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.
Learn more about our bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral programs, and online health prerequisite courses!
To Applicants:Thank you for your interest in the School of Nursing & Health Studies (NHS). As you may have read, Georgetown is planning to launch a School of Nursing and a School of Health by July 1, 2022. We expect that NHS’s current academic programs will continue on through these two new schools. We plan for the BSN, the MS in Nursing, the DNAP, and the DNP to be housed in the planned School of Nursing. We plan for the BS programs in Global Health, Health Care Management & Policy, and Human Science and the MS program in Health Systems Administration to be housed in the planned School of Health. The future organizational homes of these programs will not affect your application – admitted students will remain in the programs when the new schools are established.
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.
Statement on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice
“Supporting our collective foundational mission to advance health equity, the School of Nursing & Health Studies profoundly rejects racism, faith-based persecution, sexism and gender discrimination, ageism, homophobia, ableism, xenophobia, and transphobia. These and all other forms of bias, discrimination, prejudice, and hate directed at persons – expressed overtly or covertly at the interpersonal, institutional, and/or structural levels – threaten our collective humanity through harming both the ability of individuals and communities to truly flourish, and the promotion of equity, justice, and the common good. The School of Nursing & Health Studies, consistent with Georgetown’s Catholic, Jesuit identity, supports an academic environment that is diverse, inclusive and respectful, and we commit to building upon and promoting this work through humility and the transparent practices, policies, resourcing, and values of our academic community.”
This statement has been endorsed by the NHS Executive Faculty and NHS Leadership Team.
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. Learn more about the “Policy on Speech and Expression” (Faculty Handbook) and the “Speech and Expression Policy” (Student Affairs).
Georgetown nursing and medical students are working together to administer COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for the campus community – an opportunity both to promote public health and to support interprofessional education. Two thousand individuals have signed up for the two clinics.
After Georgetown, human science alumna Dr. Staceyann Smith (NHS’09) received her MD and MPH degrees. A pediatrician, Smith practices at the Montefiore Family Care Center, which enables her to provide care in an underserved urban neighborhood with a large immigrant population.
Throughout the pandemic, three Georgetown University graduates have worked together as leaders in the MedStar Health system to address challenges facing the nursing workforce. Susan Kiley Eckert (NHS’78) is senior vice president and chief nursing executive of MedStar Health, Eileen Brennan Ferrell (NHS’75, G’83) is chief nursing officer (CNO) of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and Claire Piccirillo (G’00) is CNO of MedStar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney, MD.
Last week, Georgetown doctoral student Felipe Santoyo-Cuellar (G’23) received a ‘Forty Under 40’ Award during the annual conference of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Santoyo-Cuellar, who is enrolled in the post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, explained that the award recognizes his work in Phoenix, AZ, to address “the social determinants of health among the underserved and underinsured.”