Public Health & Health Administration

GW’s location in the nation’s capital provides unprecedented access for its community to actively influence the world around them, with the metropolitan area providing a real-world classroom in which students collaborate with faculty to impact local, state, national, and global organizations. Highly interdisciplinary programs help students apply concepts and methodologies to better understand current practices and help formulate new policies and initiatives.

Programs in Public Health & Health Administration at GW

Community-Oriented Primary Care (M.P.H.)

The program provides the knowledge and skills necessary to implement a COPC program, a framework to analyze and evaluate community-based intervention, and opportunities to practice community-oriented primary care, especially within vulnerable communities related to early childhood literacy programs, hospice care, childhood obesity, and medication coverage for the elderly.

Environmental & Occupational Health (Dr.P.H.)

The environmental and occupational health program prepares health professionals to assume national and international leadership positions with organizations in which advanced level work is conducted in research, policy, and program design and administration. Dr.P.H. graduates are trained to apply public health theory and analytic tools in the development and implementation of comprehensive strategies for the management of environmental and occupational health risks.

Environmental Health Science & Policy (M.P.H.)

The master’s program prepares graduates to analyze implications of policies relating to environmental and occupational health to participate in policy development and to assess and manage environmental and occupational risks. Students develop culminating projects related to their interests. Past projects have focused on pesticide exposure, coal mine safety, food contaminants, antibiotic resistance, water quality, and other environment health problems.

Epidemiology (M.P.H., M.S., Ph.D.) Milken Institute School of Public Health

In the epidemiology program, the Master of Public Health prepares students to design and conduct epidemiologic studies, manage health data, and make leadership decisions in public health. The M.S. program is designed specifically for students interested in mastering in-depth research methods and training in the quantitative techniques necessary to conduct epidemiologic studies. The doctoral degree prepares students for a career in epidemiological research in an academic or industry standard.

Exercise Science (M.S.)

Our graduate program in exercise science offers rigorous academic training to meet an increasing demand for well-educated professionals capable of delivering a broad range of exercise-based preventive, technical education, and rehabilitative services. Students may pursue a concentration in strength and conditioning to focus on the science and theory of resistance training and of research related to the neuromuscular adaptations involved with resistance training.

Global Environmental Health (M.P.H.)

A joint program between the departments of Global Health and Environmental and Occupational Health, the mission is to educate individuals who are committed to working in resource-poor settings and applying analytic skills to prevent or mitigate the adverse impact of environmental hazards on human health. The program has a particular focus on traditional environmental hazards — health risks associated with lack of access to clean water, inadequate sanitation, poor hygiene, indoor air pollution, solid waste disposal, and vector-borne diseases such as malaria.

Global Health (Dr.P.H.)

The Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) program prepares professionals to assume national and international leadership positions in environmental and occupational health, global health, health behavior, and health policy. The goal of the Dr.P.H. graduate will be to assume an advanced level of leadership in both health research and program implementation in an international setting.

Global Health Communication (M.P.H.)

Students in the M.P.H. in global health communication will explore how to address global health issues with direct ties to human behavior. The program trains professionals to approach the development and evaluation of behavior change communication programs that address issues relevant to the particular population and setting at both the individual and community level.

Global Health Epidemiology & Disease Control (M.P.H.)

This M.P.H. program prepares global health professionals to develop and rigorously appraise programs for the control of infectious and chronic diseases as well as injuries informed by a thorough assessment of the best available evidence. Graduates will be prepared with the requisite skills to effectively contribute to improved program performance and decision-making as well as affecting better policies for investment of scarce resources in lowand middle-income countries and in underserved communities around the world.

Global Health Policy (M.P.H.)

The mission of the global health policy program is to prepare the next generation of global health professionals in the disciplines and perspectives necessary to contribute to the development, implementation, and evaluation of policies at the local, national, regional, and international levels. The end objective will be to improve the health and well-being of underserved populations in low and middle income settings abroad and within the United States.

Global Health Program Design, Monitoring, & Evaluation (M.P.H.)

The mission of the global health program design, monitoring, and evaluation program is to train professionals to contribute to improved evaluation and management of global health programs and initiatives. Acquired skills will better influence decisions and policies for the investment and implementation of such programs and evidence-based initiatives.

Health Administration (M.H.A., Executive M.H.A.)

This program helps students learn how to structure and position health services organizations to achieve optimum performance, manage health services organizations under alternative financing mechanisms, lead and manage human resources in diverse organizational environments, and manage information resources to assist in effective decision-making and clinical management.

Health Administration Generalist (Graduate Certificate)

The objective of the Health Administration Generalist certificate is to develop health sector leaders, innovators and managers who are dedicated to advancing the health of our local, national and global communities.

Health Behavior (Dr.P.H.)

The Doctor of Public Health in health behavior prepares future public health leaders with the practical and analytical skills to apply critical thinking and rigorous research methods to the complex problems facing practitioners and policymakers in public health, especially as it regards health promotion and disease prevention. Graduates are equipped to assume national and international leadership positions in health behavior.

Health Policy (Graduate Certificate, M.P.H., M.S., Dr.P.H.)

The M.P.H. in health policy provides students with in-depth analysis skills for employment in government, private sector health policy consulting, and non-profit advocacy, while the Master of Science program prepares students to enter academic or research careers in health policy. Candidates are prepared for doctoral study or research roles in health-delivery systems, regulatory and other government agencies or university settings. The Doctor of Public Health develops skilled public health professionals uniquely equipped to provide real-world leadership at the national and state levels in all phases of public health, healthcare, and health policy development, implementation and evaluation. The graduate certificate can either be taken as a stand-alone program or combined with a master’s degree to position graduates for careers that require both breadth and depth in public health knowledge.

Health Promotion (M.P.H.)

Students become responsible and productive public health professionals who are capable of assessing, implementing, managing, and evaluating health promotion and health education programs for the public, including at-risk populations. Classroom and field training is focused on social and behavioral approaches and applications for improving public health via interventions at the individual, group, organizational, and societal levels.

Long-Term Care (Graduate Certificate)

Focused on broad health management issues, health services information applications, and human resource management and organizational behavior, the curriculum prepares students for areas related to aging and disability, nursing facility management, health promotion and aging, current policy issues in federal long-term care, long-term care finance, and policy and practice surrounding the provision of Alzheimer’s care.

Maternal & Child Health (M.P.H.)

The program is designed to train students to become public health professionals with an emphasis on women and children. It investigates maternal and child health from a multidisciplinary perspective and integrates knowledge of biological, demographic, epidemiological, developmental, environmental, behavioral, and social characteristics that are unique to the health and well-being of women, children, and families.

Management of Health Informatics & Analytics (M.S.)

The program is designed to train students to become public health professionals with an emphasis on women and children. It investigates maternal and child health from a multidisciplinary perspective and integrates knowledge of biological, demographic, epidemiological, developmental, environmental, behavioral, and social characteristics that are unique to the health and well-being of women, children, and families.

Physical Activity in Public Health (M.P.H.)

The degree is focused on developing and training students to integrate physical activity into the core of public health practice. The program applies an ecological perspective to the role of physical activity in the etiology, prevention, and treatment of chronic disease at the community, national, and global levels.

Public Health (M.P.H. - Online)

The web-based MPH@GW program emphasizes local, national, and global health practice as well as interdisciplinary teaching. The curriculum focuses on building core competencies and skills through the use of cases and other materials from both the U.S. and abroad and allows students to tailor their studies to match their community, national, or global interests. Coursework emphasizes the following interdisciplinary public health competencies: biostatistics and epidemiology, cultural competency, health communication, leadership, professionalism, planning, implementation and evaluation methods, public health biology, and systems thinking.

Public Health (Graduate Certificate)

Individual professional goals are tailored towards a customized certificate to benefit students under the guidance of an advisor in core domain areas of public health: epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, biological basis of disease, behavioral science, policy, and management. The program offers a public health core curriculum and is designed specifically for students who wish to sit for the CPH exam.

Public Health Communication & Marketing (M.P.H.)

The master’s degree explores the challenges of 21st century research in topics such as market research, health advocacy, school health promotion, and social marketing, as well as core public health competencies.

Public Health Microbiology & Emerging Infectious Diseases (M.S.)

Students gain in-depth understanding of the major laboratory, clinical, and public health aspects of humankind’s microbial pathogens. They acquire epidemiologic skills relevant to the critical prevention and control of problems arising from infectious diseases and modern biotechnologies affecting the global community. Areas of emphasis include the design and analysis of epidemiologic data, emerging infections, tropical diseases, Class A, B, C biological agents linked to bioterrorism, and applications of genomics, proteomics, & bioinformatics.

Public Health Nutrition (M.P.H.)

Designed to train students to integrate nutrition into the core of public health practice, the program encompasses a social ecological perspective to the role of nutrition in the etiology, prevention, and treatment of both acute and chronic disease at the individual, community, national, and global levels.

Social & Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (Ph.D.)

This specialty field creates a cadre of professionals who are uniquely equipped to provide public health expertise and conduct research in the field of social and behavioral sciences. These accomplished researchers will be prepared to apply their research and analytic skills to a range of research questions as well as implementation, evaluation, and advocacy needs of various cultural and socioeconomic groups and communities.