Autumn 2018

This year, we are welcoming the largest UW class to date. We have well over 8,000 new students, with both Freshmen and Transfer admits. Orientations went well this summer and students are working with their advisers to settle in.

My name is Tim McCoy, and, as you may have read in the Spring newsletter, I have assumed responsibility for the newsletter from Donna Sharpe, who shepherded it well for the past four years. Donna has left her position in Undergraduate Advising and is now enjoying a well-deserved retirement!

I have been in UAA advising for about 13 and a half years, and have been on campus for almost 18. I was once a transfer student myself, and did some teaching in the Washington State Community and Technical College System prior to becoming an adviser. My lead area in UAA Advising is Transfer programming. The newsletter is one aspect of this. You will also hear from me in association with the UWCC Advising Conference, Highway to Husky Admissions workshops and other events. I am honored to carry the torch and look forward to working with all of you as we prepare, welcome and support transfer students.

Once again in this newsletter, we are pleased to feature stories of students who have transferred to the UW, most of them from Washington community colleges. In addition, we offer updates from departments, including new degrees and opportunities as well as changes that have been implemented, or will be coming soon.

Happy Holidays to all and best wishes in 2019!


Student Profile: Irene Kelleppan, Health Informatics and Health Information Management


Health Informatics and Health Information Management is an exciting and evolving field in information and data governance. The University of Washington HIHIM program is a degree completion program offering late afternoon and evening classes. One transfer story that illustrates the possibilities of this career is about Irene Kelleppan.

Irene began her career in HIHIM by working at UW Medicine in 1998 when she was in her 20’s without any college employed as a surgery coordinator. An immigrant from Fiji, she came to the United States at the age of 11.  Encouraged by colleagues to think about nursing because of her strong patient skills she pursued an Associates of Arts degree in pre-nursing. This degree did not result in admission to nursing school. However, having children made her priorities shift toward part time work that allowed flexibility.  With an interest in healthcare, she found the Health Information Technology Degree at Tacoma Community College (then it was still a community college).  She pursued her AAS in HIT online for two years.  She started as a coder, but wanted more so she look into the Bachelor’s degree in HIHIM.  Because of her background in healthcare and medical records experience, she found the program great, an easy flow in every way.  She got her B.S in HIHIM.  Life changes happened again and she is now in a graduate program in Health Informatics and Health Information Management with an interest in Management and IT.  She loves the field because of being able to participate in the transition from paper charts to Electronic Health Records. It has been fulfilling to make the process better affecting the policies and regulations of the field. She loves the Public Health aspect of this field and the fact that there are more employment options anywhere in the U.S. Her advice to students who want to get into this kind of work is to volunteer, going slowly but steadily helps you to develop your career path. Volunteering in hospitals or other healthcare operations will help you understand work flows and HIPPA policies which are central to the HIHIM field.

Graduates in HIHIM:

  • Manage health information, focusing on patient health records and patient information systems
  • Direct and coordinate information gathering, data analysis and interpretation
  • Analyze clinical and administrative data and oversee data quality
  • Lead and participate in design, implementation and maintenance of health information systems
  • Advocate for legal, ethical and professional programs for information privacy and security
  • Manage operations in healthcare organizations
  • Direct health information services departments in varied settings
  • Work as analysts, coordinators and specialists in health care

Transfer student interested in pursuing this dynamic and fast growing field should check out the HIHIM website.

Prospective student advising appointments are available for planning.

Department of Microbiology: Opportunities

Biological sciences are vast at the University of Washington. The department of Microbiology gives undergraduate students the opportunity to study a smaller slice of biological science by focusing in on Bacteria and Virus. Microorganisms sense and respond to their own world, fending off competitors and promoting their own propagation. Our undergraduate program in Microbiology offers courses that provide an introduction to the microbial world as well as in depth studies of genetics, physiology, infectious disease, diversity, and structure of microorganisms! Students will explore how microorganisms work in the world by exploring their influence in infectious disease, food production, wastewater treatment and more. If any of your transfer students are fascinated by viruses, bacteria, fungi, or protozoans – we have a great major and UW undergraduate group to connect them to Microbiology. The Undergraduate student group, the Microphiles provide:

  • Study groups for courses in Microbiology, like Bacterial Genetics, Immunology and Medical Virology
  • Talks from UW professors and faculty (including tips on grad school and other career options)
  • Engagement with biotech, government agencies, and clinical microbiologists
  • High school mentoring programs including tutoring opportunities!
  • And most importantly, social events, like movie nights and brewery tours!
  • Want more information? Email for major information and James at for club information!
  • Please also join us on facebook to learn about our upcoming events
Changes to the Environmental Health Major

The University of Washington’s Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health, housed in the School of Public Health is a great fit for students who love science, and who are passionate about using their scientific skills to address human health issues related to the built and natural environments. From water quality to work place safety, environmental health majors are engaged in problem solving to keep communities safe and healthy.

Now a Minimum Requirements Major

The Environmental Health (EH) major is now a “minimum requirements” major, meaning that students who meet the minimum admissions requirement will be admitted to the major. Transfer students first apply to the UW and once they are admitted they can declare the major. However, we would like to connect with you and offer advice well before you transfer. We offer in person and phone appointments, and we hope that you will reach out to us early and often!

New Chemistry Pathways

We recently added a new chemistry option for our students, see pathway number one below. We would like to talk with you to help you decide which is the best pathway for your academic and career goals. Please connect with us!

New Chemistry Pathway: 

Students can choose from one of the following general and organic chemistry sequences: 

1. CHEM 142, CHEM 152, CHEM 220

2. CHEM 142, CHEM 152, CHEM 223, CHEM 224, CHEM 241

3. CHEM 142, CHEM 152, CHEM 162, CHEM 237, CHEM 238, CHEM 241

Janet Hang & Trina Sterry

Environmental Health Advisers


Schedule an Appointment

Department of Community Partnerships and Development: UW School of Medicine


Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

Do you work with undergraduate students who have expressed an interest in pursuing a career in medicine, dentistry, or public health?  If so, please make sure they know about SHPEP at the University of Washington and consider applying.  SHPEP is a free six–week academic enrichment program that has the goal of increasing the number of students from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds that pursue careers in the health professions.   SHPEP at the UW has had a very long and successful track record of helping thousands of students enter and graduate from health professions schools. 

SHPEPE students learn how to intubate a patient

SHPEP participants getting ready to shadow a surgeon

Using a cohort approach, the program prepares students for academic success in their undergraduate and pre-professional studies by offering academic enrichment courses in biology, chemistry, biostatistics and population health. The program also focuses on the personal and professional development of participants by engaging them in explorations of their identity, culture, and strengths, and how to weave these into an individualized education plan. Participants have many opportunities to meet healthcare providers and researchers whose work addresses reducing health disparities.

The connections and relationships I have made during the program are what I appreciated the most. I made friends that could last a life time and understand my career goals and share similar values. I was also able to make a network of connections with professors and healthcare professionals.”

There are also limited opportunities to shadow health professionals at work in a variety of healthcare settings. SHPEP at the University of Washington utilizes a range of teaching styles including lecture, active learning techniques, discussion groups, community assessment activities, and self-reflection to increase student engagement and learning. Students live on campus and receive a $600 stipend for participating. More information, including eligibility requirements and the online application, can be found at: or by contacting Nora Coronado (  Applications open December 1, 2018 will close February 15, 2019.

Health Professions Careers

Do you have students who are interested in a career in the health professions? Have they talked to you about exploring dentistry, pharmacy, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, public health, speech and hearing, nursing or medicine?  The health professions recruitment team at the University of Washington would be happy to speak with advisers and students. 


We can come  to you, participate in zoom sessions, provide tours and info sessions at the UW and other options to get the word out about various health careers.  If you are interested, please reach out to  or schedule through:

Food Systems, Nutrition and Health Major

Announcing the Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health Major

By the School of Public Health

The world faces food problems on multiple fronts. Adult obesity is skyrocketing in some countries, yet millions of children don’t get the nutrients they need. Climate change and conflict are compounding our ability to feed the world’s growing population. And when food is available, about a third of it ends up in the trash.

The Nutritional Sciences Program has launched a new major this quarter for students interested in grappling with the important issues where food systems, nutrition, and health intersect. A food system is the path that food takes from farm to table and then on to food and resource recovery. It is an interconnected web of activities that includes food-supply chains, the food environment, and consumer behaviors, all operating within a larger socioeconomic, geopolitical, and ecological context.

The Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health (FSNH) was approved in July and we will enroll our first students this winter. Transfer applicants to UWS can complete our short online application that opens 4 weeks prior to the deadline, which is the third Friday of each UW quarter. This is a minimum requirement major, so through the application we are checking that the basic requirements have been met. 

To prepare for the Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health Major, students at the community college can focus on the Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) associate degree. Courses suggested for the first and second year include anthropology, chemistry, composition, economics, environmental science or studies, geography, nutrition, political science, public policy, physiology, sociology, and statistics.  

Core courses for the major are offered through the School of Public Health’s Nutritional Sciences Program. In these six courses, students will address the complexity of food systems and how they affect human and ecological health and well-being. In a course on systems modeling, students will learn a framework and tools to predict how the solutions they propose for specific problems could have an impact. Interdisciplinary breadth and electives are offered through the School of Public Health, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Built Environments, College of the Environment, Foster School of Business, College of Education, School of Law, School of Nursing, and the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance.

“Students in the major will be prepared to tackle food system challenges by using systems thinking and interdisciplinary approaches to develop and test solutions for real-world problems.” — Elizabeth Kirk, director of undergraduate studies in the Nutritional Sciences Program

Experiential learning opportunities will increase student learning and career readiness. In the capstone, students will work in teams—and with the guidance of a faculty member and in partnership with a community leader—to explore food system issues. Community partners might include farm and food system organizations, school boards, public health agencies, conservation districts, and food hubs that connect producers to consumers. Projects could range from improving the food environment in schools to growing food hubs that encourage more farmers of color.

Graduates will be prepared for work in various fields, including health promotion and education, nutrition, food policy, public relations, wholesale or retail marketing, and farm support services. They can go on to be researchers, community nutrition organizers, food trade analysts, food processing inspectors, land use consultants, or farmers. Graduates will also be prepared for graduate studies ranging from public health to interdisciplinary social science areas.

In addition to the Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health major, students can study food-related topics at the UW through: 

  • The Nutrition Minor, in which students are presented with a multidisciplinary perspective on the broad field of nutritional sciences, including the interplay of food and nutrition, human behavior, business, culture, and the environment.

Additional information about the Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health major is on our website and program overview. Along with our colleagues from other School of Public Health undergraduate programs, students will find us available for drop-in advising on Transfer Thursdays and for information sessions at various other times during the quarter. See the prospective student calendar for details or visit our advising page to connect with Kristin Elko, our undergraduate adviser. 

Career and Internship Center: Career Conversations with Transfer Students

As transfer students find their way at UW, they may struggle to adjust to larger classes, longer commutes, and limited access to their professors. It can be even more difficult to overcome some of the career planning obstacles that all students wrestle with. The team of career coaches in the Career & Internship Center work with advisers across campus to help them jumpstart conversations with transfer students around connecting their previous experience (both inside and outside of the classroom) with their career goals and identifying next steps.

Below we explore three common myths that arise in our meetings with students, so that CC advisers can begin these conversations as their students prepare to transfer:

One: My past work experience isn’t related to my future career path so it doesn’t have value.

When a job description asks for 1-3 years of experience, that isn’t limited to experience in the industry. Employers are interested in transferable skills like communication, collaboration, leadership, and problem solving, regardless of where those skills were developed. But students need to be able to show how they developed these core skills and how these skills will transfer to another job or industry. This takes practice! Advisers can help students identify their strengths, get comfortable talking about the value of their experiences, and learn to translate past work to their future career path.

Two: I need experience to get a job, but I need a job to get experience? Help!

This is a classic career conundrum. The good news is that experience can be developed in a number of different ways, including internships, volunteer work, involvement in student organizations, and class projects. The key is to identify core skills developed and create stories as evidence of experience. To create persuasive stories illustrating experience, we recommend using the STAR method, which stands for Situation, Task, Action, and Result. Advisers can assist by talking about the value of unpaid opportunities and providing support with the development of STAR stories.

Three: I don’t have enough time at UW to try new things, join a student organization, or do an internship.

When transfer students finally arrive at UW, they may struggle to reconcile two very different messages: staff and faculty warmly welcome them, and talk about how much they add to the classroom conversation, and at the same time, emphasize the tight time frame that transfer students face as they work towards graduation. Helping these students to understand the rationale behind the university’s policies on Satisfactory Progress can help them avoid feeling like they’re being called to the principal’s office when meeting with advisers for a pre-major extension. Advisers can also help direct students to career resources like workshops and fairs in the fall and winter of their first year, so that they are set up for success in finding internships that following summer. We can all make a stronger effort to recognize the hard work that they’ve already put into getting to UW, and reassure them that they deserve to have the same “Husky Experience” that every UW student has earned, whether that includes student groups, undergraduate research or study abroad experiences.

There may not be much that advisers and career coaches can do to treat the primary causes of “Transfer Shock” like larger class sizes and less access to professors. But we can help these students ease into the transition to UW, and ensure that they have access to all the amazing resources that brought them to UW in the first place.

School of Social Work


Ignite Social Change: UW School of Social Work, BA in Social Welfare

The School of Social Work (UW Seattle) offers exciting Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare (BASW) and Master of Social Work (MSW) degrees, as well as a PhD in Social Welfare. Our diverse alumni ignite social change as mental health counselors, human rights activists, community organizers, nonprofit leaders, school social workers, policy advocates, immigrant & refugee allies, child welfare specialists, substance abuse counselors, and more.  Social workers help people and enhance the quality of life for all – especially those most vulnerable and marginalized.  Passionate about social justice and effecting social change, they fight oppression and inequity.  Social workers employ a uniquely holistic, strengths-based, person-in-environment approach.

Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare (BASW)

  • Fall BASW Information Night: Wed. November 28th, 2018 | 6:00-7:30 p.m. | School of Social Work, Room 305
  • Winter BASW Open House: Wed. January 30th, 2019 | 6:00-8:00 p.m. | School of Social Work, Room 305
  • Drop-in advising: most Thursdays 10:00-12:00, 1:00-3:00 | School of Social Work, Admissions - Room 023
  • Or call 206-543-5676 to schedule an advising appointment for a different day/time
  • BASW application deadlines and important information:
  • BASW applicants are admitted only once per year, to begin in September only; two-years, 67 credits, cohort model.
  • Fall 2019 BASW departmental application will become available in February, due in mid-April.
  • Prospective UW transfer applicants must also submit a UW transfer application (Autumn 2019 deadline is Feb. 15th).
  • Minimum of 65 college credits must be completed by start of program, as well as prerequisites.  Details: Apply to BASW
  • BASW graduates are eligible (if additional requirements are met) to apply to a competitive 10-month, accelerated Master of Social Work (MSW) Advanced Standing program. This eligibility is valid for five years after graduation.  While many pursue the Advanced Standing MSW, others apply to graduate programs in law, public health, public policy, etc. and to Master of Social Work programs nationwide. BASW graduates also pursue immediate employment at social service agencies, nonprofits, community based organizations, etc. before returning to earn an MSW that advances skills and careers.

Master of Social Work (MSW)

  • Full-time (2 years), part-time (3 years), or Advanced Standing (10 months, additional eligibility requirements) options
  • Fall 2019 MSW applications are available now!  Deadline: January 3, 2019
  • Concentration areas include Clinical Social Work, Community Centered Integrative Practice, and Administration & Policy Practice
  • Ranked #1 social work program in the world (Center for World University Rankings, 2017)
  • Earning a BA in Social Welfare provides MSW applicants with valuable, relevant social service experience (hands-on practicum experience)
  • Join us for a prospective student information session (on-campus or online), or watch a recording: SSW admissions event calendar

Please call us at 206-543-5676 or email for more information!


Martin Family Foundation Scholarship

The Martin Family Foundation was formed with the vision of its founder, Benn Martin. His goal was to fund scholarships for students currently attending Washington State community colleges who desired to complete their baccalaureate degree at the University of Washington Seattle. Benn Martin was particularly interested in assisting students who have had a positive impact in their community. Complete program and eligibility information is available at The Foundation offers two scholarship programs:

  • The Martin Achievement Scholarship funds students who have demonstrated signs of exceptional ability in art, humanities, music, science, and/or leadership at one of the fifteen community colleges located around the Puget Sound region. The program will select Martin Achievement Scholars early in their community college career and provides $5,000 in support for their second year in community college and up to $12,000 per year for up to three years at UW-Seattle. Apply at least year in advanced of anticipated transfer to UW. Annual deadline is in April.
  • The Martin Honors Scholarship enables Washington State Community College students (from any WA community college) of exceptional ability and outstanding achievement to complete their baccalaureate degrees at UW-Seattle. Martin Honors Scholars are encouraged to participate in departmental honors opportunities at UW. The scholarship provides $12,000 per year for up to three years at UW-Seattle. Annual deadline is in July for students planning to transfer in summer, fall or winter of the application year (including those who already transferred but have not yet earned more than 18 credits at UW).
Student Profile: Dallas Akers, Law, Societies and Justice

Name: Dallas Akers

Year in School: Senior

Major: Law, Societies & Justice

Transferring from Tacoma Community College via Freedom Education Project Puget Sound


What has your educational journey looked like prior to transferring to UW?

While my college credits appear to have been earned at Tacoma Community College, what cannot be assessed when viewing my transcript is that every college course I took before entering UW was taken was during my fifteen-year incarceration at the Washington Corrections Center for Women.

Before transferring to UW, prison life and criminality was the only world that I knew. For years, I had assumed that when I released I would return to that same world. This plan changed when I began to take college classes.  In the classroom, a whole new world opened and it was a world where I realized that I was not defined by my past choices and I was not defined by the Department of Corrections number that I followed my name.  In this realization I began to dream about a life beyond the wire and of becoming someone and something that I had never known.

My dreams were aided by the professors that volunteered their time to come into the prison to teach us of a different world.  Many of these professors were from the University of Washington and I began to dream of attending that same university. My dream of one day attending UW kept me focused through all of the insecurities and questions that encompassed the application and acceptance process.

After submitting my UW application from behind bars, I released in May 2018 and started summer classes at UW a few weeks after my release. I will never forget the sense of awe that I felt as I stepped upon the campus for the first time.  The dreams that I had imagined for so many years paled in comparison to the wonder of all that the UW actually is.

What has been the hardest part about transferring?

Stepping onto campus was like stepping into a glorious new world, but with that wonder came a sense of disconnect, fear, and trepidation.  Here I was, twice the age of most students, and at the time of my incarceration the internet was dial up, there was no social media and the only thing that was “smart” about my cell phone was that it was more convenient than the payphone.

The world had changed in those fifteen years, and I had no choice but to run and try to catch up with it.  I began a futile search for organizations that would help formerly incarcerated people adjust to life of a four-year university.  I was shocked to discover that no such formal organizations existed here on the UW campus (stay tuned – I’m working with some students right now to create this very group on campus). Had it not been for my UW Advisers, I would have been lost and not been able to navigate my first few quarters.

What advise do you have for advisers and other university staff when working with transfer students like yourself?

Learning to navigate is fundamental in succeeding at this university.  Being accepted, and choosing to enroll is a very small part of actually attending UW. Not only was I at a loss technologically, I had no understanding of all of what it took to be a successful student.  I had to learn to navigate Seattle, the University of Washington and society itself.  I had to learn to sign up for classes, financial aid, and the various resources available.  Without my advisor helping me understand the various processes, I could not have managed the transition.

The advantage of having and utilizing an advisor allowed me to feel as though I had someone in my corner, that I was not a complete stranger upon the campus, and that there was someone to advocate for me as well as answer my questions. 

I hope that all university staff understand the fears that all transitioning students have- it is not just the fear of the magnitude of the campus, or the 40k+ students, the assignments, the grades or even the experience itself. The fear comes from the transitioning to the unknown and it is my hope that all transitioning students realize that there are UW advisors and/or faculty or staff dedicated to helping you find your way. No matter how different you may seem from your classmates, you are not alone.

Milgard School of Business: UW-Tacoma

The Milgard School of Business at UW Tacoma offers a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree with options in Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing and General Business.

In 2018 Milgard held a contest to develop a concept, mnemonic, or design that embodied our new mission and strategic plan. The winning concepts were professionally reimagined and redesigned resulting in the above graphic. The top two concepts were submitted by transfer students from Bellevue College and Tacoma Community College!

Autumn 2019 applications to Milgard will open January 15. Students must first apply to transfer to UW Tacoma and then second apply to the Milgard School of Business. The priority application date is March 15.

Milgard has many scholarship opportunities for incoming students, including transfer students. Last year we awarded over $440,000! Students with 3.0 or higher transfer GPA are encouraged to submit our scholarship application which opens annually on April 1 and closes May 1.

Visit our website to learn more or contact Milgard School of Business Undergraduate Recruiter & Advisor Heidi Norbjerg at

Department of Earth and Space Sciences: Student Profile and Updates

Jacqueline Dodd
Joined ESS in Autumn 2017
Role: Undergraduate
Undergraduate Program: Earth and Space Sciences: Environmental B.S.
Hometown: Belleville, NJ
Prior Institutions: Seattle Central Community College, Montclair State University

How did you "land" in ESS?
Initially, I wanted to study environmental economics and natural resource management in additional to Earth Sciences, however the ESRM program was lacking in the Earth Sciences classes and so I decided ESS would be a better fit. Then, I could sample other classes I was interested in as desired. 

What is something that surprised you about the transfer experience?
Nothing has surprised me about the transfer experience, but I think that's a good thing.

What has been your favorite part of the ESS department so far?
My favorite part of the ESS program so far has been the professors and field trips. I've been really impressed with the faculty in regards to the caliber of their teaching skills, their breadth of knowledge, and how accessible they make themselves to their students. I also really enjoy learning about the many different facets of Earth Sciences from the ESS Colloquia events each Thursday.

What are your future plans?
I'm still in the process of figuring this step out, but I'd like to pursue a Ph.D. in a subject that allows me to combine geospatial analysis, geomorphology and geochemistry. I would also like to teach someday, be an advisor on environmental policy and an advisor on impact investments related to Earth Sciences.

Do you have any advice for new ESS community members?
If you have questions don't hesitate to talk to other students, advisors, and professors. Participate in department events when you can, especially the Colloquia talks. Plan ahead and be diligent about managing your time, but also know when you need to take a break. School is important but carve out time to enjoy yourself.

Interested in learning more about the Earth & Space Sciences major?  Visit our undergraduate pages at:

If you'd like to schedule an in-person or phone appointment, you can visit:  Questions can also be emailed to  We look forward to chatting with you, no matter where you're at in the transfer process!

UW Public Health Major: Name Change and Options

Name Change and Options within UW Public Health Major

By The School of Public Health

The University of Washington School of Public Health’s popular public health major has been renamed the “Public Health—Global Health Major” to better reflect its domestic and global competencies. The change, approved by UW President Ana Mari Cauce, took effect in Summer, 2018.

“The name change better reflects the emphasis on global health that exists within the major, as well as the multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to population health that the program has had since its inception,” said Sara Mackenzie, director of the undergraduate program and senior lecturer in health services.

The rebrand also aligns with the School’s vision of creating “healthy people in sustainable communities – locally, nationally and globally,” Mackenzie said, as well as the University’s Population Health Initiative, which seeks to advance the health of people around the world. The new name for the major also indicates the faculty’s vast domestic and overseas experience.

In addition to the general track, students will now be able to choose one of three options: global health, health education and promotion, or nutritional sciences. New course sequences will allow for deeper dives into those areas and will include upper-level courses such as health economics and global mental health.

“The evolution of the major will prepare students to meet the needs of the modern age,” said Jennifer Slyker, associate director of the major and an assistant professor of global health and adjunct assistant professor of epidemiology. “People are going to graduate from this program with a wide range of knowledge and skills to help build healthier populations.”

The health education and promotion option (a BA degree) is designed so that successful students can meet the competency requirements for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) examination, which allows students to work in health education with a bachelor’s degree.

The nutritional sciences option (a BS degree) is a robust foundation in natural sciences and nutrition-focused public health fundamentals, as well as a pathway for graduate education in nutrition and dietetics.

Global health (a BA degree) is a liberal arts approach for those who want a more intensive look into the field and are interested in international work. Students will become familiar with policy issues in global health and will be able to discuss the determinants of global health and global responses to health problems, including health systems.

The public health major moved to the School of Public Health in March 2012 from the Individualized Studies program within the UW College of Arts and Sciences. Since then, it has grown from 80 students to about 500 undergraduates. Coursework ranges from anthropology and biostatistics to geography and psychology. Students are trained to think critically and view issues through a public health lens.

You can view full article here: Public Health-Global Health Major and see our updated program overview here: PHGH One Pager AUT 2018. Our new email address for the advising team is You can see our mission, vision and overview here: About the Major. For students excited to learn more about undergraduate opportunities within the School of Public Health and beyond, please check out our blog: Undergrad News and Announcements.

Landscape Architecture-Program Updates

Landscape Architecture-Program Updates

Two big updates to the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture for 2018-2019

  1. Our list of prerequisite courses has expanded to allow more opportunities and access to prospective students.

    Starting with the 2019 application period, students are required to complete three classes prior to applying to the BLA program.


Students should complete L ARCH 300 Intro to Landscape Architecture (offered every Autumn and Summer) and two of the following courses:


L ARCH 322 Intro to Planting Design

L ARCH 341 Site Design and Planning

L ARCH 352 History of Landscape Architecture

L ARCH 353 Modern History of Landscape Architecture

L ARCH 361 Human Experience of Place

L ARCH 363 Ecological Design & Planning

These classes are offered throughout the year and are open to non-matriculated students.  


  1. The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Application is Moving Online!

    We welcome a new cohort of students each Autumn term. Applications are due the first day of Spring term. For the Autumn 2019 cohort, the application deadline is April 1, 2019.

The BLA application is moving entirely online! More details on applying and the application link will be available on our website in early 2019.

You can learn more about the Bachelor in Landscape Architecture, our new courses, and the application process by checking out our website ( or contacting our Academic Advisor, Nick Dreher (