GW LGBT Health Policy & Practice Program

Dr. Stephen ForssellLesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals exist at a unique cross-section of our ever-changing healthcare landscape. With the publication of the Institute of Medicine’s “Report on the Health of LGBT People” and the inclusion of LGBT people as a population of focus in Healthy People 2020, the health concerns of this population have come to the forefront of medical, social and political thinking.

As such, it is imperative that leaders across professional disciplines be well trained and informed about the challenges faced by LGBT individuals when interacting with the healthcare system.

The LGBT Health, Policy & Practice Graduate Certificate Program at GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences was developed in response to this need with the assistance and consultation of health care and policy professionals in the government and private industry. The first of its kind in applied LGBT health, the program trains current and future healthcare leaders on strategies for addressing LGBT health issues, reducing health disparities for LGBT people, and for moving the field forward toward a more inclusive, equitable state.