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PhD Program

The Future of Health Care Requires Translating Knowledge to Improve Health

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is pleased to offer a Ph.D. in Translational Health Sciences Program.

Graduates of the Ph.D. in Translational Health Sciences will be prepared to create, translate, disseminate and integrate new knowledge across disciplines to improve health care practice, inform future research, and shape policies. Graduates will be uniquely qualified to:

  • Serve in leadership positions in national organizations, government agencies, and health-related industries;
  • Conduct health-related research and disseminate innovations in health care;
  • Educate future health care professionals as university faculty in medicine, nursing and health-related professions.

Highlights of the program include:

  • Low residency, cohort format integrating didactic content delivered online plus two weekends per semester at GW’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus;
  • 52-credit hours beyond a master’s degree, including 6 semesters of didactic coursework and successful completion of a mentored research-based dissertation;
  • Interdisciplinary coursework and dissertation framed around three bodies of knowledge:
    • Translational Research
    • Collaboration Science
    • Implementation Science;
  • A unique advising structure upon entry into the program through dissertation defense.