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Health Policy Writing Program

CHIPS invites HSPop graduate students to apply to the Spring 2023 CHIPS Health Policy Writing Program (HPWP):

The ability to communicate effectively with policymakers and the public at large not only can raise awareness of challenges facing communities but can also facilitate improvements in health and welfare by translating actionable policy recommendations and reforms. The CHIPS HPWP is a 10-week virtual policy writing program focused on improving competency to communicate health policy and health science knowledge to a diverse group of policymakers and community partners. As part of the HPWP, each student will prepare a policy brief on an issue identified by a community partner in Washington state. CHIPS will broadly disseminate each student policy brief at the conclusion of the program.

HPWP Virtual Program Dates

Mar 27, 2023 - Jun 09, 2023


Students are expected to have access to Zoom and attend two one-hour virtual writing group meetings each week. There is an expectation that students devote 5 to 10 hours per week to the HPWP programming and completion of their policy brief.

Candidates Sought

The UW HPWP is recruiting graduate students having completed at least three quarters of graduate study in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health (HSPop).


  • Graduate student in HSPop having completed at least three quarters of graduate study.

  • No past participation in the UW HPWP.

Financial Assistance

  • $1,500 award.


  • Applicants will be notified by March 10, 2023.

  • Students interested in the HPWP should email their current UW transcript (unofficial, PDF), CV or resume, and a solo-authored writing sample that best represents their ability to be successful in the program to by February 24, 2023.

Contact CHIPS Director Layla Booshehri at with any questions.


Do students receive academic credit for participating in the HPWP?
The HPWP is not a formal course; however, students can enroll in independent study credits. Independent study credits are optional, and the HPWP does not cover any tuition charges.

Are there any costs to participate in the program?
There are no costs associated with participating in the program.

Does the program include funding?
Yes. The program provides a $1,500 award for every student in the 10-week virtual writing program.