Graduate Certificate Program in HIV & STIs
The program provides training and context for the global AIDS epidemic, arguably the most pressing public health issue of our time. It equips future professionals in health and social science disciplines to address the complex interplay of biomedical, social, economic, gender, political, and geographic factors that impact the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Controlling these epidemics requires comprehensive strategies across sectors and countries; this program provides a framework and interdisciplinary foundation for this.
In addition to education about the diseases themselves, students will learn about contextual issues surrounding the epidemic including individual, family, community, and societal points of intervention. Various prevention and treatment approaches will be explored, with a focus on vulnerable populations (commercial sex workers, men who have sex with men, injecting drug users, adolescents, mother-to-child transmission). The program examines these disease epidemics from both domestic and global perspectives. Students interact with professionals currently working in the field of AIDS & STIs in clinical, research, and program management capacities.
This certificate program currently involves affiliated faculty and steering committee members from multiple Departments and Schools across the university in the health and social sciences and other disciplines.
A graduate certificate program is a linked series of credit-bearing graduate courses that constitutes a coherent body of study and culminates in a capstone project. The Graduate Certificate in HIV and STI’s is intended to enhance the education of matriculated UW graduate students and professional students beyond their regular course of study. Students will qualify for the certificate upon completion of 15 credits of approved coursework and a capstone project. Completed graduate certificates are recorded on the student’s UW transcript.
Please note that in order to complete this program, you need to reside in the state of Washington. The Graduate Certificate Program in HIV and STIs is not able to offer scholarships or any funding to students.
For master's degree students, the certificate program is typically completed during their second year of study, but students may choose to begin taking courses within the program during their first year without being admitted to the program. Students are encouraged to complete the certificate in one year. If two years pass without completing the program, students must reapply.
We do not accept Graduate nonmatriculated students into the program at this time.
One quarter prior to graduation, all students must submit a planning form via email to the program manager.
Coursework: Completion of the graduate certificate program requires a minimum of 15 course credits, 8 of which must be taken from selected core courses, 4 from elective courses and 3 earned through the completion of a Capstone Project. Overlap of coursework applied towards the certificate program and degree program must not exceed 6 credits and is limited to elective coursework in each program. Core course requirements of a degree program may not be counted toward the certificate. For students completing more than one graduate certificate, no overlap between certificate programs is permitted. Therefore students are strongly encouraged to work with the coordinator of their degree program and with Certificate staff to develop a specific course plan that will meet the requirements of both the degree and the certificate.
Capstone Project and Independent Study Credits: Students will complete an individual Capstone project or paper over the course of the program and present their work at a Capstone seminar in the final quarter of their academic program. The Capstone project must be separate from a student's thesis or doctoral work. Students must sign up for 3 independent study credits with a UW faculty member as part of their capstone requirement. Capstone project proposals must be approved by the Certificate Program Manager and Director. Students may provide technical assistance to ongoing HIV/STI research studies (development of study instruments, data analysis, field implementation, laboratory testing), write a paper exploring a contextual aspect of HIV/STI (intersections between gender and HIV, analysis of international AIDS policy, program evaluation of a STI treatment program), or develop a clinical case scenario.
Capstone Project Guidelines/Mentor Instructions (PDF, 82KB)
Students must complete a minimum of 15 course credits. Eight of the course credits must be taken from 7 core courses and 4 from elective courses. The remaining 3 credits will be completed through a Capstone Experience. Courses taken prior to admission to the Certificate Program may be counted retroactively with permissionof the Certificate Program manager. Nine credits must be graded. Students may petition to have additional courses count towards the elective requirement if they can demonstrate a link between the course material and Capstone project proposals must be approved by the Certificate Program Manager and Academic Director.
Academic course work on HIV and STIs (for example, a public policy class in which the student’s individual project focused on AIDS policy) may be substituted if the course is not in conflict with Graduate School Certificate Program requirements. To petition, please email Katie Wakefield (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the course syllabus and a description of relevant course work. There must be relevant HIV/STI content within the course which may include a research project or paper.
There are two application periods per year. The next application deadline is Friday, October 19, 2012. There will be another application period open in Spring 2013
- Application Form (DOC, 51KB)
- Background and Goal Statement - maximum of one page describing your area of interest within the field of HIV and STIs, any relevant technical or language skills, relevant work, volunteer or international experience, and how the certificate program will help meet your academic and professional goals.
- Current resume or CV
- UW transcripts (official or unofficial)
- For graduate nonmatriculated students only: Undergraduate transcripts
For questions regarding the application process please contact the Program Manager:
For additional information about this graduate certificate program in AIDS and STIs, please contact:
Program Coordinator, Graduate Certificate Program in HIV and STIs
Program Director, Graduate Certificate in HIV and STIs
H. Nina Kim, MD MSc
The program provides training and context for the global AIDS epidemic.
Certificate student Janessa Graves in Kenya