University of Washington School of Public Health

Public Health-Global Health Major


Departmental Honors allows students the opportunity to explore the Public Health-Global Health Major in greater depth. Departmental Honors can be completed in conjunction with Interdisciplinary Honors (to graduate with College Honors in Public Health), or alone (to graduate with Honors in Public Health).


Admission to Departmental Honors
Application to Public Health-Global Health Major Honor’s cohort is competitive.  Meeting minimum eligibility requirements, or being a member of the College Honors Program, does not guarantee admission. Approximately 30 students will be admitted for each cohort who will complete the Honors Seminar together over Autumn, Winter, and Spring of their final year. Students may apply to pursue Departmental Honors by completing the application available from the Public Health-Global Health Major during Winter quarter of their junior year.

Timeline for Applying to Departmental Honors

Application Deadline Notification Period Term of Entry
Winter Quarter of Junior Year 3-5 weeks after the application deadline Spring Quarter of Junior Year

Grade Expectations
To pursue departmental honors, students must have earned a cumulative UW GPA of 3.4 or higher. Honors students are required to maintain a cumulative UW GPA of 3.4 or higher, and a Major GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Course Requirements

  • Honors Seminar SPH 494 (min 2 credits)

Honors students complete at least two 1-credit Honors Seminars over autumn, winter and spring of their final year.  

  • Honors Course Work (min 9 credits)

Honors students complete a minimum 9 credits of *ad hoc honors from Integrated Core Courses or Public Health Electives.

  • Public Health Capstone SPH 491 + 492 (5 credits)

The Public Health Capstone, is an integrative experience in which students bring together much of the knowledge and skills acquired during their time in the Public Health-Global Health Major. Honors students will be expected to complete ad hoc credit over both quarters based on a course enhancement determined with the instructor.

Public Presentation

At the conclusion of the Public Health Capstone, the student will give a poster or oral presentation in a public forum.  This poster or oral presentation may include the undergraduate spring research symposium, the SPH Undergraduate Symposium, a professional conference, a sponsored colloquium, or other opportunities as approved by the Public Health Major. 

*What is Ad Hoc?
Honors Ad Hoc projects provide students the opportunity to work with an instructor to create a plan of additional study in particular courses. This requires significant initiative to pursue a serious amount of supplementary work. Both the student and instructor must commit to the time and effort involved. See the Ad hoc Honors website for details on the application process and timeline. Students are responsible for initiating and completing an ad hoc application during the first week of the quarter.  No exceptions are made for late applications. 

Students should consult with advisers if they have any questions about departmental honors requirements.