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Admissions Philosophy

We are interested in attracting curious, creative, and highly motivated students from diverse backgrounds and academic fields.

Admission to the program is based on each applicant's academic and professional qualifications, including previous degrees and grades, work and research experience, test scores, goal statement and evaluations.

Students selected for admission to the program are committed to scholarship and show potential for success in health services research and health policy.

The Health Services PhD program has been very successful at recruiting students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. This has been made possible in part by dedicated effort on the part of individual faculty, in part by the program's curricular focus on issues of the social determinants of population health, and in part by the welcoming environment of the Department of Health Services, the University of Washington, and of Seattle and the surrounding region.

The University of Washington reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran in accordance with University policy and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations.