Health Services and Outcome Research

School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Online Learning

Program Overview

Health services research is a multidisciplinary field that requires researchers to apply concepts from variety of disciplines. A certificate in health services and outcome research contributes to the field by providing the targeted training to develop much needed and less emphasized skills in research design and methods for clinicians, physicians, nurses, medical students, and residents who wish to expand their knowledge on the aforementioned areas. Clinicians in many cases lead health services research studies, and this is despite the fact that there is often a gap in their knowledge of research designs and methods. 

Admission Requirements

Admissions Deadlines:

Fall - July 7
Spring - December 18
Summer - April 8

The application and all supporting documentation (fees, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, transcripts) must be received by the deadline in order for the application to be reviewed.

Standardized Test Scores:

Not required

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations; Education or work-related reference

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. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services, please click here

Statement of Purpose:

In an essay of 250 to 500 words, describe your reasons for undertaking study in the Health Sciences at The George Washington University. You should state your academic objectives, career plans, and related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, as well as any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.

Additional Requirements:

A doctorate or master's degree in a health-related field. 

International Applicants:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents and English language requirements.

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:
[email protected] ~  (202) 994-8528
202-994-0870 (fax)
9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday