A multidisciplinary group of five core faculty members design and guide the LGBT Health certificate program, including Stephen Forssell, Ph.D., the program's director and a faculty member of the Department of Psychology.

GWU LGBT Health Policy & Practice Program


The GWU LGBT Health Policy & Practice Graduate Certificate program trains current and future healthcare leaders to develop strategies that address health issues and reduce health disparities for the LGBT population. Administered by the Professional Psychology Program, the one-year, 12-credit program provides students with a general knowledge of the psychological, medical, and policy-based issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) individuals.

Our students are professionals and future professionals in the field—physicians, nurses, psychologists, school counselors, administrators, policy analysts, educators, or social workers—provide care, manage care, and shape health care policy for LGBT people. Students meet and study with leaders in applied physical and mental health care and health policy from the government, academia, non-profits, and the for-profit private sector. To apply for this program, click on the "how to apply" page. 

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


Program Highlights 

  • Completion in less than one year
  • Hybrid online and on-campus curriculum model that accommodates for a diversity of global candidates, as well as the flexibility for working professionals
  • On-campus residencies, take place once in the summer and again in the spring of the program year
  • Focus on applied care, both clinical and administrative
  • Capstone projects that enable students to interact with current or future employers
  • Multidisciplinary faculty from GW and other top-level institutions
  • Prominent guest faculty from the health care and policy fields
  • Networking opportunities with professionals and health organizations 
  • Diverse student body - Students come from a wide range of ethnic, religious, cultural, and professional backgrounds.

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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).