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Department of Health Studies

Offering programs in health promotion, nutrition education, and public health.

Department of Health Studies

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.

Degree Programs & Careers

 

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.

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Department News

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.

Faculty In the Field

News

President-Elect Joe Biden

What Will the World Look Like in a Biden-Harris Administration?

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Child holding a sign that says Hungry

The Growing Hunger Crisis in America

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27 Number of grants awarded to our department to promote health in Washington, DC

126 Students, faculty, staff, and volunteers working with us

69 Number of publications, reports, and presentations to disseminate this work