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DGH is Hiring!

The Department of Global Health was established in 2007, bridging the schools of Medicine and Public Health, with a mandate to harness the expertise and interdisciplinary power of all UW schools and colleges. Our mission is to improve health for all through research, education, training, and service; to understand and address the causes of disease and health inequities at multiple levels; and to collaborate with partners to develop and sustain locally-led, quality health systems, programs and policies. 

Applications Open for DGH Academic Programs through December 1, 2022

The University of Washington Department of Global Health is committed to preparing the next generation of global health leaders through world-class education and training programs focused on research, evidence-based practice, and policy development. DGH currently offers four academic programs at the doctoral and master’s level. Below you can learn more about our department, programs, and admissions process. 

First recorded case of monkeypox spreading from humans to pets


There’s been at least one report of a person with monkeypox who may have passed the virus to a dog. Now, University of Washington scientists want to know how big a threat this is for pets in the Puget Sound region.

Dr. Peter Rabinowitz, professor of global health and of environmental and occupational health sciences at the UW, is quoted.

Will Your Dog Get Dementia? A Large New Study Offers Clues.

The New York Times

The risk of canine cognitive dysfunction, a.k.a. “doggy dementia,” is far greater in dogs who don’t get enough exercise, researchers found. Their risk factors echo some in humans, whose homes they share.

Annette Fitzpatrick, research professor of epidemiology, of family medicine and of global health at the UW, is quoted.

Why Is Extreme Heat So Deadly?


Heat is the deadliest weather-related hazard in the U.S. Over the last 10 years, it’s killed an average of 135 people per year. That’s more than floods, hurricanes or tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.

Kristie Ebi, professor of global health and of environmental and occupational health sciences at the UW, is interviewed on NPR’s 1A podcast.

Smoking and other risk factors cause almost half of cancer deaths, study finds

The Guardian

Smoking, drinking alcohol, being overweight and other known risk factors were responsible for nearly 4.45 million cancer deaths around the world in 2019, new research suggests. The new study is the first to estimate how a list of 34 risk factors contribute to cancer deaths and ill health globally, regionally and nationally, across age groups, for both sexes and over time.

Dr. Christopher Murray, Adjunct Professor of Global Health and Director of the UW Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, is quoted.

Seattle startup HDT Bio lands $1.8M U.S. Army grant to develop nasal spray against viruses


Seattle startup HDT Bio will develop a nasal spray designed to counteract a wide range of respiratory viruses with a nearly $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Army.

Michael Gale, Adjunct Professor of Global Health and Professor of Immunology in the UW School of Medicine, is quoted. Steven Reed, Affiliate Professor of Global Health and CEO of HDT Bio, is featured.

How to Recognize Heat Illness and Stay Cool during Extreme Weather

Scientific American

The ill effects of heat kill more people in the U.S. than those of any other weather phenomenon, according to the National Weather Service. And globally the growing number of longer-lasting and hotter heat waves because of climate change has left people more vulnerable to record-shattering highs.

Kristie Ebi, Professor of Global Health and of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the UW, is quoted.