Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS)

Course Delivery: Online

Total Credits: 36

Tuition: $35,280

Duration: 2 years


Join one of the first programs of its kind in the nation and learn to serve the unique health needs of incarcerated populations with the George Washington University's (GW) online Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Correctional Health Administration. Learn to oversee staffing, manage budgets, and lead a health care unit inside of a correctional institution. When you graduate with the MSHS in Correctional Health Administration, you'll be able to:

  • Design a health care services plan for incarcerated patient populations that meets diverse needs and is constitutional, evidenced-based, and fiscally prudent
  • Develop value-based strategies to mitigate risks and improve clinical outcomes
  • Lead a correctional health care team and engage internal and external stakeholders
  • Establish scope of services, meet staffing needs, manage a budget, and oversee public relations needs

Listen to comments from one of the first GW students to graduate with a Master's in Health Sciences in Correctional Health Administration

Program Highlights:

  • Complete your degree in 24 months
  • Learn to provide superior health care to correctional populations
  • One of the first programs in the nation designed to prepare students to enter a correctional health care setting as a health care administrator
  • No prior correctional experience required if you have three or more years of experience in another health care field

Who Is the Ideal Student for This Program?

Nearly all courses are delivered online in a flexible, asynchronous format, so you can earn your graduate degree while keeping up with your personal and professional commitments. The final course of the program during the second year is a 16-week practicum in a U.S. jail or prison.

Correctional Health Administration Career Outlook

In late 2017, health care surpassed both manufacturing and retail as the largest employer in the United States, due in part to its ability to resist economic downturns.1 Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026, more than double the average rate of growth for all other occupations.2

With your master's in Correctional Health Administration, you'll be prepared to take on several leadership roles in correctional health:

  • Health Care Administrator, average salary $64,4223
  • Health Services Administrator, average salary $70,3474
  • Director, Nursing, average salary $83,6525
  • Director of Health Services, average salary $76,8516