Dr. Sandra Whitehead

Sandra Whitehead
Program Director, Sustainable Urban Planning Program
GW Arlington Education Center
950 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, Virginia 22203
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

  • Health and the Built Environment
  • Health in All Policies
  • Health Impact Assessment

Sandra is the Program Director for the Sustainable Urban Planning Program. Prior to joining GW full-time, she worked as the Director of Partnership Development at the National Environmental Health Association where she created tools and trainings for environmental health professionals. 

Dr. Whitehead also worked at the National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Florida Department of Health. While working at the Florida Department of Health she provided capacity building assistance to the 67 local health departments.

Sandra has been teaching for GW since 2015. She teaches PSUS 6204: Land Use Law and PSUS 6230: Studio in Sustainable Urban Planning. She has also taught at the University of Florida and Florida State University.


  • M.P.A. Public Administration, Florida State University
  • Ph.D., Public Administration, Florida State University

Classes Taught

  • PSUS 6204: Land Use Law;
  • PSUS 6230: Studio in Sustainable Urban Planning; and
  • PSUS 6325: Urban Health Impact Assessment.