Academic Advising

Each student is assigned an academic advisor, who will help you develop a personalized plan for completing your program of study. Your advisor will be a faculty member at the Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) and is assigned based on your department and degree program, as listed below

If you have questions about which courses or electives to take, talk to your advisor before registering for classes. You may want to consider topics including:

  • Will you follow the common course progression? Check the guide for your degree to see the progression generally taken by students in your program. The common progression is a guide -- discuss with your advisor how your plan may differ due to course offerings or work or family commitments.
     
  • How many credit hours should you take per semester? The right number of credits depends on whether you plan to work while completing your studies and whether you have other obligations outside of school or work. For each 3-credit course, expect to spend 3 hours in class per week, and an additional 6-9 hours per week preparing for class.
     
  • Will you be working while pursuing your graduate degree? Graduate classes are scheduled in the late afternoon and in the evening to accommodate working students. If you have a job, you may sometimes need to arrange with your employer to take a class in the afternoon.
     
  • Which courses are offered in the semester for which you are registering? Have you completed the prerequisites?

MPH students should plan to complete the core courses by the end of the first year.

Advisors by Department and Program 

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Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

MPH - Environmental Health Science and Policy
All students: Kate Applebaum, Sc.D., M.S.P.H.

MPH - Global Environmental Health
All students: George Gray, Ph.D.

DrPh - Environmental and Occupational Health
All students: George Gray, Ph.D.

 

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

MPH - Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Students with last names A-L: Manya Magnus, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Students with last names M-Z: Heather Young, Ph.D., M.P.H.
* Note: students electing one year/accelerated option and PA/MPH and other dual degree students will be advised by Heather Young, Ph.D., M.P.H., C.H.E.S. 

MPH - Biostatistics
All students: Heather J. Hoffman, Ph.D.

MS - Epidemiology
All students: Sean D. Cleary, Ph.D., M.P.H.

MS - Biostatistics
All students: Angelo Elmi, Ph.D.

MS - Public Health Microbiology & Emerging Infectious Diseases
All students: Amanda D. Castel, M.D., M.P.H. or Jeanne A. Jordan, Ph.D.

PhD - Epidemiology
All students: Sean D. Cleary, Ph.D., M.P.H.

PhD - Biostatistics
All students: Efstathia Bura, Ph.D.

 Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

BS - Undergraduate Degree in Exercise Science
All students are initially assigned to: Beverly J. Westerman, Ed.D.
Students will later be matched with a permanent advisor based on interest area to one of the following: Mary J Barron, Ph.D.Jerome V. Danoff, Ph.D.Beverly J. Westerman, Ed.D. or Amanda Visek, PhD.

MPH - Physical Activity in Public Health
All students: Loretta DiPietro, Ph.D.

MPH - Public Health Nutrition
All students: Kim Robien, Ph.D., R.D., C.S.O.

MS - Strength and Conditioning
All students: Todd A. Miller, Ph.D., CSCS*D, TSAC-F, FNSCA

MS - Clinical Exercise Physiology
All students: Larry F. Hamm, Ph.D.

 

Department of Global Health

MPH - Global Health
All students: Halley A Petersen-Jobsis, M.P.H.

MPH - Global Environmental Health
All Students: George Gray, Ph.D.

MI with the Peace Corps
All students: Candace Leake, cleake@gwu.edu
After arriving on campus, students will be matched with a permanent advisor based on interest area.

DrPH - Global Health
All students: Amira A Roess, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Joint MA/MPH
All students: Elanah Uretsky, Ph.D.

 

Department of Health Policy and Management

MPH-Health Policy
Certificate-Health Policy

Students w/ last name A-C: Jeffrey Levi, PhD
Students w/ last name D-F: Patricia (Polly) Pittman, Ph.D.
Students w/ last name G-K: Melissa McCarthy, Sc.D, M.S.
Students w/ last name L-O: Leighton Ku, PhD, MPH
Students w/ last name P-S: Susan F. Wood, Ph.D.
Students w/ last name T-Z and all PA/MPH: Lara Cartwright-Smith, J.D., M.P.H.
JD/MPH students: Joel Teitelbaum, JD, LLM

MS-Health Policy
All students: Katherine (Holly) Mead, Ph.D.

DrPH-Health Policy
All students: Anne Markus, Ph.D., J.D.

PhD in Public Policy/Public Administration-Health Policy
All students: Avi Dor, Ph.D.

JD/MPH-Health Policy
JD/Certificate-Health Policy
LLM/MPH-Health Policy
LLM/Certificate-Health Policy

All students: Joel Teitelbaum, J.D., LL.M.

MPP or MPA- Health Policy
All students: Sara Wilensky, Ph.D., J.D.

MD/MPH-Health Policy
All students: Fitzhugh Mullan, M.D.

PA/MPH-Health Policy
All students: Lara Cartwright-Smith, J.D., M.P.H.

MPH - Public Health Management
All students: Kurt J. Darr, J.D., M.H.A., Sc.D.

MHA - Health Administration
All students are initially assigned to: Leonard H. Friedman, Ph.D., M.P.H., FACHE
Before arriving on campus new MHA students will be assigned to their permanent advisor based on year and interest area to one of the following: Leonard H. Friedman, Ph.D., M.P.H., FACHERobert E. Burke, Ph.D.Douglas G. Anderson, M.H.A., F.A.C.M.P.E.Lorens Helmchen, Ph.D., Wayne Psek, MBChB, MBA, Ph.D., or Leah E. Masselink, Ph.D.

MHA@GW
All students: Leonard H. Friedman, Ph.D., M.P.H., FACHE

HASP - Health Administration Specialist:
All students: Kurt J. Darr, J.D., M.H.A., Sc.D.

 

Department of Prevention and Community Health

MPH - Community Oriented Primary Care
All students: Freya Spielberg, M.D., M.P.H.

MPH - Health Promotion
All students: Caroline H. Sparks, Ph.D., M.A.

MPH - Public Health Communication and Marketing
All students are initially assigned to: Jerry Franz, B.A.
After arriving on campus students will be matched with a permanent advisor based on interest area to one of the following: Lorien Abroms, Sc.D., M.A. Jerry Franz, B.A.W. Douglas Evans, Ph.D. Monique M. Turner, Ph.D., M.A. or Rajiv N. Rimal, Ph.D., M.A.

MPH - Maternal and Child Health
All students are initially assigned to: Amita N. Vyas, Ph.D., M.H.S.
After arriving on campus students will be matched with a permanent advisor based on interest area to one of the following: Amita N. Vyas, Ph.D., M.H.S.Karen McDonnell, Ph.D.Monica S. Ruiz, Ph.D., M.P.H., or Melissa A. Napolitano, Ph.D.

DrPh - Health Behavior
All students: Monique M. Turner, Ph.D., M.A.

 

Online Programs

MHA@GW
All students: Leonard H. Friedman, Ph.D., M.P.H., FACHE

MPH@GW
All students: Kelley Vargo and Sarah Kennedy (Preston)