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Visit Days for Admitted Prospective Students

March 5-6, 2015

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Visit Day Program

Congratulations on your admission to our graduate program. We hope you will join us for EPI Visit Days. An important part of the visit days is a chance for you to meet with faculty members about their research. If you are interested in having a one-on-one meeting with faculty members, it is best to contact them now for their schedules will fill up.


  • Register online here
  • Cannot Attend Epidemiology Visit Days:
    See "Individual Visit" to arrange a visit at another time. We need 3 weeks lead time, if at all possible.

Transportation and Accommodations

  • Transportation: Visitors are responsible for making their own transportation arrangements. We have very limited travel funds for only a very few students due to budget cuts. Purchase the best airfare now! We will let you know if we can provide partial airfare support.
  • • Light-Rail transportation is available from the SeaTac Airport to downtown Seattle. From the Westlake Station there are several buses that run frequently to the University.
  • Hosts: A limited number of accommodations with student (or faculty) hosts will be available for those traveling alone - if you are interested, please indicate in your registration.
  • Other Visitor Accommodations near the University
  • Directions and Maps:
    Our faculty are located around Seattle, but we will have several opportunities to meet with them on campus in a group format.
    • Consult maps, bus and shuttle schedules when making appointments.
    • Print and bring with you. GPS alone will NOT get you to the correct locations on time.

Visit Day Program

  • Visitors are encouraged to arrive Wednesday afternoon March 4, so that they have time to attend early morning events on Thursday March 5.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

  • 9:30am – 10:00am: Welcome Orientation
    Meet in the Epi Conference Room in Health Sciences Center (HSC) F-257. Room will open at 9:00am. Department staff members will be on hand to answer questions.

  • 10:00am - 11:20am: UW Tour
    Led by current Epi students. Meet in the Epi Conference Room in HSC F-257. Tour ends at HSC T-439.

  • 11:30am - 12:20pm: Sit in on EPI 513 lecture by Dr. Rowhani-Rahbar
    HSC T-439

  • 12:30pm - 1:30pm: SPH Lunch for Epi Faculty and Students
    hosted by the Office of the Dean, UW School of Public Health
    location: The Ethnic Cultural Center (3931 Brooklyn Ave NE).

  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm: Faculty Discussion Sessions
    Dr. Delaney and Dr. Enquobharie discussing research on Cardiovascular Disease and Maternal and Child Health in room T-625

    Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar and Dr. Joel Kaufman discussing research on injury/violence and Environmental/Occupational Health in HSC F257

  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm: START Prospective Student Days Reception
    hosted by the UW START Center with Dr. Lisa Manhart, Dr. Stephen Hawes, and Dr. Judd Walson
    Location: South Campus Center (SOCC), Room 316
    Presentations and Reception, light refreshments

  • Afternoon: Ideal to arrange one-on-one meetings for this time

  • 5:00 – 6:00pm: Student Research Walk Around
    Current students will be available to discuss research opportunities and student life in HSC T-531

  • 6:30pm: Epi Student Welcome Dinner
    Location: Capitol Cider – 818 E Pike St, Seattle
    This is a self-pay, no-host event organized by current Epi students to welcome prospective admitted students (cost: $20 – please bring cash)
    Meet at 6:00 outside the Epi Department office (HSC F-263) if you want to bus over with the group.

Friday, March 6, 2015

  • 8:30am - 12:00pm: Epidemiology Breakfast and Info Session for Prospective Students
    Location: SOCC 316
    8:30am - 9:00am: Continental Breakfast
    9:00am - 12:00pm: Information Session
    • *Program Highlights by the Graduate Program Director
    • *Student Funding Overview by Student Services Representative
    • *Faculty and student speakers on selected areas of research in our department

  • 12:00pm - 1:30pm: Lunch with Epi Faculty and Students
    SOCC, 316

  • Afternoon: Ideal to arrange one-on-one meetings for this time

  • 5:00pm-7:00pm - Epi Student Happy Hour
    Location: Back Door At Roxy’s – 462 N 36th St, Seattle
    Event organized by current Epi students; appetizers hosted by the Epi Department.
    Starts at 5:00 pm, but meet at 4:20 pm outside the Epi Department office (HSC F-263) if you want to catch the bus with the group. The bar is 2.7 miles away from the Epi department.

Schedule Faculty Meetings Soon! - Very Important

A student seeking funding or wishing to meet faculty individually should schedule meetings with appropriate faculty members as soon as he or she is admitted. Our faculty select their own RA's and fellows. (TA positions in Epidemiology are limited to 2nd year students.) Contacting many (and meeting several) faculty is a critical step toward locating funding.

  • Procedure for Contacting Faculty
    • During Visit Days, faculty often run out of meeting times that fit your or their schedules, so start now.
    • Schedule meetings anytime that is convenient for the faculty member - (even during the program hours of 9am - 1:00pm on March 6, if that is your only option).
    • If you have difficulty reaching a faculty member, call him/her directly.

  • Locating appropriate faculty
    • Read How to Select and Contact Faculty - Critical Step
    • Check the Research Areas for names of faculty with appropriate research interests.
    • Epidemiology Faculty Directory is located on the left hand menu bar. Click on appropriate faculty names for more information and look them up on PubMed.
    • Contact faculty outside the Department - see How to Select. (Many students work with faculty/investigators from outside the Department.)
    • You may send epi@uw.edu a draft list of faculty contacts for us to review for appropriateness and suggest other faculty, if applicable.
      • Be sure to email us your interests and attach a CV.
      • We need a few days to get back to you, so start contacting faculty in the meantime.
      • PhD students are given priority for review of faculty lists.

Faculty Locations, Maps, Buses and Parking

  • Faculty Research Offices Located around Seattle
    • Be sure you know the meeting location because many faculty have two offices.
    • Visiting the Department on the Epidemiology website has directions to most off-campus sites. (For other sites ask the faculty member or epi@uw.edu.)
    • Allow at least an hour for transportation between meetings at different locations.
    • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center ("Hutch/FHCRC") faculty often refer to it as "the campus", but it is not at the UW.
    • Keep in mind appropriate shuttle/bus times and stops when scheduling meetings.
    • Between certain meetings you may have to take a taxi. taxi (Uber and Lyft are also good alternatives to traditional taxi services)
    • Print out the maps, directions and bus schedules to the sites you will visit, and bring them with you. Getting around can be confusing.

  • Parking
    • Parking on campus is limited and expensive ($15). Walk, or take a bus or shuttlebus, if possible.
    • No visitor parking is allowed near health sciences. You will have to park in E-12 by the stadium (or in meter parking on Boat Street if your total parking time will be less than 2 hours for ~$3.00/hour with credit or debit card.)

    This page was last updated on February 20, 2015