Translational Health Sciences

Graduates of the Ph.D. in Translational Health Sciences program will generate, implement, and disseminate evidence to improve health and healthcare. Graduates will work across organizational barriers to engage a range of stakeholders (including scientists, policymakers, and consumers) in identifying, designing, and testing innovations in everyday healthcare practice and education.

Environmental and Green Chemistry

Growing public awareness about the state of the environment, chemical product safety, and new chemical regulatory policies is driving demand for leaders who are able to understand the science underlying environmental challenges and thus develop innovative solutions. The Master of Science in Environmental and Green Chemistry, offered through GW’s Department of Chemistry, develops the experts needed with an interdisciplinary curriculum that fosters proficiency in evaluating the state of the environment and designing greener technologies.

Nuclear Policy

This 15-credit graduate certificate will provide a broad knowledge of nuclear security, non-proliferation and arms control issues, as well as broader security and energy policy issues in an international affairs context. Unique to this certificate is the requirement of a hands-on scientific analysis course for non-scientists. Students will gain detailed knowledge of contemporary issues, critical thinking skills, and laboratory experience from expert faculty within the Elliott School of International Affairs.

'I Am Malala' Curriculum at GW


Malala Yousafzai had led anything but a normal life even before October 2012, when a Taliban gunman climbed aboard a bus ferrying her home from class in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.

The 15-year-old Pakistani had already been lobbying for education rights for her country’s girls for four years — and had been receiving death threats for almost as long.

As a seventh-grader, she had begun keeping an online diary for the BBC about the dangers she faced as a girl pursuing education in the face of Taliban opposition. Her profile later rose  after her fight for education was highlighted in a New York Times documentary and she was nominated for numerous awards.

Because Malala had become the face of education equality in Pakistan the Taliban issued a death sentence, sending a gunman in October 2012.

“Who is Malala?” he demanded, after boarding the bus. Eventually, he identified the teenager, shooting her at close range in the head in an effort to snuff out her message.

But Malala lived, as did her crusade for worldwide education equality.

I am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban tells the story of the youngest-ever Nobel Prize recipient’s childhood, family and activism, set in a region rife with ethnic strife and political upheaval. The book has been inspirational to readers around the world, compelling GW’s Women's Leadership Program to incorporate it into its Summer Reading Series Symposium.


And to further expand the reach of Malala’s memoir, GW’s Global Women’s Institute, in collaboration with the Malala Fund, developed a resource guide for high school, college and university students. Building on Malala’s memoir, the resource guide — which was launched at a November event with Malala’s father, Ziauddin — supports global efforts to mobilize people to address women’s and girls’ rights to an education.

To develop a resource guide that does justice to Malala’s story, the Global Women’s Institute convened a committee comprised of GW faculty with expertise in a wide range of disciplines including international affairs, media studies, language and literature, religion, history, women’s studies, leadership studies and education.

From education to global feminism, the views represented in these narratives reflect the individual experiences of the authors as researchers and practitioners. We hope the guide will serve as a launching pad for a broader discussion on these important issues.

Exhibition Design

The Master of Arts in Exhibition Design is one of the few accredited graduate programs in the nation devoted to interpretive exhibition design. The curriculum is a balanced integration of academic, technical and design courses. Students obtain the professional skills needed to create experiences and narrative environments that engage, educate and entertain audiences.

New Media Photojournalism

The New Media Photojournalism program at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is the first of its kind, created to help visual journalists study and address the changing world of photojournalism.

Clinical and Translational Microbiology

The Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Clinical and Translational Microbiology is a 36 credit hour blended program (i.e. combination of online and face-to-face courses) that prepares graduates for careers in clinical microbiology laboratories; careers supporting infectious disease research efforts in universities, academic health centers, biotechnology firms and pharmaceutical companies; careers in public policy and non-governmental organizations; and positions involving prevention, control and eradication of infectious diseases both globally and within the United States.