New Student Welcome

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The 2021 School of Public Health Welcome can’t wait to see you this fall!

2021 New Student Welcome Overview

The 2021 New Student Welcome will occur on Monday, September 20, 2021 and will include sessions for both undergraduate and graduate students. For our incoming Masters of Public Health (MPH) students, our MPH Core Orientation will take place on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. We are planning for a full return to campus to welcome you to your Husky Home!

Our Mission

The University of Washington’s School of Public Health Welcome is dedicated to showcasing its core tenants of education, research, and service for all incoming students. The Welcome serves as an opportunity to bond its students to the institution’s values, a cohort of classmates they will share the next few years with, and introduce core environments on-campus and beyond that can lead to a positive UW experience.

Schedule At-A-Glance

More information about the 2021 UWSPH New Student Welcome is forthcoming. If you have any questions, please contact for more information.

View the student welcome on YouTube

Monday, September 20, 2021

Time Session Location Presenter(s)
10:00AM - 10:05AM Welcome & Introduction
Introducing the day’s agenda and reviewing the SPH Canvas Page
Intellectual House Jalen Smith
10:05AM - 10:10AM Dean's Welcome
A welcome from our School of Public Health Dean, Hilary Godwin
Intellectual House Hilary Godwin
10:10AM - 10:30AM OD Meet & Greet with Students
An opportunity to meet SPH Dean’s Office leadership and staff.
Intellectual House Jalen Smith
10:35AM - 11:05AM EDI Introduction
Learn about the School of Public Health’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Intellectual House Victoria Gardner & rukie hartman
11:10AM - 12:10PM Academic Integrity in the SPH
Learn about the SPH’s academic policies & resources
Intellectual House Juanita Ricks, Carey Farquhar
12:10PM - 1:20PM Break / Lunch!
Food will be provided. Feel free to explore campus!
Wherever! N/A
1:20PM - 2:20PM Evaluations: The Life Cycle of the Student Feedback Process
Learn about the ways student feedback is used to make positive and important change in the SPH
Intellectual House Juanita Ricks, Carey Farquhar
2:30PM - 3:30PM Making Your Academic Wellness Toolkit
Mental health is just as important as physical health. Learn how to stay well during this academic year.
Intellectual House Juanita Ricks & Jen Nguyen
3:40PM - 4:40PM Undergraduate Panel / Conversation
New undergraduate SPH student? Great! This session has current undergraduate SPH students in various stages of their journey. Learn from them and ask questions!
Intellectual House Jalen Smith

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Time Session Location Presenter(s)
10:00AM - 11:30AM MPH Core Orientation
Get to know the MPH Core curriculum, meet instructors, and learn more about the MPH programs.
Intellectual House

Jalen Smith, India Ornelas, Olivia van Brunt

11:30AM - 12:00PM Transition/Setup/Mingle
For those in the MPH Core Orientation, relax! Go stretch. For newcomers, the next session starts at noon.
Intellectual House N/A
12:00PM - 1:00PM Graduate Panel / Conversation
This panel conversation with current masters and doctoral students will give you a bit of insight into what resources and supports have been used to be successful, helpful tips, and more.
Intellectual House Jalen Smith
1:00PM - 1:15PM Break Wherever! N/A
1:15PM - 2:00PM Walking Tour to Hans Rosling Building to end on Rooftop Deck
Get a chance to view the University of Washington campus and to see our new Hans Rosling building as we take a tour from the Intellectual House
Hans Rosling Center  Jalen Smith
2:30PM - 3:30PM UAW 4121 (Academic Student Employees Only)
The Union of Academic Student Employees and Postdocs will prepare students to know their rights as student employees on campus. Only Academic Student Employees need to attend the session.
Hans Rosling Center (Rm 155) N/A 


Graduate Student Preparatory Workshops: Info & Dates

All Math Skills and R Workshops will be delivered via Zoom. For any questions about the Graduate Student Preparatory Workshops, please contact Olivia van Brunt at


Therese Mar from the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity Instructional Center will be facilitating two sessions to help provide students with an understanding of basic math concepts and methods of statistical inference. We strongly recommend that you take this Graduate Biostatistics Basic Quantitative Skills Pre-Test to help identify areas in which you might benefit from a refresher.

Date Time Session
Sept. 7 3-5pm

Math Skills 1

  • Review of math skills
  • Order of Operations
  • Fractions, Percentages and Decimals
  • Algebra and cross tabulations


Sept. 8 3-5pm

Math Skills 2

  • Slopes and linear equations
  • Graphs of basic functions
  • Logarithms and Exponents
  • Word problems



The Center for Social Science Computation and Research (CSSCR) will host two sessions on R statistical computation software. R is required for EPI, BIOSTAT, and PHI courses. There are two opportunities to join each session, please make sure to register for both sessions 1 and 2. Prior to session 1, you will be sent a video on how to download R to your computer.

Date Time Session
Sept. 13 3-5pm

R Workshop Session 1A


Sept. 14 5-7pm

R Workshop Session 1B


Sept. 15 3-5pm

R Workshop Session 2A


Sept. 16 5-7pm

R Workshop Session 2B




Q: Will the 2021 New Student Welcome be in-person, virtual, or hybrid format? 

o   A: The 2021 New Student Welcome will be fully in-person! We’re excited to see you! 

Q: I cannot attend any of the sessions if they are in-person. Will there be a recording available? 

o   A: We will try to record the session if the technology is available to do so. Another resource for you will be the SPH New Student Welcome Canvas page, which will host information ranging from the SPH New Student Welcome agenda, a list of campus resources for your use, and other supports that can help incoming students feel at home at UW SPH! 

Q: What is the SPH New Student Welcome Canvas page? How do I get access to it? 

o   A: The SPH New Student Welcome Canvas page is designed to be a comprehensive resource for incoming students of the School. The Canvas page will have a variety of resources that you can click through and review during your own time. Canvas is a learning management tool that will be instrumental during your time as a student at UW. The Canvas page is currently under construction and development, but you should receive access to it on or before September 20. 

Q: When will we get more information? 

o   A: Check your UW email and this website! Information will be coming during the summer months (June – August) about the upcoming New Student Welcome. Your advisers and professors will also have information, so ask them if you have any questions. You can also contact Jalen Smith, Manager of Outreach and Scholarships, at

Each year, the Health Sciences Service Learning & Advocacy Committee selects a book that allows students from across the UW health sciences schools to explore topics of common importance.

Learn more about the Health Sciences Common Book

Below is a collection of resources from across the University of Washington that are dedicated to helping you stay healthy, well, and safe. 

For All Students


Graduate Students Only

updated: June 30, 2021