Welcome from the Dean
Martin Y. Iguchi, PhD
NHS Dean Martin Y. Iguchi, Ph.D.
Welcome to the Web site of Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies.
I joined this dynamic community as the school’s dean, coming from my position as chair of the Department of Community Health Sciences within the School of Public Health at the University of California at Los Angeles. I am a behavioral scientist by training and have devoted my professional career to studying drug addiction, drug policy, health disparities, and HIV transmission.
What attracted me to Georgetown University and NHS, in particular, is what I also hope will appeal to you – a mission-oriented education that promotes quality and innovation in health and health care in the U.S. and abroad.
Our school began in 1903 to help educate a nursing workforce for Georgetown University Hospital, which opened its doors in 1898. From the beginning, our Jesuit values of caring for the whole person (or cura personalis in Latin) and serving the common good have influenced our actions to improve the health of the community around us.
Since that time – as our world has become smaller and our understanding of science and health has changed dramatically – we have built upon our strong heritage and broadened our program offerings within and outside the nursing field. We currently house four departments: Health Systems Administration, Human Science, International Health, and Nursing.
Regardless of their program, our faculty members work to ensure that NHS students play a part in providing answers to some of the most pressing issues of our time – whether it be as innovative leaders in nursing or as pioneers in addressing issues of health disparities, global health, health reform, the evolving role of the nursing workforce, or laboratory research.
I am certain that NHS students, who uniquely embody the Jesuit tradition of service to others, will pass on their values to new generations of health care leaders who understand the importance of social justice and social action.
Thank you for visiting our Web site. I hope, if you have not, that you will come to our campus in the near future. Do not hesitate to contact us with questions.