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HIV/AIDS Studies

Milken Institute School of Public Health

Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

This program enables graduates to work more effectively in HIV/AIDS public health, community-based and service organizations as well as in HIV/AIDS research.

Offered through the Milken Institute School of Public Health, in collaboration with the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the course work focuses on HIV/AIDS biology; policy; epidemiology; prevention, care and treatment; surveillance; and organizational responses to the epidemic. It is the centerpiece of the educational component of the GW HIV/AIDS Institute.

Graduate Certificate Program

The 18-credit graduate certificate can be taken as a stand-alone program. Or, it can be combined with any master’s degree in the Milken Institute School of Public Health. It uniquely position graduates for careers that require both breadth and depth of public health knowledge.

With courses scheduled in the late afternoons and early evenings, our programs allow students to attain valuable career experience while they earn their degrees.

Graduate certificate programs are open to applicants with a master’s degree or higher who may wish to gain knowledge and skills in public health or health services.

Admission Requirements


Fall – April 15 (Applications must be complete by December 15 for priority scholarship consideration.)
Spring – April 1
Summer - January 15

Individuals interested in applying to this program should submit their application and supporting documents through SOPHAS, a general online application for schools of public health. A graduated fee is charged for this application, depending on the number of accredited schools to which you apply.

Standardized test scores:

GRE general test (institutional code 5268).  Applicants may also submit the LSAT, MCAT, or GMAT instead of the GRE. Applicants who already have a conferred graduate degree (i.e. J.D., M.A., M.S., J.D.) are exempt.

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Transcripts must be forwarded to SOPHAS in their original sealed envelopes directly from the institution.

Official transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services, please click here.

Statement of Purpose:

In an essay of approximately 1500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application.  The Committee reviews your Statement of Purpose to determine your motivation for pursuing a career in public health and health services. 

International applicants only:

PLEASE NOTE that all programs in the Milken Institute School of Public Health require the following minimum English language test scores for admission:

  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0.
  • TOEFL: 600 on paper-based or 100 on Internet-based.
  • PTE Academic: 68.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Office of Admissions
2nd Floor
Milken Institute School of Public Health
950 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20037

Contact for questions: ~ 202.994.2160 (phone)
 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday