Affiliations 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.


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


Upcoming Events

GMU Biodefense Spring 2015 Policy Seminars

March Seminar

Title: Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction – An Integrated Layered Approach

Speaker: Dr. David Christian Hassell, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Chemical and Biological Defense, Department of Defense

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015

Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm; complimentary food will be served at 5:30pm

Location: The Hub Meeting Room 5, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

April Seminar

Title: Unconventional Methods for Assessing Unconventional Threats

Speaker: Dr. Gary Ackerman, Director, Unconventional Weapons and Technology Division, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)

Speaker: Date: Thursday, April 16, 2014

Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm; complimentary food will be served at 5:30pm

Location: Merten Hall 1202, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

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Call for Papers

Disaster Resilience: Addressing Disparities

World Medical &Health Policy (WMHP), in collaboration with the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), the official certifying body for the American Association of Physician Specialists (AAPS), is soliciting contributions to a special issue dedicated to reducing disparities in disaster preparedness. For the purpose of this call disasters are defined as natural and human made. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: training, disaster prediction, all inclusive community preparedness, technological advances in disaster mitigation, policies, standard of practice, the role of health care facilities, first responders, public, military private partnerships, humanitarian assistance, and humanitarian interventions.

Manuscripts should be submitted by May 1st, 2015 under the link “For Contributors” at Please contact Deputy Editor Bonnie Stabile at with any questions.


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