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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 School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs 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.


In the News

CSIMPP faculty member Dr. Mary Schmidt interviewed by Fox News about Ebola Facts vs. Fiction.


Upcoming Events

Forum on Health, Homelessness and Poverty

World Medical & Health Policy

November 5, 2015

George Mason University

Founders Hall

Arlington, VA

An academic conference bringing together policy researchers, policymakers, and practitioners working in the community to reduce the effects of homelessness and poverty on health, and to study the relationships among health, homelessness and poverty in an effort to improve policy design and outcomes.

Keynote Address by Michael Gusmano of the Hastings Center

Organized in cooperation with the Policy Studies Organization, the World Medical & Health Policy journal, the School of Policy, Government and International Affairs at George Mason University, the Center for Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy, and Policy at George Mason University, the Metropolitan Policy Center of the School of Public Affairs at American University, and the American Public University System.

Call for Papers


Call for Papers: Forum on Health, Homelessness and Poverty

World Medical & Health Policy

Abstract Submission Deadline: September 4, 2015

Please send abstracts of 250 words to Bonnie Stabile, Deputy Editor, at  Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by September 15th.  Presentations will take place at the Forum on November 5th.

Papers must be uploaded to ScholarOne at by November 20th for peer review and possible inclusion in an upcoming article series.



Call for Papers: The 8th Annual Dupont Summit 2015 on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy

The purpose of the Dupont Summit is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue about pressing issues related to science, technology and the environment. The conference mirrors the interest of the PSO and its partners in promoting conversation about current policy concerns.

Presented every year on the first Friday of December, the conference brings together academics, government, business and social leaders from a variety of backgrounds, for discussion about issues that include but that are not limited to health, energy, national security, information and telecommunications, environment and climate change, biotechnology, genetics and stem cells, water and natural resources, science research and education, technology and innovation, space, and ethical, legal and social implications of science and technology. Other topics are welcome. Our goal is to promote multidisciplinary conversation and networking across the social and political spectrum. You may visit our journals through the links below for more information on the topics covered.

The annual call for papers for this year’s Dupont Summit 2015 is currently open. In order to submit a paper for consideration, please send a 1-2 page abstract to PSO Executive Director, Daniel Gutierrez, at, or call 202-349-9282. The early consideration deadline will be September 15th, 2015. Proposals submitted by the early deadline will be given priority.



Policy Studies Organization (PSO)

World Medical Association


One Health Initiative

International Society of Microbial Resistance

Click here to access the World Medical & Health Policy Journal.
Click here to access the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) materials
Click here for information about Dupont Summit 2015break