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G-123 Hans Rosling Center for Population Health
206-221-4970
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For undergraduates, the department offers an undergraduate minor, and collaborates with the School of Public Health to support a Global Health Option within the Public Health-Global Health undergraduate major. For graduate and professional students, the department offers a Master of Public Health, a Doctor of Global Health Leadership & Practice (DrGH), and two PhD options: Global Health Metrics & Implementation Science and Pathobiology. Three graduate certificate offerings are available for graduate students, as well as a global health pathway for UW medical students. The department applies a strong cross-cutting focus on social justice and equity to its current and emerging focus areas, including: global environmental change; health economics; health metrics and evaluation; health system strengthening and implementation science; infectious diseases; injury and violence prevention; laboratory sciences; medicines safety; mental health; and women’s, adolescents’ and children’s health.

 Undergraduate Program


Global Health

G-123 Hans Rosling Center for Population Health
206-685-1292
ghminor@uw.edu

 Program of Study: Minor: Global Health


Program Overview

The Global Health Minor provides undergraduate students with an overview of the major problems and policy issues in global health. Students are able to understand and discuss the determinants of global health and global responses to health problems, and to engage actively in efforts to improve health as global citizens. Students graduating with a Global Health Minor demonstrate a basic understanding of the following for both developing country and other low-resource settings: the burden of the most important health problems contributing to excess morbidity and mortality; major historical, political, social, environmental, and economic determinants of adverse health; the pathophysiology of the most prevalent infectious and chronic diseases and medical and public health approaches for prevention and treatment; the current and historic health programs and policies designed to address major health problems; and how to critically analyze relevant topics in the literature and popular press.

This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Minor in Global Health

 Minor in Global Health


Credential Overview

The Global Health Minor provides undergraduate students with an overview of the major problems and policy issues in global health. Students are able to understand and discuss the determinants of global health and global responses to health problems, and to engage actively in efforts to improve health as global citizens. Students graduating with a Global Health Minor demonstrate a basic understanding of the following for both developing country and other low-resource settings: the burden of the most important health problems contributing to excess morbidity and mortality; major historical, political, social, environmental, and economic determinants of adverse health; the pathophysiology of the most prevalent infectious and chronic diseases and medical and public health approaches for prevention and treatment; current and historic health programs and policies designed to address major health problems; and how to critically analyze relevant topics in the literature and popular press.

Completion Requirements

30 credits:

  1. Required courses (9 credits): G H 101/GEOG 180/JSIS B 180; G H 201; and G H 210 or G H 410
  2. Perspectives in global health series (2 credits): G H 401 and G H 402
  3. Electives (to bring total to 30 credits): Minimum of one elective course from each of the four content areas selected from a list of approved courses available from the Department of Global Health website
  4. Minimum 15 credits outside the student's major
  5. Minimum 15 credits completed through the UW
  6. Minimum 15 upper-division credits
  7. Minimum 2.0 grade in courses applied to the minor

 Graduate Programs


Global Health

G-123 Hans Rosling Center for Population Health
206-685-1292

 Program of Study: Doctor of Global Health (Leadership and Practice)


Program Overview

The DrGH addresses a documented need for advanced degree programs that generate practice-based leadership skills for global health settings as opposed to more commonly available programs that focus largely on research skills. The DrGH degree program will improve the skills of global health leaders in planning, catalyzing resources; motivating teams; strengthening national policy; and, implementing, managing, and evaluating evidence-based programs in a variety of global health settings. DrGH graduates will gain the ability to understand and successfully navigate and work across diverse organizations and settings, including Ministries of Health (MOH), multilateral and bi-lateral agencies (e.g., the World Health Organization [WHO], the US Agency for International Development [USAID]), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), foundations, academic institutions, and private sector organizations.

This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Doctor of Global Health (Leadership and Practice)
Admission Requirements

See this program's Graduate Admissions page for requirements.

 Doctor of Global Health (Leadership and Practice)


Completion Requirements

92 credits

  1. Foundational courses (19 credits):
    1. G H 511
    2. G H 531
    3. Qualitative & Quantitative Methods courses (12 credits): Course list maintained by the program.
  2. Leadership Policy Management Series & Implementation Science (13 credits): G H 521, G H 522, G H 523, G H 541
  3. Year 1 Seminar (9 credits): G H 585, G H 586, G H 587
  4. Year 2 Seminar (3 credits): G H 588
  5. Areas of Emphasis (12 credits): Choose six credits from two of the following areas. Course lists maintained by the program. Students may complete alternate areas of emphasis with program approval.
    1. Health Economics
    2. Health Promotion & Health Behavior
    3. Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E)/"Data & Strategic Information"
    4. Policy & Advocacy
  6. Mentored Leadership and Practice Experience (LPEs) (24 credits): GH 610
  7. Practice Doctorate "meta project" (12 credits): GH 801

 Program of Study: Doctor of Philosophy (Global Health: Global Health Metrics & Implementation Sciences)


Program Overview

The Department of Global Health, in collaboration with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and Health Alliance International, have developed a PhD program in Global Health that is the first of its kind, building on the expertise of our faculty in the areas of metrics and implementation science. The PhD program provides students with the latest and most innovative tools to advance global health solutions that are critical for decision-making and priority setting.

This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Global Health: Global Health Metrics & Implementation Sciences)
Admission Requirements

See this program's Graduate Admissions page for requirements.

 Doctor of Philosophy (Global Health: Global Health Metrics & Implementation Sciences)


Completion Requirements

98 credits

  1. Core Credits (46 credits): 
    1. Global Health: PABIO 550, GH 511, GH 535, GH 536, GH 537, GH 541
    2. Seminar: GH 580 (4 credits)
    3. Epidemiology: EPI 512, EPI 513
    4. Quantitative Methods: 8 credits of coursework. Course list maintained by the program.
    5. Leadership, Policy and Management: 1 course from a list maintained by the program.
  2. Areas of Emphasis (11 credits):
    1. Advanced Health System Research Methods: 8 credits of coursework. Course list maintained by the program.
    2. Operations Research and Modeling: 3 credits of coursework. Course list maintained by the program.
  3. Dissertation (27 credits): G H 800
  4. Electives (to meet required credit total): 500- and/or 600-level coursework

 Program of Study: Doctor Of Philosophy (Pathobiology)


Program Overview

As a discipline, Pathobiology ties together the fundamental concepts of biology, medicine, and public health, particularly as applied to global health issues. The program applies a multidisciplinary approach as well as the latest research technologies to the study of public health problems such as viral, bacterial and parasitic diseases, as well as other conditions such as cancer. By investigating the mechanisms underlying multifactorial diseases, our program emphasizes the preventive as well as the curative, and a broader view of disease etiology. The program applies the research tools of immunology, molecular biology, pathology, and genetics to the detection and characterization of cancer, sexually transmitted diseases, and respiratory and parasitic infections.

This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Doctor Of Philosophy (Pathobiology)
Admission Requirements

See this program's Graduate Admissions page for requirements.

 Doctor Of Philosophy (Pathobiology)


Completion Requirements

90 credits

  1. Required Courses: PABIO 551, PABIO 552, PABIO 553, PABIO 580 (4 credits), PABIO 581 (3 credits), PABIO 582 (3 credits), PABIO 590 (4 credits), PABIO 598 (2 credits), PABIO 500 (3 credits)
  2. Dissertation (27 credits): PABIO 800
  3. Global Health Doctoral Seminar: G H 580 (2 credits)
  4. Epidemiology Course: EPI 511
  5. Immunology Course: IMMUN 441 or IMMUN 532
  6. Electives (18 credits): PABIO coursework numbered 500 to 700

 Program of Study: Graduate Certificate In Global Health


This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Graduate Certificate In Global Health
Admission Requirements

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 Graduate Certificate In Global Health


Completion Requirements

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 Program of Study: Master Of Public Health (Global Health)


This program of study leads to the following credentials:
  • Master Of Public Health (Global Health)
  • Master Of Public Health (Global Health: Health Metrics And Evaluation)
  • Master Of Public Health (Global Health: Lead Policy Management)
  • Master Of Public Health (Global Health: Peace Corps Masters International)
Admission Requirements

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 Master Of Public Health (Global Health)


Completion Requirements

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 Master Of Public Health (Global Health: Health Metrics And Evaluation)


Completion Requirements

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 Master Of Public Health (Global Health: Lead Policy Management)


Completion Requirements

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 Master Of Public Health (Global Health: Peace Corps Masters International)


Completion Requirements

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 Program of Study: Master Of Science (Pathobiology)


Program Overview

The Pathobiology Graduate Program is not currently accepting students directly into the MS program. However, the MS program remains an option under specific circumstances, such as failure to pass the General Examination or changes to academic goals.

This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Master Of Science (Pathobiology)
Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is not available. Program is only available to students enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy (Pathobiology) program.

 Master Of Science (Pathobiology)


Completion Requirements

60 credits

  1. Required Courses: PABIO 551, PABIO 552, PABIO 553, PABIO 580 (1 credit), PABIO 581 (1 credit), PABIO 582 (1.5 credits), PABIO 590 (1 credit), PABIO 500 (3 credits)
  2. Global Health Doctoral Seminar: G H 580 (2 credits)
  3. Epidemiology Course: EPI 511
  4. Electives (21.5 credits): PABIO coursework numbered 500 to 700
  5. Thesis (9 credits): PABIO 700