Welcome from the Chair

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As you look around where you live, work, learn, and play, it is easy to miss the impact public health in our daily lives. When public health works, the efforts are often invisible.  When you drink clean water, consume food without the fear of a foodborne disease, work in a safe environment, learn in schools that promote health and emotional well-being as well as academic achievement, play in a tobacco-free outdoor spaces, and live in a community intended to improve people’s ability to make healthy choices you are seeing public health in action.  Choosing a career in one of the many facets of public health will provide you an opportunity to improve the health and well-being of others living around the corner or around the globe.

The various degree programs and concentrations in the Department of Global and Community Health are designed to prepare students with specialized knowledge, competencies, and skills needed to address the world’s most pressing health problems. Our distinguished faculty of superb teachers, researchers, and practitioners are both leaders in public health and recognized for their expertise in population health.  Our programs are able to offer small class sizes and individualized attention that will connect you with opportunities to meet your professional interests and career goals.   

We are located for opportunity! George Mason University is arguably one of the best places in the United States for preparing and launching a career in community, global public, or population health. The George Mason Fairfax campus is located 15 miles from Washington, D.C., and offers easy and unparalleled access to educational, health, scientific and governmental resources, and exciting cultural and entertainment experiences of the greater National Capital Area. 

Whether your life mission is to work on health problems around the corner or around the globe, our programs will provide you with the opportunity to make a difference. I encourage you to explore our website to learn more about specific programs, degrees, and certificates. Discover the differences we offer in location, programs, opportunities, tuition, and how you can start or advance your career in community, global, public, and population health.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Robert M. Weiler, PhD, MPH
Professor and Chair
The Department of Global and Community Health

Robert Weiler