Immersion Experiences

Providing opportunities for students to connect with their peers, professors and health care experts is an essential part of the MHA@GW program. Throughout your time as a student, you will participate in two 40-hour immersions and two 20-hour immersions held on the George Washington University campus and at various prestigious health organizations around the globe.

Highlights and Immersion Breakdowns

  • 4 total immersion
  • 3 immersions at
    GW’s D.C. campus
  • 1 immersion at a
    prestigious health
  • 9 total credits

Immersion experiences bring students together with other accomplished health care professionals to interact in person and focus on developing leadership skills. During the longer immersions, students will investigate the structure and operations of high-performing health care systems in the United States and abroad. Leadership, communication, business enterprise and management ethics are just a handful of the skills you’ll gain during your immersion experiences.

Past Locations for the Health Systems Analysis Immersion

  • San Antonio, Texas
  • London, UK
  • New York, New York
  • Jerusalem, Israel
  • San Diego, California 
  • Phoenix, Arizona
For more information regarding immersions, speak
with an Admissions Counselor today.

Immersion One: Leadership and Ethics – 1

1.5 Credits

Development of leaders in high-performing health care organizations requires a combination of theory and practice. Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, students uncover their leadership style and practice the skills of highly effective leadership principles. In addition, students examine ethical principles and learn how leaders use these practices.

Immersion One: Leadership and Ethics – 2

3 Credits

This is a continuation of Leadership and Ethics – 1. Students use principles including emotional intelligence, servant leadership and transformational leadership to further explore and develop their leadership attributes. This immersion emphasizes leadership during organizational change.

Immersion Three: Health Systems Analysis

3 Credits

This immersion asks MHA@GW students to spend a concentrated period of time studying firsthand either an outstanding health system in the United States or a national health system outside our borders. The objective is to critically examine and assess the structure, function and operations of a domestic or international health system. This inside perspective enables you to explore some of the most prestigious health organizations in the world.

Immersion Four: Organizational Research Project and Portfolio Presentation

1.5 Credits

MHA@GW students present the findings of their organizational research projects and leadership portfolios during this immersion. Feedback on the research projects is provided by peers and a panel of health care leaders.

"The MHA@GW program provides you with the tools needed to lead and manage others inside a health care organization. Your weekly interactions with colleagues and professors make this program the best available choice for working students. This program exposes you to Capitol Hill and other key players in the U.S. health care industry." — Jesus Rodriguez, MHA@GW Student '18

Networking Opportunities

Health care management and leadership is a relationship-based business that requires real-world communication and discussion. A cornerstone of the MHA@GW immersion experiences is the opportunity to connect, collaborate and network.

As an MHA@GW student, the connections you make with your professors, peers and health care leaders will be one of the most valuable takeaways of the program. During your immersions, you’ll meet health care influencers at networking receptions, roundtable dinners, Q&A panels and off-time spent exploring Washington, D.C. or other landmark locations.