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.

Courses (undergraduate students)

Research Exposed!

The Population Health Initiative partners with the University of Washington’s Undergraduate Research Program each winter quarter to offer the Research Exposed! (General Studies 391) course, which features a series of faculty lectures focused on the three pillars of population health: human health, environmental resilience and social and economic equity.

Undergraduates may take this course for credit (i.e., one credit/quarter; three quarters max). Each lecture is open to all interested faculty, students, staff, alumni and members of the community.

More information about the winter 2019 course can be found on the Undergraduate Research Program website. A summary of the inaugural course from winter quarter 2018 can be found on our News page.

First-year Interest Groups

The Population Health Initiative has partnered with the University of Washington’s First Year Programs to introduce the concept of population health to the approximately 3,000 incoming freshmen and transfer students who join a First-year Interest Group (FIG).

As part of this course, students engage in the Seattle Communities and Research (CoRe) project, which is an exploration of Seattle neighborhoods over several weeks during the fall. In teaming with the CoRe project, the Population Health Initiative offers students a population health lens through which they can analyze the various aspects of a neighborhood that contribute to resident’s overall health and well-being.

Other undergraduate courses

The Population Health Initiative has also 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

Internships (students and faculty)

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

  • The Career & Internship Center supports the internship and professional development goals and needs of students. It also offers support to faculty and advisors to deliver career content to students, classes, departments, and programs.
  • The Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center offers paid Undergraduate Community Based Internships that partner students with non-profit and public sector organizations.
  • The Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center also offers several fellowship opportunities.
  • The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation offers a structured internship program in which undergraduates can receive professional experience as well as education and training opportunities to enhance career readiness.

UW Bothell

UW Tacoma

Research opportunities (undergraduate students)

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

Fellowships and training (graduate students)

Graduate School fellowships

The UW Graduate School maintains a listing of a variety of funding opportunities for graduate students.

This listing includes opportunities administered by the Graduate School as well as opportunities external to the UW.

Commercialization fellowship

The UW Institute of Translational Health Sciences offers a summer-long commercialization fellowship for graduate students with entrepreneurial backgrounds who are interested in building a commercialization plan for a promising technology.

Fellows are paired with an early-stage technology, working with the inventors, as well as mentors, to evaluate if the technology presents a start-up or licensing opportunity.

The fellowship awards five students with $10,000 stipends each and is managed by the UW Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship.

TL1 Translational Research Training Program

The UW Institute of Translational Health Sciences’ TL1 program is a one-year mentored research training program in translational science for pre-doctoral students.

This program creates a cross-disciplinary community of emerging researchers and provides them with funding, specific training, career development opportunities and team science skills to help them function effectively within translational science teams.

Career development programs (faculty and postdoctoral)

Future Faculty Fellows Program

The UW School of Medicine offers a Future Faculty Fellows Program that aims to prepare postdoctoral scientists for successful careers that combine research, service, mentoring and teaching.

The program consists of two components: a workshop on career development, and a teaching apprenticeship program that provides a faculty-mentor experience in designing and teaching an undergraduate course.

The program is free and relevant to individuals in any area of basic or applied bioscience, or engineering in any biological, biomedical or biochemical field.

KL2 Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Career Development Program

The UW Institute of Translational Health Sciences’ KL2 program provides the time, funding, mentorship and training necessary to foster the early career development of clinical and translational researchers (i.e., postdoctoral or early career faculty level).

KL2 scholars are appointed for up to three years of support. The program encourages all types of clinical research, including patient-oriented research, translational research, small- and large-scale clinical investigation and trials, epidemiologic and natural history studies, health services research and health behavior research.

Translational Research Scholars Program

The UW Institute of Translational Health Sciences’ Translational Research Scholars Program is a faculty career-development program that provides promising early stage investigators from the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) region with one year of high-quality, targeted and structured career development.

The development package includes research funding up to $10,000, mentoring, peer-to-peer feedback and expert review services.

Selected scholars will need to be prepared to submit a National Institutes of Health K or R application by the end of program.

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.

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.