Population Health

Bothell undergraduate courses

Undergraduate students who would like deeper exposure to population health may find one or more of the following courses to be of interest. This list is a sampling of undergraduate courses across disciplines at UW Bothell that (1) are open to non-majors and (2) do not require completion of a prerequisite, thereby allowing interested students to register as they have availability in their schedule. Similar lists of courses are available for UW Seattle and UW Tacoma.

Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

BIS 275 Social Problems (5) I&S
Explores how challenges to society; such as crime, violence, injustice, poverty, and disease; are framed as social problems and then related to solutions. Examines the role of major institutions in problem identification, the power of language and media, and how social agendas are determined.

BIS 306 Marine Diversity and Conservation (5) I&S/NW
Exploration of marine biodiversity of the Pacific Northwest. Basic concepts in evolution, development, ecology, and conservation are introduced through inquiry-guided exercises based in the marine environment. Examination of human impacts on marine environments and subsequent consequences for human health and welfare.

BIS 307 Environmental Justice (5) I&S
Explores issues of social equity associated with environmental hazards, risks, and benefits. Examines the ways social structures, environmental decision-making procedures, and scientific and technological practices distribute the burden of environmental problems, as well as community response through political action and cultural production.

BIS 445 Meanings and Realities of Inequality (5) I&S, DIV
A socioeconomic investigation into the meanings and realities of inequality using a variety of theoretical frameworks and empirical research. Focuses on the determinants of economic mobility and social status. Addresses discrimination, poverty, welfare, and education. (No freshmen.)

BISLEP 397 Topics in Law, Economics, and Public Policy (5, max. 15) I&S
Examines a topic, theme, or problem at the intersection of law, economics, and public policy.


B BUS 120 Introduction to Social Enterprise (5) I&S
Explores the intersection of how business principles are used to help solve societal challenges on global and local levels. Examines the history of the social sector in the U.S, global trends within the social enterprise sector, and the successes, challenges, and organizational structures of social enterprises that achieve societal goals.

Educational Studies

B EDUC 210 Teaching and Learning in a Multicultural Society (5) I&S, DIV
Examines how race and ethnicity intersect with class, gender, sexual orientation, language, disability, and citizenship to influence school experiences and provide insights for culturally relevant teaching. Explores social, cultural, political, and economic issues impacting communities and ways they are implicated in systems of power and privilege that influence educational opportunities.

Nursing and Health Studies

BHS 201 Introduction to Public Health (5) I&S/NW
Provides an introduction to the principle of public health with exploration of the frameworks, tools, and evidence base that guides disease prevention and health promotion efforts. Consideration given to ethical and public policy issues important to ensuring the fair distribution of resources.

B HLTH 196 Preparing to Work in Partnerships with Communities (4) I&S
Provides an introduction to participatory and asset-oriented approaches to forming community partnerships. Students learn concepts and skills necessary for successfully engaging in community building, including: the importance of self-reflection; personal skill assessment; cultural humility; issues regarding power and privilege; reciprocity; and core principles inherent in community-based participatory approaches.

B HLTH 220 Community Nutrition (5) I&S
Investigates the role of nutrition in promoting, maintain, and improving health in the community. Students study the role of various indicators of a healthy community; social determinants of health, legislation, food access, and community design. Students outreach with local nutrition and wellness partners.

B HLTH 221 Dimensions of Personal Health and Wellness (5) I&S
Introduces students to a holistic view of health and covers the eight dimensions of wellness. Emphasizes personal health and how socio-ecological and cultural factors influence individual behavior and overall health status. Explore strategies that improve lifetime wellness.

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics

B CLIM 320 Impacts of Climate Change (5) I&S/NW
Surveys climate change implications for natural and human systems, both globally and locally. Topics include natural science, human health, and policy issues; climate system processes, air/water quality, ecosystem services, human health, extreme weather, flooding, snow pack, stream flow, vulnerability assessment, adaptation, and mitigation strategies.

Center for University Studies and Programs

B LEAD 206 Learning to Lead: Collaboration in Diverse Contexts (2) I&S
Explores methods of shared leadership best practices for leading oneself in diverse contexts as a foundation for leadership development. Participants work together to identify relevant issues and necessary skills, knowledge, and abilities for campus, community, and career leadership and engagement.