Community experience

Students meet this requirement a few ways:

  • RUOP: Rural Underserved Opportunities Program
  • GHIP: Global Health Immersion Program
  • PCP: Primary Care Practicum (Only for E15 and after students, and if an underserved site)
  • Preclinical preceptorships in an underserved setting: These preceptorships may be completed in any department, and may be approved for Underserved Pathway credit as long as they are completed in an underserved setting. Check with each department for more information on their preceptorship options in underserved settings. To be approved by UP advisor.
    • Complete a preceptorship in any department at a site that has been pre-approved by UP advisors.
    • OR complete a Rural Underserved Opportunities Program (RUOP) or Global Health Immersion Program (GHIP).
  • If you are E15 or after and none of the above apply, you can meet this requirement by completing an additional 4 credits (2 weeks) of clerkship time above the required 12 credits (6 weeks) of clerkship in an underserved site.
    • See clinical courses for sites that qualify.
    • Email if you need assistance with this requirement.


Non-clinical selectives

Students meet this requirement by completing non-clinical courses during Foundations Phase that cover underserved topics. Each campus offers qualifying courses and some are offered via distance learning. It is important for students to explore and register for at least two of these courses.

See list below for some approved non-clinical selectives. Please contact if you have updates to the list below, we are always updating this list.

  • Selecting courses:
    • Below is a partial list of pathway-approved courses. Please check with your campus’ curriculum office to see what is offered each quarter. Some courses are offered via distance learning, so be sure to ask about those as well.
    • If you are interested in a course not listed here, email with the course syllabus, to request approval of the course for fulfilling pathway requirements.
  • Tracking courses:
  • E-15 and E-16 students may have completed one or more qualifying intersessions, each of which counts as one non-clinical selective.
  • If at the end of Foundations, you have not completed TWO qualifying non-clinical selectives, please contact Pathway staff/faculty about possible ways to meet this requirement.


Approved Non-Clinical Selectives that Satisfy Pathway Requirements: 

Note: the following courses may not be offered

WWAMI CAMPUS Non-Clinical selectives:

  • Rural Health Care Delivery (1): MSU and WSU/UI — SOM designation is HUBIO 598: P-WWAMI NON-CLIN SEL
    MEDS 501 (4): Health Disparities Seminar (1): WSU/UI
  • Geriatrics from a Cultural and Interdisciplinary Perspective (1): UAA, UWYO This course only qualifies if you complete the final project about an underserved setting/population. Please talk to the instructor and contact if you take this course and wish to receive credit for the UP.
  • Spanish for Healthcare Providers (1): ALL WWAMI — SOM designation is HUBIO 598: P-WWAMI NON-CLIN SEL
  • GH 501: Introduction to Global Health (1): MSU,WSU Spokane, WSU/UI, UWYO, UAA video-conferenced from Seattle campus
  • Recognizing Chemical Dependency in Self and Others (1) : UWYO — SOM designation is HUBIO 598: P-WWAMI NON-CLIN SEL
  • Rural Health I, Fall quarter (TRUST Scholars Only) (1): WSU Spokane — SOM designation is HUBIO 598 P-WWAMI NON-CLIN SEL
  • Rural Health II, Spring quarter (TRUST Scholars Only) (1): WSU Spokane — SOM designation is HUBIO 598 P-WWAMI NON-CLIN SEL
  • Health Equality and Community Organizing (1): WSU Spokane
  • Russian for Healthcare Providers(1): WSU Spokane
  • HUBIO 593: Substance Abuse and Chemical Dependence (1): UWYO


SEATTLE CAMPUS Non-Clinical Selectives:


  • CONJ 515: Interdisciplinary Health and Human Services Delivery in Rural Communities (1)
  • CONJ 516: What Every Physician Should Know About Oral Health (1)
  • CONJ 553: Clinical Management of HIV & STIs (3)
  • CONJ 556: Drug Addiction: Mechanisms, Prevention, and Treatment (2)
  • CONJ 570: Clinical Management of Trans* Health (1)
  • CONJ 553: Clinical Management of HIV (3)

Bioethics and Humanities (previously Medical History and Ethics)

  • BH 511: Medical Ethics Seminar (previously MHE 511) (2)
  • BH 509: When Life Makes You Sick (Cr/NC)


  • EPI/MED 530, G H 562: AIDS: A Multidisciplinary Approach (2)

Family Medicine

  • FAMED 525: African American Health and Health Care Disparities(1)
  • FAMED 530: Primary Care (1) – This course only qualifies if you complete the observational experience in an underserved setting. Please talk to the instructor and contact if you take this course and wish to receive credit for the UP.
  • FAMED 540: Topics in Health and Human Services in Rural Communities (1)
  • FAMED 545: Preclinical Geriatric Elective (2)
  • FAMED 556: Spanish for the Health Professional (1)
  • FAMED 557: Hispanic Health & Health Care Disparities (1)
  • FAMED 560: Indian Health Problem-Based Learning Cases (1)
  • FAMED 561: LGBTQ Health and Health Disparities (1)

Global Health

  • GH 456/556: Global Mental Health (3)
  • GH 501: Core Topics in Global Health OR Introduction to Global Health (1); GH 501 is available via video conference to WWAMI sites (Fall quarter only)
  • GH 502: Contemporary Issues in Global Health (1)
  • GH 503: Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Global Health (1)
  • GH 505/MED 560: Advanced Topics in International Health (2)
  • GH 511: Problems in International Health (0-4)
  • GH 514 Global Societal Determinants of Health (3)
  • GH 522: Leadership Development for Global Health (2)
  • GH 523: Organizational Management for Global Health (2)
  • GH 524: Policy Development and Advocacy for Global Health (2)
  • GH 544/HSERV 544: Maternal and Child Health in Developing Countries (3)
  • GH 555/NUTR 555: Nutrition in Developing Countries (3)
  • GH 561/MED561: Tropical Medicine (1)
  • GH 562, EPI/MED 530: AIDS: A Multidisciplinary Approach (2)
  • GH 571: Essentials of Clinical Care and Capacity Building in Low Income Countries (3)
  • GH 573: Clinical Management of HIV (3)


  • MED 510: Health Issues of Sexual Minorities (1)
  • MED 530/GH 562: AIDS: A Multidisciplinary Approach (2)
  • MED 560/GH 505: Advanced Topics in Global Health (2)
  • MED 561/GH 561: Tropical Medicine (1)


  • NUTR/GH 555: Nutrition in Developing Countries (3)


  • PEDS 530: Homeless Youth and Their Medical Care (1) (this course is also referred to as Pioneer Square Adolescent Seminar)

Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

  • PBSCI 515: War and Mental Health (1)
  • PBSCI 560: Psychological Interventions for Primary care Physicians (1)

Public Health

  • HSERV 556: Tobacco Related Health Disparities (1-3)

UCONJ (Courses approved by multiple departments)

  • UCONJ 444: Interdisciplinary Collaborative Teams in Health Care (1-5)
  • UCONJ 450: Healthcare in the Underserved Community (1)
  • UCONJ 550: Healthcare in the Underserved Community (1) (Course name change, previously UCONJ 450)
  • UCONJ 497: Health Care in a Rural Community (3)
  • UCONJ 515: Interdisciplinary Rural Health Care Issues (1-3, max. 6)
  • UCONJ 530: Issues in Indian Health (3)
  • UCONJ 548: Current Issues in First Nations Behavioral Health: Mental Health and Substance Abuse (3)
  • UCONJ 555: Principles of STD/HIV Research (3)
  • UCONJ 624: Health Equity & Community Organizing (1)