School of Nursing and Health Studies

Patricia Cloonan


Allan Angerio

Associate Dean 

Jennifer Ericson

Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs

Brian Floyd

Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs

Doug Little

Senior Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs

Marianne Cardillo Lyons

Associate Dean of Enrollment Management

Sarah Shohet

Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs

Justin Smith

Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs 


History and Purpose
Degree Requirements
Core Requirements
Student Advisement
Academic Regulations
B.S. in Nursing
B.S. in Human Science
B.S. in Health Care Management and Policy
B.S. in Global Health
Individualized Program of Study
Pre-Medical, Minor and Certificate Programs
Application for the Degree


History and Purpose

Since its founding over a century ago, the School of Nursing & Health Studies (NHS) has been at the forefront of the health care field, preparing future leaders to respond to the growing complexity of health care delivery at all levels. Graduates pursue careers including nursing, medicine, law, health policy, health management, research and public health among many others. The Undergraduate Program offers its students a broad liberal arts education balanced with the natural and behavioral sciences through innovative curricula in either the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or the Bachelor of Science (BS) with majors in Health Care Management & Policy, Human Science, and Global Health. Students have an opportunity to study and intern at health care facilities and agencies throughout Washington, D.C., such as Georgetown University Hospital, the National Institutes of Health, the Pan American Health Organization, and abroad in Africa, Australia, Europe and South America.

All majors in NHS focus on cura personalis—the care and development of the whole person—by educating students for a meaningful life, challenging them intensively, but also supporting them in their learning. The School embraces the Jesuit inspired principles shared by the entire Georgetown community, which emphasize the pursuit of knowledge with a responsibility to contribute to the common good. Students develop into health professionals who can recognize and respond to the full human experience encountered in the health field. During their first year at Georgetown University, NHS students participate in the First Year Colloquium. This course is taught by faculty across the interdisciplinary team at NHS. All students are exposed to the various arenas of health care with opportunity to dialogue and critique health policy, quality and care.

Graduates of the Health Care Management and Policy, Human Science, and International Health Departments at Georgetown have received a strong scientific and liberal arts education that prepares them for a myriad of careers in health care or basic science. Students interested in careers such as health education, health policy, public health, medicine, physical therapy, global health, scientific writing, consulting or health management and policy will have a solid curricular foundation as well as focusing experiences in seminars, independent research, and internships in the areas of their selected interest. Having taken advantage of the School’s pre-professional advisement program, graduates wishing to pursue graduate or professional studies will have the necessary courses to prepare them for advanced education.

Excellence in both liberal arts and professional education is made possible through University offerings, which afford students a complete selection of certificate and minor concentrations and courses. In addition, the Georgetown University Medical Center and other clinical agencies and associations afford students an opportunity to participate and to learn from the full range of their health care offerings. Further information about graduate studies in clinical nurse leader, nurse midwifery/women's health nurse practitioner/adult gerontology adult acute care nurse practitioner, nurse anesthesia, family nurse practitioner, doctor of nursing practice, global health and health systems administration may be obtained from the NHS Office of Admissions and Outreach.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the bachelor’s degree in the School of Nursing & Health Studies must complete the following graduation requirements:

  1. Successful completion of 37–43 or more courses (depending on major);
  2. Completion of the Georgetown Core;
  3. Completion of the School of Nursing & Health Studies Core requirements;
  4. Completion of the major's listed requirements;
  5. Achieve a final cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better.

Georgetown Core Requirements

The core requirements are ordinarily fulfilled in the student’s first and second years.

Humanities and Writing

Through the Humanities and Writing core requirement, students should acquire an essential foundation for the academic experience at Georgetown, through the engagement of writing as a complex, recursive process. In keeping with the Jesuit tradition of humane letters, these writing courses are rooted in the humanities and include in the second of these courses an introduction to a humanities discipline other than philosophy, theology, and history, taught in English, with a writing component.

To complete this requirement all students are required to complete a two-part writing requirement, one from each of the following categories:


Every Georgetown student will take one writing course, WRIT-015: Writing and Culture Seminar, which provides students with opportunities to connect their writing with critical reading and thinking, inquiry, and analysis. The Writing and Culture Seminar approaches writing through three interrelated frameworks: writing as a tool for inquiry, writing as a process, and practice writing in different rhetorical situations. Each section focuses on a cultural theme, with readings and assignments that engage students with compelling questions and problems. Seminar readings provide texts for analysis as well as models and motives for student writing. Students are encouraged to complete this course during their first year at Georgetown. 

Humanities: Arts, Literatures, and Culture

Every student will take one course in the Humanities: Arts, Literatures, and Cultures (HALC). Literature and visual and performing arts deepen our understanding of many kinds of expressive media, past and present, and the realities they aim to present. Through reading, writing and creative practice, students acquire the intellectual and practical tools to interpret and critique the world. Courses fulfilling this requirement use historical, critical, and/or experiential methods. Students explore ancient and modern civilizations, gain insight into the value of other cultures and critically examine their own. They learn to see, evaluate, interpret and communicate human experience through literary texts, artistic creations, material objects, and critical concepts. Those who create or perform works of art experience directly the discipline and revelatory impact of artistic expression. Courses fulfilling this requirement are identified in the course schedule with the HALC attribute in the Schedule of Classes. (Note: the HALC requirement replaces the second half of the Humanities & Writing requirement).

Philosophy Requirement

Through the core requirement, the Philosophy Department is committed to providing courses that promote students’ personal growth as human beings in search of meaningful lives, foster their development as responsible citizens, and offer effective introductions to the discipline of philosophy.

Georgetown, with its commitment to the Jesuit tradition, believes that modern men and women should consider reflectively their relationship with the world, their fellow humans, and God. All students take a year of Philosophy and a year of Theology.

To fulfill the philosophy requirement, students in the following majors – Human Science, Global Health, and Nursing -- must take two courses in philosophy, normally one in the first year and one in the second year. One course must be in ethics and one in philosophy (an area other than ethics). The first class should be PHIL-010 or 020. If the first class is in PHIL-010, the second should be PHIL 150–199. If the first class is PHIL-020, the second should be PHIL-100–149. Health Care & Management Policy (HCMP) majors should follow the requirements outlined in the “CORE Requirements” section of the “B.S. in Health Care Management & Policy” section of this Bulletin.

Theology Requirement

Through the core requirement, the Theology Department is committed to fostering in students a critically appreciative awareness of the religious dimension of human existence, and to assisting students in reflecting upon their own experience and understanding in that enlarged context. The goal of the second course is to allow students to develop their critical awareness by applying it to a particular area of interest in religion or theology.

Problem of God (THEO-001) and one intermediate level theology elective fulfill the theology requirement. Introduction to Biblical Literature (THEO-011) may be substituted for Problem of God or may be used as an intermediate level elective. A Catholic Studies course cross-listed with Theology may be used for intermediate THEO course. Transfer students are exempt from Problem of God and may select any two intermediate level courses, including Introduction to Biblical Literature, to fulfill this requirement.

Engaging Diversity Requirement

The Engaging Diversity Requirement will prepare students to be responsible, reflective, self-aware and respectful global citizens through recognizing the plurality of human experience and engaging with different cultures, beliefs, and ideas. By fulfilling the requirement, students will become better able to appreciate and reflect upon how human diversity and human identities shape our experience and understanding of the world.

Many courses that meet the Diversity requirement also meet other curriculum requirements including core curricular, major, etc. in each school, department, major and minor. All Georgetown students are required to take two Engaging Diversity courses to ensure the opportunity to engage with diversity issues in two different contexts: one domestic and one global. Courses fulfilling this requirement are indicated with the DIVG (global) and DIVD (domestic) attributes in Georgetown’s course catalog. Students are encouraged to discuss the Engaging Diversity Requirement, and how it overlays other curricular requirements, with their academic advisor. 

NHS Core

The NHS core provides the framework for a career in health by using the scientific method of inquiry.  It requires all students to be conversant with medical terminology, general understanding of how the body’s systems work, the global issues affecting health, how to use data to inform research, and involvement in scholarship and research through in the field studies.  The core consists of colloquium, human biology/ language of health and disease/ epidemiology, health promotion/disease prevention, probability and statistics, research, and internship.

The colloquium goals are to develop critical approaches to the study of a health issue, gain the skills necessary for academic and personal success, promote interaction and camaraderie among students and professors, examine the characteristics of a Jesuit education, and develop reflection as a way to put meaning to learning.

Human biology/ language of health and disease/or epidemiology goal is to understand the scientific underpinning of health and disease. Students become conversant with the medical terminology essential in understanding health and disease, the feedback mechanisms that govern health and disease, and what interventions are possible to promote wellness for individuals and populations.

Health promotion, disease prevention looks at the global and domestic health agendas from the World Health Organization and Healthy People 2020.  It looks at the leading causes of preventable diseases such as obesity and tobacco abuse from an environmental and cultural perspective.

Probability and statistic is foundational to understanding data generated in research.  This allows students to draw the appropriate conclusions from their field studies and generate scholarship that advances health and well being.

Research develops a framework for students to ask and answer a question based on literature review, data collection, and critical thinking.  This course demonstrates that research can be done in a variety of settings including the clinic, the laboratory, international arenas, and health systems.

The internship allows the student to apply their learning in a hands on approach and culminates in an oral and written communication that summarizes their skills and modes of thinking and their dispositions and values.

Student Advisement

In addition to the general counseling services provided by the University, the School of Nursing & Health Studies maintains an academic advisement program. It is designed to facilitate the student’s adjustment to academic life and to succeed in his/her program of study.

Upon arrival to campus, each student is assigned a faculty advisor in his or her major and an academic advisor in the Office of Student Academic Affairs. Student advisement is rooted in the Jesuit philosophy of “cura personalis,” which encourages the development of the complete person with respect for human dignity. The relationship between faculty, staff, and students should be viewed as reciprocal, with rewards and responsibilities for both parties. The faculty member and staff person advise students regarding academic, professional, and other matters that may affect academic success.

Through the academic advisement program, students are assisted in orienting themselves to the University, in resolving problems which may interfere with the academic experience, and in making decisions concerning educational goals. Students requiring help beyond the scope of the advisor’s practice are referred to appropriate University support services. All first-year students will meet with their advisors during Orientation Week and are expected to maintain close contact throughout each semester.

Academic Regulations

The School of Nursing & Health Studies requires of its students the standards set forth under Academic Regulations in this Bulletin.

Regulations particular to NHS are as follows:

  1. Students must be full-time and in residence for four years. Transfer students must have a minimum of two years of residency and 60 credits at this University. Ordinarily, any course that fulfills major, minor, or a Georgetown core requirement must be taken for a letter grade.
  2. NHS major courses may not be used for a minor program. Courses that are corollary to the major may be used for a minor program if approved by the faculty and the academic advisor.
  3. Human Science majors may not accumulate more than 9 credits of independent study. Independent study may not be pursued in the senior/final year of study.
  4. Students pursuing a pre-medical concentration should have a 3.0 GPA in their course work in order to continue the concentration.
  5. No more than four courses or 12 credits may be taken in summer school away from Georgetown over the four year period. Prior approval for such courses must be obtained from the NHS Office of Student Academic Affairs.
  6. Students on leave of absence should not expect to transfer credits for courses taken elsewhere during their leave. In rare circumstances and with expressed written approval of the Office of Student Academic Affairs prior to the leave, students may be allowed to transfer a limited number of courses. In no instance will more than four courses be transferred to the Georgetown record, and all transfers will count against the “summer school” limit noted above.
  7. Any student with more than one incomplete in a given term who is unable to complete his or her work by the start of the next term may not begin new courses without formal review and consent of the Office of Student Academic Affairs.
Emergency Contact

When an emergency arises and a student anticipates being away from the university and unable to attend classes, the student should contact their academic advisor in the Office of Student Academic Affairs, St. Mary’s Hall 2nd floor.

Academic Procedures

The Council on Studies of the School of Nursing & Health Studies, composed of the Associate Dean and Academic Affairs staff, convenes at the conclusion of the fall, spring, and summer semesters to review the grades of each student in the NHS. If a student on probation from the previous term is found to be in good academic standing, they may be removed from probation. In instances where a student has incurred an academic deficiency, the Council discusses how to advise the student and may take one of three courses of action: probation, dismissal, or suspension. The Council notifies the student in writing of its decision within three days of the review and informs the faculty advisor of the decision. Students who are either dismissed or suspended may appeal the decision of the Council on Studies to the Board of Academic Appeals, which may also hear grade appeals.

Members of the Board

The members of the Board shall consist of:

  1. Members of the faculty, one from each department. The Associate Dean of Academic Affairs will chair the Board.
  2. Two ad hoc members of the faculty will be available to serve in case the aforementioned faculty members are unable to participate.
  3. There will be a total of five members of faculty at every appeal to ensure that there is no split decision. No member of the faculty may sit on the Board if:
    • He or she has at any time failed the student who is appealing.
    • He or she has at any time acted as a counselor to the student.
Responsibilities of the Board

The responsibilities of the Board are to:

  1. Receive any appeal of the Council’s decision to suspend or dismiss a student or a grade appeal; and
  2. Conduct appeal hearings.

A student wishing to appeal a suspension or dismissal must submit a written request to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs of the NHS within 15 days of receiving notice of such a decision. Grade appeals are addressed under ACADEMIC REGULATIONS in this Bulletin.

Normally the student must appear for the hearing; however if because of extraordinary circumstances the student is unable to be present, he or she may present a written summary of the grounds for his or her appeal. When presenting his or her appeal to the Board, the student may appear alone or may bring a member of the University community or family member for support. The student may be present for all stages of the hearing except for the final deliberation of the Board.

The Board may recommend upholding the Council’s decision or it may recommend a mitigation of that decision, eg., instead of dismissal, a suspension; instead of suspension, a strict probation. It cannot recommend a harsher decision or completely abrogate the original decision. The Board’s recommendation may give explanations or comments and is signed by the members of the Board. The Chair of the Board communicates to the student the final disposition of the matter in writing.

Academic Requirements for Progression
Department of Professional Nursing Practice

In addition to the requirements outlined in the Academic Regulations chapter of the Undergraduate Bulletin, all students in the Department of Professional Nursing Practice must satisfy the academic requirements described below.

Students enrolled in the Department of Professional Nursing Practice must achieve a minimum grade of C (73.00) in each nursing and science course in order to progress to the next level in the Department of Professional Nursing Practice. The courses are as follows:

  • NURS: 005, 011, 012, 015, 150, 162, 171, 172, 177, 179, 181, 182, 241, 243, 244, 248, 251, 252, 253, 357, 360
  • HEST: 112, 142, 254
  • HSCI: 101, 102, 111, 190, 201, 202, 204

A course grade of C (73.00) requires that students achieve a minimum grade of C (73.00) in both the clinical/laboratory and didactic portions of each required nursing and science course(s).The didactic grade is calculated based only on theory exam grades, meaning that a student must achieve a weighted exam average of at least 73.00. Graded assignments and papers may be calculated into the final course grade as defined by the course syllabus. Clinical grades are based both on written assignments and skill/behaviors performed in the clinical setting. Clinical failure will be considered in any one of the following circumstances: one, when written assignments are not at or above the 73.00 average; two, when there are two or more undocumented absences; three, for unsatisfactory skill/behavior performance; and four, for any unethical or unsafe behavior in the clinical setting.

Students who do not receive a C (73.00) in nursing and science courses must repeat the course, including any applicable clinical component, and achieve a C or better in the course before they can qualify for progression to the next level. Students who do not achieve the minimum passing grade may be placed on academic probation and/or suspended.

In most cases, failure in a nursing or science course delays graduation by up to one academic year. Students who fail to achieve the minimum passing grade (i.e., who receive a 72.99 C- or below) in two different clinical, nursing or science courses, or who fail (72.99 C- or below) the same nursing or science course twice, will be permanently dismissed from the Department, and may be dismissed from the School of Nursing & Health Studies.

A nursing student incurring a failure/deficiency in any required course during any academic year must repeat the failed course as soon as possible before they will be permitted to proceed in the program. Students may be permitted to continue if the failed course is not a prerequisite or parallel (co-requisite) course. Non-nursing courses, except Pathophysiology and Pharmacology, can be taken elsewhere with permission of the BSN program director. All clinical courses must be repeated at the Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies.

Admission to the Department does not guarantee progression in the nursing program. Additionally, successful completion of the nursing program does not guarantee licensure as a registered nurse.

Department of Health Systems Administration
Department of Human Science
Department of International Health

All students in the Departments of Health Systems Administration, Human Science, and International Health must achieve the Quality Point Index at the level required by the University in each of their courses, whether major or non-major courses, in order to be promoted.

Any grade below D is considered a failing grade. If a student enrolled in any of the above listed programs receives a failing grade in a required course, the student must repeat the course. Failed courses may be repeated at Georgetown University, or, with the approval of the appropriate department chair, at some other comparable accredited institution of higher education. Since repetition of a course may interfere with a student’s planned sequence, graduation may be delayed if it is necessary to repeat a course.

Transfer to Health Care Management and Policy is selective and limited to students with an overall GPA of 3.0. Students with less than a 3.0 GPA may apply but must show current and planned course work that underscores why s/he thinks they will be successful in the program.

Transfer to the Human Science major is selective and will vary from year to year, based on availability.

Transfer to the Global Health major is selective and will vary from year to year due to international placements.

Probationary Status and Suspension/Dismissal

See the Academic Regulations in this Bulletin.


A student who has withdrawn or has been suspended from the University must apply in writing to the assistant dean, requesting readmission six weeks before the date of registration. Requests from students who have been suspended should include the reasons for past poor academic performance, interim activities, and the reasons the student believes s/he will be academically successful upon readmission. The assistant dean will send the request to the Council on Studies for consideration. If the applicant is readmitted, a plan for matriculation and progression will be outlined, which specifically addresses the circumstances and deficiencies that resulted in the student’s withdrawal or suspension.

Leaves of Absence

The regulations pertaining to leaves of absences, including leaves for personal, medical and military reasons, are described in the Academic Regulations section of this Bulletin.

Academic Integrity

See the description of the Georgetown University Undergraduate Honor System in the Academic Regulations section of this Bulletin.

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

Vision, Mission and Curriculum Overview

The baccalaureate program terminal objectives for the Department of Professional Nursing Practice in the School of Nursing & Health Studies at Georgetown University 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.


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. The “Professional Nursing: Foundations for Practice” course takes place in the first year with students having the opportunity to hear practicing nurses describe the many facets of the nursing profession which will be available to them as graduates. Nursing coursework and clinical practice begin in the first year. The senior clinical experience allows students to request a particular clinical or professional 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
  • Professional Nursing Foundations for Practice
  • Human Biology I and II
  • Biochemistry and Human Functioning
  • Health Assessment I
  • First Year Colloquium
Second Year
  • Health Assessment II
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Nutrition and Disease Prevention
  • Pathophysiology
  • Fundamental Nursing Interventions
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Pharmacology
  • Introduction to Genetics and Genomics
Third Year
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Health Care of Women
  • Integration Seminar
  • Care of Adults 
  • Introduction to Nursing Research
  • Health Care Delivery Systems
  • Microbiology
  • Care of Children 
Fourth Year
  • Public Health Nursing
  • Complex Problems I
  • Care of the Older Adult 
  • Introduction to Health Care Ethics 
  • Vulnerable Populations
  • Transitions to Professional Practice
  • Senior Capstone Clinical
  • Scholarly Project in Nursing
Core Requirements
  • Writing and HALC— 2 courses
  • Philosophy  — 2 courses
  • Theology — 2 courses
  • Introduction to Sociology or Anthropology — 1 course
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Free electives, totaling 8 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 as deemed appropriate by an assigned review committee.

Participants in the Honors Program are expected to complete all requirements for the nursing major, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5, and successful complete the Honors Seminar and an Honors Thesis Tutorial.

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 and a plan for completing the independent project.

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


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 ( 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: 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.


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.


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
  • Research Theory and Communication
  • General Chemistry Lecture I and II
  • General Chemistry Lab I and II
  • First Year Colloquium
Second Year
  • Pathophysiology
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology of Health and Disease
Third Year
  • Microbiology
  • Genetics in Health and Disease
  • Nutrition and Disease Prevention
  • 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
  • Immunology
  • Physiological Adaptations
  • Senior Seminar/Internship II
  • 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 and HALC — 2 courses
  • Philosophy (one ethics, one non-ethics) — 2 courses
  • Theology — 2 courses
  • Probability and Statistics
  • 9–11 free electives, totaling 36 credits, in any discipline
  • 2 HSCI advanced/upper level electives equaling 6 credits or more, total
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 anytime 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.


Vision, Mission and Curriculum Overview

The mission of the Department of Health Systems Administration is to be a leading resource for the provision of high quality health services through education, research, and service that will improve health services and health care to the population.

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.


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 Track—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
  • Language of Health and Disease
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Microeconomics
  • First Year Colloquium
Second Year
  • Health Promotion/Disease Prevention
  • Health Care Systems Economics
  • Epidemiological Principles, Patterns, and Practices
  • Health Services Research
  • Delivering Care Across the Continuum
  • Politics of Health Care
Third Year
  • Managerial Ethics
  • Accounting
  • Information Systems
  • Strategic Planning and Marketing
  • Organizational Theory
Fourth Year
  • Legal Environment of Health Care
  • Management Systems
  • Budgeting and Fiscal Management
  • Health Quality Internship
CORE Requirements
  • Writing: Writing and Culture and HALC — 2 courses
  • Philosophy: Intro to Philosophy and Bioethics— 2 courses
  • Theology:  The Problem of God or Intro to Biblical Literature and any intermediate level THEO course. A Catholic Studies course cross-listed with Theology may be used for intermediate course — 2 courses
  • General Psychology
  • Social Sciences (Anthropology, Economics (excluding ECON 001), Government, Linguistics, Sociology) — 1 course

  • Free electives equaling 32 total credits in any discipline
HCMP Health Policy Analysis Track—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
  • Probability and Statistics
  • First Year Colloquium
  • Microeconomics
  • U.S. Political Systems
Second Year
  • Health Promotion/Disease Prevention
  • Health Care Systems Economics
  • Epidemiological Principles, Patterns, and Practices
  • Health Services Research
  • Politics of Health Care
Third Year
  • Health in a Free Society 
  • Policy Elective
  • Policy Elective
Fourth Year
  • Analytical Methods for Policy Evaluation
  • Organizational Theory
  • Policy Elective
  • Policy Elective
  • Health Policy Internship
CORE Requirements
  • Writing: Writing and Culture and HALC — 2 courses
  • General Philosophy: Intro to Ethics or Intro to Philosophy — 1 course
  • Ethics: If general PHIL course was 010 (Intro to Ethics), 2nd  should be PHIL 150 – 199; if 1st class was 020 (Intro to Philosophy), 2nd class should be PHIL 100 – 149— 1 course
  • Theology:  The Problem of God or Intro to Biblical Literature and any intermediate level THEO course. A Catholic Studies course cross-listed with Theology may be used for intermediate course — 2 courses
  • History — 1 course
  • Social Sciences (Anthropology, Economics (excluding ECON 001), Government, Linguistics, Psychology, Sociology) — 1 course
  • Free electives equaling 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.


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-313, 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.


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 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.


GLOBAL Health—Required Courses
First Year
  • Intro to Global Health
  • Biochemistry and Human Functions
  • Language of Health Disease
  • Maternal/Child Health: Developing Countries
  • Probability and Statistics
  • First Year Colloquium
Second Year
  • Epidemiological Applications to Population Health
  • Political Economics of Health and Development
  • Population, Demography and Development
Third Year
  • International Health Promotion
  • Microbiology
  • Research Methods in Global Health
  • Internship I: Community Organization
  • Comparative Health Systems
  • Globalization and Health
Fourth Year
  • Global Health Practical Experience Abroad
  • Internship II: Global Health Organization
CORE Requirements
  • Writing and HALC— 2 courses
  • Philosophy (one ethics, one non-ethics) — 2 courses
  • Theology — 2 courses
  • 3 courses, totaling 9 credits, from a preapproved list of global health electives
  • Proficiency in one modern language through the intermediate level
  • 11 free electives, totaling 33 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 in NHS 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.


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 School of Nursing & Health Studies 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.


Pre-medical 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:

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

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 32 credits of major-level math/science must be taken at Georgetown. Transfer students and post-baccalaureate students are expected to meet this 32-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 must register for the minor with the NHS Office of Academic Affairs. They will be assigned a mentor by the associate dean for academic affairs. The mentors form the public health advisory committee.

Required courses for the minor include:

  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. Electives: Students must select electives from two or more areas of concentration for a total of 9 credits. Your academic advisor or faculty mentor can direct you to the electives to fulfill this requirement. Please be sure to check the course schedule to determine offerings as all courses are not offered every semester. Electives selected must not be a requirement for the major.

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.

Minors in Human Science

The Department of Human Science in the School of Nursing & Health Studies offers undergraduate students minors in Environmental and Occupational Health and in Health Promotion.

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.

The minor in Health Promotion will provide students from the other NHS departments with an understanding of the variety of contributing factors to healthful functioning and would be appropriate for those students interested in fields such as health science education, health science policy and public health.

Environmental and Occupational Health

A minor in Environmental and Occupational Health requires core courses and five Human Science elective courses as outlined below.

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)

The following is required:

  • Health Impacts of the Environment (HSCI-332)

One of the following laboratory courses:

  • Occupational Health (HSCI-418)
  • Environmental Management (HSCI-415)

Three additional courses from the following may be selected for completion of the minor:

  • Genetics in Health and in Disease (HSCI-355)
  • Occupational and Environmental Toxicology (HSCI-440)
  • Environmental Justice (HSCI-419)
  • Epidemiology (includes environmental examples) (HESY-184)
  • Environmental Science, Law and Policy (HEST-362) 
  • Probability and Statistics (MATH-040) or Introduction to Mathematical Statistics (MATH-140) or Statistics with Exploratory Data Analysis (MATH-006)
  • Environmental Health and Urbanization (INTH-440)
  • Water in the Environment (STIA-414)
  • GIS in Environment and Health (STIA-441)
  • Beyond Conflict (ANTH-421)
  • Environmental Politics (GOVT-354/HSCI-354)
  • Environmental Law (GOVT-448/HSCI-448)

Undergraduate students interested in obtaining a minor in Environmental and Occupational Health must submit a proposed plan to the E/OH Minor Director within the Human Science Department. This plan should include a list of the prerequisites and electives that will be taken to fulfill the minor requirements. Students who wish to have the prerequisites waived should arrange to meet with the program director to review equivalent prior work.

*Students who are required to take these courses for their major cannot count them towards the minor.

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

A minor in Human Science: Health Promotion requires core courses and four Human Science elective courses as outlined below.

The required prerequisites for the minor include: HSCI-100 or HSCI-101 or HSCI 102 or BIOL 103 or BIOL 104; and HSCI/HESY-160: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (3 credits) or NURS 162: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (2 credits).

Four additional elective courses from the following may be selected for completion of the minor:

  • Human Machine (HSCI-050)
  • Nutrition/Disease Prevention (HEST-112)
  • Population Health Concepts and Contemporary Issues (HEST-195)
  • Community Health Leadership (HSCI-200)
  • Group Dynamics in Health Promotion (HSCI-205)
  • Sexual Health Issues (HSCI-221)
  • Crisis Management in Healthcare (HSCI-222)
  • Exercise Physiology—lab course (HSCI-225)
  • Evidence of Wellness (HSCI-308)
  • Human Science Independent Research (HSCI-311)
  • Health Impact of the Environment (HSCI-332)
  • Or courses approved by the Human Science, Health Promotion Coordinator

Undergraduate students interested in obtaining a minor in Human Science: Health Promotion must submit a proposed plan to the Health Promotion Minor Director. This plan should include a list of the prerequisites and electives that will be taken to fulfill the minor requirements.

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.


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.


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.