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University of Washington School of Public Health

SPH Fact Sheet

SPH students

Our vision is a world of healthy people in sustainable communities—locally, nationally, and globally.

Our vision is a world of healthy people in sustainable communities—locally, nationally, and globally. We are dedicated to education to prepare innovative and diverse public health leaders and scientists, research to advance public health science and policies, and service to promote the health and well-being of all communities.


among public health majors in the nation (College Choice)


among publicly funded schools of public health in the U.S.

(U.S. News & World Report)


among departments of biostatistics nationally
(U.S. News & World Report)

1,475 Students (2016–17)

In graduate programs 940

In undergraduate programs 535

Women 73%

Washington state residents 60% Underrepresented minorities 16%

International 10%

10,000 Alumni

Our graduates work to improve the health and well-being of communities in Washington state and around the world.

95% Job Placement

Percentage of job-seeking SPH graduates employed within 1 year of graduation, based on a survey of 2014–15 alumni.

1,027 Faculty

Primary 160

Joint 109

Adjunct 193

Clinical and Affiliate 565

Elected to National

Academy of Medicine 22

50+ Centers & Institutes

Including AIDS Research, Clean Air Research, Health Promotion Research, Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health, International Training and Education Center for Health.

503 Degrees Awarded, $200 Million Operation Budget


Proven Impact

  • Fighting infectious diseases such as malaria and Ebola

  • Advancing public health legislation

  • Improving nutrition in public schools

  • Assessing cancer risk and treatments

Innovation Mindset

  • Analyzing big data to improve health care

  • Developing interventions to prevent gun violence

  • Creating new tools to detect disease and treat patients

  • Finding solutions to the health impacts of global environmental change

Public as a Philosophy

  • Leading, along with other schools and agencies, the UW’s Population Health Initiative

  • Carrying out projects in 130 countries to improve health and well-being

  • Partnering with organizations such as the Bill & Melinda

    Gates Foundation, PATH, Seattle Children’s, Fred Hutch and local health departments

Leading-Edge Student Experience

  • Solving real-world problems as part of capstone and practicum projects

  • Helping communities reduce health disparities by addressing social determinants of health

  • Providing analysis and research to support local and global health organizations

Be Boundless for Washington, for the World - tagline

Contact Information

1959 NE Pacific St, F-350, Seattle, WA 98195

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