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-4998 and HESY 4999). 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 Thesis Research I (HESY-4998, Fall) and Honors Thesis Research II (HESY-4999, Spring) for up to two credits per semester to conduct independent research for their thesis. Students who are enrolled in HESY 4998 and HESY 4999 in lieu of their senior Internship class (HESY 4950 – HESY 4952) are required register for Honors Thesis Seminar I and II (HESY 4980: 1-credit and HESY 4981: 1-credit). Those who are pursuing a thesis in addition to their internship are encouraged, but not required, to register for HESY 4980 and 4981.

Thesis Requirements

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.

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: