University of Washington School of Public Health

About the School of Public Health

About SPH

Public as a philosophy

Our Vision: Healthy people in sustainable communities – locally, nationally, and globally.

#3 ranked School of Public Health in the USA

The UW School of Public Health is grounded in teaching, research, and service.  Our 10,000 graduates have gone on to transform communities, lead health organizations, and find solutions to emerging public health challenges.

Leading-edge student experience

Our major departments are Biostatistics, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Global Health, and Health Services.

UW campus photo by Doug Plummer

We offer interdisciplinary programs in Health Administration, Maternal and Child Health, Nutritional Sciences, Pathobiology, and Public Health Genetics. Our more than 40 centers and institutes bring together faculty from throughout the School to collaborate and do research across disciplines.

In addition, we have a strong undergraduate program, offering a public health major, global health minor, and degrees in Environmental Health, Health Informatics and Health Information Management.  We have multiple certificate programs as well.


We partner with many health organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, Seattle Children’s Hospital, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, PATH, and local and regional health departments across a five-state region.

SPH Facts
School ranking and stats