Office of Research

Northwest Center for Public Health Practice


The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) promotes excellence in public health by linking academia and the practice community. As part of the University of Washington School of Public Health, NWCPHP provides training, research, and evaluation for state, local, and tribal public health in six Pacific Northwest states - Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

Core Services Offered

NWCPHP offers online courses, tabletop exercises, monthly webinars, in-person trainings and institutes as part of its practice-based continuing public health education.

NWCPHP is an active partner in public health systems and services research (PHSSR). PHSSR uses data, research techniques, and evidence to study the barriers to maximum efficacy and provide guidance for public health agencies seeking to improve their practice and service.

NWCPHP focuses on three areas of evaluation: evaluating public health programs, evaluating training needs, and evaluating trainings. We have developed a widely-used training evaluation model, as well as standardized training evaluation templates. NWCPHP also provides program evaluation to organizations throughout the region.

Funding Information:

Centers for Disease Control Preparedness and Response Learning Center (PERLC) 2010-2016
Health Resources and Services Administration, Affordable Care Act (ACA) Public Health Training Center, 2014-2018
Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, Sustainability Plan for Snohomish County’s Gear Up & Go!, 2014-2017

Reporting Structure:

Jeff Harris, Chair, Department of Health Services

Related UW Entities:

School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, Department of Global Health,
Foster School of Business,
School of Nursing,
School of Law

Center Details

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Director: Bekemeier, Betty
Location: University District Building
1107 NE 45th Street Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98105
Year Started: 1990
Administrators / Program Managers: D'Ambrosio, Luann
Blackmer, Janell
Administering College/School: School of Public Health 
P.I. Home Department: Psychosocial & Community Health, School of Nursing 
Faculty Involvement: 20