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We take our student's safety seriously and encourage students to take safety precautions wherever they are in the world. Students should familiarize themselves with these UW services to assist with keeping safe. 

SafeCampus is an team that works with campus partners to keep the UW community safe. If you're scared or unsure what to do, give them a call. In urgent situations always dial 911.

NightRide provides a fare-free, safe and easy way for U-PASS members to get home at night. It picks up passengers between 8 p.m. and 1:39 a.m. Monday to Friday, excluding University holidays and summer quarter.

Husky NightWalk provides uniformed safety guards to walk with you to increase your personal safety on and around campus. The service is available to the University community 6:30 p.m. – 2 a.m. seven days a week, 365 days a year. Please contact the UW Police Department’s Husky NightWalk Service at 206-685-9255 for more information, or to schedule an escort.

UW Alert disseminates official information via email, text messages and other mechanisms to keep the UW community informed during emergencies and situations that might disrupt normal operations.

Because graduate school can be stressful, we encourage our students take advantage of health and wellness offerings at the UW.    

The Health and Wellness office is a good starting point for students in distress and in need of multiple levels of support. They provide intervention, assessment and consultation to students directly and work with faculty/staff to respond to incidents that cause concern in the classroom or beyond.

Hall Health is the UW student health center and is located on campus. Hall Health is an outpatient clinic that houses several clinics and services.

Hall Health's Mental Health Clinic offers counseling services and quarterly therapy and support groups. 

The Counseling Center is available to provide culturally-responsive short-term counseling to students as well as serving as a consultation and outreach resource for the entire UW community.  All UW Seattle students who are in degree-seeking programs are eligible for their counseling services. The Center is located in Schmitz Hall and is free to matriculated students.  Call 206.543.1240 or visit their web page to learn more.

The Intramural Activities Building (IMA) is the UW’s sports activity center. Offerings include an indoor swimming pool, climbing center, yoga and fitness classes, indoor jogging/walking track, saunas, and racquetball courts. There is no additional costs to use the IMA, with the exception of specific classes. Students can purchase a Spouse/Registered Same Sex Domestic Partner Membership at a reasonable rate.

Finding your people, or a community that provides support to you, is an important piece of the graduate school experience.  Below are some of the units on campus that offer offer programming students may be interested in.

The Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) organizes events and offers programming geared toward underrepresented minority graduate students.

The Student Parent Resource Center is a place where students can connect with other students who are parents on the UW campus, and access campus and community resources. Domestic and international students who have children age 12 or younger who will need care during the academic year, may be eligible for funding through the Childcare Assistance Program

The Q Center is a primarily student-run resource center dedicated to serving anyone with a gender or sexuality: UW students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members. The center hosts and supports student groups, organizes regular events, houses a lending library, and amplifies student voices on their student blogs. 

Health Equity Circle is an interdisciplinary group of Health Sciences students who educate, organize, and mobilize students, health professionals, and community members to work upstream to shift power toward health equity and address the social determinants of health.  

The Graduate School has many opportunities for students wishing to participate in professional development activities.  

Core Programs has excellent programming and events for graduate students including support for first-generation and international students. Another popular offering is Scholar's Studio where graduate students give lightning talks on their research connecting to a common theme. Professional development and mentoring guides for students are also available. 

The Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) is at the heart of the Graduate School’s commitment to expanding graduate education to everyone. GO-MAP organizes events and programming geared toward underrepresented minority graduate students, but anyone interested in maintaining and increasing a racially diverse graduate student population, and wishing to network with graduate students of color are welcome.

Mentor Memos, penned by UW faculty and staff, cover topics on writing and editing, presentation skills, research, career exploration and job-seeking skills. Memos often complement the professional development workshops offered by Core Programs.


Strong writing, reading, and speaking skills are necessary for students at the UW. Below are resources we encourage students to utilize.

The UW’s library system includes helpful librarians, spaces to study, access to hundreds of journals, training's, and delivery of requested items to the library that is most convenient to the you. There are several tool-kits available in the Health Sciences Library, including one for Global Health (under Public Health). Information on common citation styles and citation management software can also be found.

The Odegaard Writing & Research Center (OWRC) is located in the Odegaard Library and features exceptional tutors and librarians. They can help with course papers, research projects, application essays, personal statements, cover letters, theses, dissertations and articles for publication. Appointments are 45-minute consultations with peer tutors from a range a disciplines. 

The OWRC has also partnered with the Allen Research Commons in the Allen Library where they specifically target writers working on long-term projects. Sessions are exclusively drop-in and cannot be booked in advance. In consideration of the extended scope of the work, these drop-in sessions can last up to an hour and a half. Writing support at Allen Research Commons is staffed by graduate tutors who offer writers support, feedback, thoughtful questions and sincere, peer-to-peer conversation. In addition to writing support, the Research Commons intends to provide a collaborative environment in which students and faculty can come together to share and discuss research, as well as get support for all steps of the research process: searching, writing, citing, publishing, funding.

The Health Sciences Library also partners with the OWRC; the Health Sciences satellite center is located in room T-317B. Tutors may be available for drop-ins, but writers are able to sign-up for appointments ahead of time via our Health Sciences Sign Up page.

For multi-lingual students the OWRC features the below.

  • Open writing circles - Where students meet weekly and write together and share in goal setting, mostly when working thesis or dissertation work. The purpose of the group is to provide structure and some companionship for work that can easily feel structure-less and isolating.
  • English Language Support - One-to-One Support with English Language Specialist at the English Language Support Hour at the OWRC - Language specialist are available to answer questions through brief conversation. Check the quarterly meeting times at their web-page.
  • Targeted Learning Communities (TLC) - where students are paired with three to five fellow students from similar disciplines and a tutor-facilitator from the OWRC. Groups meet once a week for an hour for the whole quarter. TLCs are meant to help students support classroom learning, combine personal goals with academic goals, and create long-term learning communities.

Reading Tips for Graduate Students (Learning Assistance Service of the Counseling Center, University of Maryland)

Sink or Skim?: Top Ten Tips for Reading in Grad School (MA International Studies Program, University of San Francisco)

How to Read a Book, v5.0 (School of Information, University of Michigan)

How to Read in Two Hours or Less: Speed Reading for Graduate Students (GradHacker)

The Speaking Center offers a space for speech practicing. Students make an appointment on-line and at the appointment can practice, record their speech, and receive feedback from a speaking tutor. The Speaking Center is located in the Communication Building room 222. 

UW Toastmasters is a community group that meets weekly with the goal of improving communication and public speaking. They usually meet Wednesdays, 1:30-2:30 pm in the Husky Union Building (HUB), usually room 238, 307, or 340.  Visitors are always welcome!

The Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (CSDE) offers workshops in statistical methodology, including: Introduction to Stata, Introduction to SAS, Introduction to GIS, and more, as well as a remote log-in that allows students to access STATA and SPSS software for free.

The Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences (CSSS) provides free statistical consulting to current UW faculty, staff, and students working on social science problems, broadly defined. Their consultants offer guidance at any stage of a project from study design and planning through the selection statistical methods to the interpretation of model results. Please note that CSSS consultants do not generally provide statistical software support nor do consultants run analyses for consulting clients.

The Center for Social Science Computation and Research (CSSCR) provides consulting on statistical software tools, qualitative analysis tools, data management, data access, and scientific publications.

Statistical Consulting Services offers a Consulting Program run by faculty and graduate students in the Departments of Biostatistics and Statistics. Students can receive free statistical advice through 50-minute consulting appointments. The program provides assistance with: design of studies and experiments, including preparation of grant proposals, data visualization and presentation, choice and application of statistical methods, development of specialized statistical methods. Consultants have experience with statistical packages and Stata, but work using whatever statistical software is most convenient for clients. (Please note the consulting program does not offer software tutorials.) 

Tutoring is available for students who are experiencing difficulty in courses required for their degree.

Students who are interested and eligible to receive these funds are responsible for finding their own tutor and communicating the pay rate information to the tutor (a list of tutors will be send each autumn via email). The department will then pay the tutor directly. Sharing the cost of a tutor by working in groups is encouraged.

  • Priority for tutoring support is given to struggling students from under-represented populations but is available to all students.
  • The maximum amount allowed amount per student is 6-tutoring sessions.
  • The pay rate allowed for tutoring one student is $25 per hour; the pay rate allowed for tutoring groups of 2-3 students is $35 per hour. Tutors employed by the UW, through this program, are not allowed to ask for additional compensation above the allowable hourly rate.

To apply for funds students must submit the below to; please note the approval process can take up to one week.

  • Student Name
  • Date of Entry
  • Expected Graduation
  • Subject for Tutoring
  • Course Number and Instructor Name
  • E-mail approval from faculty advisor/instructor/track director/student services advisor
  • Short narrative outlining why tutoring is needed
  • Tutor Name
  • Estimated Hours/Duration

Students who wish to pursue a thesis, practicum, or independent study abroad, can apply for Independent Learning through UW Study Abroad.

By enrolling in Independent Learning you maintain your UW students status and enrollment for your period of study abroad but do not pay tuition or program fees for credits earned. Instead, you pay a flat administrative fee; currently $350 per quarter.  Independent Learning is the most affordable of all study abroad options available but requires a high degree of personal independence and preparation.

To apply for independent learning:

  1. Read the Standards for Approving Independent Learning.
  2. Complete and submit an Independent Learning Application.
  3. If there is a US State Department Travel Warning or Center for Disease Control Health Warning in effect for your destination country additional review will be required before permission to travel is granted. Read Travel Warning and Waivers for more information.

Priority application deadlines for independent learning programs beginning:

  • Autumn Quarter – July 15
  • Winter Quarter – November 1
  • Spring Quarter – February 1
  • Summer Quarter – April 15

Late fees may apply for applications submitted after the priority deadline.


Resources for planning out your time in the Global Health MPH program.  

The Academic Calendar lists dates of instruction, holidays, breaks, and drop and add periods. 

Course descriptions are found in the Time Schedule. Global Health courses have the prefix "G H" and are listed under "Interschool & Intercollege Program". Click on the course title to see the description.

The Course Evaluation Catalog shows historical course reviews by students.

PDF iconElective Offerings taken by prior Global Health MPH students.



The Department of Global Health and other UW offices offer financial support for students traveling abroad for degree-related activities and to present at conferences.  

The Department of Global Health has several several grants up to $4,000 to support room and board, travel health preparation, travel insurance and/or supplies for students who plan to travel abroad for degree-related activities. Deadlines for these awards occur in winter quarter.  Faculty support from the UW and on-the-ground mentor-ship abroad is required. Information on these travel grants -- and additional funding and fieldwork funding options -- can be found on the Global Health Resource Center website

The Leslianne Shedd Memorial Fund scholarship is a $2000 competitive scholarship for students with a global health focus who wish to intern with the U.S. Foreign Service, the United Nations, or other international governmental or non-governmental organizations; or to students pursuing a career in public health in underserved areas overseas. 

The Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) offers Travel Grants to students who are actively participating, presenting a paper or poster, chairing a session or panel, etc., at an academic conference. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 to be considered. Up to US$300 for domestic travel and US$500 for international travel can be requested.

The Graduate School Fund for Excellence and Innovation has limited funding for Graduate Student Travel Awards to assist graduate students with travel to major national or international conferences. Up to US$300 for domestic travel and US$500 for international travel can be requested. Student must be presenting a paper or poster, or be an invited speaker. Funds may be used only for airfare or fares supporting alternative modes of transportation (e.g., mileage, taxis). Requests for funds must be made through a student’s staff advisor. 

The Population Health Graduate Student Conference Travel Awards offers awards up to $1,500. Students must have been accepted to present a population health-related paper, poster, or exhibit, or to serve as an invited speaker, at a conference, symposium, or other professional and academic meeting. Students in the arts may request funding for invited performances or installations. In order to apply, an applicant must be nominated by a faculty member. Once nominated, applicants will receive an email with a link to their portion of the application. Students are encouraged to invite their faculty mentors to consider a nomination.

Amazon Catalyst, a collaboration between Amazon and the University of Washington, is an initiative that provides funding and mentorship for globally impactful and disruptive projects that are proposed by members of the UW community. Awards range in size from $10,000 to $100,000 each. The goal of Amazon Catalyst is to help develop solutions to some of the key problems we face in the world today. Applications are open to all disciplines and to all members of the UW community. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

Funds are available to support Department of Global Health students who have been invited to give an oral or poster presentation at a national or international conference. Eligibility includes being a current student or recent alumni (within three months of graduation) and having exhausted GPSS and GSFEI options. Funds, up to US$300 for a domestic/national conferences and US$500 for an international conference, are disbursed in the form of a reimbursement only, and may be used for airfare or alternative modes of transportation, conference registration fees, meals, or hotel costs. Individuals may request one award as a DGH student. Requests for funds must be made through a student’s staff advisor.   

Below are resources for students looking for funding for their degree.  

Student Financial Aid is the office on campus that provides funding packages for most students. In order to request funding from the Student Financial Aid office a student must first have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The FAFSA on-line application opens on October 1st each year and students and prospective students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as awards are made until funds are depleted. For example, for the 2018-2019 academic year students should apply soon after October 1, 2017. Students must complete the FAFSA each year a funding package is wanted.

The Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS) website is the best place to look for funding opportunities for graduate students.  GFIS works with current and admitted UW graduate students, helping them identify and locate funding opportunities for graduate school-related expenses including tuition, research, conference and research travel.

Assistantships - Teaching Assistants (TA), Research Assistants (RA), and Staff Assistants (SA)  

GO-MAP Diversity Fellowships & Awards

FLAS Fellowships: Awards provide financial support for students wanting to acquire foreign language skills. This fellowship is ideal for students in their second year of study as many of the fellowships require intensive language courses which conflict with core first year MPH coursework. Fellows receive:

  • Academic Year Graduate: US$18,000 tuition, US$15,000 living stipend

  • Academic Year Undergraduate: US$10,000 tuition,US$5,000 living stipend

  • Summer Graduate/Undergraduate: US$5,000 tuition,US$2,500 living stipend

Graduate School Listing of Fellowships

QUAL is a UW-wide initiative launched in response to pressing demand for qualitative research design and methods training in the social sciences. QUAL aims to promote and systematize training in qualitative research methods and to build a community of qualitative multi-method researchers. QUAL offers a Speaker Series – free and open to the UW community. In autumn and spring quarters the Initiative offers Workshops, hands-on tutorials using qualitative data analysis (QDA) software. The QUAL Concentration is intended for graduate students interested in furthering their qualitative research knowledge and skills. A PDF of the 2-page QUAL Pamphlet can be downloaded here.