University of Washington School of Public Health

Undergraduate Programs

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SPH and its departments offer a number of opportunities for undergraduates at the University of Washington to explore areas of public health and gain a strong foundation in its science and practice.

Boy eating ApplePublic Health Major
This program introduces the foundations of public health including prevention, organizations and agencies providing public health services, and issues at local, state, national, and international levels. Students are prepared for entry level jobs in local and state health departments as well as continued graduate education. The Public Health Major is administered by the School of Public Health.

Students in LabEnvironmental Health Major
Students in this program utilize tools of scientific inquiry and precise measurement to identify and control environmental factors that can damage human health. As part of their training, students are introduced to basic principles of risk assessment, microbiology, epidemiology, and toxicology. The major is administered by the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.

Worker in OrchardEnvironmental Health Minor
The Environmental Health minor is designed to help students understand the basic influences and impact of various environmental factors on human health. The minor is open to all UW undergraduates who have completed general and organic chemistry. The minor is administered by the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.

Health worker checking babyGlobal Health Minor
The Global Health minor provides students with a transdisciplinary introduction to the key concepts, debates, challenges, and opportunities in the field of global health. There are no prerequisites for the minor and admission is open to all undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Washington Seattle campus. The Global Health minor is administered by the Department of Global Health.

Medical FilesHealth Informatics and Health Information Management
This evening degree program (and post-baccalaureate certificate) prepares students to fulfill diverse opportunities in analyzing and managing in managing health information and patient data in health care organizations, consulting firms, government organizations, research, software, technology, development, marketing, and more. The program is administered by the Department of Health Services.

Medical FilesNutritional Sciences Minor
The Nutritional Sciences minor provides students with a foundation of knowledge in the study of nutrition science, food systems, food studies, and population health. Through an examination of food and nutrition policies and practices that affect sustainable diets and long term health, students will gain a multidisciplinary perspective of the food environment, including the interplay of food and nutrition, human behavior, business, culture and the environment. The Nutritional Sciences Minor is administered by the Nutritional Sciences Program.