Educational Programs

Health Services
The Master of Science program in Health Services offers training in the research methods of health services.  The program emphasizes coursework in biostatistics, epidemiology, and the special methods of health services research (outcomes assessment, cost effectiveness research, quality of life management, program evaluation and community assessment) and requires a research-based master’s thesis.  The degree is designed for physicians and other health professionals who wish to obtain advanced research training in health services but do not aspire to a professional public health degree (the MPH) and for bachelor’s-trained individuals who seek to pursue a masters-level research career.
Application Deadline: Jan 1, for Autumn Quarter entry
The Master of Science program offers advanced training in Biostatistics.  The program includes coursework in biostatistics, statistics and one or more biomedical fields.  In addition, successful candidates are required to pass a master’s theory exam and write a research-based master’s thesis.  The degree is designed for individuals who anticipate a career as a data analyst in public health or biomedical research on practice and for individuals who plan doctoral work in a public health or biomedical field, but want more methodological training than those PhD programs offer.
Application Deadline:  Dec 1 – Autumn Quarter Entry
The MS program includes course work in epidemiology and biostatistics, epidemiology and public health electives, and a research-based master’s thesis (required). This degree is appropriate for physicians or other health professionals who prefer a more focused program than the MPH to prepare for research and teaching careers. Exceptional applications with a bachelor’s who seek a research career or PhD are also considered.
Epidemiology (Clinical Research track)
Chiefly intended for professionals who have already completed clinical training and who plan to conduct research with patients in health care settings as a significant part of their future career, such as clinical trials on the effectiveness and safety of new treatments, studies of new tools for diagnosis or for monitoring disease course, and studies of factors that influence the outcome of illness.

Genetic Epidemiology
The Master of Science degree offers advanced training in Genetic Epidemiology with an emphasis on applied research skills to understand the etiology and prevention of complex disease with genetic and environmental components.  Completion of this degree prepares graduates for careers in academic institutions, health care delivery systems, public health departments, governmental agencies, and the private sector, particularly biotechnology.  The core curriculum develops competencies in genetic epidemiology, epidemiology, biostatistics, and bioinformatics within the broader context of ethical, legal and social issues.  The degree requires coursework in genetic epidemiology, epidemiology, biostatistics, bioinformatics, law, and bioethics.  Upon completion, graduates will have been introduced to the research principles and methods that will enable them to design, conduct, analyze, and interpret genetic epidemiologic research.  Successful completion requires a research-based master’s thesis.


Certificate in Applied Biostatistics
Expand your understanding of statistical concepts for answering scientific questions. Design experiments or clinical studies and apply appropriate statistical methods to analyze data sets from scientific and medical literature.  Learn via a convenient online format, and use the strata software package to read data, describe data and perform statistical analysis.
Program Features
  • Online Format
  • Flexibility to view recorded lectures online
  • Live interaction between instructors and students online
  • Discount access to the Strata software package


Graduate Certificate in Global Health


The Graduate Certificate in Global Health was created in response to an increasing interest from graduates in the School of Public Health, and other UW departments and schools, for training in global health.  The global health curriculum emphasizes the sociopolitical, economic, and geographic factors that, in addition to biomedical factors, have an impact on health in developing countries.  Given the increasingly global nature of public health, an understanding of issues affecting public health worldwide is becoming a critical element in the training of public health professionals both here and abroad.
Graduate Certificate Program in Maternal and Child Health
This graduate certificate program offers an integrated course of study for students interested in maternal and child public health (MCH) content and tools. Students currently enrolled in any graduate program at the University of Washington, including non-School of Public Health graduate programs and Graduate Non-matriculated (GNM) students, may apply. The certificate program is not available to epidemiology and health services students enrolled in the MCH track.
Tuition Support Fellows Program
The University of Washington has a tradition of strong, interrelated programs in clinical research at the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Social Work. The goal of the ITHS Tuition Support Fellows Program is to enhance the fellowship programs offered to physicians and other health-care professionals who wish to become independent clinical researchers.
Application Deadlines:
  • All application materials must be received by October 15, 2015. It is your responsibility to ensure that your application is completed and on time.
  • The committee intends to notify applicants of final funding decisions by January 2016.
Self-Directed Learning Center
Free online courses compiled into a set of core competencies so you can improve your knowledge at your own pace, one course at a time.  When finished, you can fill out a Certificate of Completion.
Clinical Bioethics Fellowship Program
The Clinical Bioethics Fellowship Program is a two-year program that trains physicians in bioethics with an emphasis on pediatrics issues in the clinical and research arenas. The goal of the fellowship is to prepare fellows for academic careers with an emphasis on scholarship in pediatric bioethics. Fellows will conduct an independent research project, participate in clinical consultations and will be expected to enroll in a master's program.
Quality of Care Fellowship
Through the Quality of Care Research Fellowship, fellows learn state-of-the art quality improvement research methodologies with close mentorship from outstanding, experienced faculty in the Department of Pediatrics, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and Seattle Children’s Research Institute. The fellowship includes required course work in the UW School of Public Health and Community Medicine and fellows have the opportunity to earn a Masters of Public Health or a Masters of Science in Health Services.
Application Deadline: Jan 1 – July 1 start