Health Policy and Media Engagement Graduate Certificate

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. During this yearlong program, we will give you tools and strategies to craft meaningful policy solutions:

  • 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.


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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.

About the Program

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]

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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
  • Personal statement



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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

Health Policy and Media Engagement Certificate program of study (part-time)



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.

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Graduate tuition is charged per credit hour unless otherwise noted, and is listed under “School of Nursing” by the university’s Student Accounts Office. Rates vary by program and are subject to change without prior notice. Changes to a student’s program or course load may result in additional tuition charges and fees.

This program does not qualify for Title IV funding. For important information regarding educational debt, earnings and completion rates of this certificate, view the Gainful Employment Disclosure.

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