Program Contact

Contact: Danielle Ishem

Phone Number: (206) 616-5866


Program Information

Location: University of Washington, Seattle, WA


Start/End Dates: June 17-July 28, 2018

Academic Credit: No


The UW SHPEP will emphasize a culture of health by encouraging scholars to consider from the cellular to the global level factors that influence health. In addition, scholars will be encouraged to explore what their unique role will be in improving the health of communities with curricula exploring self-identity, culture and personal strengths in a context presenting a range of health professions. Rigorous academic course work will include population health, basic sciences, and biostatistics and will utilize lectures, active learning, discussions, peer mentoring and self-reflection. Experiential activities will include clinical and public health shadowing, simulation exercises, and community needs assessments.

Clinical Experience: Scholars will have the opportunity to participate in medical, dental and public health shadowing experiences. These experiences will be predominantly in community based clinics and organizations serving diverse communities and build on the strong curricular themes of social equity and reducing health disparities. Clinical experiences will also involve interprofessional cases in a medical and dental simulation laboratory.


Meals: University of Washington meal plan is a dining account that works like a pre-paid debit card and is provided to all students. This can be used at any University of Washington Housing and Food Services location on campus. Many dining locations are open 7 days a week, with some reduced schedules on Sundays.

Travel Assistance:  Round trip coach airfare is paid by the UW SPHEP site. Any coach airfare that is greater than $500 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Car travel from 50+ miles away will be reimbursed after completion of program. 

Stipend: $600 distributed in two installments during week 1 and week 3.


Housing: University of Washington residence halls.

Health Insurance: Scholars must provide their own insurance, however, assistance will be offered by UW SHPEP for those who cannot provide it.

Social Activities: Scholars will have opportunities both formally and informally to take advantage of Seattle’s rich and diverse communities and geography. Seattle Seafair, Indian Days Pow Wow, Seattle PrideFest, Eid, and Independence Day Fireworks are just some of the local celebrations that scholars often attend. The program also hosts a welcome reception, networking dinners, an end-of-program celebration and talent show, a 4th of July picnic, and a hike at Mount Rainier National Park.