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LGBT Health Policy & Practice Program

First of Its Kind in Applied Health

GW's LGBT Health Policy & Practice Program is the first practice-focused graduate certificate in the nation that trains current and future health care leaders and policy advocates on issues relating to the health and well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Administered by the Professional Psychology Program, our innovative certificate addresses challenges resulting from health care disparities and focuses on strategies to move toward a more inclusive, equitable society. The one-year, 12-credit on-campus/online hybrid curriculum includes contemporary topics such as transgender care and marriage equality that cut across psychological, medical, legal and public policy fields.

Our program is designed specifically for those who are, or who will be, working on the front lines. Students come from a variety of backgrounds, including medical and mental health care, social work and education. We provide ample opportunities to meet and study with leaders in policy and practice from the government, academia, nonprofits and the for-profit private sector. 

To apply for this program, visit the how to apply page. 


The Class of 2014-15 visits with Senator Tammy Baldwin during the summer residency

Program Highlights

 

Leadership

A multidisciplinary group of five core faculty members design and guide the LGBT Health Certificate Program, including Stephen Forssell, Ph.D., program director and faculty member in the Psychology Department.

Distinguished Guest Faculty and Advisors

Cornelius Baker

Advisory Board member: A committed civil rights and HIV/AIDS advocate for over two decades.

Maria Cecilia Zea

Guest Faculty: Dr. Zea researches HIV behaviors in Latino MSM in the U.S. and Colombia.

Mark Hatzenbeuhler

Guest Faculty: Dr. Hatzenbuehler is an Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Social Inequalities and Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

Javier Vasquez

Forum Speaker: Mr. Vasquez is a Human Rights Law Advisor with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).