Transforming Public Health at GW


The trajectory of GW’s School of Public Health changed dramatically in 2014, when the school received transformational funding of $80 million, comprising three gifts from the Milken Institute, the Sumner M. Redstone Charitable Foundation, and the Milken Family Foundation. These gifts—the largest to the Making History campaign—are addressing, in collaboration with other institutions, many of the world’s public health challenges, focusing on prevention of disease and promotion of wellness. In honor of these gifts, the school was renamed the Milken Institute School of Public Health. The Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness also was established, housed within the school.

In the spirit of collaborative philanthropy, the gifts include:

$40 million from the Milken Institute

This gift is supporting new and ongoing research and scholarships; reinvigorating the school’s curriculum and academic structure; convening policy leaders, faculty, experts, and others to discuss critical public health issues; and enabling the recruitment and hiring of high-caliber new faculty members.

$30 million from the Sumner M. Redstone Charitable Foundation

This gift established the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness within the school. Dr. William Dietz was appointed as the inaugural director of the Redstone Center and the Sumner M. Redstone Chair.

Under his leadership, the center is developing and advancing innovative strategies to expand wellness and the prevention of disease in Washington, D.C. and globally.

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$10 million from the Milken Family Foundation

This gift supports the Milken Institute School dean’s office; Dean Lynn Goldman was installed as the Michael and Lori Milken Dean of the Milken Institute School of Public Health in 2015. This gift also created a new public health scholarship program, the Michael and Lori Milken Public Health Scholars program, which is enabling the school to enhance its status in the competitive marketplace, attracting exceptional students to GW.

These history-making gifts have accelerated exponentially the school’s efforts to develop translational research; convene leaders and thinkers to tackle the world’s biggest public health challenges; and educate students to be the public health innovators of tomorrow. This extraordinary support is enabling the school to continue to climb in national rankings, strengthen its capacity to attract the brightest students and top-notch faculty, and provide the best health policy and management education in the country.

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