The mission of the Department of Health Studies is to educate and empower future leaders in the field to improve the health status and wellbeing of individuals, communities, organizations, and societies. This mission is achieved through innovative education, transformational research, creative partnerships, and policy-change advocacy. Health issues are of universal interest and relevance, transcending the boundaries of race, religion, culture and national origin.
Our graduates put their expertise to work promoting health outcomes, policy, and research locally, nationally, and globally. Here are just a few recent examples of alums' career paths:
Research Associate at National Institute of Health
Nutrition Educator at Maryland Snap-Ed
Program Associate at Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
Wellness Coordinator at NFL Players Association
Assistant Fitness Director at Sport & Health
Health Communications Specialist at USAID
Senior Director, Customer Engagement at Cigna
Research Associate at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
Lifestyle Educator at Kaiser Permanente
Education Specialist at the Capitol Area Food Bank
Faculty Experts’ Corner: Stacey Snelling
Chair of health studies, Stacey Snelling talks about how her department has transitioned to active and engaging online learning, while engaging with students and serving many communities in Washington, DC, from teachers to healthcare workers.
Professor Jessica Owens-Young spoke with American Public Media to help the reporter understand racial disparities and the coronavirus pandemic and DC’s response.
Professor Melissa Hawkins wrote about the potential of social bubbles or quaranteams to reduce risk and avoid loneliness in The Conversation.
Professor Melissa Hawkins recently published an article in The Conversation on the 2nd wave of COVID-19 and recent surges across the US. Dr. Hawkins was also featured on a CNN piece, along with other experts, about travel and reopening.