Howard Straker Howard Straker
Director, Physician Assistant/MPH Program
Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
Associate Professor of Prevention and Community Health (Secondary)

Office Phone: (202)994-7727
Email: Email
Department: Physician Assistant Studies


  • BA, State University of New York, Albany, 1982
  • MPH, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1997
  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Education, George Washington University Department of Pathology, 2018


Howard Straker has more than 30 years of PA educational and clinical experience, and is an assistant professor in the Physician Assistant Program. Straker serves as director of the Physician Assistant MPH Program, coordinating the joint degree curriculum across the Physician Assistant Program and four departments within the Milken Institute School of Public Health. He teaches in both the Department of Physician Assistant Studies and the Department of Prevention & Community Health. Straker’s interests are in the preparation of practitioners to work in underserved communities, diversity and inclusion, health professions workforce, and blended learning pedagogy. He currently serves on the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Board of Directors as president-elect.


  • Physician Assistant


McDonald, P.L., Straker, H.O., Weaver, G.C., & Barnett, J.S., (under review). Connecting the Classroom, Clinician, and Community Clinic through Technology for Authentic Learning Experiences on Social Determinants of Health, Education for Health.

C4Tech: Virtual connections between the classroom, clinician and community clinic to bridge the gap between research and practice. Poster at the Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation, December McDonald, P., Straker, H., Weaver, G., Barnett, J., & Herrmann D. 2018, Washington, DC. DOI:10.13140/RG.2.2.34053.81129

McDonald P., Straker, H., Weaver, G., Barnett, J., Herrmann, D., & Schlumpf. Connecting Classrooms, Clinicians and Community Clinics for Active Learning: Leveraging Technology in PA Education. Poster at the George Washington University Teaching Day, September 2018, Washington, DC. DOI:10.13140/RG.2.2.14723.96806

Experience of Commitment: A Phenomenological Study of the Lived Experience of Primary Care Physician Commitment for Practice in Urban Medically Underserved Communities. Straker, HO. 2018 (doctoral dissertation).

everaging E-learning for pedagogical innovation in PA education. Journal of Physician Assistant Education. Straker HO, McDonald PL, Barnett JS, Collins A.. 2018; 29(1)62-66.

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported a financial interest with the health care related companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the University and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

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