Population Health

November 26, 2018

IHME releases the Global Burden of Disease 2017 study


The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation recently published the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) 2017 study. The GBD is a comprehensive, worldwide observational epidemiological study that describes mortality and morbidity from major diseases, injuries and risk factors to health at global, national and regional levels. It examines trends from 1990 to…

November 21, 2018

Gift funds new UW Center for Integrative Oncology and Palliative Care Social Work


A substantial gift from Lynn and Howard Behar is expanding the University of Washington School of Social Work’s support for the next generation of oncology social work scholars through the launch of a new Center for Integrative Oncology and Palliative Care Social Work. The Center will take a social justice approach to oncology and palliative…

November 14, 2018

Developing a water advisory system for farmers in India

UW student Shahryar Ahmad helps set-up an automatic weather station that measures weather parameters in real time.

Farmers in India grow an assortment of crops, and while this variety can be a good thing, many farmers struggle with knowing how much water their crops require. As a result, crops are often over or under watered, which reduces their yield. To address this challenge, researchers from the University of Washington’s Department of Civil…

November 7, 2018

UW ranked No. 10 in US News Best Global Universities


The University of Washington maintained its No. 10 spot on the latest U.S. News & World Report’s Best Global Universities rankings. The UW is second among American public institutions. The Best Global Universities methodology weighs factors that measure a university’s global and regional research reputation and academic research performance. For the overall rankings, this includes bibliometric…

November 1, 2018

UW project connects excess dining hall food with local non-profit agencies

The team designed an interface that it is easy-to-use, logistics-focused and clear so all parties can understand each other’s needs and roles. 

An idea for a human centered design and engineering class project at the University of Washington is now a fully-functional website that pairs UW dining halls with local shelters to coordinate food donations as a way of reducing food waste. The web platform, mealmatchup.org, works like this: Food providers log food donations and request pickups…

October 30, 2018

Winter 2019 undergraduate course highlights population health research

The Population Health Initiative has again partnered with the University of Washington’s Undergraduate Research Program (URP) to offer a series of faculty lectures during winter quarter 2019 focused on the three pillars of population health: human health, environmental resilience and social and economic equity. The Research Exposed! (General Studies 391) course will feature faculty from…

October 25, 2018

New report projects sea-level changes for Washington State

The new report combines sea-level rise projections with specific geologic land motion at 171 sites along Washington’s coast.

A new climate change report led by Washington Sea Grant and the University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group details ocean level projections for more than 150 different sites along the Washington coastline. The report incorporates geology-driven land motion and provides the latest, probabilistic estimates to let planners weigh the risks of different scenarios, which allows…

October 23, 2018

Reuters ranks the UW among top 5 most innovative universities in the world


The University of Washington is listed at No. 5 on the latest Reuters Top 100: The World’s Most Innovative Universities. This list ranks the educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies and help drive the global economy. The ranking is an increase of two spots from last year, with the UW also…

October 17, 2018

Testing healthy living strategies in public housing

New research from a University of Washington faculty member indicates that health promotion interventions in public housing communities have the potential to reduce obesity among residents. This one-year study, which looked at the diets and physical activity of people living in 10 public housing developments in Boston, was led by Deborah Bowen, professor of bioethics…

October 11, 2018

New population health concurrent degree program launched by School of Nursing


The University of Washington’s School of Nursing has launched a new concurrent Doctorate in Nursing Practice in Population Health and Master of Public Health in Global Health Degree. This three- to four-year program will expand the multi-disciplinary skills of public health nurses and nurse scholars to better support them in working in partnership with populations…

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