F350 Health Sciences
The UW School of Public Health provides education to prepare outstanding, innovative, and diverse public health leaders and scientists; research to advance public health science and policies; and service to promote the health and well-being of communities locally, nationally, and globally. The School of Public Health emphasizes strong discipline-oriented academic programs, as well as programs that emphasize interdisciplinary collaboration.
The School has five departments: Biostatistics, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Global Health, and Health Services -- plus interdisciplinary programs that include health services administration, maternal and child health, nutritional sciences, pathobiology, and public health genetics.
Within these departments and program, the school offers the following degrees: Master of Public Health (MPH); Master of Science (MS); Master of Health Administration (MHA); Doctor of Philosophy (PhD); and bachelor's degrees in public health, environmental health (also a minor), and health informatics and health information management (HIHIM).
Concurrent degree programs with Anthropology, Dentistry, Foster School of Business, International Studies, Law, Medicine, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Nursing, Public Administration, and Social Work are also available.
Graduate certificate programs are offered in basic or advanced clinical research methods (Epidemiology), emergency preparedness and response (Health Services), global health (Global Health), health management (Health Services), health policy (Health Services), HIV and STIs (Global Health), maternal and child health (Health Services), public health practice (Health Services Executive MPH program), public health genetics (Public Health Genetics), and statistical genetics (Biostatistics).
The School of Public Health offers a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts with a major in public health.
The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences offers a minor and a Bachelor of Science with a major in environmental health. The Department of Health Services offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics and Health Information Management degree, as well as a baccalaureate certificate, through the UW Evening Degree Program. A minor in global health is offered by the Department of Global Health. A minor in nutritional sciences is offered by the Nutritional Sciences Program.
The School of Public Health general education requirements, which apply to all degree programs mentioned above, are as follows:
Areas of Knowledge
*Although School of Public Health students are not required to study a foreign language, they are encouraged to do so by substituting first-year language courses for the VLPA requirement. Completion through the third quarter is required for VLPA credit.
Suggested First- and Second-Year Courses:anthropology, political science, psychology, sociology; distribution of general education and Areas of Knowledge courses as well as coursework that develops critical and analytical thinking, communication skills, and an understanding of public health.
The early admission option is for a select group of students, already enrolled at the UW, who have discovered the major early in their academic career and want to begin developing stronger connections to the school and related opportunities. Students apply to the early admission option during spring of their first year for entry in autumn of their second year or during autumn of their second year for entry in winter of their second year.
Applicants must complete the following by the application deadline to be considered for admission:
Upper Division Admission
The upper division admission option is typical for most students both at the UW and transferring from other institutions.
Applicants must complete the following by the application deadline to be considered for admission:
Bachelor of Arts
108-109 credits, as follows:
In addition to the major requirements shown above, students must complete the general education requirements for the School of Public Health.
Bachelor of Science
108-120 credits, as follows:
In addition to the major requirements shown above, students must complete the general education requirements for the school of Public Health.
All students must make satisfactory academic progress in the major. Failure to do so results in probation, which can lead to dismissal from the major. For the complete continuation policy, contact the departmental adviser or refer to the department website.
Student Outcomes and Opportunities
The School of Public Health (SPH) offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Health Administration (MHA), Master of Science (MS), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Admission requirements vary by degree and field and are described in the sections for each department.
Master of Public Health Degree: The MPH is a professional degree that provides broad training in public health. Each program provides additional training in a particular area. Graduates pursue careers in public health practice settings, academia, or research. The MPH degree is offered in all SPH departments. Students earning the MPH may choose from several areas including biostatistics; community-oriented public health practice; environmental and occupational health; epidemiology; Executive MPH program; health metrics and evaluation; health services; health systems and policy; global health (in Epidemiology or Global Health); leadership, policy, and management; maternal and child health (in Epidemiology or Health Services); nutritional sciences; occupational and environmental medicine; public health genetics; or Peace Corps Master's International. The Executive MPH degree program is a three-year, part-time program that allows mid-career public health professionals to pursue the MPH degree in community practice, environmental health, global health, health education, or maternal and child health while continuing their employment.
Master of Health Administration Degree: The MHA degree is offered by the interdisciplinary graduate programs in health services administration in the Department of Health Services under the auspices of the Graduate School, either as a full-time, in-residence program or a part-time executive program. The MHA program prepares students for careers in management, planning, and policy analysis in a variety of settings in the healthcare field. The purpose of the curriculum is to integrate the knowledge, skills, and experience that encompass health services management, planning, and policy analysis. Students develop knowledge and skills that enable them to better understand and manage change, analyze information and make decisions, and manage organizations and the people in them. The Executive MHA program is a part-time program designed for mid-career health services professionals, including physicians and other experienced clinicians, who wish to continue their employment while pursuing the MHA degree. Both programs provide a balance of theory and practical management skills.
Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy Degrees: The MS and PhD programs in the departments of Biostatistics, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Epidemiology, and Health Services prepare students for academic or research careers. The MS and PhD in the Nutritional Sciences and the Pathobiology programs, and the PhD program in the Institute for Public Health Genetics are administered in the school, although the degrees are awarded through the Graduate School's interdisciplinary group structure.
The MS programs in biostatistics, environmental health (general, occupational and environmental exposure sciences, and toxicology tracks), epidemiology (general, global, or clinical research tracks), health services (healthcare and population health), nutrition, pathobiology, and genetic epidemiology offer focused research training in specific disciplines. Graduates of these programs often assume positions as senior technical staff in laboratories or other organizations and as research project coordinators, or pursue further graduate training. The MS program differs from the PhD program in that more of the courses emphasize the concepts underlying methodological approaches rather than the ability to independently design a major research program.
The PhD programs in biostatistics (general or statistical genetics tracks), environmental and occupational health sciences (environmental & occupational hygiene and toxicology tracks), epidemiology, health services, nutritional sciences, pathobiology, and public health genetics, train future academicians as highly qualified independent investigators and teachers, and as well-trained practitioners. The doctoral programs are distinct from the MS programs by the addition of advanced coursework and the nature and scope of the dissertation research project.
Concurrent Degree Programs: The School of Public Health MPH program encourages students to take full advantage of the University's unique position as a leading education, research, and service institution and to consider one of the many concurrent degree programs available with the MPH. Enrollment in a concurrent degree program at the University permits a student to proceed in a coordinated way towards sequential completion of both degrees in a shortened period of time. Some of the options available are not formal concurrent programs, but the degrees listed can be pursued in parallel with the Global Health MPH. In some cases, agreements are reached between the two programs to allow for sharing of some credits and/or projects. Most concurrent degrees begin with a successful application to the other school, followed by an application to the MPH during the first year of study in the first program.
Residency Programs: The SPH offers a residency in occupational and environmental medicine (MPH). Physicians may apply to any of the school's other graduate programs.
Certificate and Graduate Certificate Programs: The SPH offers several graduate certificate programs, including: basic or advanced clinical research methods (Epidemiology); emergency preparedness and response (Health Services); global health (Global Health); global health of women, adolescents, and children (Global Health); global injury and violence prevention (Global Health); health economics and outcomes research (with the School of Pharmacy); health management (Health Services); health policy (Health Services); HIV and STIs (Global Health); maternal and child health (Health Services); public health practice (Health Services Executive MPH program); public health genetics (Public Health Genetics) and statistical genetics (Biostatistics).