University of Washington School of Public Health

Undergraduate Majors & Minors

SPH offers 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.

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.

Lunch photoFood Systems, Nutrition, and Health Major
In this major, students are exposed to the complex intersections and relationships among food, policy, labor, social justice, economics, the environment, culture, and population health. Graduates will have competency in food systems, nutrition, public health, social and economic equity, and sustainability, as well as strong liberal arts preparation in intellectual and practical skills like inquiry, analysis, communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving, all of which enables them to address issues such as domestic and global food and nutrition security. The Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health Major is administered by the Nutritional Sciences Program.

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 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.

Food photoNutrition Minor
The Nutrition Minor provides students with a foundation of knowledge in nutritional sciences, 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 Nutrition Minor is administered by the Nutritional Sciences Program.

Boy eating ApplePublic Health - Global Health Major
In this program, students learn to ask questions, challenge assumptions, and explore answers to promote the health and well-being of communities, locally, nationally, and globally. Empowered with problem solving skills, graduates use the degree as a foundation for a range of career and educational options in business, economics, education, health sciences, law, public health, and social and behavioral sciences. The Public Health - Global Health Major is administered by the School of Public Health.