Prevention and Community Health
Prevention and Community Health

Prevention and Community Health



Harnessing the power of community to promote health, well-being and equity.





The Department of Prevention and Community Health engages in research, training and practice that is founded in cutting-edge social-structural and behavioral theories and methodologies and driven by diverse community voices and partnerships. Our students are prepared to respond to pressing public health challenges using a variety of approaches including community mobilization and policy advocacy, and individual behavior change.




Academic Programs


PCH department office; Students studying together

Academic degree programs in PCH include: a Social and Behavioral Sciences PHD and 4 MPH programs in; Community Oriented Primary Care; Health Promotion; Maternal and Child Health; Public Health Communication and Marketing.



Meet Our Department Chair


Deanna Kerrigan

Deanna Kerrigan, PhD, MPH

Department Chair and Professor

“At the Department of Prevention and Community Health we are working to generate positive social and behavioral change that will reduce inequities and lead to healthier communities. From research on HIV in Latin America to violence prevention in DC, our students, faculty and staff are working to improve the health and lives of marginalized people around the world.”

Deanna Kerrigan's Bio

Our Department's Faculty and Staff



Student Opportunities


PCH Internationally

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International Opportunities

Each semester, faculty, staff and students from PCH practice what they teach and learn in the classroom with the goal of better health for all.


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In Our Own Community

PCH offers a unique location in the capitol allowing students to work with federal agencies on the most pressing public health problems facing the world.


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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 PCH



Faculty, staff and students study and intervene on health outcomes in areas such as: HIV, cancer, mental health, substance use, violence, child and adolescent development, and sexual and reproductive health.

Practice Experience

Drawing on deep connections with community and governmental partners, our faculty, staff and students work in collaboration with these partners to improve the health of multiple underserved populations.


PCH is home to 4 centers and its faculty, staff and students are affiliated with many other centers throughout both the Milken Institute School of Public Health as well as the University as a whole.



New In PCH


Tamara Taggart

2023-24 Nashman Center Faculty Fellow: Dr. Tamara Taggart, GWSPH

We are proud to announce that for the 2023-24 year, Dr. Tamara Taggart will be serving as the Nashman Center Faculty Fellow. During the coming year, Dr. Taggart will conduct community-engaged formative research (surveys, interviews, focus groups, and environmental scans) to develop an Activist in Residence (AiR) program.

Activists in Residence is a practice model that provides opportunities for activists to engage with an academic community to develop and strengthen their capacity, network, resources, and work.


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Department News


NIH Leader to Oversee Milken Institute School of Public Health’s Prevention Center

Renowned global health epidemiologist Timothy Holtz to chair the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness
June 4, 2024

Timothy Holtz is the newly appointed chair and director of the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness.

Obesity Action Coalition and STOP Obesity Alliance Collaborate on New Medicaid Obesity Treatment Coverage Research

June 3, 2024

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) and the STOP Obesity Alliance are proud to announce the release of the "Medicaid Obesity Treatment Coverage Study."