Health Policy and Management
Health Policy and Management

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


Students studying; HPM department office

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


Anne Markus

Anne Markus, PhD, MHS, JD

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.

Anne Markus' Bio

Our Department's Faculty & Staff



Student Opportunities


HPM in the US

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National Opportunities

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.


HHS Building

In Our Own Community

HPM offers unique opportunities to  work with federal agencies on the most pressing public health problems facing the world.


Overview of DC

Here on Campus

GW is home to a wide range of public health research and practice activities both within GWSPH and across the university.


Explore HPM



Our rigorous, objective research focusing on outcomes and ways to improve health and healthcare policies and leadership practices is enhanced by our unique location.

Practice Experience

Our extensive and ever growing partner network enables students to work with leading Washington, D.C. and regional based health organizations as practice settings.

Careers and Alumni

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



HPM Alumnus Explores Health Workforce Diversity

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.


Department News


2024 Maternal Mental Health State Report Cards Released

The U.S. improved from a D to D+, as state grades inched up
May 14, 2024

Maternal mental health disorders, like postpartum depression, affect roughly 600,000 (20%) of U.S. mothers a year.

New Podcast Series Launched to Confront Burnout and Moral Injury in Healthcare

The six-part series will discuss practical strategies to help health workers thrive in their essential roles
April 30, 2024

Burnout and moral injury are on the rise among health workers, and the consequences are devastating to patients and practitioners alike. In an effort to confront this growing threat to the US healthcare system, and to offer early solutions, a new podcast series launched today.

Community Health Centers Report The Impact of Medicaid Unwinding a Year Later

Analysis finds nearly one quarter of community health center patients who rely on Medicaid lost coverage
April 10, 2024