Founded in 1903, the School of Nursing & Health Studies houses dynamic degree programs in the health sciences and aims to promote health equity and improve population health locally, nationally, and globally.
Guided by its Mission, Vision, and Values, the school offers academic programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Our faculty comprises seasoned practitioners, researchers, scholars, and teachers. Our graduates are leaders and work in academe, the government and the military, and health systems and community-based organizations, to name a few areas.
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Since its founding in 1903 as the Georgetown University Hospital Training School for Nurses (with a “first lecture” on the “ethics of nursing”), the school has been committed to situating its work in health care within the broader Catholic, Jesuit mission of the university. Today, the School of Nursing & Health Studies, which houses academic programs in the health sciences, continues that tradition, framing its activities with a Mission, Vision, and Values Statement.
Students, faculty, and staff at the School of Nursing & Health Studies create an active learning environment through energizing research endeavors, dynamic educational experiences, and community-based partnerships. This approach includes grant-funded efforts, faculty and student scholarly publications, an intentional focus on the development of undergraduate and graduate student scholarly activities, and enriching collaborations with colleagues in local, national, and global communities. Learn more about the “Policy on Speech and Expression” (Faculty Handbook) and the “Speech and Expression Policy” (Student Affairs).
A first-year global health major at the School of Nursing & Health Studies and her sister are being honored with George H.W. Bush Points of Light Awards for the work they have done through a community-focused organization they started. Shreyaa Venkat (NHS’24) and Esha Venkat, a high school student, cofounded the nonprofit organization NEST4US, which seeks “to work with communities to provide volunteer and leadership opportunities to make the world better through kindness.”
After receiving her BSN at Georgetown in 1979, Lelia “Lee” Reed, who was born and raised in Washington, D.C., has spent many years working to promote health and wellness among older adults. On August 25, she returned to the university – virtually – to begin a master of science degree in aging & health, a step she hopes will give her a deeper understanding of what she has observed in her nursing career.
The American Academy of Nursing’s new class of fellows and group of Living Legends and honorary fellows include several individuals with connections to the School of Nursing & Health Studies. Read about these achievements and learn more about other Georgetown connections to the prestigious academy over the years.
Dr. Robyn (O’Neill) Begley, who earned her BSN at Georgetown in 1977, is CEO of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) and the senior vice president and chief nursing officer of the American Hospital Association (AHA). For her career contributions, she has been recently selected for induction as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, which will occur in October.