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Prevention and Community Health

Actively engaging with individuals and communities to change behaviors, and promote prevention and wellness.
Participants and researchers of the Girl Rising project embrace

New in PCH: Girl Rising Trip to India


A group of current MPH students and DrPH graduates traveled to India earlier this year as part of the Girl Rising initiative, a grassroots campaign for empowering girls worldwide. The group traveled to four schools in Bombay, Lucknow, New Delhi and Jodhpur and found six inspiring stories—each of which talked about a central issue—to create a curriculum to help educate students in grades five through eight. 

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What is Prevention and Community Health?


The goal of prevention is to help individuals avoid contracting diseases or experiencing adverse health issues through clinical or community services such as immunizations, health screenings, educational programs or health policies. Community health refers to when these strategies are used within a particular geographic area or demographic of the population. Our department prepares students to lead capacity-building programs in four areas: health promotion, maternal and child health, public health communication and marketing, and community-oriented primary care; all of which explore the relationship between psychosocial, behavioral and biological risk factors. Our interdisciplinary faculty include clinicians, epidemiologists, anthropologists, health psychologists, health communications professionals, evaluation scientists and experts in health behavior and health education.

Program Offerings


Graduate Programs

Our four MPH offerings are complemented by two doctoral programs.

Options in Prevention and Community Health include MPH programs in: Community Oriented Primary Care, Public Health Communication and Marketing, Health Promotion and Maternal and Child Health. Earn your MPH in any of these fields with unmatched exposure in Washington, DC.

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Research


From health care in schools and school violence prevention to HIV drug resistance, our opportunities enhance your experience.

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Practice Experience


Our extensive partner network enables students to work with top Washington, D.C. health organizations as practice settings.

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Careers and Alumni


Earning one of our degrees can lead to a wide range of professional opportunities. Click for a sampling and alumni profiles.

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Meet Our Faculty


Monique Turner, PhD, MA

Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of MPH Programs

A native of Michigan, Dr. Turner received her PhD in Communications at Michigan State University before moving to the East Coast. In addition to teaching one of our required classes for students, she is energized by her family, the diversity of Washington, DC, and the ways public health communication can positively impact social justice through messaging that inspires.

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Department News


Milken Institute School of Public Health Awarded Contract to Support Mental Health Care in Washington, D.C. Public Schools

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 19, 2019) – The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools at the GW Milken Institute School of Public Health today ...

New Resource Provides Expert Guidance on Advancing Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 18, 2019) — Positive mental health can have a significant impact on a child’s academic performance and overall well-being.

Limited focus on rural residents in state maternal mortality review committees, study finds

A new analysis of maternal mortality review committees in Women's Health Issues finds few require rural representation in their membership.