Winter 2023 undergraduate course highlights UW Population Health Research

Additional Winter 2023 course offered on research in population health (see course roster)

November 22, 2022

Winter 2023 undergraduate course highlights UW population health research

The Population Health Initiative is continuing its partnership with the University of Washington’s Undergraduate Research Program (URP) to offer a series of faculty-led lectures during winter quarter 2023 focused on the three pillars of population health: human health, environmental resilience and social and economic equity.

The Research Exposed! (General Studies 391 D) course will feature faculty from a range of disciplines discussing their population health-related research. Undergraduates may take this course for credit (i.e., one credit/quarter; three quarters max). Each lecture is open to all interested faculty, students, staff, alumni and members of the community.

The course will meet Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. in Paccar Hall 391. The speakers and topics for this quarter are:

Date Speaker Topic Unit
1/4 Sophie Pierszalowski
Arti Shah
Course introduction
Introduction to population health
Population Health Initiative
1/11 Ali Mokdad The Global Burden of Disease: Understanding health disparities Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
1/18 Jane J. Lee Disparities among racial/ethnic and immigrant populations School of Social Work
1/25 Alissa Bilfield Sustainability and social entrepreneurship in the coffee and tea industries School of Public Health
2/1 Karin D. Martin Racial disparities in the criminal justice system Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
2/8 Edmundo Aguilar Equity in education College of Education
2/15 Himanshu Grover Planning for development of safe, equitable, and sustainable communities College of Built Environments
2/21 Donald Chi Eliminating inequalities and improving oral health for vulnerable populations School of Dentistry
3/1 Sophie Pierszalowski and students Undergraduate research panel URP
3/8 Library Staff Undergraduate research tutorial UW Libraries

This course is sponsored by Undergraduate Academic Affairs, the Undergraduate Research Program and the Population Health Initiative.

Learn More >

CELE Center EDUC Courses for WIN 2023!

The Community Engagement and Leadership Education (CELE) Center is offering opportunities for UW students to engage with local K-12 schools and earn credit! If you’re interested in educational equity and gaining direct-service experience working with K-12 students, then we encourage you to enroll in our courses. Our courses are variable credit, count towards the Education and Leadership minors and I & S credits and are graded CR/NC. To get started, consider registering for the below classes on MyPlan:

  • EDUC 260: Equity Issues in K-12 Education (Mondays, 11:30am – 12:50pm, 1 credit)
    • required for first-time tutors/mentors in combination with EDUC 401A or EDUC 401B
  • EDUC 401A: Mentor Field Experience (Wednesdays, 11:30am – 12:50pm, 1-3 credits)
    • support high school students with college access and post-secondary planning
    • mentorship event dates and times will vary and will fall outside of the EDUC 401A class time
  • EDUC 401B: Tutor Field Experience (Wednesdays, 4:00pm – 5:20pm, 1-6 credits)
    • support K-12 students with academic tutoring
    • tutoring hours will take place outside of the EDUC 401B class time

You can find out more information on our website, located celecenter.

New Husky Check-in Survey for Students

The Office of Educational Assessment (OEA), partnering with student leaders, is inviting you to participate in the first Husky Check-in survey of the year, gathering feedback about your experience so far this year. We want to better understand how connected you feel to UW and learn about ways we can support you. The survey should take no more than 3 minutes to complete, is open to all students across all UW campuses, and is open through Sunday, December 11. Results from prior check-ins can be found here. Thank you in advance for participating and contributing to improving the UW experience for all students. Here is the link to the survey:

Course Exploring Population Health Career Tracks

Finding Your Way Within Population Health:  

Explore Careers Across Disciplines  

(GEN ST 297

The Population Health Initiative is partnering with the School of Public Health to offer a series of lectures during winter quarter 2023. This seminar course is designed for UW students who are interested in exploring population health career tracks across disciplines and sectors. Students from varying degree programs will become familiar with the multiple pathways that can lead them to a career within population health.  

This is a one-credit seminar graded as Credit/No Credit course. Classes will take on Wednesdays from 2:30-3:20pm in Thomson Hall 125. Students are expected to attend in person.  

Students can expect weekly seminars to cover a breadth of subjects from a variety of industry professionals within the Seattle-area community. After building a foundation by defining population health, students will examine strategies on how to address inequities with an anti-racist lens, explore approaches to international humanitarian response, dive into advocacy for transportation, food, and climate equity, and explore social enterprise within the population health sphere.  

A sneak peak of organizations, topics, and leaders include: 

·         Addressing Inequities with an Anti-Racist Lens when Tackling Population Health issues, Candace Jackson, Pyramid Communications and African American Health Board, and Wendy Barrington, UW Center for Anti-Racism and Community Health,  

·         International Humanitarian Response, Colleen Hardy, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  

·         Addressing Food Equity Through Policy, Christina Wong, Northwest Harvest  

·         Advocating for Transportation Equity, Kelsey Mesher, Transportation Choices 

The course will culminate in a reflective essay that will give students an opportunity to summarize their experience in the course, as well as an insturctor-led workshop on translating different interests into real-world opportunities. Details on the course section and time schedule can be found here.  

A story on the course can be found here:

Engineering Innovation in Health Fall Showcase

Our program (Engineering Innovation in Health) is holding a Fall Showcase December 8th, 4-6PM and is open to all students, friends, family members, and departments. We are having 14 multidisciplinary teams showcasing their work and project concepts based on unmet health needs proposed by clinical and industry partners from UW Medicine, Philips, PATH, Seattle Children’s. This will be a fantastic opportunity to network with alumni engineers, clinical physicians, industry professionals, professors across the college of engineering, life sciences, and business. I wanted to ask if you would be willing to distribute this flyer across your department students?

Please reach out for any clarifications or questions.

FALL SHOWCASE 2022 flyer.pdf

Dec 2 Climate Risk Talk

Upcoming event to share with students + interested staff!

Are you interested in understanding the linkages between data, climate change, and investment? For everyone who wants to learn more about the intersections between business, policy, and sustainability, Foster Graduate Student Sam Shugart will present his work on Climate Investing on December 2 in Founders Hall* 170 4-5 p.m. Topics will include:

· Understanding how companies are responding to net zero

· Examining the interaction of physical climate risks, financial markets, and regulation

· Career opportunities related to climate change, ESG investing, and sustainable finance

The meeting will include an overview of a new Climate Risk Lab @ Foster that will provide research support to students from across the UW.

*Founders Hall is located near PACCAR and Dempsey Halls, formerly Mackenzie Hall

South Seattle Food Hub Job Announcement

To apply, email your resume and cover letter to southseattlecommunityfoodhub.

About the South Seattle Community Food Hub

The South Seattle Community Food Hub (SSCFH) is a community-driven initiative designed to address systemic gaps in the local food system and food insecurity. A core element of the SSCFH is the development of a multi-use shared food facility that can provide much needed cold storage, aggregation, processing, and distribution infrastructure to regional food system stakeholders, with an emphasis on advancing racial equity and development of community-led solutions that prioritize the needs and assets of local growers and hunger relief organizations. The SSCFH facility, which is slated for development to begin in early 2023, is located at 915 S 96th Street in a warehouse adjacent to Food Lifeline’s headquarters.

Community stakeholders advising the development of the SSCFH have identified three goals: 1) Increase the capacity, resiliency, and collaboration between hunger relief agencies across the region through shared infrastructure; 2) Expand access to aggregation, packing, storage and processing infrastructure for regional growers to increase the quantity of locally grown food used by the hunger relief sector and to facilitate market access to other institutions and; 3) Support and promote a more local, just and sustainable food economy by prioritizing food hub resources, services and infrastructure to BIPOC, Immigrant and Refugee -led and -serving growers and community-based organizations that have not traditionally had access to such infrastructure.

Project Development Manager Job Description.pdf

B E 210: Global History of the Built Environment Winter 2023 – A&H/SSc

Course Number and Title: B E 210: Global History of the Built Environment – 1

Quarter: Winter 2023

Course SLN: 10960

Time and Days: 3:30 – 4:50 pm; Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

Location and Mode of Instruction: MLR 301, In-person

Credits and Areas of Inquiry: 5 credits; A&H / SSc.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites required

Instructor name and Contact: Babita Joy; bjoy

Course Description: This course critically examines built environments from the First Societies through 1000 CE from a global perspective. It encourages thinking about history in a transnational and transgeographical manner that challenges the canonical approach that has generally privileged Western material and master narratives. The course is broadly structured around the concept of “time cuts” that allow for comparisons across regions and cultural formations. It will address a diverse set of sites and structures in an effort to offer a robust presentation of material from both Western and non-Western contexts. Architecture, landscapes, and urban plans constitute the built environments under consideration.


Register for November 29th national webinar – Racial Equity in the Food System Workgroup and MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

Building More Equitable SNAP-Ed Collaborations Among Land-grant Universities and State & Community Partners, Part 2

November 29th (Tuesday) – 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Sponsored by MSU Center for Regional Food Systems and Racial Equity in the Food System Workgroup

There is no cost to participate, but you must register prior to the November 29th webinar

Registration Link here


The SNAP Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Grant Program (SNAP-Ed) is designed to help families improve nutrition, increase physical activity, and stretch their food dollars. Partnerships are critical to SNAP-Ed success in the effort to build healthier communities, and land-grant universities’ Cooperative Extension agents are a key partner providing programs, messaging, and policy, systems, and environmental interventions alongside state departments of health and education, state-level nutrition networks, and other organizations. However, there are a multitude of factors influencing state and community partnerships, including funding disparities within the land-grant university system and among statewide implementing agencies, cultural awareness and integration, community food access, and so on. This three-part webinar series explores these factors, considers their impact on partnership development, and offers ideas and models for more equitable SNAP-Ed partnerships.

In this 90-minute webinar focused on the intersections of community food access, nutrition security, and culturally appropriate education, you will learn about:

  • Approaches and models to build equitable partnerships supporting the delivery of cultural/community responsive nutrition interventions and equity
  • How Tennessee State University, an 1890 Historically Black University, has utilized a diversity database in their campaign efforts to accurately depict the communities they serve to increase healthy food access
  • The diverse SNAP-Ed participants of Hawaii, its unique challenges and strategies to address them, highlighting the ways in which pilina, or relationship building, is critical to SNAP-Ed direct education program development and implementation

Featured presenters/facilitators include:

  • Dr. Angela Odoms-Young, Associate Professor and Director of the Food and Nutrition Education in Communities Program – Cornell University
  • Shea Austin Cantu, Director of Community Nutrition Education Program – Tennessee State University
  • Marion Mosby, Graphic Designer and Social Marketing Coordinator (SNAP-Ed/EFNEP) – Tennessee State University
  • Cassandra Park, Nutrition Education Specialist – University of Hawai’i
  • Kolia Souza, Food System Equity and Advocacy Specialist – MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

For more information about this webinar: contact Kolia Souza (ksouza), MSU Center for Regional Food Systems