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Translational Health Sciences

School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Location(s): Virginia Science and Technology Campus - Ashburn

Program Overview

Graduates of the Ph.D. in Translational Health Sciences program will generate, implement, and disseminate evidence to improve health and healthcare. Graduates will work across organizational barriers to engage a range of stakeholders (including scientists, policymakers, and consumers) in identifying, designing, and testing innovations in everyday healthcare practice and education.

The Ph.D. program is designed to prepare change leaders in three areas: professional healthcare education, healthcare practice, and translational research. This program is targeted primarily toward licensed health practitioners, educators, healthcare administrators, and public health professionals who are interested in affecting positive change to the health of society. The program requires 52 credits beyond a master’s degree, successful completion of two comprehensive examinations, a proposal defense, and a defended dissertation.

The curriculum is low residency, with facilitated learning activities delivered online and on campus (2 weekends per semester) at the Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia.

Admission Requirements

Admissions Deadlines:

Fall - December 4

Standardized Test Scores:

Not required

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendation

Prior Academic Records:

Transcripts required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Transcripts must be forwarded in their original sealed envelopes.

If academic records are in a language other than English, a certified English language translation must be provided in addition to the original transcripts; translations alone will not be accepted.

Official transcripts from institutions outside the U.S. must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grades, U.S. degree equivalency, grade-point averages (GPA), and date of degree conferral. Please see the list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.

Statement of Purpose:

Please include an essay of approximately 1,000 words describing your reasons for undertaking study at the George Washington University, your academic objectives, potential dissertation topic, career goals, and related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, relevant to your program of interest. Include any substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.

Additional Requirements:

  • A graduate degree or entry-level professional doctorate in a biomedical science or health-related field from an accredited institution

  • Prerequisite courses: 3 semester units each of graduate-level epidemiology and biostatistics

  • Evidence of academic preparation in basic research methods and statistics

  • Evidence of health-related practice, leadership, or research

International Applicants:

PLEASE NOTE that the Health Sciences programs require the following minimum English language test scores for admission:

  • Academic IETLS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or

  • TOEFL: 600 on paper-based or 100 on Internet-based; or

  • Academic PTE: 68

Supporting Documents not Submitted Online should be Mailed to:
Office of Admissions
Health Sciences Programs
The George Washington University
2100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20037

Contact for Questions:
hsphora@gwu.edu ~  (202) 994-8528
202-994-0870 (fax)
9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday