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Practice Team Contact Information by Department

Environmental and Occupational Health
Georgia Middleditch - [email protected]

Veronica Southerland - [email protected]

Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Joseph Schmitthenner - [email protected]

Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Michelle Stevens - [email protected] 

Global Health
Nino Paichadze - [email protected];

Health Policy and Management
Students with Last Names A - L | Melissa Goldstein - [email protected]
Students with Last Names M - Z | Lara Cartwright-Smith - [email protected]
Leticia Chavarria - [email protected]

Stephanie Shorten - [email protected]
Laura Vasisko - [email protected]
Kelley Vargo - [email protected]
Christiana Ebiasah [email protected]
Malika Hook Muhammad - [email protected] 
Ann Rich - [email protected]
MPH@GW Advising - [email protected]

Prevention and Community Health
PCH Practice Team - [email protected]

For IRB related inquiries, please contact:
SPH Student IRB Liaison -  [email protected]

For technical assistance with the online practicum system (Exxat), please contact:
[email protected] 

For all other inquiries:
Dr. Gene Migliaccio, [email protected] - Associate Dean for Applied Public Health
Geri Kemper Seeley, [email protected] - Program Manager, Applied Public Health

Descriptions of Practicum Experiences by Department


  • In the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, the Practicum experience might include activities such as: working or consulting on research projects involving data entry, cleaning or analysis; designing studies in collaboration with investigators, including faculty or partners in government or the private sector; developing or contributing to manuscripts for publication; or developing complex modeling techniques, among many others. Work product examples include literature reviews, database development, written reports, presentations, etc.
Environmental and Occupational Health
  • In the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, the  Practicum might include activities such as conducting literature reviews, writing proposals, or collecting and analyzing data. 
    • The Environmental Health Science and Policy Practicum allows students to analyze implications of policies relating to environmental and occupational health, participate in policy development, and assess and manage environmental and occupational risks, etc.
    • The Practicum for the Global Environmental Health students might be based in a resource-poor setting around the world supporting the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs to create healthier communities. 
  • ​In the Department of Epidemiology, the Practicum experience might include activities such as working or consulting on research projects involving data entry, cleaning or analysis; designing studies in collaboration with investigators; conducting epidemiologic surveillance activities with local, state or federal departments of health; collaborating with federal agencies such as CDC, FDA, NOH, as well as multilateral, private sector or non-profit organizations. Work product examples include literature reviews, database or survey development, written reports, presentations, etc. 
Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
  • Physical Activity in Public Health
  • Public Health Nutrition
Global Health
  • Practicum experiences within the Department of Global Health, for Global Health Epidemiology and Disease Control; Global Health Policy; Global Health Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation; and Humanitarian Health students range from working in the field in a resource-poor setting around the globe, to supporting the implementation of global health programming while being based in a high-income country. Depending on the track, a Global Health student is following, examples of their Practicum activities could include designing a monitoring and evaluation plan, developing country policy briefs, conducting primary research, writing a manuscript for publication, etc. 
Health Policy MPH@GW 
  • ​The MPH@GW program's APEx opportunities are infinite and are unique to each student depending on their interest, location, career experience, and prospects. MPH@GW students engage at the local, state, and/or federal government levels on health issues working with nonprofits, for-profit corporations, non-governmental organizations and government organizations. Students are all over the world, and so is their practicum work! Students may engage in work ranging from programmatic, to policy, to statistical, to strategic planning, to epidemiological, and more. Some examples of APEx work products are communications plans, white papers, presentations, programming data, and developing analysis for public health options. 
Prevention and Community Health
  • The Department of Prevention and Community Health (PCH) consists of four tracks: Community Oriented Primary Care; Health Promotion; Maternal and Child Health; Public Health Communication and Marketing. PCH defines academic public health practice as partnerships between members of the department and other community stakeholders that strengthen interactive governance systems, foster the development of health-promoting environments and organizations, enhance community stakeholder capacity to perform essential public health functions, and enable the department to achieve its research education missions all with the goal of improving the population's health.
    • Examples of PCH practicum activities could include but are not limited to:
      • the application of meta-governance tools and strategies to analyze, develop, and administer policy, programmatic, and advocacy approaches; 
      • the assessment of the general public and at-risk populations' individual, community, organizational and societal needs; and
      • the design, implementation, or evaluation of health interventions and initiatives that promote individual and population-level behavior change.


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