Undergraduate Advising

Your Academic Advisor is here to guide you through your undergraduate degree at the Milken Institute School of Public Health. While students are responsible for determining their schedule and meeting all degree requirements, academic advisors can help you:

  • Prepare a 4 year plan

  • Collaborate with Study Abroad to plan a semester in another country

  • Explore potential majors, minors, and concentrations

  • Check your progress toward graduation

  • Explain GW policies, procedures, and forms surrounding registration, withdrawal, transfer credits, etc.

Your Academic Advisor can help you assess your options, but students are responsible for their final decisions regarding their interests, goals, and degree completion.  For more information about academic resources at GW, including tutoring,study space, and textbook access, please visit the Academic Commons  website or talk to the Academic Commons staff at Gelman Library.

We Expect You to ROCK!

Your Academic Advisor is here to support you and assist with the following, but your GW academic success is a shared responsibility!

Research: your degree, GW policies, potential major/minor options, study abroad programs, post-graduate opportunities, and prerequisites (did you Google it before you asked us?)

Outline: your semesterly schedule, your 4 year plan, and your post-grad plans

Communicate: at least once a semester with your advisor, by responding within 48 hours to emails, with your professors with questions and concerns

Keep track: of your goals and your degree completion, assignments and academic responsibilities, and non-academic requirements for graduation (integrity quiz, CITI training, professional enhancement)
 

Academic Advisors

We are located at 950 New Hampshire Ave, NW (the Milken Institute School of Public Health) in the 2nd Floor Office Suite.

Muhammad Mehdi
Last names F-N
202.994.9049
mehdimi@gwu.edu
https://calendly.com/mehdimi

Kristen Pinto
Last names A-E & All BS/MPH
202.994.3634
kristenp9@gwu.edu
https://calendly.com/kristenpinto

Justin Schlossberg
Last names O-Z
202.994.1274
justin_s@gwu.edu
https://calendly.com/justinschlossberg

 

Who is my advisor?

All GWSPH undergraduate students (Exercise Science, Nutrition Science, and Public Health) are assigned an advisor based on the first letter of their last name. This applies to current and incoming students.

Exercise Science Majors who were admitted to the program before Fall 2018 and who already have a Faculty Advisor are encouraged to continue to meet with their assigned faculty advisor as well. 

Last names beginning with A-E & All BS/MPH students: Kristen Pinto
Last names beginning with F-N: Muhammad Mehdi
Last names beginning with O-Z: Justin Schlossberg

Students in the BS/MPH program will also be assigned an MPH academic advisor. Students must work with both advisors to assure successful completion of each degree.

For general questions, prospective student inquiries, or form submissions, please email sphundergrad@gwu.edu.
 

Procedures

  • GWSPH advisors are generally available Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm.

  • As a three-person team, we do not have the capacity for drop-in hours. Our meetings are by appointment only.

  • Students should make every effort to reschedule or cancel an appointment 24 hours prior to their booking time. Students who miss a scheduled appointment 2 or more times in an academic year will have a registration hold placed on their accounts. The hold will not be removed until the student has met with an advisor in person and discussed their degree plan, as well as a plan to better manage their time.

  • All forms, quick questions, and Minor questions should be sent to us via email. If we cannot resolve your question or issue via email, we can find a time to meet in person or by phone. Email us at sphundergrad@gwu.edu.

    • Please note: GWSPH does not use the RTF-EZ. Please fill out the standard RTF (also known as the RTF Classic) and send it to your advisors.

  • We do our best to respond to emails within 48 hours. Emails will be answered in the order in which they are received.
     

Before Your Appointment

  1. Come prepared with a draft schedule/list of classes, if applicable.

  2. Bring any necessary forms that you need signed or submitted.

  3. Write down your questions!

  4. Cancel or reschedule at least 24 hours in advance to open up that time slot for another student.

  

For our Pre-Health Students

Interested in pursuing a health profession and attending a graduate program in the health sciences? Check out the diagram below for who you can talk to along your academic journey!

To contact the Pre-Health Advisors, go to prehealth.gwu.edu
To make an appointment with a Career Coach, go to Handshake at gwu.joinhandshake.com

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