Nancy Freeborne, DrPH, MPH, PA

Nancy Freeborne
Titles and Organizations

Adjunct Faculty, HAP

Contact Information


Nancy Freeborne, an adjunct professor, has worked in many capacities in the health care sector and at two universities-both named after famous Georges. She has a biology degree from Lafayette College, choosing to do a B.A. degree, rather than a B.S., so she could take extra courses in sociology and anthropology. After college, she obtained a Physician Assistant (PA) degree, and she has practiced as a PA in internal medicine, geriatrics, and women’s health. She later worked on and received an MPH in health administration after which she practiced as a PA at George Washington University’s (GWU) Geriatric Clinic while serving as the manager. From there, she transitioned to GWU PA faculty and eventually oversaw some of the GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences community outreach as Director of the ISCOPEs (Interdisciplinary Student Community-Oriented Prevention Enhancement Services) Program.

After receiving a Doctorate of Public Health in Health Behavior, Dr. Freeborne joined the Global and Community Health Department of George Mason University. She helped grow the popular Bachelors of Community Health and advised countless students. Dr. Freeborne was recruited to work as the Director of Operations at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Virginia, serving in that capacity for over a year. Most recently, Dr. Freeborne has transitioned to health consultant whereby she assesses FQHCs across the nation. She has kept her ties to GMU and is pleased to be part of the Health Administration Department, teaching courses to undergraduate and graduate students on the U.S health system.

Community Service

  • Health Ministry Team, Fairfax Presbyterian Church


Research Interests

  • Women's health, specifically heart disease in women

  • Social support

  • Aging issues


Barnato, A. Labor, R. Freeborne, N., Jayes, R. Campbell, J. & Lynn, J. Qualitative Analysis of Medicare Claims in the Last 3 Years of Life: A Pilot Study. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2005; 53:1, 66-73

Freeborne, N, Lynn, J, & Desbiens, NA. Insights About Dying from the SUPPORT Project. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2000; 48(5): S1999-205.

Freeborne, N. The Collected Reports from SUPPORT and HELP: An Annotated Bibliography of Manuscripts in print as of December 31, 1999, and SUPPORT Prognostic Formulas. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2000; 48(5): S222-233

Freeborne, N. Alzheimer’s Disease: The Possibility of Prevention and Early Treatment. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants 2000; 13 (4):32-38.

Freeborne, N. The Functionally Oriented Assessment of the Geriatric Patient Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants 1994; 7 (3):158-66.

Freeborne, N. Overhauling an Old Engine. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants 1990; 3 (6):482–83.

Fried, B, Freeborne, N. Effects of Echinostoma Revolutum (Trematoda) Adults on Various Dimensions of the Chicken Intestine, and Observation on Worm Crowding. Proceedings of the Helminthological Society of Washington. 1984; 51(2):297-300.

Book Chapter

Merrill, R., Frankenfeld, C., Mink, M. & N.Freeborne. Behavioral Epidemiology. Jones & Bartlett Learning (2015)


"Commonwealth Public Health Training Center Grant," HRSA-10-270. 2010-2014. Role: Co-Principal Investigator.

"Community-Based Project Grant," Physician Assistant Foundation. 1999.

Honors and Awards


  • Mentoring Excellence Award, 2015, Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities and Research (OSCAR)
  • Help the Homeless Good Neighbor Award, 2005, Fannie Mae Foundation




  • DrPH, Health Behavior, George Washington University
  • MPH, Health Administration, George Washington University
  • BS, Health Sciences-Physician Assistant, Graduated with Distinction, George Washington University
  • BA, Biology with Honors, Lafayette College