The mission of the Department of Health Studies (DHS) is to educate and empower future leaders in the field to improve the health status and wellbeing of individuals, communities, organizations, and societies. This mission is achieved through innovative education, transformational research, creative partnerships, and policy-change advocacy. Health issues are of universal interest and relevance, transcending the boundaries of race, religion, culture and national origin.
Our graduates put their expertise to work promoting health outcomes, policy, and research locally, nationally, and globally. Here are just a few recent examples of alums' career paths:
Research Associate at National Institute of Health
Nutrition Educator at Maryland Snap-Ed
Program Associate at Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
Wellness Coordinator at NFL Players Association
Assistant Fitness Director at Sport & Health
Health Communications Specialist at USAID
Senior Director, Customer Engagement at Cigna
Research Associate at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
Lifestyle Educator at Kaiser Permanente
Education Specialist at the Capitol Area Food Bank
Faculty Experts’ Corner: Stacey Snelling
Chair of health studies, Stacey Snelling talks about how her department has transitioned to active and engaging online learning, while engaging with students and serving many communities in Washington, DC, from teachers to healthcare workers.
Public Health alumni, AshaLetia Henderson, was interviewed for a spotlight article about her journey to become a Public Health Associate for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Read more in News and Events!
1st year Public Health Scholar, Rebeka Rafi, was awarded an MLK Eagle Endowment Grant for her project to support food access among those experiencing homelessness in the DMV area.