Spring Quarter Public Policy Undergraduate Courses

We are excited to let you know that the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance has two undergraduate courses coming up in Spring quarter: PUBPOL 201: Introduction to Public Policy and Governance and PUBPOL 313: Evidence-based Implementation. 


Both courses are open to all undergraduate students. A bit more about each:



  • This introduction to the field of policy analysis, governance, and public service teaches students how to analyze and evaluate policy and actions, as well as how individuals organize for common purposes. Learn how institutional problems are solved for the betterment of society, how policies can be analyzed and measured for impact, and how public policies are designed and implemented in order to respond to complex challenges related to climate change, urban planning, social justice, city planning, and more.
  • WHEN: It will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00-11:30 am.
  • WHY: Because you want to change the world!



  • This new course will explore the multidimensional challenge of turning policy and program intentions into valued results on the ground. To understand why the results of government initiatives so often fall short of expectation—and what might be done to raise the likelihood of policy success—requires an understanding of how public and nonprofit organizations work in practice: through their mission, resources, collaborations, and results measurement.
  • WHEN: It will meet Tuesdays from 2:30-5:20 pm.
  • WHY: Because you want to change the world!


Please contact us with any questions: evansreg@uw.edu.


Education Rome: Masculinity, Race & Educational Pipelines

Spartacus to Ali: Masculinity and Multiculturalism – Comparing Educational Pipeline Development in Italy and the U.S. is a three-week Exploration Seminar based at the UW Rome Center in Italy.


Priority Deadline: February 15th

Program Dates: Aug. 17th – Sept. 7th, 2018

Total Program Fees: Estimated $4,800

Location: UW Rome Center, Italy

Program websitehttps://studyabroad.washington.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=11734

By comparing and contrasting the development of both Italian and American education systems, we will explore historical, social, psychological, political, and contemporary factors that have shaped and continue to shape the common trajectories among men in the two countries. A true titan of historical civilizations, Ancient Rome is arguably one of the largest and most influential empires the world has ever known. From gladiatorial training to the passing of the Casati Act and current day reform debates, what formal education has looked like and who has access to it are complicated questions. Answering those questions with respect to common male trajectories requires a rich understanding of historical influences, systems of oppression and how we make sense of masculinity in the context of race and class. Rome provides countless opportunities to explore Italian masculinity and male trajectories through history, art, and current day systems.

This course will illuminate the factors that inform our understanding of various outcomes and experiences for Italian men as compared to American men. In addition to education, there will be critical discussions of other facets of Italian society and history such as sports culture, compulsory service, and the criminal justice system along with visits to the Colosseum, museums, Italian schools, and other field trips to broaden our understanding of male trajectories. An emphasis is placed on Italian incarceration as opposite education in examining the spectrum of common societal pipelines. This provides an important point of comparison to the school to prison pipeline in the U.S. as an anchoring point for a richer understanding and discussion of the relationship between education, masculinity, multiculturalism, historical disenfranchisement and systems of oppression.


Additional information:

Education Rome 2018 Flyer

Education Rome Tri-fold Brochure


HSERV 479: Black Lives & Police Violence – Racism and the Public’s Health (4-credits)

Black Lives Matter


This highly innovative 4-credit course on health and “racial” diversity meets twice a week to provide a critical analysis of “race” with regard to the killing of African Americans by law enforcement. The epidemiological concept of “race” is frame within socio-behavioral constructs of Conflict, Functionalist, and Interactionist theories in order to understand the social determinants of health. Students take a guided yet self-directed path and critically analyze how and why economic stratification, structuralism, and labeling has resulted in health disparities. This is about white privilege and not white guilt. It is design to meet students where they are, and presupposes interests in what students choose to know rather than simple regurgitation. Group Assignment and an online exam.


When:           Spring, 2018

Time:             Tuesday/Thursday, 5:00-6:50pm                                             

Place:             T-531, Health Sciences Building

Instructor:   Clarence Spigner, Professor, Department of Health Service


SPR 2018 – NUTR 390 – Food Truck Rodeo

Have you ever eaten from a food truck?

Come learn about the mobile food industry!

The SPR 2018 NUTR 390 class’s theme is Food Truck Rodeo! For students in the nutrition minor, this course counts as an upper-division elective. For more information about the course:




NUTR 390 Food Truyck rodeo SPR 2018.jpg

Spring 2018 Course Offering – BIOST 311: Regression Methods in the Health Sciences

BIOST 311: Regression Methods in the Health Sciences

Quarter: Spring 2018

Time and Location: MWF 12:30-1:20pm (LC), T 10:30-11:20am (QZ), SCC 301

Grading: Graded, 4 credits

SLN: 11496

Instructor: Kelsey Grinde (grindek@uw.edu) and Brian Williamson (brianw26@uw.edu), Department of Biostatistics

Prerequisite: Open to all majors. Students should have a background in statistics at the level covered in BIOST 310 (QMETH 201 and STAT 220 are also acceptable, but students who have not taken BIOST 310 should request an add code at http://tinyurl.com/SPR-BIOST311). No prior programming experience is required.


The relationship between two variables is often impacted by other factors. In BIOST 311, you’ll learn how to use regression methods to account for these additional variables, and quantify the relationships among multiple variables in a variety of data types.


In particular, the course will cover three types of regression—linear, logistic, and proportional hazards—all at an introductory level. Students will get hands-on experience with data analysis using R, a freely available statistical computing software. Throughout the course, we will make use of examples drawn from the biomedical and health sciences literature.


Flyer: 2018SPR_BIOST311A_flyer

Spring Quarter “C” and “W” Courses

Still need to fulfill your “C” or “W” credit requirements? Check out these Interdisciplinary Writing Program (IWP) courses that are offered in spring of 2018! As always, all IWP courses can count for “C” or “W” credit (whichever a student needs).


  • ENGL 297 B, linked to CMS 272, “History of Horror Film” and taught by the amazing Heather Stansbury (course flyer attached);


  • ENGL 198 A, linked to AES 151, “Identities, Cultures, and Power Across American Ethnic Groups” and taught by new faculty member, James “Rush” Daniel, who was hired, in part, to help us develop anti-racist pedagogies;


  • ENGL 298 C, linked to JSIS 201, “The Making of the 21st Century,” taught by long-time IWP faculty member, John O’Neill.


Additional Information:

IWP Flyer Spring ’18

Horror Film + C or W Credit ’18