Prospective Students

Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate Program in Global Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children (Global WACh Certificate Program) was created to give University of Washington students a comprehensive overview of current issues in global health as they pertain to the intertwined health and well-being of women, adolescents, and children.  Graduates of the program will gain mentorship, base knowledge and skills, and hands-on practical experience in global health fields related to women, adolescents, and children.

Our Interdisciplinary Approach

Graduate students enrolled in the Global WACh Certificate Program are from a variety of backgrounds, with different interests related to women, adolescent and child health.  Our  program includes a broad range of courses that count towards certificate credits.  Topics include:

  • Infant, Child, Adolescent health
  • Nutrition
  • Policy & Health Assessment
  • Reproductive Health
  • Pharmacy & Environment
  • Maternal Child Health
  • Global Health


15 credits total, including:

  • 7 Core Credits
  • 5 Elective Credits
  • 3 Capstone Credits (90 hour equivalent)

Attend at least 6 Certificate Program monthly meetings 

  • 1 hour meetings are scheduled every month from September through May.  Topics range from faculty and professional roundtable sessions, support for travel fellowship applications, to perfecting capstone presentation pitches.

Capstone Project 

  • The Global WACh Capstone requirement is a 3-credit (90 hour) Independent Study project required to complete the Certificate and is separate from your master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation.


Students enrolled in any University of Washington graduate or doctoral program are welcome to apply.  Applications for the certificate program are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis.  To apply, please send all completed documents listed below to Kate Pfizenmaier, Global WACh Managing Director, at