GW Launches New Ph.D. in Translational Health Sciences

translational health sciences program
November 13, 2015

The GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) has launched a new Ph.D. program in Translational Health Sciences. The program is designed to prepare health care professionals and leaders to create, translate, disseminate, and integrate knowledge across disciplines. As a result, graduates will be prepared to improve health care practice and research, positively influence health policies, and develop the next generation of health professionals.

“We are pleased that we are able to provide this specialized education to address a major need in our health and educational systems. Right now, new discoveries are made; however, it takes too long to reach the public and affect complex health conditions that require a sustained and widespread response. Our goal is to create a field of experts and educators who understand how to expedite the process and integrate science from the bench to the bedside,” said Joe Bocchino, Ed.D., M.B.A., senior associate dean for health sciences at the SMHS. “By closing this gap and training leaders who have cross-disciplinary knowledge, we will be more effective in delivering comprehensive, high-quality and timely care.”

The program, which is directed toward licensed health professionals and clinicians, health care administrators, public health professionals, and educators, focuses on three areas: expanding translational research, improving health care practice, and advancing the development of educators who support the medical and health professions.

The Ph.D. requires 52 credits beyond a master’s degree, as well as completion of two comprehensive examinations, a proposal defense, and a defended dissertation. As part of the low-residency curriculum, students will participate in courses online and spend two weekends per semester at the Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia.