Population Health

Undergraduate courses

The UW seeks to foster the next generation of leaders, thinkers and doers by developing innovative education opportunities that address the complexities of population health.

The Population Health Initiative offers or partners to offer several undergraduate courses that are intended to raise awareness of the range of intersecting and overlapping factors that influence health.

GEN ST 297: Disasters (spring quarter 2019)

Disasters: Approaches to Preparation, Response and Recovery

The Population Health Initiative is offering a General Studies course, “Disasters: Approaches to Preparation, Response and Recovery,” during spring quarter 2019.

This course will feature a series of faculty lectures focused on the research and service-related activities at the UW that contribute to preparations for, responses to, and recovery from a natural or human-made disaster.

This one-credit course is available to undergraduate students on a credit/no credit-only basis. Each lecture is open to all interested faculty, students, staff, alumni and members of the community.

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GEN ST 391: Research Exposed - Population Health (winter quarter)

Research Exposed!

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President Cauce addresses students in a 2018 class.

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 Research Exposed course can be found on the Undergraduate Research Program website. A summary of the courses from winter quarter 2018 and 2019 can be found on our News page.

GEN ST 199: First-year Interest Groups (fall quarter)

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) each year.

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.

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