convey scientific information and ideas clearly and persuasively.
    • Produce a comprehensive project/manuscript to demonstrate scientific inquiry.
    • Apply ethical principles to issues presented in coursework.
    • Adapt the same human science information to be communicated effectively to different audiences.
  4. To engage in experiential learning to facilitate application of human science.
    • Integrate scientific principles through laboratory and community experiences.
    • Apply scientific inquiry through an internship experience.
    • Link basic science knowledge to specific topics of health and disease that are presented during experiential learning.

Website: http://nhs.georgetown.edu/humanscience/bachelors/mission/

Programmatic Features

During the first two years in the program students are introduced to foundational courses, including human biology, chemistry, nutrition, mathematics, pathophysiology, health promotion/disease prevention and research methods in health care.

These courses are expanded by complementary studies in the liberal arts, including English, philosophy, ethics and theology.

Students also have the opportunity to choose electives that they may ultimately want to build into a minor and all students will select two advanced Human Science electives.

Some students choose to spend a semester abroad, generally in their junior year.

The two semester senior internship provides the opportunity for each student to design his/her own area of discovery in an experiential, laboratory or archival setting of the student’s choosing and to further refine both written and oral expression as the student prepares to graduate as a human science major.

Required Courses
First Year
  • Human Biology I and II (HSCI-101, 102)
  • Research Theory and Communication (HSCI-178)
  • General Chemistry Lecture I and II (CHEM001, 002)
  • General Chemistry Lab I and II (CHEM-009, 010)
  • First Year Colloquium (HEST-001)
Second Year
  • Pathophysiology (HSCI-202)
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HSCI-160)
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology of Health and Disease (HSCI-280)
Third Year
  • Microbiology (HSCI-201)
  • Genetics in Health and Disease (HSCI-355)
  • Nutrition and Disease Prevention/Health Impacts of the Environment (HEST-112 or HSCI-332)
  • At least one 3 credit-hour elective from among the HSCI advanced courses (may be taken in Third Year or Fourth Year).
Fourth Year
  • Senior Seminar/Internship I (HSCI-322)
  • Immunology (HSCI-209)
  • Physiological Adaptations (HSCI-350)
  • Senior Seminar/Internship II (HSCI-232)
  • At least one 3 credit-hour elective from among the HSCI advanced courses (may be taken in Third Year or Fourth Year).
CORE Requirements
  • Writing: Writing and Culture Seminar and Integrated Writing Course in the Major  — 2 courses
  • HALC — 1 course
  • Engaging Diversity domestic — 1 course; Engaging Diversity global — 1 course
  • Philosophy — 2 courses
  • Theology — 2 courses
  • Probability and Statistics
  • 2 HSCI advanced/upper level elective courses
  • Free electives, totaling 36 credits, in any discipline

Human Science Honors Program

Honors in Human Science recognizes those Human Science students who pursue a high level of independent research (i.e., laboratory, archival, community) during their undergraduate years culminating in a senior thesis concurrent with the pursuit of a Human Science major.

The purpose of this program is to permit students of high academic achievement to enjoy greater responsibility and initiative in their major work. The honors program in Human Science requires a significant mentored research experience in a topic of the student’s choosing.

Students in the honors program are required to maintain at least a B average both in their major and overall GPA. Students in the honors program still complete the requirements of the Human Science major; they also register for at least one semester of independent research, and register in the final semester for the honors thesis.

Eligibility for Human Science Honors: Full-time human science students with at least a 3.0 science GPA at the end of their first year may apply.

Students with a B average may apply for the Human Science honors program any time after the end of their first year. Students who successfully complete the requirements for the honors program will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Human Science (Honors). 

Application for Human Science Honors: Prior to completing an application, the student should identify a thesis mentor. If a student chooses to work with someone other than one of the Human Science faculty mentors, then the student must identify a Human Science faculty member who will serve as the co-mentor for the thesis. The application from the student to the Human Science Faculty will include:

  1. a proposed curriculum plan including Independent Research courses for at least one term, and the final Honors Thesis class
  2. a description of the idea and general methodology of the proposed thesis work
  3. the signature of the Human Science Faculty thesis adviser

The proposal should include a hypothesis, a research plan to answer the hypothesis, and the time frame in which the project will be completed. Proposals should be submitted to the Chair of the Human Science department.

Note: An honors proposal being submitted by a rising senior for the first time is due no later than August 15th prior to his/her senior year. The proposal will be considered and voted upon during the first faculty meeting of the academic year. All other (non-rising senior) students may submit their honors proposal at any time during the year, to be considered by the faculty at the next regularly scheduled faculty meeting.

Approval for Human Science Honors: The Chair will circulate the application to the Human Science Faculty, who will vote on the proposal.

Human Science Honors Curriculum: Human Science Honors students will meet all Human Science major curriculum requirements in addition to the research course sequence. A student working on an Honors project will enroll in a minimum of one Independent Study research course, either prior to or following approval of the honors project. Human Science students may not accumulate more than 9 credits of independent study. Enrollment in Honors Thesis (HSCI-370) the final term of the project is required.

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B.S. IN HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT & POLICY

Vision, Mission and Curriculum Overview

To provide the opportunity to develop the foundation of a career in the administration of health services through a well-designed liberal education, understanding the role of health in achieving quality of life and the role of high quality health services in protecting and promoting health.

The Objectives of the Department
  • To have a highly qualified faculty who collaborate in an intellectually stimulating and collegial environment.
  • To create an environment in which diverse students and faculty participate in advancing knowledge of health services provision.
  • To offer high quality, competency-based service, continuing, graduate and undergraduate programs that emphasize quality of care.
  • To maintain a collaborative and mutually beneficial relationship with the professional practice of health services administration.
  • To serve as a resource to Georgetown University, the School of Nursing & Health Studies, the Health Sciences Center and the MedStar Health System.
  • To reflect the Jesuit values of educating the total person for successful citizenship and service.
  • To serve the alumni of the programs as they achieve their career objectives.
The Mission of the Undergraduate Health Care
Management & Policy Program
  • To provide the opportunity to develop the foundation of a career in health care through a well-designed liberal education, understanding the role of health in achieving quality of life, the role of high quality health services in protecting and promoting health, and the relationship between health policy and the health of the population.

The Objectives of the Undergraduate Health Care Management & Policy Program

  • To attract individuals to careers in health services administration and health policy analysis who are committed to making a significant contribution to quality health care as well as the health and the quality of life of the public.
  • To orient students to the full spectrum of career opportunities in health care systems and health policy, with an emphasis on the provision of high quality care.
  • To expose students to successful role models in practice and policy settings.
  • To provide fundamental background in the social, political, economic and technical forces that shape the provision of health services.
  • To provide basic competencies in the skills and ethical sensitivity that are essential for successful and meaningful careers in the field.
  • To provide practical learning experiences that enhance and integrate didactic learning.
  • To develop in students the appreciation and skills that are essential for life-long learning and development.

Website: http://nhs.georgetown.edu/healthsystems/bachelors/mission/

The Healthcare Management and Policy curriculum builds on a liberal arts base and examines how health care systems and policy contribute to the health of individuals and populations. The program’s mission is to prepare graduates for careers in health care through a well-designed liberal education and an in-depth understanding of health services and health policy. To that end, all students take courses in Health Economics, the Politics of Health Care, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Epidemiology, Statistics, and Health Services Research. There are opportunities to take electives in other schools within the University, to minor in an area of interest, and to study abroad.

For students who select a concentration in Health Administration, the sequence includes Organizational Theory, Accounting, Budgeting and Fiscal Management, Health Law, Health Information Systems, Marketing, and Strategic Planning. The senior year includes a semester-long internship that focuses on quality of care under the preceptorship of an experienced executive. The internship provides the student with an opportunity to hone their analytical and leadership skills as they prepare for subsequent professional roles and/or graduate study.

For students who select a concentration in Health Policy Analysis, the sequence includes Health in a Free Society, US Political Systems, Analytical Methods in Policy Evaluation, and a series of policy electives that can be taken throughout the program. During the senior year there is a semester long internship and accompanying seminar in one of the many health policy organizations and agencies in Washington DC.

HCMP Health Administration Concentration—Required Courses. Recommended Sequence (students should take into account pre-requisites and if courses are offered in the Fall or Spring):
First Year
  • Health Care in America (HESY-010)
  • Language of Health and Disease (HSCI-100)
  • Probability and Statistics (MATH-040)
  • Microeconomics (ECON-001)
  • First Year Colloquium (HEST-001)
Second Year
  • Health Promotion/Disease Prevention (HESY-160)
  • Health Care Systems Economics (HESY-170)
  • Epidemiological Principles, Patterns, and Practices (HESY-184)
  • Health Services Research (HESY-180)
  • Delivering Care Across the Continuum (HESY-187)
  • Politics of Health Care (HESY-201)
Third Year
  • Managerial Ethics (HESY-191)
  • Accounting (ACCT-001)
  • Information Systems (HESY-210)
  • Strategic Planning and Marketing (HESY-271)
  • Organizational Theory (HESY-204)
Fourth Year
  • Legal Environment of Health Care (HESY-205)
  • Management Systems (HESY-324)
  • Budgeting and Fiscal Management (HESY-368)
  • Health Quality Internship (HESY-376)
CORE Requirements
  • Writing: Writing and Culture Seminar and Integrated Writing Course in the Major  — 2 courses
  • HALC— 1 course
  • Engaging Diversity domestic — 1 course; Engaging Diversity global — 1 course
  • Philosophy — 2 courses
  • Theology — 2 courses
  • General Psychology
  • Social Science (Anthropology, Economics (excluding ECON 001), Government, Linguistics, Sociology) — 1 course
  • Free electives, totaling 32 total credits, in any discipline
HCMP Health Policy Analysis Concentration—Required Courses Recommended Sequence (students should take into account pre-requisites and if courses are offered in the Fall or Spring):
First Year
  • Health Care in America (HESY-010) 
  • Probability and Statistics (MATH-040)
  • First Year Colloquium (HEST-001)
  • Microeconomics (ECON-001)
  • U.S. Political Systems (GOVT-020)
Second Year
  • Health Promotion/Disease Prevention (HESY-160)
  • Health Care Systems Economics (HESY-170)
  • Epidemiological Principles, Patterns, and Practices (HESY-184)
  • Health Services Research (HESY-180)
  • Politics of Health Care (HESY-201)
Third Year
  • Health in a Free Society  (HESY-355)
  • Policy Elective
  • Policy Elective
Fourth Year
  • Analytical Methods for Policy Evaluation (HESY-472)
  • Organizational Theory (HESY-204)
  • Policy Elective
  • Policy Elective
  • Health Policy Internship (HESY-377)
CORE Requirements
  • Writing: Writing and Culture Seminar and Integrated Writing Course in the Major  — 2 courses
  • HALC— 1 course
  • Engaging Diversity domestic — 1 course; Engaging Diversity global — 1 course
  • Philosophy — 2 courses
  • Theology — 2 courses
  • History — 1 course
  • Social Science (Anthropology, Economics (excluding ECON-001), Government (excluding GOVT-020), Linguistics, Psychology, Sociology) — 1 course
  • Free electives, totaling 40 credits, in any discipline

The timing of policy electives listed above is recommended, not required. Policy electives must be from the approved list or approved by faculty advisor.

Health Care Management and Policy Honors Program

The Health Care Management and Policy honors program is designed to recognize students of Health Care Management and Policy with a proven record of achievement and to give them the opportunity to deepen their analytical skills. Students in the honors program will work under the guidance of a faculty member to analyze an issue of importance to contemporary health policy or management.

Eligibility

Students with a 3.5 overall GPA at the end of their junior year may apply for entry into the Health Care Management and Policy Honors Program. Application requires submitting a proposal for an honors thesis to the HCMP Program Director indicating the approval of a faculty advisor of the student’s choosing who is willing to supervise the honors thesis. The proposal must delineate the question to be researched and summarize how the question will be addressed in the student’s research, indicate any coursework that will be addressed in the student’s research, and indicate any coursework that will be required during the senior year to complete the honor’s thesis. For policy track students, this will be, at a minimum, HESY-472 Analytical Tools for Health Policy Evaluation. Management track students should identify comparable coursework appropriate for their thesis topics. The proposal should not exceed 8 pages. A panel of faculty will review the proposal and recommend whether or not the student can be admitted to the Honors Program. Proposals must be submitted by the last day of classes of the student’s junior year and finalized by May 31 of that year.

Requirements for Successful Completion of
the Honors Program

Graduating with Honors in Health Care Management and Policy requires completion of all the requirements for the Health Care Management and Policy major, and completion of an honors thesis (HESY-311, 0 credits). A thesis submitted to fulfill the requirements for Health Care Management and Policy must be approved by the students’ honors thesis advisor, who will judge the thesis in terms of whether it (1) clearly articulates a research question or health policy or management issue, (2) uses appropriate methods to answer the question, (3)  provides a rigorous and comprehensive analysis of the issue, and (4) discusses the significance of the thesis findings for policy and/or practice. Students must present their research at the Georgetown University Undergraduate Research Conference and orally defend it before the Honors Program Committee. Students may enroll in Honors Research I (HESY-311, Fall) and Honors Research II (HESY-312, Spring) for up to two credits per semester to conduct independent research for their thesis.

Thesis Requirements

HCMP honors theses must be thorough analyses of important issues in contemporary public policy or management-related to health or healthcare. These may use quantitative, qualitative, ethical, or other analytical approaches appropriative to the topic. Methods will differ depending on the policy or management issue, but a successful thesis will always consist of a rigorous application of the appropriate research and analytical methods. Theses will vary in length, but must be appropriate to answer the student’s research fully.

 

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B.S. IN GLOBAL HEALTH

Vision, Mission and Curriculum Overview

The mission of the Department of International Health is to be an academic leader in the field of global health and development, and to provide students a range of global health related learning opportunities and field-based research experiences.

B.S. in GLOBAL Health Objective and
Curriculum Outline

The first undergraduate program of its kind in the country, started in 2002, the Bachelor of Science in Global Health degree responds to the growing need for well-qualified professionals able to deal with the health problems of developing countries and with the complex web of international institutions and initiatives that address the persistent health inequalities across the globalized world.

The Global Health major provides a unique undergraduate education in the field of global health and development by providing both academic training in a variety of carefully selected health-related subjects and field-based research experience at premier research institutions in development settings.

The Global Health curriculum blends public health and health systems management. Students study the interaction of environment, culture, and the political economy of health and development, and analyze how these relationships influence global health outcomes. Experts from agencies such as the World Health Organization, the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, USAID, the Population Reference Bureau and other nongovernmental organizations participate in a variety of curricular activities.

Additionally, students gain field experience and apply fundamental classroom skills at health organizations through experiential learning opportunities.

During the first three years of the undergraduate program, students explore the biological and social sciences and fundamental concepts, frameworks, and topics in global health.

During this time, students will develop skills in public health research methods including epidemiology, data collection and statistical analysis which will prepare them for field research during their senior year practical experience abroad.

During their junior and senior years, students will also be able to focus on a variety of topics and current issues in global health, such as the HIV/AIDS pandemic, health care financing, access to medicines, communicable disease control, urban health issues, and the impact of globalization on health.

During the course of the four-year program, students will develop critical thinking skills that they will apply in improving the health of the people with whom they are working.

Student Learning Goals

By the time students graduate with a major in Global Health they will:

  • Demonstrate the use of critical thinking in all aspects of their educational and professional endeavors.
  • Apply fundamental principles and skills in conducting research in the field of global health.
  • Assess how conditions in developing countries impact on people’s health status.
  • Participate in community-based learning experiences that enhance and expand their classroom experiences.
  • Examine through a critical lens what it means to be a global citizen in a world where there is considerable inequity in health.
Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate and analyze global health-related scientific studies, findings and reports.
  • Design, manage, and evaluate independent field and policy research using research methodologies and evidence-based analysis.
  • Evaluate the challenges and formulate appropriate strategies of providing health services in developing countries utilizing the theories and principles of public health and epidemiology.
  • Immerse themselves in any community with professional, institutional, political and cultural awareness and understanding.
  • Analyze the comprehensive determinants of global health inequity.

Website: http://nhs.georgetown.edu/internationalhealth/bachelors/mission/

GLOBAL Health—Required Courses
First Year
  • Intro to Global Health (GLOH-140)
  • Language of Health and Disease (HSCI-100)
  • Epidemiological Applications to Population Health (GLOH-177)
  • Probability and Statistics (MATH-040)
  • First Year Colloquium (HEST-001)
Second Year
  • Maternal/Child Health: Developing Countries (GLOH-202)
  • Political Economics of Health and Development (GLOH-260)
  • Demography (GLOH-220)
Third Year
  • International Health Promotion (GLOH-142)
  • Research Methods in Global Health (GLOH-182)
  • Internship I: Community Organization (GLOH-292)
  • Comparative Health Systems (GLOH-360)
  • Globalization & Health (GLOH-356)
Fourth Year
  • Global Health Practical Experience Abroad (GLOH-392)
  • Internship II: Global Health Organization (GLOH-393)
CORE Requirements
  • Writing: Writing and Culture Seminar and Integrated Writing Course in the Major  — 2 courses
  • HALC— 1 course
  • Engaging Diversity domestic — 1 course; Engaging Diversity global — 1 course
  • Philosophy — 2 courses
  • Theology — 2 courses
  • Social Science (ANTH 001, ANTH 250, PSYC 001, or SOCI 001)
  • 3 courses, totaling 9 credits, from a preapproved list of global health electives
  • Proficiency in one modern language through the intermediate level
  • Free electives, totaling 36 credits, in any discipline
Semester Abroad

Global Health students will undertake a semester long practical experience abroad during the fall of their senior year. Students conduct an internship focused on policy and research issues tailored to their particular site, usually involving the health of underserved populations. Prerequisites for the practical experience abroad include senior standing, good academic and disciplinary standing which requires a minimum GPA of 3.0, completion of core courses (GLOH-182, GLOH-177 and GLOH-292), and faculty approval.

The record of each student who plans to participate in the practical experience will be reviewed by the international health faculty prior to departure. When the student does not meet the prerequisites for participation in the practical abroad experience or is otherwise unable to go abroad, he or she must complete a scholarly paper (6 credits), plus two additional courses, subject to the approval by the Department Chair, during the fall semester.

Language Requirement

All students majoring in global health must achieve proficiency in a modern language through the intermediate level. Placement exams are offered in most languages during New Student Orientation. Students who do not place above the intermediate level of a language on these placement exams can fulfill this requirement by completing courses in a modern language through the intermediate level.

Accelerated Master of Science in Global Health Program

Qualified undergraduate students in the Global Health program have the opportunity to earn Bachelor of Science in Global Health and Master of Science in Global Health degrees at an accelerated pace within five years by counting two graduate-level courses in the undergraduate program toward the graduate degree and enroll in two additional graduate courses. Students with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major are eligible to apply for the program no later than the end of their junior year.

Please see the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Catalog for information and requirements of the Master of Science in Global Health program.

 

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INDIVIDUALIZED PROGRAM OF STUDY

The Individualized Program of Study within the School of Nursing & Health Studies allows the exceptional student to design a coherent, progressive plan around an individualized theme related to health and health care. The Program is intended for those students who excel academically and who demonstrate a particular or interdisciplinary interest that cannot be adequately addressed through the School’s current majors or certificates. This proposal must be serious in purpose and rigorous in content and must take into account core requirements as outlined below. Students are also required to incorporate relevant NHS offerings into the curriculum design, which will include a senior research project culminating in a written thesis and an oral defense. The program is highly selective and is designed for those students with exceptional academic records, unusual academic needs and interests, and who possess personal and intellectual characteristics of curiosity and independent thinking. Students in good academic standing may propose an Individualized Program of Study at the end of the first year.

 

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PRE-MEDICAL, PRE-DENTAL, AND MINOR PROGRAMS

Pre-medical/PRE-DENTAL Curriculum

The pre-medical curriculum is not a major in itself, but rather can be undertaken by any undergraduate student at Georgetown University, including students in degree programs offered by the School of Nursing & Health Studies. NHS students interested in pre-med or pre-professional studies should seek appropriate advising from their NHS academic advisor. Students interested in attending medical school usually work with the Georgetown Pre-Medical Recommendation Committee, of which NHS is a full participant. To qualify for a review from the Georgetown Pre-Medical Recommendation Committee, a student must have completed all core pre-med coursework, including one year each of:

  • Human Biology (Biology for NHS students)
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Biochemistry

All of these courses must be taken as real college coursework (except for Mathematics where one semester of AP credit may be used). Non-majors coursework is not included. Summer school credit (Georgetown or elsewhere) may be used if a full load (15 credits) is pursued during the academic year, especially if the student is working towards other curricular objectives, such as study abroad or completing a certificate or a minor. At least 30 credits of major-level math/science must be taken at Georgetown. Transfer students and post-baccalaureate students are expected to meet this 30-credit requirement even if they have completed all or some of the core pre-med coursework elsewhere.

Nursing majors taking pre-medical requirements will substitute two semesters of general chemistry with biochemistry and will take two semesters of organic chemistry, calculus I, and two semesters of physics. Health Care Management & Policy, International Health, and Nursing majors should expect that completion of this program option may require summers and/or additional time beyond four years of study. Students need to have a strong background and high aptitude in science and math.

The School of Nursing & Health Studies, along with the other schools of the University, has an agreement with the Georgetown Medical School whereby a select number of students, at the end of their sophomore year, may be assured admission to the Medical School, contingent upon satisfactory completion of the junior and senior year coursework. The program is designed to encourage exceptionally well qualified students to undertake ambitious academic programs with a degree of certainty about eventual admission to medical school. In addition, students admitted through this program are not required to take the MCAT.

Students interested in preparing for dental, physical therapy, law, and graduate school will integrate prerequisite courses within their curriculum.

Minor in Public Health

This minor approaches health from an interdisciplinary perspective to promote the health and well being of all individuals. The minor will draw from the existing expertise of faculty in human science, nursing, international health, and health systems administration. The establishment of this minor supports the efforts of the Institute of Medicine, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and Healthy People 2020 to educate undergraduates on public health issues. The minor provides a core of knowledge that will prepare the student for further study and scholarship in the field. The minor presupposes foundational content in human biology or language of health and disease.

The public health minor will require students to successfully complete 18 credits of coursework. Please note that courses required by a major as part of the course of study may not be used towards the minor. Students interested in pursuing the minor must meet with the Public Health Director. 

Requirements for the minor

  1. Population Health Concepts and Contemporary Issues (HEST-195), 3 credits
  2. Epidemiological Approaches to Population Health (INTH-177), 3 credits or Epidemiological Principles, Patterns, and Practices for Healthcare Management and Policy (HEST-184), 3 credits
  3. Population Health Capstone (HEST-460), 3 credits
  4. Three additional electives are required

The culmination of the minor is Population Health Capstone (HEST-460), 3 credits (prerequisites: a course in research and a general course in ethics). To provide students with an opportunity to integrate diverse experiences and knowledge about public health, this final capstone seminar will serve as a forum for students to learn from one another and will require a service-learning project at one of the many organizations in the Washington metropolitan area concerned with public health. Students will attend a two-hour seminar each week and will complete a 40-hour service learning project component. 

MINOR IN ENVIRONMENTAL AND OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH

The Environmental and Occupational Health minor allows interested undergraduate students from all majors to build a concentration of courses to explore the ways in which environmental and occupational exposures impact human health. Students will apply the fundamentals of developing, implementing, and assessing preventive interventions in community or workplace settings. The minor prepares students for occupational and environmental health practice as well as for further graduate work in public health, medicine, environmental management, industrial hygiene, and related fields. 

Students interested in the minor must meet with the Environmental and Occupational Health Director.

The prerequisites for the minor include:

  • Language of Health and Disease (HSCI-100) or Human Biology (HSCI-101 and 102, or similar courses)
  • Biochemistry and Human Functioning (HSCI-111) or General Chemistry (CHEM-001 and 002)

Requirements for the minor

  • Health Impacts of the Environment (HSCI-332)
  • One of the following laboratory courses:
    • Occupational Health (HSCI-418) -OR-Environmental Management (HSCI-415)
  • Three additional elective courses are required
MINOR IN Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

The minor in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention will provide students with an understanding of the variety of contributing factors to healthful functioning and addresses well being of individuals, families, and communities. The minor is appropriate for students interested in being community leaders in health, science, education, policy, and public health.

The prerequisites for the minor include:

  • Language of Health and Disease (HSCI 100) or Human Biology I (HSCI 101) or Foundations of Biology (BIOL 103)
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HESY 160, NURS 162).

Requirements for the minor

Four additional electives are required. Students interested in the minor must meet with the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Director.

International Experiences Abroad

There are multiple options for NHS students to study abroad. The options, however, depend on the student’s major, academic background, and placement in the curriculum. All Georgetown University students participating in Georgetown study abroad programs pay full Georgetown tuition for the semester. Some need-based scholarships are available. NHS students may also choose from over 130 programs approved by Georgetown University in every region of the world. Admissions standards vary by program, but students should maintain at least a 3.0 to be considered for most programs.

NHS students interested in studying abroad should begin planning early. They should review options open to NHS students and then visit the Office of Global Education (OGE). In their research, students should take into consideration such things as the course offerings for specific sites, curricular needs, academic background, and language of instruction. Once students have narrowed their options, they should meet with the regional advisor in OGE as well as their advisor in the NHS Office of Student Academic Affairs.

R.O.T.C.

Qualified applicants may be admitted to the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) of the United States Army, which supports a unit on the Georgetown Campus. Students complete the nursing major as well as required courses in military science. Graduates serve as commissioned officers in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps for their obligation period, with consideration of choice of location and clinical assignment. Air Force and Naval units are available at neighboring institutions. For further information, please refer to “Expenses and Financial Assistance, III. Student Financial Services” section in this Bulletin.

 

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APPLICATION FOR THE DEGREE

Degrees are awarded three times a year: in May, August, and December. Seniors must file an application for the degree in the NHS Office of Student Academic Affairs. The last day to file for a May degree is February 1; for an August degree, August 1; for a December degree, November 1. Failure to apply for the degree may necessitate the postponement of graduation.

Diplomas are distributed at Commencement in May. Those students who graduate in August may participate in the previous May Commencement. Those who graduate in December may participate in the following May Commencement. Student may elect to have their diplomas mailed to their homes in the summer following the completion of the degree.

 

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