Global WACh Certificate


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.

Andrew Lewis, Program Manager, Global WACh


Certificate Student profiles

Jonathan A. Muir, PhD Student, Department of Sociology

PhotoJonathan is a PhD student in the Sociology Department at the University of Washington with an area emphasis in medical sociology. His research examines social determinants of health for children and adolescents with an international concentration on South and Southeast Asia. He has over 10 years experience working as freelance translator in Thai, is conversant in Lao, and is currently a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow studying Bahasa Indonesian. His undergratuate experience encompased training in Asian Studies, International Development, and Sociology. As an undergrad, Jonathan worked as a program facilitator for an international development program that operated in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and Chiang Mai, Thailand.  Through working with this program, Jonathan gained experiencing addressing issues of sustainable rural development and public health in Southeast Asia. While completing his master’s degree in Sociology, he helped resettle a population of Thai and Laotian refugees while working with the Utah Health and Human Rights Project (UHHRP).  The refugees were a group of human trafficking victims and their families who were trafficked to the US and subsequently received refugee status from the US government after they were rescued from their traffickers. Using cultural and linguistic knowledge of Southeast Asia, Jonathan helped facilitate the refugees in beginning the process of restarting their lives and facilitated cultural understanding during their first encounters with local health and education systems and job markets. He currently works as a research associate with the Strategic Analysis, Research and Training (START) Program in the Department of Global Health at the UW. The START program supports the work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in addressing issues of global health in developing countries. Jonathan’s primary responsibilities include conducting impact evaluations and assessments for global health projects that address health problems for women and children in developing nations.

Kirk Tickell, MPH Epidemiology Student, Global Health Track

KirkTickellI am MPH student studying Epidemiology and Global Health, having previous been a physician in both adult and pediatric care.   In the United Kingdom, I worked in a deprived area on the border between England and Wales.  During my training I also spent a quarter assisting on an inpatient pediatric ward in Dar es Salaam.  And last August, I travelled to Mophela township in South Africa to create a pediatric health screening and data collection system for a UK based NGO.  In each country I witnessed disease and injury determining the futures of children, adolescents and families.  I believe that inadequate health service provision and a failure to address the social determinants of ill health cause these outcomes.  As a result, my interests include pediatric infectious disease, the social and economic cost of preventable disease, and universal health coverage.

Catherine Karlak, MS Nutritional Science Student, RD

CatherineKarlakI am a first year MS Nutritional Sciences student training to become a Registered Dietician through the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics.  My undergraduate research focused on parasitology, but prior to returning to school, I worked in early education both locally and abroad, and also in the culinary industry.  I am passionate about food security, urban agriculture, and nutrition education, and am active in community gardening through Seattle’s P-patch program.  Recently, I taught cooking classes to emigrant and refugee kids at the Seattle World School. My focus is on pediatric and maternal nutrition, and given my parasitology background, I am especially interested in how poor nutrition and infectious diseases interrelate and the implications of this interaction for child undernutrition and stunting 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.

Abigail Korn, MPH Student, Global Health

kornAbi is a first-year MPH student in the department of Global Health. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Latin American Studies, and her thesis examined the incorporation of traditional medicine into Chile’s national health system with a case study in sexual and reproductive health. She interned in an STI clinic in Lima, Peru where she designed outreach materials for female sex workers and men who have sex with men. Abi has worked on youth leadership projects in Mexico and Panama, and is currently part of a community based participatory research team addressing food and water security in an informal settlement outside of Lima, Peru.

Annie Hoopes, MD, MPH Student, Maternal and Child Health

AnnieI’m a pediatrician currently completing a fellowship in adolescent medicine at University of Washington/Seattle Children’s while concomitantly pursuing an MPH in the Department of Health Services with a Maternal Child Health Concentration.  I’ve had the opportunity to work in various clinical and research capacities in a number of low-resource settings in Africa and South and Central America, and my current interests are focused on adolescent sexual and reproductive health with an emphasis on family planning.  My goal is to ensure that ALL young people have access to quality youth-friendly health services and to develop adolescent-focused interventions that promote sexual health and reduce unintended pregnancies.  I’m so excited to be a part of the Global WACh certificate program as it will allow me to weave together my interests in multiple disciplines as I complete sub-specialty training and pursue a career in adolescent public health.

Gina Mendoza, MSW student, School of Social Work

Gina_1May14_088Gina Mendoza is a MSW Student at the School of Social Work. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Child Development & Education, while she actively served a multicultural population of women and children in the community through various agencies including CALM (Child Abuse Listening and Mediation) of Santa Barbara, Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara, and the Santa Barbara Food Bank. Her interest in global health began at an early age during her frequent visits to Mexico and Central America. These experiences set Gina on a path centered on public health and social welfare towards a career in medical and international social work. From the beginning of her public service career, her focus and passion has been on serving women, adolescents and children from the Latin community. During Gina’s time at UW, she has continued to use her multilingual skills to engage in Seattle- and internationally-based projects, which lie in maternal and child health, reproductive health, and program development & evaluation. As she continues her education at UW, Gina would like to further her work and service with multicultural populations. She hopes to gain relevant tools through internships, practicum and service work to successfully overcome systemic barriers in providing outstanding support in health and mental health care, while advocating with these communities in public health policy.

Jenny Lenahan, MPH student, Department of Epidemiology

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am an MPH student in the department of Epidemiology, with a focus on infectious disease. I currently work at Seattle Children’s Hospital, conducting research focused on rotavirus, influenza, RSV and other viruses. Prior to moving to Seattle, I lived in Chicago, where I researched health literacy and its role in patients’ ability to manage and communicate about their illnesses. I also had the opportunity to live in Santa Marta, Colombia, where I worked for an HIV/AIDS clinic, planning and coordinating HIV prevention events and health education programs. Through my time working with parents and infants at the clinic, I was able to see firsthand the importance that access to prenatal and early infant care plays in the prevention of infectious disease, and the challenges involved in delivering such care to remote and rural areas. I hope to work to identify and address these challenges, and ensure access to prenatal care and infectious disease prevention for all families.

Baishakhi Basu, Doctoral Candidate, Biocultural Anthropology

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.

Rita Ismail
PhD Nursing Science
Mona Wiggins
Mona Wiggins
Lisa M. Shawcroft
Rubee Dev
Rubee Dev
MPH, Maternal and Child Health
Christopher Westgard
Annya Pintak
Annya Pintak
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Jenna Udren
MPH, Community-Oriented Public Health Practice
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Onyinye Anitha Edeh
MPH, Global Health
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Shelby Feliciano
Sharla Semana
Sharla Semana
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Silvia Huaynoca
MPH, Global Health