Improving health outcomes for LGBT people
and building a more inclusive, equitable and healthy society


Who We Are


The George Washington University’s Graduate Certificate in LGBT Health Policy and Practice was the first of its kind in the United States. The certificate trains future health care leaders and policy advocates to offer culturally competent health and human services to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Through both clinical and administrative applications, participants learn to address challenges resulting from health care disparities and develop strategies for a more equitable society.

Designed for working professionals, the certificate curriculum is a hybrid of unique on-campus and online coursework. Courses taught by experienced faculty and guest lecturers cover a range of contemporary topics, merging psychological, medical, legal and policy fields. Our students complete the program equipped with the unique expertise they need to lead nonprofits, deliver medical care, empower queer youth and spearhead research studies on LGBT health issues.


Program Highlights



Interdisciplinary, Hybrid Curriculum

Online courses and on-campus residencies can be completed in one year and focus on applied care, both clinical and administrative.


Close Student Community

Small cohorts encourage personal relationships among our diverse group of students, as well as professional networking opportunities.


Ideal for Working Professionals

Career-centric program accommodates international students, people with graduate degrees or those interested in grassroots activism.


Publication Opportunities

All students complete a capstone research project, which makes excellent content for résumés or professional advancement.


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"I could not be happier with my decision to enroll in the LGBT Health and Policy Program. I have developed specialized skills in working with LGBT clients that have set me apart from my colleagues and provided me with opportunities that have advanced my career."

Shelley Marfori
Certificate '19

Shelley Marfori