Academic Units

Department of Global and Community Health

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The Department of Global and Community Health (GCH) prepares students to protect the health and wellness of individuals, families, and communities—locally and globally. Located just 15 miles from the nation’s capital, our students work with government, private, and nongovernment and community organizations, all focused on solving community and global health challenges. We educate students to become critical thinkers and successful public health practitioners through strong educational programs by emphasizing the importance of protecting public safety, preventing illness, and promoting wellness in all populations, domestically and internationally.

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Department of Health Administration and Policy

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The Department of Health Administration and Policy (HAP) provides students the education, service, and research opportunities to contribute to improving the quality of care and delivery of health care services. Our innovative, nationally and internationally recognized curriculum in health administration and policy prepares students to work in public and private health care organizations, think tanks, and research facilities. Our  innovative curriculum, recognized both nationally and internationally, prepares students to pursue careers as executives and managers in acute and ambulatory care and senior housing/assisted living organizations, as well as specialists in health informatics, health care risk management, and health policy and research.

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School of Nursing

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The School of Nursing prepares students for interdisciplinary roles as clinicians, educators, researchers, and administrators in a dynamic and diverse learning environment. Our students are the next generation of nurse leaders and have the knowledge and experience to address the challenges of a rapidly changing and culturally diverse health care environment. Students gain practical, hands-on experience in our simulation and skills labs, and have the opportunity to educate and treat underserved, high-risk populations through our Mason and Partners clinics. Their experience working with the culturally diverse patient population in the northern Virginia area provides them with the necessary skills to deliver health care where it’s needed the most.

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Department of Nutrition and Food Studies

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The Department of Nutrition and Food Studies prepares students to address public health issues involving nutrition and food access and is the only program of its kind in northern Virginia. Our students learn how to combine the science of nutrition with the culture of food to impact society and influence behavior changes that can improve public health and people’s access to quality food sources. Our primary mission is to inform students and the public about the role of food and nutrition in improving health and well-being among local and global populations through the integration of education, research, and outreach. Our undergraduate and graduate programs train students to engage in nutrition and food-related planning, practice, and research.

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Department of Rehabilitation Science

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The Department of Rehabilitation Science is a research-oriented academic program that focuses on the individual development of our students as leaders in the field of rehabilitation science. With an emphasis on improving how people move and function, we educate and mentor students in advancing the discipline by translating an understanding of the mechanisms underlying disability into innovative interventions. Our science aims to improve the quality of life of individuals living with chronic health conditions. There are relatively few rehabilitation science programs in the United States today—we are proud to be one of those programs. Our program offers an interdisciplinary and research-intensive degree, encouraging intra- and inter-institutional scientific pursuits.


Department of Social Work

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The Department of Social Work has prepared innovative social work leaders, scholars, and practitioners for more than 40 years. We are in an ideal region to directly impact social work on a local and national level. Using a competency- and strengths-based curriculum, our students are prepared to address the needs of diverse populations and communities. Our students gain hands-on experiences with diverse populations and communities through our more than 200 active national, government, and community field sites. Accomplished faculty members prepare students in a competency-, skills-, and strengths-based learning environment that encourages a commitment to the field of social work.

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