Population Health

April 1, 2020

New vegetation database supports better wildfire and smoke predictions

Dry landscapes, warmer temperatures and more development near forested areas all contribute to large wildfires across North America each year. Smoke and haze from these fires can travel hundreds of miles from their source, affecting the health and well-being of communities across the country. Scientists currently rely on models that try to predict the severity…


March 25, 2020

Application period to open for Graduate Certificate in International Humanitarian Response

The Population Health Initiative will begin accepting applications for the 2020-21 cohort of students for the Graduate Certificate in International Humanitarian Response on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Applications can be submitted until 11:59 p.m. (Pacific) on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. The certificate is intended to provide University of Washington graduate and professional students from a…


March 16, 2020

Initiative announces award of 2020 pilot research grants

The University of Washington Population Health Initiative announced the award of approximately $250,000 in pilot research grant funding to six different faculty-led teams. These teams are composed of individuals representing 10 different schools and colleges. Funding was partially matched by additional school, college and departmental funds, bringing the total value of these awards to roughly…


March 11, 2020

New UW study shows warmer temperatures will increase arsenic levels in rice

Researchers at the University of Washington have found that warmer temperatures, at levels expected under most climate change projections, can lead to higher concentrations of arsenic in rice grains. Arsenic in large doses is a toxin linked to multiple health conditions and dietary-related cancers. Arsenic occurs naturally in the soil, though its concentration is higher…


March 5, 2020

Communities around Sea-Tac Airport exposed to unique mix of air pollution

Communities underneath and downwind of jets landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport are exposed to a type of ultrafine particle pollution that is distinctly associated with aircraft, according to a new study from the University of Washington. The finding comes from the two-year Mobile ObserVations of Ultrafine Particles study that examined the air-quality impacts of aircraft…


March 3, 2020

Application period open for 2020 summer applied research fellowships

The Population Health Initiative, in partnership with the University of Washington’s Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology, is accepting applications for the summer 2020 Population Health Applied Research Fellowship Program until April 3, 2020. This paid fellowship program will offer a multidisciplinary team of undergraduate and graduate students training in data analysis techniques as…


February 27, 2020

University receives Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification

The University of Washington’s three campuses in Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma have received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, which is an elective designation that indicates institutional commitment to community engagement. The assessments across each of the three campuses identified hundreds of examples of partnerships that embody the definition of community engagement that the Carnegie Foundation…


February 25, 2020

Planning climate change in China with more permeable stormwater systems

Sometime, about 50 years from now, a threatening storm probably will push out of the South China Sea into southeast China’s Pearl River Delta, a densely populated region that includes Hong Kong, Macao and Zhuhai. The rains are expected to be even more intense by 2070 because the atmosphere will hold more moisture due to…


February 20, 2020

Spring undergraduate course to focus on humanitarian and disaster research

A UW team installs a solar microgrid in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. The Population Health Initiative is again offering GEN ST 297, “Disasters: Approaches to Preparation, Response and Recovery,” during spring quarter 2020. This is a one-credit, credit/no-credit seminar-style course for undergraduate students that will require completion of short, weekly quizzes and a two-…


February 18, 2020

Initiative offers honors course in social entrepreneurship

The Population Health Initiative is partnering with the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance to offer an undergraduate course through the Honors Program, “Improving Population Health through Social Entrepreneurship,” in spring 2020. The course will offer students a fundamental understanding social innovation and the role that social enterprises can play in addressing population health…


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