Founded in 2013, the GW Graduate Certificate in LGBT Health Policy and Practice was the first program of its kind in the United States. Today, the program continues to attract pioneering thinkers interested in tackling the latest health issues affecting the LGBT community.

Administered by GW’s Professional Psychology Program, LGBT Health brings together faculty from across the health care and policy fields, as well as visiting researchers and experts. Our alumni have won many distinctions for their work in the field, and our program is a 2019 GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality Achievement Award recipient.


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The LGBT Health Policy and Practice graduate certificate program trains current and future leaders to develop and apply best practices and shape policy to eliminate disparities and improve health outcomes for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.


LGBT individuals exist at a unique cross-section of our ever-changing health care landscape. With the inclusion of LGBT people in major research releases such as the Institute of Medicine’s report on the health of LGBT people and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2020 agenda, the health concerns of the LGBT population have come to the forefront of medical, social and political thinking.

It is imperative that leaders across professional disciplines be well informed about the challenges faced by LGBT individuals when interacting with the health care system. The LGBT Health Policy and Practice Program was developed in response to this need, with input from health care and policy professionals from government and private industry.

Lore Espinoza Guerrero

"I am the founder of Tacones Morados, a research/volunteer group that serves inner-city trans women in Bogotá who are low income, homeless and/or engaged in prostitution. I am so grateful for the opportunity this program has given me!"

Lore Espinoza Guerrero
Certificate '15