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Peter J. House

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I am interested in strengthening communities and engaging them in taking ownership of their health and health systems.
I have worked extensively in rural communities helping them strengthen and expand their health systems.

Senior Lecturer Emeritus, Health Services


MHA   University of Michigan, 1974
BA   Lawrence University, 1968   (Mathematics)

Contact Info


office:   H-670D, Health Sciences Building

University of Washington
1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 98195

campus box:   357660
voice:   206-616-4985
fax:   206-543-3964
web site:   http://


Mr. House teaches in the Community Oriented Public Health Practice Program (COPHP). He has wide experience in strategic planning, program evaluation, meeting facilitation, community assessments, community development, and community organizing. Mr. House teaches community development courses in the School of Public Health and two courses in rural health in the School of Medicine. He serves on the Curriculum Committee in the Department of Health Services.

Mr. House's hobbies include travel, gardening, hiking, and sailing, and he is active in local politics and neighborhood planning.

Community development; strategic planning; rural health

  • HSERV 532   (COPHP)
    COPHP Community Development
  • HSERV 539   (COPHP)
    COPHP Organizing Communities for Health
  • HSERV 592   (COPHP)
    Community Oriented Public Health Practice Seminar
  • HSERV 592   (COPHP)
    Community Oriented Public Health Practice Seminar

House PJ, Hartfield K, Nicola B, Bogan SL. The University of Washington's Community-Oriented Public Health Practice Program and Public Health-Seattle & King County Partnership. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2014 May-Jun;20(3):285-9. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000054.  PMID: 24667188

Hagopian A, Mohanty MK, Das A, House PJ. Applying WHO's 'workforce indicators of staffing need' (WISN) method to calculate the health worker requirements for India's maternal and child health service guarantees in Orissa State. Health Policy Plan. 2012 Jan;27(1):11-8. Epub 2011 Feb 4.  PMID: 21296847

Van Fleet-Green JM, Chen FM, House P. Identifying the gaps between biodefense researchers, public health, and clinical practice in a rural community. J Rural Health. 2008 Summer;24(3):326-9.  PMID: 18643813

Norris TE, Coombs JB, House P, Moore S, Wenrich MD, Ramsey PG. Regional solutions to the physician workforce shortage: the WWAMI experience. Acad Med. 2006 Oct;81(10):857-62. Review.  PMID: 16985340

Norris TE, House P, Schaad D, Mas J, Kelday JM. Student providers aspiring to rural and underserved experiences at the University of Washington: promoting team practice among the health care professions. Acad Med. 2003 Dec;78(12):1211-6.  PMID: 14660419

Chair, capstone for Naveed Badri
College-going culture in south King County schools

Chair, capstone for Ross Howell
Evaluation: A two-way street? Pursuing a seamless program evaluation experience in Yakima

Member, capstone for Jacqueline Barton
The New Blue H: A Report on the Findings of the 2014 Rural Health Workgroup, a Partner Project Between the Washington State Department of Health and the Washington State Hospital Association

Chair, capstone for Patricia Duffy
A public health model for correctional health care for Skagit County's new jail

Chair, capstone for Colin Maloney
Implementing tobacco-free policies at behavioral health treatment facilities in King County

Chair, capstone for Jennifer Morton
Seeking safety: Evaluating the effects of the paid sick and safe time ordinance on survivors of domestic violence

Chair, capstone for Sierra Rotakhina
Through the eyes of sexual health educators: Interviews with public school educators in Skagit County

Health Promotion Research Center - Special Interest Projects
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Harris           Dates:    9/30/2010 - 9/29/2014

Northwest/Alaska/Hawaii Center to Reduce Oral Health Disparities
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
PI:   Milgrom           Dates:    8/1/2008 - 7/31/2015