Academic Advising- Graduate Programs

Each graduate 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 and/or staff 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 regularly 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?

 

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: Susan Anenberg, Ph.D.

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

 

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

MPH - Epidemiology 
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.

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: Hua Liang, PhD

 

 Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

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

 

Department of Global Health

MPH - Global Health Epidemiology and Disease Control 
All students are initially assigned to: James Tielsch and Halley A. Petersen-Jobsis. Students will later be matched with a permanent advisor based on interest area to one of the following: Patti Gravitt, Amira Roess, Carlos Santos-Burgoa, or Ronald Waldman

MPH - Global Health Policy
All students are initially assigned to: Carlos Santos-Burgoa and Halley A. Petersen-Jobsis. Students will later be matched with a permanent advisor based on interest area to one of the following: Uriyoan Colon-Ramos, Seble Freyhwot, Wolfgang Munar, or Elanah Uretsky.

MPH - Global Health Program Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation
All students are initially assigned to: Sangeeta Mookherji and Halley A. Petersen-Jobsis. Students will later be matched with a permanent advisor based on interest area to one of the following: Uriyoan Colon-Ramos, Patti Gravitt, Amira Roess, James Tielsch

MPH - Global Environmental Health
All Students: Susan Anenberg, Ph.D.

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

Joint MA/MPH
All students: Ronald Waldman, Ph.D.

 

Department of Health Policy and Management

Student Coordinator for all HPM students: tblackw_1922@gwu.edu 

MHA - Health Administration
All students: Doug Anderson 

MPH-Health Policy
Certificate-Health Policy

For students starting the program in Summer 2018 or later: 

Students w/ last name A-D: Jeffrey Levi, PhD
Students w/ last name E-K: Melissa Goldstein, JD
Students w/ last name L-N: Leighton Ku, PhD, MPH
Students w/ last name O-S:  Melissa McCarthy, Sc.D, M.S.
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
 

For students who began the program in Spring 2018 or earlier:

Students w/ last name A-C: Jeffrey Levi, PhD
Students w/ last name D-F:  Melissa Goldstein, JD
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-Z and all PA/MPH: Lara Cartwright-Smith, J.D., M.P.H.
JD/MPH students: Joel Teitelbaum, JD, LLM

 

Department of Prevention and Community Health

MPH - Community Oriented Primary Care
All students are initially assigned to David Huebner, Ph.D. and Yolandra Hancock, MPH
After accepting enrollment, students will be assigned to a permanent advisor based on interests. This advisor may continue to advise you for your Culminating Experience, unless you request a different advisor based on evolving interests.  COPC advisors include Dr. James Cawley (Health Policy), Dr. David Huebner (LGBT and Minority Health) and Dr. Howard Straker (Workforce)

MPH - Health Promotion

All students are initially assigned to: Caroline H. Sparks, Ph.D., M.A. and Bart Bingenheimer, PhD, MPH. After arriving on campus, students are matched with a permanent advisor based on interest area. Health Promotion advisors include Bart Bingenheimer, PhD, MPH; Mark Edberg, PhD, MA; Michael Long, SD, MPH; Kathleen Roche, PhD, MSW; Olga Price, PhD, MA

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
The program director, Melissa A. Napolitano, Ph.D., provides overall academic advising for all students. Prior to matriculation, the program director will recommend a content area mentor based on areas of interest. The content area mentor will advise the student generally on research and coursework, and may (or may not) ultimately serve as the dissertation chair.  The program director will provide overall academic advising to all students. Dissertation chair chosen in 2nd or 3rd year of program.

PhD – Social and Behavioral Sciences
The program director, Melissa A. Napolitano, Ph.D., provides overall academic advising for all students. During the application and interview process, students will indicate interest which faculty member they feel is a good match with their interest.  Prior to matriculation, the program director will match the student with a content area mentor. The content area mentor will advise the student his/her program of research and generally about coursework, and will likely serve as the dissertation chair.  The program director will provide overall academic advising to all students.

Online Programs

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

MPH@GW
All students: Kelley Vargo, Sarah Kennedy (Preston), Michelle Stevens, Christiana Ebiasah, and Tiff Cunin
For general advising inquiries, please email mphadvising@gwu.edu

MHIA@GW
All students:  Sam Hanna and Ann Rich