Our program emphasizes a social justice approach to global health with a focus on the social, economic, and political determinants of health, and the history and context of global responses to health problems.  Our curriculum is highly interdisciplinary with faculty from 15 of the UW’s 16 schools and colleges.  We are the second largest department at the university in terms of funding for research and training programs, and include more than 30 centers, programs, initiatives, and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).  Graduate students frequently gain hands on experience through these centers, programs and initiatives, including graduate assistantships, travel funding, and other experiential learning.   

Current and emerging focus areas include: health metrics and evaluation, infectious diseases, biomedical research, chronic diseases, workforce development, mental health, health system strengthening and implementation science, climate change, global trauma and violence, global medicines safety, women, children and adolescent health.  Case studies and applied learning are common approaches, and contributions by students provide a major component of the learning environment. Academic coursework culminates with independent scholarship leading to a thesis of publishable quality.