LGBT Health Policy and Practice

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus, Online Learning

Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate program in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health Policy and Practice—the first of its kind in applied health
for the LGBT community—trains current and future healthcare leaders to develop strategies that address health issues and reduce health disparities for LGBT people. The one-year, 18-credit program provides students with a solid base in the psychological, medical, and policy-based issues faced by LGBT individuals.

Designed for working professionals, the program is a distance learning program with a combination of online coursework (completed throughout the year) and two, one-week residencies on the GW campus in Foggy Bottom. Core courses cover topics relating to LGBT health and well-being, mental health, and health policy. The required capstone projects enable students to put coursework into practice. Each student will create a product designed to improve health outcomes for LGBT people that he or she can use in his or her place of employment to further his or her career, or can feature as a “real world” accomplishment in his or her resume in job applications.

This program may be completed on either a two-year or a one-year schedule.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Summer – Admission is offered on a rolling basis. Applicants interested in scholarships should apply by February 15. The final deadline is May 15.

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

If transcripts are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translation alone should be uploaded into your application.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250 – 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field.  Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application.

Additional requirements:

Interview may be required (in-person, phone or teleconference).

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For more information on the admission process, please visit the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Frequently Asked Questions page.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences – Graduate Admissions Office
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall 215
Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.6210 (phone) ~ 202.994.6213 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday