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The George Washington University

BSHS in Global Leadership in Disaster Response

Global disasters require a response from well-trained individuals skilled in disaster planning and management, and future leaders in critical incident management can benefit from The George Washington University's Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in Global Leadership in Disaster Response program. Read more here on this online BSHS program.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) in Global Leadership in Disaster Response

School Offering Program:

The George Washington University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

A GPA of at least 2.5 is required to enroll in this BSHS in Global Leadership in Disaster Response degree program. Aspiring students should also demonstrate strong leadership, organizational, and decision-making skills, as several courses address managerial practices in the face of disasters as well as decision-making processes and the ability to organize, oversee, and implement critical response plans. All applicants to The George Washington University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

How are mass-casualty incidents planned for and managed in hospital settings? Which operations management principles are utilized when responding to disasters? What are the planning and response techniques used in preparing for large-scale biological incidents, such as biological warfare? These are among the topics addressed in the online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in Global Leadership in Disaster Response program at The George Washington University. Other class topics include technology's role in disaster response, budgeting for emergency response and preparedness, planning and delivery of relief operations, concepts in disease prevention and health promotion, epidemiological methods, and pathophysiology of illnesses and injuries. Optional studies include an internship and examination of case studies in the field.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

120 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact The George Washington University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in Global Leadership in Disaster Response:

To earn this BSHS in Global Leadership degree, students must complete 18 core courses (totaling 54 credits) and choose two 3-credit classes at The George Washington University; the remaining credits are general education courses. Up to 60 transfer credits are allowed to satisfy the general education and advanced standing requirements. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact The George Washington University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (54 credits)

  • Infectious Diseases and Bioterrorism
  • Disaster Response Planning and Management
  • Introduction to Telemedicine
  • Leadership Concepts
  • Technology in Critical Incident Response
  • Financial Management for the Disaster Cycle
  • Humanitarian Relief Operations
  • Advanced Topics in Leadership
  • Operations Management in Asymmetric Conditions
  • Seminar in Project Management and Leadership
  • Current Issues in Bioethics
  • Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Concepts
  • Writing in the Health Sciences
  • Healthcare in Developing Nations
  • Introduction to Statistics for Health Sciences
  • Human Physiology in Extreme Environments
  • Intro to Epidemiology for Health Sciences
  • Research and Writing in the Health Sciences

Elective Courses (6 credits)

  • Students choose two of the following courses:
    • Principles of Hazmat and CBRNE Incident Management
    • Integrated Response to High Impact Violent Incidents
    • Administrative Internship
    • Pathophysiology
    • Management of Health Science Services
    • Case Studies in Health Care

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Once the BSHS in Global Leadership in Disaster Response degree has been earned, graduates who wish to move beyond mid-management or supervisory positions in this field might consider pursuing a master's degree. Advancing to senior-level administrative roles in some organizations could require one to hold a graduate degree. Master's degree studies could delve further into decision-making processes, research, and policy analysis.

Some of the master's degrees graduates might be prepared to pursue include:

  • Master of Security and Disaster Management
  • Master of Science in Disaster Science and Management
  • Master of Professional Studies in Emergency & Disaster Management
  • Master of Public Administration

Career Paths:

After meeting all requirements of the BSHS in Global Leadership in Disaster Response program, graduates could be prepared to assume mid-management positions in corporate safety or security departments, government agencies, or consulting firms. They might assist or lead in the development of emergency response plans, assessment of existing crisis response plans, creation of disaster or critical response training materials, or implementation processes.

Positions that graduates might be able to fill include:

  • Emergency preparedness manager
  • Emergency management specialist
  • Disaster volunteer coordinator
  • Disaster recovery & business continuity specialist