Population Health

Education and training

The UW seeks to foster the next generation of leaders, thinkers and doers by developing collaborative and innovative education and training opportunities that address the complexities of population health. The following resources are intended to support such opportunities.

Internships (students and faculty)

A number of campus units support population health-related internships, including:

UW Bothell

UW Tacoma

Courses (undergraduate students)

The Population Health Initiative has compiled a sampling of courses that are open to all undergraduates who are interested in gaining deeper exposure to population health-related topics.

View Bothell courses

View Seattle courses

View Tacoma courses

Research (undergraduate students)

A number of campus units offer students exposure to population health-related research opportunities, including:

  • The Undergraduate Research Program’s EXPO database details research opportunities that are available to students.
  • The Undergraduate Research Program’s Research Exposed course offers undergraduates an opportunity to learn about current research in a wide variety of disciplines.
  • The Undergraduate Research Program also offers immersive summer research experiences.

Pathways (medical students)

A number of training programs and pathways exist for medical students, including:

  • The Community Health Advancement Program nurtures the ideas and goals of health care students interested in working with medically underserved populations.
  • The Community-focused Urban Scholars Program seeks to diversify the School of Medicine’s student population and address WWAMI’s urban underserved physician workforce shortage through pipeline development and community-based medical school training.
  • The Rural Underserved Opportunities Program is a four-week, elective immersion experience in community medicine.
  • The Targeted Rural Underserved Track provides a continuous connection between underserved communities, medical education, and health professionals in the WWAMI region.
  • The Global Health Pathway is designed for medical students interested in careers dedicated to improving global health disparities.
  • The Hispanic Health Pathway prepares students to provide culturally responsive care for the Hispanic population.
  • The Indian Health Pathway provides a path for Native medical students to stay connected to their community while enhancing opportunities for Native and non-Native students to learn how to integrate their American Indian/Alaska Native patients’ cultural, spiritual and traditional needs into the health care relationship.
  • The Underserved Pathway helps prepare future physicians to care for vulnerable and underserved populations.

Volunteer (students and members of public)

Opportunities exist across the UW to volunteer to support population health-related projects, including:

UW Tacoma

  • The Center for Service and Leadership offers Husky Volunteers, which is an initiative that encourages and recognizes students’ volunteer service in the community.
  • The Community Economic Development volunteer program at UW Tacoma builds local capacity and helps improve economic opportunity in communities.
  • UW Tacoma students can apply to be mentors for Tacoma area youth through the STEPS program.

Other support

Additional resources available to support population health-related education and training include:

  • The Global Health Resource Center is the University’s hub for global health-related activities.
  • Jumpstart is an early education program that connects students with preschool-aged children from underserved communities in Seattle to lead literacy and science-based activities.