St. Mary's Hall, tulips by White-Gravenor Hall, and blossoming trees near Healy Hall

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.

Students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program celebrate at Commencement 2018

Degree Programs

Learn more about our bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral programs, and online health prerequisite courses!

Historical records of the School of Nursing & Health Studies

Mission, Vision, and Values

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.

Photo collage of students and faculty doing research, learning, and service in laboratory and community settings.

Research, Learning, and Community

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. 

St. Mary's Hall's west entrance surrounded by blossoming cherry trees

Visiting Us

The School of Nursing & Health Studies is located in St. Mary’s Hall on Georgetown University’s campus. The address is 3700 Reservoir Road, NW.

Members of the Nursing Class of 1969 at Reunion


Graduates of the School of Nursing & Health Studies, like the nursing Class of 1969 pictured above at the 50th Reunion, form a lifelong connection with the school and the university.

Recent News

Aerial shot of the Georgetown University campus looking toward the city

NHS Alumni Notes

August 5th, 2020

The new edition (issue 13) of Alumni Notes at the School of Nursing & Health Studies contains highlights about school graduates from 1948 to 2019. This issue was published in August 2020.

Using Zoom, NHS Undergraduates Teach Health Literacy in Alaska Literacy Program

August 3rd, 2020

Through a course on health promotion and disease prevention taught by Professor Joan Riley, associate professor of human science, undergraduates Janessa Mendoza (NHS’22) and Sannidhi Shashikiran (NHS’22) learned about an opportunity to teach health literacy through the Alaska Literacy Program (ALP). Because of COVID-19, the two undergraduates taught using Zoom.

Dr. Matthew Kavanagh stands in front of a book shelf and desk.

Professor Helps Produce New COVID-19 Legal Database

July 22nd, 2020

Dr. Matthew Kavanagh, assistant professor of international health at NHS and director of the Global Health Policy & Politics Initiative at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law, has helped produce the new COVID Law Lab (, a database of laws that countries have implemented in response to the pandemic. This resource is a collaboration among the United Nations Development Programme, the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, and Georgetown.