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Columbian College to Offer LGBT Health Graduate Program, Certificate in Applied Health

The New Graduate Certificate Program is Geared Toward Need for Healthcare and Policy Professionals to Address Challenges Faced by LGBT Population

March 04, 2013

Latarsha Gatlin
202-994-5632; [email protected]
Michelle Sherrard
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WASHINGTON—George Washington University’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) has launched a new graduate certificate program in LGBT health to train current and future healthcare leaders and policy advocates on issues relating to the health and well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The LGBT Health Graduate Certificate Program, which will enroll its first students in June of this year, will encompass a set of courses focused on issues ranging from the psychological and medical to legal and policy-based. The hybrid curriculum of on-campus and online offerings will include contemporary topics, such as transgender care, marriage equality, and advocacy for underserved populations. 

“The creation of this graduate certificate demonstrates GW’s commitment to educating a work force to be both dexterous and empathetic to our diverse society,” said Peg Barratt, dean of GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. “With the recent and upcoming changes in health care and debate over policies relating to marriage, there is a great need for a program of this nature.”

While housed in CCAS, the program will also draw on faculty from the School of Public Health and Health Services as well as guest lecturers from the LGBT field.

“I am excited that we are offering this unique program, the first-of-its-kind in applied LGBT health,” said Stephen Forssell, director of the program and a faculty member in the Department of Psychology. “Not only will it provide an opportunity for discourse on the disparities faced by the LGBT community, it will also focus on strategies to move the field forward toward a more inclusive, equitable state.”

For more information on the Graduate Certificate Program in LGBT Health, go to: .

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Established in 1821 in the heart of the nation’s capital, the George Washington University Columbian College of Arts and Sciences is the largest of GW’s academic units. It encompasses more than 40 departments and programs for undergraduate, graduate and professional studies. Columbian College provides the foundation for GW’s commitment to the liberal arts and a broad education for all students. An internationally recognized faculty and active partnerships with prestigious research institutions place Columbian College at the forefront in advancing policy, enhancing culture and transforming lives through research and discovery.

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In the heart of the nation's capital with additional programs in Virginia, the George Washington University was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. The university offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study, as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and more than 130 countries.