Graduate Certificate: Health Policy and Media Engagement

Take a seat at the table

Embark on a focused, high-powered journey through the underpinnings of the political, executive and judicial processes and strategies essential to effective regulatory and legislative implementation.

This 15-credit graduate certificate opportunity is available online for health-related professionals from various disciplines, including nursing, public health, medicine, law, business, public administration and more. 


  • Contribute to actual policymaking processes at the grassroots, state and federal levels in legislative and regulatory environments or within the justice system.
  • Build an in-depth understanding of media as a policy stakeholder, analyze media accuracy and bias and engage with traditional and social media platforms to influence policy. 
  • Sharpen media and communication skills that include interviews, oral testimony, public comments, and opinion pieces while shaping policy with local, state and federal decision-makers.
  • Apply a variety of tools and tactics as you explore and apply health care financing and reimbursement principles and strategies to policy solutions.
  • Develop skills to better engage in meaningful and productive dialogues with your colleagues while serving on a board or committee seat.
  • Gain access to a growing array of resources and learning opportunities through the GW Nursing Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement led by Executive Director Jean Johnson, and supported Senior Policy Service Professor Diana Mason.

Who Should Apply

If you’re already working as a nurse, have a master’s in nursing and are interested in incorporating evidence-based practice, organizational interdisciplinary concepts, policy and research into clinical practice and leadership, look no further than this certificate option. This program option is also available as a DNP.


The George Washington University School of Nursing has received financial support to develop this graduate certificate in Health Policy and Media Engagement from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NSCBN). This information or content and conclusions are those of the GW Nursing, and should not be construed as the official position or policy of NCSBN.


Fall 2022 Applications
Priority: 12/01/2021
Final: 05/01/2022



The Certificate: Health Policy and media Engagement program consists of 15 credit hours. Questions about program requirements should be directed to the program director.

Program of Study


For full listing of courses and descriptions, please visit the University Bulletin.

Additional Requirements

Virtual New Student Orientation

The Virtual New Student Orientation is designed to provide knowledge and tools necessary to succeed at GW Nursing. You will become familiar with academic resources, program requirements, course registration, online technology and student expectations. You will also connect with fellow students, faculty members and advisers.

Technology Requirements

Beginning fall 2018, each student admitted to the Certificate program is expected to own and have ready access to a laptop or tablet with basic productivity software for classroom use. View Policy.

Complete applications that are submitted by the priority deadline will be reviewed first. Applications do not have to be verified by the priority deadline, only completed and submitted. Questions? Contact the Office of Admissions at [email protected]

A completed application includes the following components:

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university<
  • Preferred scholastic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts (from all post-secondary schools)
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one academic)
  • Current resume
  • Statement of Purpose


  1. GW Nursing is subject to state authorization requirements in order to offer an approved nursing curriculum. View available states.


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Frequently Asked Questions

On-campus requirements vary by program and specialty. Students enrolled in our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program spend the duration of the program on our Virginia Science and Technology Campus (VSTC) in Ashburn, Virginia.

Most graduate programs are delivered in a distance format with online courses and some on-campus experiences for testing and training, which typically take place in our state-of-the-art simulation facilities at VSTC. For example, nurse practitioner students are required to come to campus for Campus Learning and Skills Intensive (CLASI) when enrolled in NURS 6222 and for Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) during their second clinical course. For specific on-campus requirements for graduate programs, please visit the webpage for your respective specialty area of interest.

All nurse practitioner students are also required to complete an end of program skills assessment. During this final on-campus simulation-based learning event, students have an opportunity to showcase their assessment, diagnostic reasoning, and patient management skills.

Students enrolled in our Accelerated or Veteran Bachelor of Science in Nursing program may only attend the program on a full-time basis due to its accelerated format.

Students enrolled in our RN to BSN or RN to MSN programs may only enroll on a part-time basis.

Students enrolled in a graduate program have the ability to enroll in most tracks on a part-time basis. To review your program of study options, visit the MSN, DNP or certificate webpage in the specialty area of your choice. PhD applicants should contact the program director directly.

Students wishing to apply for a student visa in the United States will need to seek sponsorship from George Washington University. At this time, the only program available to students seeking an F-1 or J-1 visa is our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program taught in person in Ashburn, Virginia. For further questions about eligibility, please contact [email protected].