University of Washington School of Public Health


Innovation mindset

The School of Public Health at the University of Washington is recognized worldwide for its strength in public health research. In fiscal year 2017, the SPH faculty was awarded more than $163 million in external funding for research and training from federal, state, and local governmental agencies, as well as private foundations.

Pathobiology students in lab Pathobiology student using microscope

The research topics covered by our faculty span a wide range of areas of great impact on public health, including studies on: emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases; environmental and occupational health hazards; occurrence and causes of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases; health care delivery and services, and development of new biostatistical methodologies.

Pathobiology students

The School's strategic plan for the next decade outlines the emerging challenges that we are committed to addressing:

  • global environmental change and health
  • genomics and health
  • obesity, food, and physical activity
  • health policy and systems
  • public health implementation science
  • social determinants of health

Our faculty work closely with faculty in other parts of the UW. Collaborations with Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Built Environment, Social Work, Law, and Engineering are common. The UW prides itself on creating an environment that promotes interdisciplinary teaching and research.

Partner Institutions in the Seattle Area

Our research is greatly enhanced by our partnerships with other excellent research organizations in the Puget Sound region, including the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center,  the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute,  Group Health Cooperative,  the Veterans Administration Hospital,  Harborview Medical Center, and  Children's Hospital.

Our researchers also work closely with local and state governmental agencies, such as the Washington State Department of Health and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. In addition, our faculty have built strong research collaborations with many national and international programs that support and/or conduct public health research.

Research Centers based in the School of Public Health

The School's many research centers, though administratively based in specific departments, are interdisciplinary and usually include faculty in other departments, schools, and colleges at the University of Washington.

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