School of Nursing and Health Studies

Fountain in front of Dahlgren Chapel
Carole Roan Gresenz

Interim Dean

Allan Angerio

Associate Dean

Jennifer Ericson

Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs

Brian Floyd

Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs

Stephon Hamell

Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs

Sarah Shohet

Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs

History and Purpose

Since its founding over a century ago, the School of Nursing & Health Studies (NHS) has been at the forefront of the health care field, preparing future leaders to respond to the growing complexity of health care delivery at all levels. Graduates pursue careers including nursing, medicine, law, health policy, health management, research and public health among many others. The Undergraduate Program offers its students a broad liberal arts education balanced with the natural and behavioral sciences through innovative curricula in either the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or the Bachelor of Science (BS) with majors in Health Care Management & Policy, Human Science, and Global Health. Students have an opportunity to study and intern at health care facilities and agencies throughout Washington, D.C., such as Georgetown University Hospital, the National Institutes of Health, the Pan American Health Organization, and abroad in Africa, Australia, Europe and South America.

All majors in NHS focus on cura personalis—the care and development of the whole person—by educating students for a meaningful life, challenging them intensively, but also supporting them in their learning. The School embraces the Jesuit inspired principles shared by the entire Georgetown community, which emphasize the pursuit of knowledge with a responsibility to contribute to the common good. Students develop into health professionals who can recognize and respond to the full human experience encountered in the health field. During their first year at Georgetown University, NHS students participate in the First Year Colloquium. This course is taught by faculty across the interdisciplinary team at NHS. All students are exposed to the various arenas of health care with opportunity to dialogue and critique health policy, quality and care.

Graduates of the Health Systems Administration, Human Science, International Health, and Professional Nursing Practice Departments at Georgetown have received a strong scientific and liberal arts education that prepares them for a myriad of careers in health care or basic science. Students interested in careers such as health education, health policy, public health, medicine, physical therapy, global health, scientific writing, consulting or health management and policy will have a solid curricular foundation as well as focusing experiences in seminars, independent research, and internships in the areas of their selected interest. Having taken advantage of the School’s pre-professional advisement program, graduates wishing to pursue graduate or professional studies will have the necessary courses to prepare them for advanced education.