Global WACh Graduate Certificate Program


The health of women, adolescents and children are intertwined and essential for societal well-being. It is recognized in the United Nations’ 8 Millennium Development Goals, 3 of which relate to health of women and children. The Certificate program was created to give a comprehensive overview of the health of women, adolescents, and children, and current issues in global health; and to provide graduates of the program a base of knowledge and broad range of skills to work in fields related to global health or health of women, adolescents and children.

Successful certificate students will complete 15 credits, including 7 core credits, 5 elective credits, and 3 credits from a capstone project.




Interdisciplinary approach

Graduates enrolled in the Global WACh certificate program are from a variety of backgrounds, with different interests all related to women, adolescents and children. Our certificate program includes a broad range of courses that count towards certificate credits. Topics include:

  • Infant, child, adolescent health
  • Nutrition
  • Policy & health assessment
  • Psychosocial & injury prevention
  • Research
  • Pharmacy & environment
  • Maternal child health
  • Global health

Who should apply

Students enrolled in any University of Washington graduate school program are welcome to apply. Applications for the certificate program are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. Please send completed CERTIFICATE APPLICATION, along with unofficial transcripts, a recent CV/resume, and a statement of purpose to the email below.

Kate Pfizenmaier, Program Manager, Global WACh


Certificate Student profiles

Baishakhi Basu, Doctoral Candidate, Biocultural Anthropology, MPH, Global Health

baishakhi picBaishakhi Basu is a doctoral candidate of Biocultural anthropology. Her research aims to investigate the effect of early-life nutrition on ovarian development and reproductive function in women. She currently is applying for grants to conduct her dissertation fieldwork in Matlab, a remote sub-district of Bangladesh. In August 2013 Baishakhi successfully conducted her pilot work funded by pilot grants awarded by Medical anthropology and Global Health as well as the Dept. of Anthropology. Baishakhi serves as a teaching assistant in Biocultural anthropology. Baishakhi was an awardee of the Wadsworth international doctoral fellowship from 2010 to 2013. She earned her MA in biocultural anthropology in 2012 from U of Washington. She also held a CSDE (Centre for studies in Demography and Ecology) fellowship in 2010. Baishakhi has volunteered and interned for projects on environmental action plan, and maternal and neonatal health.

Nazila Dabestani, MPH student, Global Health

FaceshotNazila is an MPH student in the department of Global Health, having completed her BA in Medical Anthropology and Global Health.  Medical Anthropology has led her to focus on political, economic, social, psychological, and cultural aspects of health – particularly in women and children.  After graduating, Nazila spent a year teaching eleventh grade math on an outer atoll of the Republic of Marshall Islands, researched childhood risk of type 1 diabetes in Washington state, and coordinated studies at Fred Hutch looking at health outcomes of patients with hematologic cancers.  As an MPH student, she is the Global Health senate representative for UW GPSS (Graduate & Professional Student Senate) and co-chair of the Deans Advisory Council for Students in the School of Public Health.  Nazila is currently working as a post/grad intern in the Maternal & Child Health and Nutrition division at PATH.

Tracy Lam-Hine, MBA/MPA student, Foster School of Business and Evans School of Public Affairs

Lam-Hine, Tracy - Prof HeadshotTracy is a dual MBA/MPA student at the Foster School of Business and Evans School of Public Affairs, focusing on mission-driven organizational effectiveness and program evaluation. After graduating from UC Berkeley with degrees in Economics and Public Policy, he began his career in Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Operations practice, focusing primarily on the domestic life sciences and healthcare industries. Later, while working as Senior Research Associate at a funder of workforce social enterprises, Tracy was responsible for management and implementation of a 4-year outcomes evaluation of the social enterprise model. Tracy is deeply interested in healthcare access as an important issue of social justice, and believes strongly in the importance of culturally competent and end user-focused program evaluation to continuously improve healthcare interventions.

Lacey Rose Miller, DNP Student, Perinatal Nurse Specialist

LaceyRoseMillerLacey Rose was born and raised in Portland, Oregon to a family of energy-efficient, long-haired vegetarians. Her dream of promoting women’s health internationally for those most underserved started when she was twelve-years-old. Lacey has enjoyed her volunteer hours spent with nonprofit organizations over the years offering health consultation, conducting health promotion projects with her global community members and organizing and leading healthcare volunteer teams abroad. As a family maternity nurse, her work at home as well as internationally focuses on maternal and newborn health promotion. She is currently enrolled in the University of Washington’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program as a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist. She hopes to find a faculty position that will (1) allow her to teach obstetrics to nursing students, (2) offer her inclusion on volunteer trips abroad with students and (3) provide her with the opportunity to educate nursing and non-nursing students in women’s, children and newborn global health. She also hopes to continue consultant work with international aid organizations, public health officials, tribal leaders or governmental organizations regarding women and newborn health.

Jennifer Mueller, MPH Student, Department of Epidemiology

Jen MuellerJen is a MPH student in the Department of Epidemiology with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health. She received her BA in Anthropology and Biology from the University of Virginia, and prior to coming to UW, she coordinated gynecologic oncology clinical research trials, worked with a child malnutrition program in Cambodia, and conducted research on maternal healthcare access in Morocco and Switzerland. Currently, Jen is a research assistant working to incorporate mental health care into primary care settings for the UW AIMS Center, and she is also a program intern for One By One, where she facilitates a global women’s health education program  focusing on obstetric fistula for Seattle high school students. Her research interests include women’s mental health issues and the social determinants of sexual and reproductive health outcomes.

Marina Plesons, MPH student, Global Health

DSCF5048Marina is an MPH student in the department of Global Health, having received her BA in Biology and Anthropology of Global Health from Dartmouth College. Prior to coming to UW, she conducted research regarding the introduction of a mobile health van in rural Vermont for homeless and/or uninsured individuals, contributed to a World Bank grant for a national trauma system and Level 1 trauma hospital in Haiti, and worked as a health policy fellow in the Maternal and Child Health department at the Ministry of Health of Rwanda. She also co-founded a global health non-profit, called Health Advocacy Innovations, with the current goal of streamlining the treatment of pediatric MDR-TB treatment, for which there are no child-friendly formulations of the necessary medications.

Sonjelle Shilton, MPH student, Global Health

Shilton, Sonjelle - Global WACh pictureSonjelle is a MPH candidate in the department of Global Health. Her studies concentrate on reproductive health, and the intersection between conflict and public health.  She received her B.A in History from Rutgers University. She then managed HardtHaven, a local grassroots organization that runs both a home for AIDS orphans, and a community-based support and education center located in Ghana for several years.  She was a research intern from June to November 2015 at the World Health Organization, Geneva, Department of Reproductive Health and Research. Her research focused on identifying facilitators and barriers to the country-level adoption of the preventing adolescent pregnancy WHO guidelines. Sonjelle’s professional goal is to develop and implement programs and services that allow access and uptake by adolescents and women in methods of reproductive freedom, focusing on West and Central Africa.

Rebecca Streich, Nursing Student, Family Nurse Practitioner Program

10592933_903164449486_1303526902223986004_nBecky is a registered nurse working in the outpatient setting to promote health in a variety of specialties and settings.  Over the past several years she has enjoyed a variety of volunteer projects globally providing healthcare, health education and public health infrastructure.  She is currently enrolled in the University of Washingtonʼs Doctor of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner program.  In the future she hopes to continue promoting globally competent care both here in the United States and abroad.

Julia Velonjara, MPH student, Global Health

P1090311headJulia is an MPH student in the department of Global Health. Her primary interests are in program implementation focusing on reproductive and maternal health of adolescents girls and young women in East Africa. During the first year of her program, Julia is a research assistant for the Program on Global Mental Health. In summer of 2015, she will be traveling to Tanzania to complete her practicum on rural ante-, birth, and post-natal care, and to continue her study of Kiswahili as a FLAS scholarship recipient. Prior to coming to the University of Washington she worked with diverse youth in California on advocacy and engagement for tobacco prevention policies and worked in rural Madagascar as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer on community development, environmental health, and girls’ empowerment projects. She has a B.A. in Anthropology from Yale University.


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