Master of Public Health

Health & Well-being

The UW offers a wide range of health and wellness services, from exceptional medical care and counseling services to recreation classes, safety resources, peer advocates, trainings and more. 


The Husky Health & Well-Being website offers a streamlined and centralized student wellness portal for all health services on campus, including: the Counseling Center, Hall Health, LiveWell, Resilience Lab, SafeCampus, UW Recreation, and more. 


Disability Resources for Students (DRS) is a unit within the Division of Student Life. DRS is dedicated to ensuring access and inclusion for all students with disabilities on the Seattle campus. DRS serves 2,800+ students with either temporary or permanent physical, health, learning, sensory or psychological disabilities. Students partner with our office to establish services for their access and inclusion on campus.


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.

Support Centers & Programs

Below are some centers and programs on campus that offer programming for students.


The Graduate School's Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) organizes events and offers programming geared toward underrepresented minority graduate students; Core Programs has excellent programming and events for graduate students including support for first-generation and international students. Professional development and mentoring guides for students are also available. 


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. Check out the video produced by Best Colleges about UW's #1 ranking as the US's most affirming university for queer, trans, and non-binary students.


Disability Resources for Students (DRS) is a unit within the Division of Student Life. DRS is dedicated to ensuring access and inclusion for all students with disabilities on the Seattle campus. DRS serves 2,800+ students with either temporary or permanent physical, health, learning, sensory or psychological disabilities. Students partner with our office to establish services for their access and inclusion on campus.

Writing Support

Strong writing 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. 


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 Health Sciences Library hosts an OWRC satellite center that 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 at the Health Sciences Sign Up page.There are also several tool-kits available on the Health Sciences Library website, including one for Global Health (under Public Health). Information on common citation styles and citation management software can also be found.


Resources for multi-lingual students.

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.

Research Support

There are many resources available to students conducting research at the UW. The below are some of the most frequented.


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.


UW Libraries Research Commons provides 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, publishing, funding.  The OWRC has space in the Commons that targets 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. 


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.) 

Reading & Speaking Support

Students will need to do complete a lot of reading assignments and will need to have facility with public speaking. The below are some resources. 


Reading Tips for Graduate Students (Learning Assistance Service of the Counseling Center, University of Maryland)
https://www.counseling.umd.edu/global/docs/las/grad/readingtipsforgraduatestudents.pdf

Sink or Skim?: Top Ten Tips for Reading in Grad School (MA International Studies Program, University of San Francisco)
https://myusf.usfca.edu/sites/default/files/Sink_or_Skim_-_Fall_2016.pdf

How to Read a Book, v5.0 (School of Information, University of Michigan)
http://pne.people.si.umich.edu/PDF/howtoread.pdf

How to Read in Two Hours or Less: Speed Reading for Graduate Students (GradHacker)
https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/gradhacker/how-read-book-two-hours-or-less


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!

Tutoring

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


Complete instructions on finding a tutor and the process of paying them is on the program's Canvas site. A few highlights.

  • 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.

Additionally, the English department maintains a list of excellent English graduate students who do writing tutoring for hire. Students can email englgrad@uw.edu for the list.

Student Groups

Finding your people, or a community that provides support to you, is an important piece of the graduate school experience. 


The Student of Color Affinity Group (SOCAG) offers SPH graduate students of color a network of students, faculty, and administrators linked by shared experiences and willing to support each other in their cultural identity. Our group engages in deliberate conversations about institutional mechanisms and gaps in graduate-student support, experiences in the classroom as underrepresented students, and ways to build collective action within the campus setting. SOCAG provides a platform for the development of resilience skills at both the academic and professional level while centering the academic and interpersonal needs of marginalized students.

Interested students should email socagsph@gmail.com.


The 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.  

Career Services

The UW Career & Internship Center and the Department of Global Health Resource Center both provide career services to Global Health MPH students. 


The UW Career & Internship Center has many offerings. The below are some examples. 

  • Drop-in Coaching
  • Resume Support and Review
  • Interview 
  • Mock Interviews
  • Video Resources & Virtual Worskhops

Recent graduates who have received a degree from the UW in the past two years (24 months) are eligible to schedule appointments with career counselors in the Career & Internship Center for no fee.

UW Alumni (beyond 2 years of degree completion) are welcome to continue utilizing Career & Internship Center programming, use our extensive Career Guide and calendar of workshops and events.


All UW alumni are invited to use the free online job system (Handshake).

  • Alumni who graduated during the 2017-2018 academic year should login to their Handshake accounts with their UWNetID credentials
  • Alumni (UW Seattle/Bothell) who graduated prior to the 2017-2018 academic year should request an alumni account by completing and submitting the Alumni Free Handshake Access webform. 

Travel Funding

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


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. 


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.

Conference Funding

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


The Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) offers Conference 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.