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About GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences

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Washington, D.C., isn’t just where the George Washington University (GW) resides; it’s what distinguishes the connections and opportunities that are available to you as an online student with GW. Located at the hub of international science, health policy, and business, GW links you to renowned experts and institutions in the field through our program faculty and industry collaborators.

Founded in 1821, GW was created by an act of Congress to fulfill our first president’s vision: an institution in the nation’s capital dedicated to educating and preparing future leaders.

GW continued that vision by opening the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) in 1825. It was only the 11th medical program established in the U.S. By 1840, GW SMHS became the first general hospital in the nation’s capital, and in 1859, it was one of the first schools in the nation to teach clinical medicine.

Throughout the 20th century, SMHS continued to grow and prepare leaders on the cutting edge of healthcare, and by 1960, became one of the first universities to offer students access to the best career preparatory experience at our University hospital.

Today, GW is the largest higher education institute in Washington, D.C., with more than 20,000 students from all 50 states, plus 130 countries.

The George Washington University Mission and Vision

GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences is here to improve the health and well-being of our local, national, and global communities by:

  • Developing tomorrow’s leaders
  • Delivering high-quality health care
  • Advancing scientific discovery and translating discoveries into action
  • Harnessing new technology
  • Establishing community partnerships
  • Fostering multidisciplinary collaboration

Accreditation and Rankings

The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680, (215) 662-5606, accredits the George Washington University.

The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation.

GW is ranked number 56 in “Best National University” by U.S. News & World Report 2017 Best Colleges Rankings and ranked among the top 100 “Best Medical Schools” in 2018.

We’re also ranked number 46 in “Best Research Universities” in the nation by Forbes 2017 College Rankings.

See more recognitions, rankings, and accreditations earned by our GW programs.

The Prestige of a GW degree

Centered in the national and international crossroads of Washington, D.C., the George Washington University commits itself to excellence in the creation, dissemination, and application of knowledge; it’s what distinguishes the connections and opportunities we provide.

When you earn a degree from an online program at GW, you earn a degree from the George Washington University, entrusted with its rights, privileges, and honors. You will join the ever-expanding GW alumni community who leave the world a better place.

Our flexible online programs are designed to advance the careers of health professionals in areas that have growing demand for knowledgeable leaders. You’ll learn from policy and healthcare experts who will help you prepare to meet the evolving field of healthcare.

Discover GW’s Online Graduate Programs

Take the next step in your career with an online degree from the George Washington University. Request more information or call (844) 386-7323 to learn more about our programs, admission requirements, faculty, or accreditation.