Sara Wilensky, J.D., Ph.D.
Department of Health Policy and Management
Director of the Undergraduate Program in Public Health
The George Washington University
As both a teacher and a researcher, Dr. Wilensky concentrates on the financing, access and health care needs of the medically underserved, including low-income and uninsured individuals, farmworkers and patients with HIV and AIDS. After completing her undergraduate work, Professor Wilensky served as a fellow at Plan de Salud del Valle Community Health Center, located in rural Colorado, gaining first-hand insights into the needs of these populations. Subsequently, she pursued a law degree, clerked for a federal judge and worked briefly ata law firm, before becoming a member of the GW health policy faculty in 2002.
In addition to her responsibilities as a teacher, advisor, and a mentor, Dr. Wilensky serves on two Department committees - for student and alumni affairs, and for recruitment and admissions -- and on the School's undergraduate curriculum sub-committee. Committed to improving the writing skills of both graduates and undergraduates, she is also actively involved in teh Writing in the Disciplines program. As the Director of the Undergraduate Program in Public Health, Professor Wilensky oversees three undergraduate programs, a Public Health major, minor, and five year BS/MPH dual-degree program. GW is one of only a handful of schools that offers a full array of public health opportunities to our undergraduate students.