New PhD in Public Health

The new PhD in Public Health degree program - the first in Virginia- offers concentrations in Epidemiology and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

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Students of Global and Community Health at George Mason University have access to organizations that work to make a difference in the health of populations around the world.

The Department of Global and Community Health

The Department of Global and Community Health (GCH) prepares students to become critical thinkers and successful public health practitioners.  The unique interdisciplinary approach to public health education focuses on Public Health 3.0 and teaches students to partner across a variety of sectors to address the social, environmental and economic conditions that affect health and promote health disparities.  The Department’s educational portfolio encourages deeper understanding of global health issues and prepares alumni to lead public health efforts to tackle the important health issues and diseases of the 21st century. 

Our strong educational programs emphasize a variety of health outcomes such as infectious diseases, pregnancy outcomes, and youth risk behaviors—both locally and globally. Our location provides unparalleled access to the nation's capital, and our students work with government, private, nongovernment, and community organizations, to solve community and global health challenges.  The Department is the only institution in Virginia which offers Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH) accredited degrees at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral level. 

Further, our high-quality educational programs provide significant value to our students.  In a recent report, The Wall Street Journal noted that Mason's MPH Program offered the best debt-to-income ratio in all of Virginia.

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