Global WACh

Certificate Program

June 6, 2023

Global WACh Student Poster Symposium celebrates and highlights student achievements over the academic year

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Members of the UW global health community gathered at the poster symposium in the Hans Rosling Center.

On June 1st, Global WACh hosted its first Student Poster Symposium to showcase scientific results by affiliated graduate student researchers and celebrate their achievements over the academic year. This hour-long event provided an opportunity for current students to share project summaries related to academic requirements (e.g. dissertation, capstone) or as Research Assistants supporting ongoing projects. Some posters were created for the event, while others were previously featured at other scientific conferences and could be accessible to the UW global health community. Faculty, staff, and students attended to view the posters and chat with the students to learn more about their contributions that help advance Global WACh’s science in collaboration with partner organizations. (more…)

June 5, 2023

Global WACh Certificate students receive DGH travel fellowships

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Three students from the Global WACh Graduate Certificate Program are recipients of the 2023 Department of Global Health’s Funding for Fieldwork Fellowships. These coveted fellowships help support fieldwork experience for graduate students in global health. Meet the selected students, who are earning their MPH degrees, and read about their projects below.


February 9, 2023

Attend a Global WACh Graduate Certificate Virtual Information Session in Winter and Spring Quarters


Join us to learn more about the Global WACh Graduate Certificate requirements and application process. UW graduate students with interests in gaining a comprehensive overview of current issues in global health as they pertain to the intertwined health and well-being of women, adolescents, and children are encouraged to attend!

  • Friday, March 3rd, 1:00-1:50 PM
  • Friday, April 7th, 12-12:50 PM (Revised Date)
  • Friday, May 19th, 12-12:50 PM
Zoom Meeting ID: 97368496918

Visit  for more information and to download an application. Contact with questions.

February 8, 2022

New PhD grad Nuttada Panpradist first Bioengineering Student to Complete Global WACh Certificate


Congratulations, Dr. Nuttada Panpradist, on the completion of your PhD, as well as being the first Bioengineering student to also complete the Global WACh Certificate program! Dr. Panpradist’s achievements exemplify the diverse range of skills and experiences necessary in the Global Health community.


Read her profile article by the Department of Bioengineering here.

November 1, 2021

Global WACh Graduate Certificate Student Sarah Hicks helps facilitate a virtual workshop to identify best PrEP delivery approaches in maternal-child health clinics in Kenya

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For the required 90-hour Global WACh Certificate capstone, Sarah Hicks, a 2nd year student in the Department of Epidemiology, wanted to use the opportunity to join a HIV research team to understand what goes on “behind the scenes” of a large international study and to build on quantitative data management and processing skills. The PrEP Optimized for Mothers: Efficient PrEP Integration in MCH Clinics (PrEPARE) study, led by investigators Dr. Anjuli Wagner and John Kinuthia from the Department of Global Health, was a natural fit. PrEPARE seeks to identify ways to improve the efficiency of PrEP integration within maternal-child health (MCH) clinics in Kenya through stakeholder engagement, identifying challenges to implementation in the health system, and piloting and evaluating optimized MCH-PrEP approaches that decrease health care workers’ workload and enhance client experiences. (more…)

August 3, 2021

Global WACh Certificate student Michelle Bulterys leverages global estimates for international forums focused on the health and wellbeing of HIV-exposed-uninfected children

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Before Michelle Bulterys enrolled in the Epidemiology PhD program and the Global WACh Graduate Certificate, she interned with the Strategic Information and Evaluation Department of the Joint United Nations AIDS Programme (UNAIDS) in Geneva, Switzerland, where she learned about the complexities of gathering and validating country-level HIV estimates and synthesizing data into global reports to be used by clinicians, policy makers, and researchers around the world.  She gained strong mentorship from Dr. Mary Mahy, who leads the Epidemiology Team at UNAIDS.  Michelle and Dr. Mahy have continued to collaborate on various projects, including Michelle’s Certificate capstone—a 90-hour project designed for students to gain hands-on experience in the field of global health.

May 20, 2021

Global WACh Graduate Certificate Capstone Presentations on May 27


Over the year, three students enrolled in the Global WACh Graduate Certificate have been hard at work on their 90-hour capstone projects that focus on the health and well-being of women, adolescents, and children.

They will be developing a research-style poster and virtually presenting their projects to a small group of Global WACh researchers on Thursday, May 27th.  We celebrate the achievements and service of our students!  Meet our students and see a summary of their projects below.


August 11, 2020

Tikhala Itaye, Global WACh Certificate student, in summer internship to aid gender equity strategies

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This summer, Tikhala Itaye, a MPH Global Health and Global WACh Certificate student, began an internship with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).  As a Summer Associate, Tikhala is supporting the Foundation’s Gender Equality Special Initiative (GESI) team to deepen an understanding of how existing program investments and activities affect or are affected by gender-based violence (GBV)—one of the most widespread human rights abuses that disproportionately affects girls and women.  Ending gender inequality in all forms is one of the World Health Organization’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Tikhala’s efforts will provide strategic direction on integrating GBV prevention and response across the Foundation’s program cycle and investments. (more…)

Q&A with Emily Robson: Perspectives as a nurse during the COVID-19 pandemic

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University of Washington students are rising to the occasion to care for the most vulnerable populations during Seattle’s COVID-19 outbreak.  One of these students is Emily Robson, an incoming 2nd year Doctorate of Nurse Practice student in the Population Health Nursing Track and Global WACh Graduate Certificate student.  Emily is spending her summer as a full-time Registered Nurse at King County Public Health’s COVID-19 Isolation/Quarantine Centers.  These sites provide supervised care to symptomatic or COVID-positive individuals who cannot quarantine or recover in their own home, or do not have a home.  These spaces support the community by providing a place of care and slow the spread of the virus to others.

We asked Emily to share her experience as an Isolation/Quarantine nurse and the lessons learned as she courageously and compassionately works on the frontlines of a public health emergency.


April 28, 2020

Global WACh Capstone Poster “Zoom-posium”


In light of social distancing guidelines to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus in Seattle, Global WACh is hosting a virtual poster session on Friday, May 29th from 10:30 AM-12:15 PM to showcase and celebrate the research achievements and service of graduating students of the Graduate Certificate in Global Health of Women, Adolescents, and Child Health (Global WACh Graduate Certificate Program).  This year’s event is open to only Global WACh faculty, staff, and students; capstone faculty advisors and peers who assisted with students’ projects; and students currently enrolled in the certificate program.

Eleven students will be summarizing learning experiences and outcomes of their required 90-hour capstone projects that focus on the health and well-being of women, adolescents, and children. Each student presenter will showcase their posters and answer questions from attendees. Students represent the following Schools and Departments: Global Health, Health Services, Nursing, and Pharmacy.

Below is a preview of the event timeline and students’ presentation titles.  Click on the links to read profiles of our incredible students.








10:30-10:35 AM Welcome remarks and student introductions by Dr. Certificate Director, Dr. Anjuli Wagner and Certificate Manager, Stephanie Edlund-Cho
10:35-10:40 AM Hannah Atlas, MPH Global Health Clinical characteristics and health seeking behaviors among high-risk children 2-23 months with acute non-bloody diarrhea presenting to facilities in Western Kenya
10:40-10:45 AM Edgar Calderon, MPH Global Health A look at visual materials with IV/VAW prevention messages in Vaupes, Colombia
10:45-10:50 AM Jean-Jacques Kayembe, MPH Global Health Reducing Maternal Mortality and Building Health Workers Capacities: Emergency Obstetric & Neonatal Care using PRONTO training program in Lubumbashi, D.R Congo
10:50-11:00 AM Q&A Session
11:00-11:05 AM Nina Nganga, MPH Global Health Flow mapping HIV testing in maternal-child health and family planning clinics in Kenya
11:05-11:10 AM Lisa Wiggins, MPH Global Health Sauti ya Vijana: Ethical Challenges Engaging Diverse Adolescents in Care Using WhatsApp and Respondent-Driven Sampling
11:10-11:15 AM Briana Williams, MPH Global Health Situational Analysis of Cervical Cancer Services at MRF in Trinidad
11:15-11:25 AM Q&A Session
11:25-11:30 AM Break
11:30-11:35 AM Junyi Zhang, MPH Health Services Water Insecurity Issues Faced by Families with Children Staying at Pediatric Wards in Uganda Health Facilities
11:35-11:40 AM Richard Lee, PharmD Assessing Immunization Program Strategies: An Exploratory Learning Experience with PATH in Collaboration with GAVI
11:40-11:50 AM Q&A Session
11:50-11:55 AM Katrina Perez, DNP-Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Nursing Engagement Tools for Implementation of Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Inpatient Care Pathway
11:55 AM-12:00 PM Hannah Bridgeland, DNP-Family Nurse Practitioner Community-Driven Health Education: A Global Health Approach
12:00-12:06 PM Q&A Session
12:06-12:15 PM Closing remarks and wrap up

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