Unlike any other program in the U.S.

Correctional health care administrators must meet the needs of diverse populations while maintaining evidence-based care within budget, all while managing security risks unique to correctional facilities. Learn to overcome these obstacles and lead a team in providing top-quality care to incarcerated individuals with the George Washington University's Masters in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Correctional Health Administration.

Learn to manage a health services team, ensure patients in correctional settings receive superior care that meets their unique needs, and connect patients with a continuum of care upon their release. Work directly with faculty who are nationally recognized experts in correctional health care, including Program Director Newton E. Kendig, M.D., a board-certified physician who's spent almost 30 years serving in state and federal corrections systems.

This first-of-its-kind online curriculum also includes a practicum in a correctional setting. Complete the program and enter the field as a graduate-trained correctional administration professional.

Program Details

  • Total credit hours: 36
  • Cost per credit: $925
  • Total number of courses: 11
  • Program completion: 24 months (1 course every 8 weeks)
  • Estimated tuition cost: $33,000
  • Residency requirements: multi-week field practicum with an approved mentor in Correctional Health Administration

Coursework Snapshot

  • CHA 6020 Fundamentals of Correctional Healthcare
    Understand healthcare administration's role in the U.S. criminal justice system, from legal frameworks to ethical dilemmas faced by administrators.
  • CHA 6025 Correctional Health Care Oversight
    Cover the essential skills and knowledge you to need to oversee and improve health care programs in correctional settings.
  • CHA 6210 Correctional Health Administration for Behavioral Health Populations
    Explore healthcare administration for incarcerated populations with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
  • CHA 6223 Topics in Health Care Leadership
    Develop your leadership skills, from conflict negotiation to communication strategies, so you can manage a correctional health care team.

Common Occupations

  • Correctional Health Administrator
  • Assistant Correctional Health Administrator
  • Regional, State, or Federal Health Administrator
  • Private System Health Administrator

Graduate Certificate in Correctional Health Administration

GW also offers a Graduate Certificate in Correctional Health Administration that's ideal for those who already have experience with correctional health care, or who have three or more years of experience in another health care field. Gain the confidence and competencies to run an evidence-based, ethical and effective health care system.

All credits from this certificate are transferable into the MSHS program for those who would like to continue their education at a later date.

Complete the form on this page to request more information about whether GW's master's or certificate program fits you best.