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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.

Over the past 18 years, the Milken Institute School of Public Health has grown into a preeminent destination for tomorrow's public health leaders. Located in Washington, DC, our students have access to unrivaled resources, networking opportunities and potential job opportunities that complement one of the strongest faculties in the country. With six departments, over 30 programs and the flexibility to study in the classroom or online, we have the program for you.

Milken Institute School of Public Health is dedicated to ensuring each of our students is armed with the information and opportunities to make the most of their time at the school. Through regular newsletter correspondence, updated news and events, The Source and our array of career services, our student body has the tools, resources and recommendations needed to confidently navigate their course of study and the career management life cycle.

Milken Institute School of Public Health faculty and staff are a diverse group of dedicated professionals passionate about upholding the mission and vision of the school. Our faculty consist of dynamic scholars, selected to join the faculty at GW because they possess a strong commitment to the classroom and an equally strong commitment to discovering new knowledge. Our staff work tirelessly to support our leadership, faculty and students to ensure the best learning experience possible.

Milken Institute School of Public Health Faculty and Staff are a diverse group of dedicated professionals passionate about upholding the mission and vision of the school. Our faculty consists of dynamic scholars, selected to join the faculty at GW because they possess a strong commitment to the classroom and an equally strong commitment to discovering new knowledge. Our staff work tirelessly to support our leadership, faculty and students to ensure the best learning experience possible.

Why Choose GW


With over 30 degree options, our programs engage your interests and prepare you for a successful career in public health.

The variety of program offerings allow you to uniquely position yourself for a career that requires both breadth and depth of public health knowledge.

Ranked #12 - U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Public Health Graduate Programs


The only school of public health in Washington, DC.

Our location in the nation's capital gives our students unparalleled access to key public health players in the classroom and in the field. They have the opportunity to work or volunteer in the local or national agencies and organizations shaping public health policy and practice.

3 Years at #1 – Fittest Cities List by the American College of Sports Medicine


Shaping public health policy and practice.

Our commitment to and passion for research that translates into real-world policy and practice is second to none. That drive for research excellence creates a vibrant culture of learning and academic integrity among students, and is the drive that will save lives and change the world.

$43.1 million - In 2015, GWSPH had the highest level of research funding in its history.


Once you're a part of the GW family, you're always a part of the GW family.

Students have the opportunity to connect with Milken Institute SPH alumni through our strong global alumni community. Many students tap into this network to find practicum, research, career and internship opportunities.

574 students – Representing more than 20 countries, the class of 2016 was our largest.


Learn from public health practitioners who are experts in their fields.

Our faculty bring a broad range of skills, knowledge, real-world experience and professional contacts to the educational experience. As a student, you can tap into this expertise through one-on-one mentorship opportunities, research and to develop a customized field experience that matches your interests and professional development needs.

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130 – Full time faculty, complemented by nearly 300 part-time faculty leading our students.


Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

Launched in Summer of 2019, the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics integrates educational programs to help graduate students explore the core quantitative sciences of public health.

Environmental and Occupational Health

Offers programs that challenge you to explore the underlying science and policy remedies for topics like sustainable cities and food systems, climate change mitigation, workplace safety and risk management.


Prepares students in the core quantitative sciences of public health to conduct epidemiologic research, undertake evaluation studies, and monitor population health status in a variety of settings.

Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

Prepares students to establish a scientific basis for the value of physical activity and nutrition, and to create programs that promote healthy behaviors across an individual’s lifespan.

Global Health

Prepares students with the knowledge, attitude and metrics needed to respond to the disease environment and changing global health issues of the 21st century such as clean water, disaster preparedness and maternal and child health.

Health Policy and Management

Prepares students to become innovative and effective leaders in public health and health policy, health services delivery and health system transformation.

Prevention and Community Health

Prepares students to lead capacity-building programs and enhance the health of our world in four areas: health promotion, maternal and child health, public health communication and marketing, and community-oriented primary care.


GW offers three undergraduate majors in the Milken Institute School of Public Health. Our programs allow you to develop a broad understanding of exercise science, nutrition science, and/or public health.


Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

Fast Fact: Dr. Evans also serves as the Director of the George Washington Biostatistics Center and is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and three books on clinical trials.


Environmental and Occupational Health

Fast Fact: Dr. Melissa Perry credits her experience of growing up in a Vermont farm community with inspiring her focus on under-protected workers, and her occupational research has made a real difference in workers' lives. (She is also cousins with singer/songwriter Katy Perry.)



Fast Fact: Dr. Greenberg has been chair for over 10 years and is the Founding Director of the GW Center for HIV/AIDS Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Public Health Laboratory Research.


Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

Fast Fact: Dr. Sacheck actively participates on advisory committees on national health policy and youth sports and health initiatives.


Global Health

Fast Fact: Dr. Tielsch has spent over 20 years working through research on the expansion of vitamin A deficiency, has been the recipient of numerous national awards and has served on advisory committees for the US government.


Health Policy and Management

Fast Fact: Professor Markus joined the Department in 1996 and is an expert on the financing and organization of health care and on access to care, she is particularly focused on how the health system addresses the needs of women, minorities and children, including those of low-income and with special needs.


Prevention and Community Health

Fast Fact: Dr. Rimal has over 20 years of experience in health communication research that has most recently worked on developing, implementing and evaluating HIV prevention interventions through mass media.

3 Majors & 4 Minor Programs


In addition to our Bachelor degree offerings, we offer minors in four different areas of study: Bioinformatics, Exercise Science, Nutrition Science and Public Health.

One of a Kind Experience