Health Policy and Management
Shaping policies and leaders for a healthier future.
Located in the heart of the nation’s capital, the Department of Health Policy and Management offers students unparalleled access to U.S. leadership and an opportunity to make lasting and impactful changes to the world we live in. Students focus on developing and advocating for better public health policies while learning how to be effective, productive and compassionate healthcare leaders.
Graduate Degrees and Certificates
The Department of Health Policy and Management offers a number of graduate degrees that allow students to specialize in key aspects of this broad and dynamic field.
Whether you are looking to obtain an MPH or an MHA, options are available to students both in the classroom and online. We also offer a doctorate program and joint degrees. Only a few blocks from the Capital Building, White House and Supreme Court, health policy begins and ends in our community.
Meet Our Department Chair
The overarching theme of social justice weaves through Professor Markus's work. An expert on the financing and organization of health care and on access to care, she is particularly interested in how the health system addresses - or fails to address - the needs of women, trans and nonbinary persons, minorities and children, including those of low-income and with special needs.
Each semester, faculty, staff and students from HPM practice what they teach and learn in the classroom with the goal of better health for all.
HPM offers unique opportunities to work with federal agencies on the most pressing public health problems facing the world.
GW is home to a wide range of public health research and practice activities both within GWSPH and across the university.
Our rigorous, objective research focusing on outcomes and ways to improve health and healthcare policies and leadership practices is enhanced by our unique location.
Our extensive and ever growing partner network enables students to work with leading Washington, D.C. and regional based health organizations as practice settings.
Earning one of our many degrees can lead to a wide range of professional opportunities upon graduating. Click for a sampling of opportunities and alumni profiles.
New In HPM
Indira Islas, an alumnus of the GW Milken Institute School of Public Health, was the lead author of a study showing that Latinos are very underrepresented in the US health professions requiring an advanced degree. Islas, who conducted the study while a graduate student at GW, talks in this video about the study and its findings. Islas, a Mexican American and member of the dreamer generation, graduated from the Milken Institute School of Public Health in May of 2022 with an MPH. Watch the video here.
In sadness: Passing of Charlene Frizzera
On behalf of Anne Markus, Chair, and Zoe Beckerman, Vice-Chair, HPM Department
February 23, 2024
It is with great sadness that the GWSPH’s Department of Health Policy and Management shares that our friend and colleague, Charlene Frizzera, has passed away.
Awards Program Recognizes 12 Emerging Leaders in Community Health
February 12, 2024
Each year, in collaboration with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), the Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health
Community Health Centers Face Uncertainty Over Long Term Funding: New Analysis
January 17, 2024
As Congress moves forward to approve a stop-gap short-term spending bill that will keep the federal government running until March, community health centers (CHCs) face continued uncertainty over sustainable long-term funding.