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University Bulletin: Undergraduate Programs The George Washington University  



Dean L.R. Goldman

Senior Associate Dean J.J. Reum

Associate Deans Julie DeLoia, Kimberly Horn

The School of Public Health and Health Services was established within The George Washington University in 1997. Seven departments form SPHHS: Environmental and Occupational Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Exercise Science, Global Health, Health Policy, Health Services Management and Leader- ship, and Prevention and Community Health.

Degree programs offered by SPHHS include the Bachelor of Science with majors in exercise science and public health; the Master of Public Health; the Master of Health Services Administration; the Master of Science in the fields of exercise science, health policy, and public health microbiology and emerging infectious diseases; and the Doctor of Public Health. SPHHS offers a Bachelor of Science/Master of Public Health dual degree program and cooperates with several other schools within GW in offering combined degree programs. Secondary fields for undergraduates in schools other than SPHHS and graduate certificate programs are offered as well.

SPHHS Regulations

SPHHS undergraduates must show timely progress toward the degree and must attain grades no lower than C– in required major field courses. If a student receives a grade of D+, D, or D– in a course specifically required for the major, the student will be required to repeat the course until a satisfactory grade (C– or better) is earned. Once the student has completed the course with a satisfactory grade, credit hours earned the first time the course was taken will count toward the minimum number of credit hours required for the major. Credit hours earned toward the repetition do not count toward the degree.

Other SPHHS regulations governing the following subjects are analogous to those of Columbian College of Arts and Sciences: residence; academic work load; academic standing (including probation, suspension, semester warning, and mid-semester warning); dean’s lists; incompletes; pass/no pass option; and placement, waiver, and credit examinations. See the section headed Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

Special Honors—In addition to meeting the general requirements stated under University Regulations, a candidate for graduation with Special Honors in exercise science must have a grade-point average of at least 3.5 in required courses in the major and at least a 3.25 average overall. The candidate must submit an honors paper in ExSc 4110 that is approved by at least two full-time faculty members.

Bachelor of Science Degree Programs

Exercise Science

The Bachelor of Science with a major in exercise science prepares students for careers in health promotion, corporate fitness and wellness programs, exercise physiology, personal training, exercise rehabilitation, and coaching, as well as graduate study in exercise science, sport psychology, physical therapy, medicine, and other clinical health professions.

Students applying to the exercise science major may enter the program as freshmen or as transfer students with a minimum grade-point average of 2.5.

Students in the exercise science major may select the pre-physical therapy concentration, the pre-dietetics concentration, the pre-athletic training/sports medicine concentration, or the pre-medical professional concentration (for those planning to enter an M.D., physician assistant, or nursing program upon graduation). The exercise science major may also be taken without a concentration. Course requirements for the 124-credit program can be found at

Public Health

The Bachelor of Science with a major in public health aims to increase understanding of public health principles for students who intend graduate study toward careers in law, medicine or another health profession, or public health. The program is also available to students who plan to pursue entry-level jobs in sectors of public health or health services. With a liberal arts base, the program emphasizes technical detail and analytic skills, nurturing critical thinking and synthesis of information in recognizing historical and societal associations of trends in public health and health care delivery.

Students may apply to enter the 120-credit-hour public health major during the semester prior to completing 60 credits with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0. General education requirements listed under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences must be completed, with exceptions indicated at Required courses in the major are PubH 1101, 1102, 2110, 2111, 2112, 3130, 3131, 3132, 3133, 3135, 4140, and 9 credits of SPHHS electives chosen from specified courses with approval of the advisor. The remainder of the program may be a secondary field, a minor, or approved electives.

Students interested in the dual degree program consisting of the Bachelor of Science with a major in public health and the Master of Public Health should consult SPHHS admissions during the semester prior to completing 60 credits.

Secondary Fields of Study

Secondary fields of study in public health, health and wellness, and exercise science are available to undergraduates in other schools of the University. See the entries for Exercise Science and for Public Health in the course listings section for courses that pertain to these secondary fields. SPHHS students may choose a secondary field from Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the Elliott School of International Affairs, or the Schools of Business, Engineering and Applied Science, or Medicine and Health Sciences.



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Information in this bulletin is generally accurate as of fall 2012. The University reserves the right to change courses, programs, fees, and the academic calendar, or to make other changes deemed necessary or desirable, giving advance notice of change when possible.