Georgetown University HCMP Honors Program

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The Health Care Management & Policy Honors Program is designed to recognize students of Health Care Management & Policy with a proven record of achievement to give them the opportunity to deepen their analytical skills. Students in the Honors Program will work under the guidance of a faculty member to analyze an issue of importance to contemporary health policy or management.


Students with a 3.5 overall GPA at the end of their junior year may apply for entry into the Health Care Management & Policy Honors Program. The application requires submitting a proposal for an honors thesis to the HCMP Honors Program Committee indicating the approval of a faculty advisor of the student’s choosing who is willing to supervise the honors thesis.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Honors Program

Graduating with Honors in Health Care Management & Policy requires completion of all the requirements for the Health Care Management & Policy major and completion of an honors thesis (HESY-313, 0 credits). A thesis submitted to fulfill the requirements for Health Care Management & Policy must be approved by the student’s honors thesis advisor, who will judge the thesis in terms of whether it:

Students must present their research at the Georgetown University Undergraduate Research Conference and orally defend it before the Honors Program Committee.

Students may enroll in Honors Research (HESY-311, Fall) and Honors Research II (HESY-312, Spring) for up to two credits per semester to conduct independent research for their thesis.

Thesis Requirements

HESY-313, 0 Credit

An HCMP honors thesis must be a thorough analysis of an important issue in contemporary public policy or management related to health or health care.

Theses may use quantitative, qualitative, ethical, or other analytical approaches appropriative to the topic. Methods will differ depending on the research question, but a successful thesis will always consist of a rigorous application of the appropriate method. Theses will vary in length, but must be appropriate to answer the student’s research fully.

HESY-311 Honors Research (Fall) and HESY-312 Honors Research (Spring)

The honors research tutorial is available for all students participating in Health Care Management & Policy honors research. This course will provide students additional support as they conduct analysis and write their honors theses.

Credits: Up to 2 credits each semester for a total of 4 credits.

Prerequisite: Acceptance of the thesis proposal, which must be submitted by the last day of classes of the student’s junior year, and finalized by May 31 of that year.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to: