Chair’s Welcome - Human Science

Welcome to the Department of Human Science at Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies (NHS).

Our department greatly values the exciting work of discovery. We are students and faculty who learn through exploration, with a unifying focus on human health and well-being.

This approach takes us from basic laboratory research in our aptly named “Discovery Center,” a state-of-the-art research facility, to caring for and promoting health for the whole person to engaging in participatory action research that challenges our assumptions about how best to reduce health disparities and promote environmental and social justice.

Human Science generates knowledge through bench research, translates it to the bedside, and moves it out into the community, where prevention is possible.

Our dynamic group of faculty members nurture creativity and bring their passion for education and for research to bear in the fields of cancer, cell biology, exercise physiology, genetics, health promotion, physiology, microbiology, sociology, psychology, and occupational and environmental health and safety.

The Department of Human Science prepares students for life-long learning through a strong basis in the biological and behavioral sciences. We offer an honors program and the opportunity to conduct research in a variety of settings, including translational research in Argentina, and to present research findings at the department-sponsored Undergraduate Research Conference or through publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

We also prepare students for life-long service, from opportunities to assist in the teaching mission within NHS and in the Pathways to Success program for high school students from rural and underserved areas, to outreach programs addressing public health, prevention, and occupational and environmental health concerns among vulnerable populations.

Departmental faculty members mentor students to excel. Students graduate with an ability to engage and challenge in the spectrum of health-related fields, and have gone on to additional studies as Fulbright scholars and as graduate students in public health, science, medicine, physical therapy, dentistry, and law, to name a few. Regardless of the field they select, they graduate committed to and capable of changing our world.

Please visit us soon.

Rosemary K. Sokas, MD, MOH