Graduate Certificate in HIV & STIs


The pathway in HIV & STIs is intended for students already enrolled in other University graduate programs. The program provides training and context for the global AIDS epidemic, arguably the most pressing public health issue of our time. It aims to equip future professionals in health, policy and social science disciplines to address the complex interplay of biomedical, social, economic, gender, political and geographic factors that impact the spread and disease course of HIV & STIs. Controlling these epidemics will require comprehensive strategies across sectors and countries; this pathway will provide a framework and interdisciplinary foundation for making this possible.


The Graduate Certificate in HIV and STI's is intended to enhance the education of matriculated UW graduate students and professional students beyond their regular course of study. Please note that in order to complete this program, you need to reside in the state of Washington. The Graduate Certificate Program in HIV and STIs is not able to offer scholarships or any funding to students. For master's degree students, the certificate program is typically completed during their second year of study, but students may choose to begin taking courses within the program during their first year without being admitted to the program. Students are encouraged to complete the certificate in one year. If two years pass without completing the program, students must reapply. We do not accept Graduate nonmatriculated students into the program at this time.


  • Describe the epidemiology of HIV and STIs;
  • Describe the contextual issues surrounding these epidemics, with a focus on vulnerable populations (commercial sex workers, men who have sex with men, intravenous drug users, mother to child transmission, adolescents);
  • Identify primary and secondary prevention approaches to control HIV/STI epidemics;
  • Identify diagnostic and treatment approaches most appropriate and feasible for domestic and international settings;
  • Design, implement and evaluate an HIV/STI program or research study; and
  • Communicate effectively in a multidisciplinary team of professionals.