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About Us

The Center for the Study of International Medical Policies and Practices (CSIMPP) provides a global medical and health policy focus for the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. The Center promotes inter- and trans-disciplinary research and training. CSIMPP focus is on applying the evidence base knowledge to the medical and health policy formulation and practice. The Center has working relationships with many professional organizations including the World Medical Association (WMA) and the Academy of Disaster Medicine. The unique expertise of the CSIMPP faculty contributes to the overall SPP and GMU mission by promoting academic activities in:

  1. Evidence-based application to medical policy formulation;
  2. Geographical Information System (GIS), social networks and epidemiology;
  3. Modeling medical and health policy processes;
  4. Priority setting and ethical considerations in allocating scarce medical resources;
  5. Emerging and reemerging infections, including antimicrobial drug resistance;
  6. Disaster preparedness and recovery, with emphasis on disparities;
  7. Medical standards and policies in support of operations in extreme environments;
  8. Health and medical community network analysis;
  9. Modeling spatio-temporal behavior and interaction.


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Upcoming Events


Call for Papers

Call for Papers – Social Determinants of Health

This special issue of World Medical & Health Policy, and related workshop, seek to contribute to understanding and improve policy where social determinants of health are concerned. Research has shown that social, environmental and behavioral factors influence health outcomes more than health care and genetic factors combined, and that “health is powerfully influenced by education, employment, income disparities, poverty, housing, crime, and social cohesion” (McGinnis et al 2002). The workshop and special issue will examine an array of these broad ranging social determinants of health, including consideration of food and nutrition, addiction, gender disparities, living conditions and homelessness, and transportation. On a global scale these factors importantly influence health outcomes, and in turn have implications for economic, political and social development everywhere.

The special issue of World Medical & Health Policy will include a guest editorial by Sir Michael Marmot, President of the World Medical Association, author of The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World (2015), and longtime leader in social determinants of health.

Abstract submission deadline (250 words): July 1, 2016

World Medical & Health Policy

Contact: Bonnie Stabile, Co- Editor,

Notification of selected abstracts: July 15, 2016
Proposed Workshop Date: September 15, 2016
Schar School of Policy and Government
George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia, USA
Completed papers due: September 30, 2016



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World Medical Association


One Health Initiative

International Society of Microbial Resistance

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