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Health Systems Excellence, Equity and Distinction (HSEED) Award

The Health Systems Excellence, Equity and Distinction (HSEED) Award was established by the Department of Health Systems and Population Health in 2016 in an effort to increase the number of health professionals from diverse communities in the field of public health. The HSEED Award is presented annually to a student in each of our eight degree programs (bachelor's, master's and doctoral). Recipients are honored for their outstanding academic merit, diversity of experiences and backgrounds, and potential for leadership in public health.

The $5,000 HSEED Award is distributed over a 9-month period. Out-of-state recipients in tuition-based graduate programs also receive a waiver of the Non-Resident Differential (NRD) portion of their tuition for the period of the award. For fee-based programs, the award is payable towards tuition via the CTI authorization process.

Eligibility Criteria

HSEED Award nominees must:

  • be a current or incoming student in the UW Department of Health Systems and Population Health
  • demonstrate outstanding academic merit and leadership potential in public health
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

First preference will be given to students who contribute to the diversity of the incoming class, for example who may:

  • be a member of an underrepresented racial/ethnic group (defined as Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders)
  • be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ)
  • be a veteran
  • have a physical or mental disability
  • come from a disadvantaged economic, social, cultural or educational background
( Individual programs may require consideration of additional criteria. )


Please contact your program staff for further information about the HSEED Award, including additional eligibility criteria (as applicable) and application instructions.

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HSEED Award Impact

photo: Shanise Owens - Health Services PhD

Shanise Owens - Health Services PhD

Health Services doctoral student Shanise Owens reflects, "I am thrilled to be in a doctoral program that will strengthen my analytic skills while also developing my leadership abilities. The HSEED Award provided an opportunity for me to smoothly transition into pursuing my purpose to work on research to address disparities in mental health services."   read more...

See more HSEED impact stories here, and a list of past HSEED awardees here.