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Health Services Excellence, Equity and Distinction (HSEED) Award

The Health Services Excellence, Equity and Distinction (HSEED) Award was established by the Department of Health Services in 2016 in an effort to increase the number of health professionals from diverse communities in the field of public health. The HSEED Award is presented annually to a student in each of our eight degree programs (bachelor's, master's and doctoral). Recipients are honored for their outstanding academic merit, diversity of experiences and backgrounds, and potential for leadership in public health.

The $5,000 HSEED Award is distributed over a 9-month period. Out-of-state recipients in tuition-based graduate programs also receive a waiver of the Non-Resident Differential (NRD) portion of their tuition for the period of the award. For fee-based programs, the award is payable towards tuition via the CTI authorization process.

Eligibility Criteria

HSEED Award nominees must:

  • be a current or incoming student in the UW Department of Health Services
  • demonstrate outstanding academic merit and leadership potential in public health
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

First preference will be given to students who contribute to the diversity of the incoming class, for example who may:

  • be a member of an underrepresented racial/ethnic group (defined as Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders)
  • be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ)
  • be a veteran
  • have a physical or mental disability
  • come from a disadvantaged economic, social, cultural or educational background
( Individual programs may require consideration of additional criteria. )


Please contact your program staff for further information about the HSEED Award, including additional eligibility criteria (as applicable) and application instructions.

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HSEED Award Impact

photo: Esmeralda Switzer - Executive MHA

Esmeralda Switzer - Executive MHA

For Esmeralda, “The HSEED Award is more than monetary assistance, it’s hope, support and encouragement." Through her work at Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Esmeralda is "excited about my ability to fulfill the mission of providing excellent, accessible health care to the underserved and diverse communities of Western Washington." Esmeralda adds - "I am incredibly thankful for the donors to the HSEED Award... There truly isn’t a better gift than to be validated for what you stand for. Thank you!”   read more...

photo: Roger Kim - Online Executive MPH

Roger Kim - Online Executive MPH

Roger Kim is a West Point graduate, a US Army Officer veteran, and a Seattle firefighter. By earning his MPH, Roger will further his pursuit of public service with a focus on emergency response and planning. Says Roger: "The HSEED award has been an honor and has alleviated my financial burden, allowing me to better focus on the tutelage of my professors and cohort.”   read more...

photo: Gabriel Cortez - COPHP MPH

Gabriel Cortez - COPHP MPH

Gabriel Cortez is a first-generation college graduate who aims to create asset-based evaluations for programs that improve the health and lives of Native Americans. The HSEED award helped Gabriel attend his “reach” school, purchase a laptop and printer, reduce the burden of his school loans, and have “a more equitable opportunity to succeed among my peers - top public health students.”   read more...

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