Our Mission

Milken Institute School of Public Health is committed to excellence in scholarship to advance the health of the populations of our local, national, and global communities:
 Our mission is to provide the best public health educational experience incorporating our core values of scholarship and leadership, scientific rigor and policy analysis, and training to foster the next generation of thought leaders, practitioners, policy makers and scientists who will transform public health worldwide especially for underserved and poor populations.

Our Vision

As complex global health challenges continue to threaten our health and future, Milken Institute School of Public Health will be preeminent in training tomorrow’s leaders for improving the public’s health. We aspire to become one of the top five private schools of public health in the world.

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Our History

Established in July 1997 as the School of Public Health and Health Services, the school brought together three longstanding university programs in the schools of medicine, business and education.  In 2014, the school was renamed Milken Institute School of Public Health in recognition of an 80 million dollar gift to the school – the largest gift ever received by the George Washington University. The only school of public health in the nation’s capital, nearly 1,400 students from almost every US state and more than 43 countries pursue undergraduate, graduate and doctoral-level degrees in public health. Our student body is one of the most ethnically diverse among the nation's private schools of public health.

We also offer an array of joint degree programs, allowing students to couple a law degree with the Master of Public Health (MPH), or to combine an MPH with a medical degree or an MA in International Affairs. An MPH/Physician's Assistant program, the first in the world, is available here, as is the opportunity to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer while pursuing an MPH. The Milken Institute School of Public Health now offers an online Master of Public Health, MPH@GW, and an online Master of Health Administration, MHA@GW both of which allow students to pursue their career in public health or health administration from wherever they are in the world.


The public health programs of the school have full accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health.

 The program in health services administration is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education.

 Milken Institute School of Public Health is a member of the Association of Schools of Public Health.