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University of Washington School of Public Health

UW Public Health Major Application

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Application for the Public Health Major is open until 11:59pm Pacific Time on March 30, 2018.

Application Instructions

  • You will need your UW NETID to access the application. Don't know what your NETID is?

    If you are not currently enrolled at UW, you must apply to the UW prior to completing the public health application. Be sure to set up your NetID as soon as you receive your application acknowledgement letter from the UW Admissions Office. You will use this NetID to log in to the Public Health Major on-line application. More info on setting up NetID and retrieving forgotten usernames and password.

  • Your student information will be added automatically to the form when you sign in. You may edit this data if needed.
  • You can save your work and return to it later.
  • UW transcripts will be automatically attached to your application. Other transcripts can be uploaded.
  • Once your application is complete, click the "Submit" button.
  • Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm Pacific Time on March 30, 2018.
Application Checklist

The personal statement should be a comprehensive narrative essay which addresses the following:

  • Why do you want to be a public health major? Why have you chosen the BA or BS option?
  • Explain how the major will help you accomplish your academic and professional goals.
  • Include any information that is significant to your academic and personal history.
  • Discuss your interest in the field of public health. Intellectually and personally, what draws you to the field?
  • If you are planning to combine public health with another major, how will you integrate the two majors?
  • If you do not meet a minimum requirement for admission, explicitly address the deficiency and reasons why an exception should be made at this time.
  • Include any other information that admissions officers might need to know about you.

Limit your statement to 1,000 words. As a guide, a typical statement is two double-space pages. In addition to demonstrating your fit with the major this statement will serve as an example of your communication skills. It should therefore be clear, concise, and should reflect your understanding of college-level writing.






See Degree Plan Instructions

The University has general regulations governing scholastic eligibility and satisfactory progress and the public health major has adopted requirements in order to make the best use of facilities and resources and to provide reasonable assurance of academic success.

Write a degree plan which outlines how you will make progress towards your degree if any of the following apply:

  • You have 120 or more college credits and 6 quarters in college at the time of application to the major
  • You plan to complete a double major
  • You plan to complete a double degree

This should be a thoughtful attempt of an outline or chart of what courses you will take when.

SAMPLE DEGREE PLAN:

AUT 14
CHID 370 – 5
SPH 380 – 5
SOC 266 – 5
WIN 15
BIOST 310 – 4
SPH 381 – 5
B H 456 – 5
SPR 15
SOC WF 200 – 5
EPI 320 – 3
POL S – 5
G H 403 – 1
AUT 15
SPH 480 – 5
PH Elective – 5
NUTR 300 – 3
WIN 16
LSJ 376 – 5
NUTR 303 – 5
G H 402 – 1
SPH 491 – 2
SPR 16
SPH 481 – 5
HSERV 482 – 4
SPH 492 – 3

If you are unsure of any of these items, please contact phmajor@uw.edu.

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance at: 206.543.6450/V, 206.543.6452/TTY, 206.685.7264 (FAX), or dso@uw.edu.