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

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.

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.

Takuya Habu, MBA student, Foster School of Business

Habu, TakuyaPrior to joining Foster School of Business, Taku earned B.S., physics at Aoyama Gakuin University in Japan and worked for Eli Lilly Japan as a Specialist Medical Representative in Psychiatry and a Team Leader for six years in total. He closely worked with psychiatrists and healthcare organizations, providing innovative solutions for mental diseases and community health with his multi-dimensional analysis and customer-oriented approach. While he is establishing business foundations at Foster, he has already experienced consulting for one of the biggest hospitals in the U.S., a non-profit organization, and a pharmaceutical company during his education. With his expertise in pharmaceutical industry, learnings at Foster, and consulting experiences, he hopes to be a global healthcare consultant after graduation in order to contribute to global health and expand his field internationally.

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.

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.

Irene Wu, MPA student

WuIrene is a MPA student pursuing a Certificate in International Development Policy & Management in addition to GlobalWACh. She is passionate about advancing women’s and girl’s equity in low resource settings through education, health (particularly healthy relationships and mental health), and human rights initiatives. Her area of focus is the Southeast Asia region and the immigrant and refugee population in the US. She is very interested in programming initiatives that are client-focused, gender-inclusive, and supportive of staff needs. Her long-term goal  is to change social norms so gender-based violence is no longer tolerated.  In her free time Irene volunteers and enjoys story-telling in all its forms.

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.

Julie 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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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