Message from the Dean


Never in our lifetimes has the advancement of public health solutions been more critical. The challenges facing our people and our planet are innumerous. In a world plagued by pandemics, climate change, racism, obesity, food scarcity, antibiotic resistance and health inequities, public health professionals are leading the way to improved health for everyone, everywhere. We are confronting these challenges at the Milken Institute School of Public Health by conducting cutting-edge research, contributing to policy making,  faculty and curricula grounded in real-world experience and our proximity to national health science and policy leaders. 

We have recently celebrated our 25th year as a school and we are now ranked #11 among accredited public health graduate programs, according to the 2024 U.S. News and World Report Rankings. We owe this rise in academic success to our world-class faculty, brilliant students, dedicated staff, and global alumni who have enabled our ability to grow and evolve into a top-rated school of public health. 

Our faculty at the Milken Institute School of Public Health is unparalleled. We have recruited top investigators, researchers, policy experts and educators to teach our students, conduct our research, and inform national and international scientific health policy. Their academic accomplishments, scholarship and real world experience mean they are not just teaching from theory; they have been on the front lines.

Through our cutting-edge research in prevention and wellness conducted in state-of-the-art facilities in Washington, DC, we’re addressing challenges in public health from AIDS, antibiotic resistance, health of women and girls, natural disasters, health inequities, malaria vaccines, global nutrition, air pollution, climate change, and obesity.  

At GW we value diversity and welcome everyone. Each individual member of the faculty, staff and student body comes to us with their own aspirations and passions. We all bring unique life experiences and diverse backgrounds, but what draws us together is that we are all committed to making this world a better place. 

Looking to the future of public health, it will take real leaders who embody courage, intellect and action to navigate this field. It will take rigorous and fearless research, advocacy and interventions to determine how best to serve the health of our society so that we can address the underlying social and environmental determinants of health while working to make the delivery of health care more equitable and accessible to all. 

We must never stop growing and evolving for that is the hallmark of true leadership and excellence. Thank you to all who have helped grow this school. I am proud of the public health community and fellowship we have built, and I feel certain our best years are yet to come.

Keep Rising!

Lynn Goldman

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About Dean Lynn R. Goldman
In 2010, world-renowned epidemiologist, pediatrician, educator and former EPA regulator Lynn R. Goldman was named dean of Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, formerly known as the School of Public Health and Health Services. In 2014, after the school's name change, she was named the Michael and Lori Milken Dean. In 2010, GW President Steven Knapp noted, “With her breadth of experience in the field of children’s environmental health, public health practice and chemical regulatory policy, as well as her distinguished career in government, Dr. Lynn Goldman is ideally suited to lead our rapidly emerging public health school." Dean Goldman is a leading authority on many public health issues and offers her insights and point of view in an on-going series of blog posts for the Huffington Post.  Stay up to date by following Dean Goldman on Twitter