Global WACh Courses


Global WACh courses develop new leaders by providing a high quality, engaging curriculum that prioritizes multi-disciplinary approaches to solving complex health problems. In order to foster creative learning and collaboration, we have partnered with several schools at the University of Washington to create a unique set of courses. Explore the titles below to learn more.

Adolescent Health in Low-Resource Settings (SPRING | GH590B)

Credits: 1 (Credit/No Credit)

Instructor: Dr. Kate Wilson

Format: Course

Target Students: Professional graduate students of global health, medicine, nursing, public health, public policy, social work, dentistry, and pharmacy interested in improving health care service delivery in low-to-middle income countries within resource-limited settings.

Description: This course highlights issues for adolescents in resource limited settings with an initial focus on what makes adolescents unique. Topic-based seminars, journal articles, and student-led discussions will include: adolescent development; physical and psychological trauma; illicit activities; ethics and the law; adolescent-focused research and programming; adolescent-friendly health services; and reproductive and sexual health.

Syllabus: Adolescent Health in Low-Resource Settings

Bioengineering Solutions to Improve the Health of Women, Adolescents and Children (WINTER | GH490A, GH590A)

Credits: 1-2 (Credit/No Credit)

Instructor: Dr. Brandon Guthrie

Format: Seminar Series

Target Students: Graduate-level students with an interest in bioengineering in a global health context.

Description: This seminar series engages students in interdisciplinary discussions about current challenges to the health of women, children and adolescents, and how novel bioengineering approaches may be developed to address these challenges. Students are encouraged to actively participate in discussions to foster creative problem solving and collaboration between students and researchers from clinical, epidemiology, and bioengineering departments.

Syllabus: Bioengineering Solutions

Global Perspectives on Reproductive Health (SPRING | GH446/546)

Credits: 3 (Graded)

Instructors: Drs. Alison Drake and Jennifer Unger

Format: Course

Target Students: A broad range of students from all schools and departments who have an interest in global reproductive health.

Description: The course will engage students from diverse disciplines including public health, demography, epidemiology, policy, sociology, and medicine, in topics on global reproductive health. The course will focus on family planning and population policy, including the following topics: male and female contraception, abortion policies, human rights, HIV/STIs, access to services, and cost-effectiveness of contraception. This landscape course is designed to give students an overview of global reproductive health, and encourage interdisciplinary learning through active participation in lectures and discussions. It will emphasize current issues, challenges, and strategies to improve reproductive health, with a focus on resource-limited settings.

Syllabus: Global Perspectives on Reproductive Health

Maternal Child Health in Low and Middle Income Countries (WINTER | GH544, HSERV544)

Credits: 3

Instructor: Dr. Donna Denno

Format: Course utilizing lectures and interactive small group work, in-class exercises and discussions

Target Students: Graduate students wanting to learn practical approaches to improving maternal and child health in low- and middle-income country settings

Description: The course provides an understanding of the causes and functional effects of MCH problems in developing countries.

Syllabus: Maternal Child Health


Legal and Policy Solutions to Improve the Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children (SPRING | GH590L, LAWB599D)

Credits: 1 (credit/no credit)


Format: Seminar

Target Students: 

Description: This course utilizes a case/problem-based discussion to define ways that law and policy intersect to impact health inequities for women, adolescents, and children (WACh), and to identify potential approaches to improve WACh health. The course will employ comparative examples of both global and domestic issues. An optional small group discussion section will be offered immediately before the class which will involve student critiques of readings and further discussion with the seminar panelists.

Global WACh Skills Series

This series of workshops is designed to help graduate-level students who aspire to do research develop skills with methodologies, platforms, and data sets commonly used by research teams at the University of Washington and beyond.  A UW NetID is required to access the workshop recordings and materials.

Introduction to Data Management Practice for Health Research

Instructor: Dr. Brandon Guthrie

Description: This workshop will introduce participants to best practices for data collection, storage and management for research. We will combine lecture material with interactive examples to provide a foundation for the design and implementation of data collection and management. Participants must have an account in REDCap to conduct the workshop exercises.


Introduction to Open Data Kit (ODK)

Instructor: Dr. Keshet Ronen

Description: Participants will be able to describe the ODK platform and its use for data collection, list the strengths and limitations of ODK for different applications, and produce, use, and extract data from a data collection tool in ODK. To conduct the workshop exercises, participants must use an Android OS-based phone or tablet.


Introduction to REDCap

Instructor: Dr. Brandon Guthrie

Description: This workshop will introduce participants to the REDCap application for the electronic collection and storage of research data. We will cover how to design and implement REDCap projects for cross-sectional and longitudinal studies, how to design and build forms for data collection, and how to use the mobile data collection capabilities of REDCap. Participants must have an account in REDCap to conduct the workshop exercises.