University of Washington School of Public Health

Dean's Advisory Council for Students - DACS

About DACS

The Dean’s Advisory Council for Students (DACS) provides an opportunity for students to give input on budgetary priorities for the School of Public Health (SPH) through regular meetings with the SPH Dean and offers training in university-wide budgeting processes. We promote and advocate on behalf of a positive educational experience for all students in the UW SPH, including both undergraduate and graduate students.

The DACS works to generate broad involvement of students in decision-making and communication with the SPH Dean, SPH Departmental Chairs, SPH Faculty and other members of the SPH administration.  Further, the council conducts a review of the School’s annual budget submission to the UW Provost.

Co-Chairs:
Rachel Rinehart, Public Health Major, rrineh@uw.edu
Alice Popejoy, Institute for Public Health Genetics, popejoy@uw.edu

Graduate Student Councilors:
Peder Digre, Department of Global Health
Prithvi Katari, Department of Health Services
Tyler Nicholas, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Elizabeth Oestreich, Institute for Public Health Genetics
Jocelyn Vargas, Department of Global Health
Lauren White, Department of Epidemiology

Undergraduate Student Councilors:
Neha Chohan (Public Health Major and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Major)
Sarah Rinehart (Public Health Major)
Katherine Scott (Environmental Health Major)


Who Sits on DACS?

DACS maintains one student position for each department within the School of Public Health:

  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Global Health
  • Health Services

Additionally, there are two positions available for students enrolled in any of the five interdisciplinary programs in the School of Public Health:

  • Health Administration
  • Maternal & Child Health
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Pathobiology
  • Public Health Genetics

And there are two positions available for students enrolled in any of the fee-based programs:

  • Community-Oriented Public Health Practice
  • Executive Master of Public Health
  • Health Informatics and Health Information Management
  • Health Administration
  • Executive Master of Health Administration

There are two additional “at large” seats available for students from any graduate or undergraduate program. Undergraduate students must hold at least four of the available positions on DACS, with at least one student intending to enroll or enrolled in a non-Public Health major.

We prefer that new councilors commit to two years in DACS.  Students that do not hold current status as a counselor can attend the DACS meetings on a case-by-case basis. Contact sphdacs@uw.edu for more information.