The LGBT Health Policy and Practice graduate certficate program is focused on applied care. It is designed specifically for those who work on the front lines with clients and patients, and professionals who work with policy and healthcare system delivery and management to administer programs that serve the physical and mental health needs of the LGBT population.

The traditional schedule for the graduate certificate in LGBT Health Policy & Practice requires completion in one year beginning in the summer semester and completing at the end of the following spring semester. We have recently designed a schedule option that enables students to complete the program over two years, spreading out both the course work and the tuition payments over a longer period of time. Students in the two year track may start in the summer or the fall of any given year.

This 18-credit program is a combination of online courses taken throughout the year and two, one-week on-campus residencies in the summer and spring. 


  • Three core courses (9 credits) that provide students with a solid foundation of knowledge on the medical, mental health, and policy-based issues faced by LGBT individuals.
  • Electives (6 credits) from any pre-approved graduate course targeted to a student's professional goals.
  • Capstone project (3 credits) in which students generate a usable product that they can harness in their current professional roles or that can assist in future positions in the field. Students work closely with faculty mentors to develop and execute their capstone projects.

To apply for the two-year track, complete a normal application and simultaneously contact director Stephen Forssell ([email protected].edu; 202-994-6316). 

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