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The University of Washington (UW) is among the world’s preeminent public universities. The UW Department of Health Systems and Population Health (HSPop) is proudly a part of the UW School of Public Health, a top ranked school in the country and the world.

The collective impact of the UW, School, and Department on individuals, our region, and the world is profound. Whether we’re launching people into essential public health leadership roles or confronting and attempting to mitigate daunting health inequities, our research and scholarship are stellar.

So what defines our students, staff, and faculty? Above all, it’s our belief in possibility and an unshakable optimism. It’s our commitment to collaboration with communities of all backgrounds. It’s our resolve that pushes us to tackle challenges and pursue progress, and it’s our unwavering conviction that together we can improve the health and well-being of all communities.

Join us on the journey.

Our Programs

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The UW Department of Health Systems and Population Health is committed to promoting the rights and privileges of all, understanding and appreciating human differences, and the constructive expression of ideas.

We believe in equity through excellence, responsible partnerships, and social justice.


Our Department Culture

We prepare future health practitioners, managers, and researchers to conduct the unfinished work of improving the well-being of communities in the United States and throughout the world. We envision a future where systems effectively, efficiently, and equitably promote the health of all populations. We are committed to working with partners in public health and health care systems to prepare leaders, design solutions, and conduct innovative research that is translated into practice and policy.

About HSPop


The UW School of Public Health ranks No. 5 among public health graduate schools in the U.S. News and World Report rankings for 2023, up from last year’s position of No. 9. HSPop’s Health Services Ph.D. and MPH programs ranked 10th nationally among social behavior programs. Rankings for schools of public health are based on the results of a peer assessment survey sent in the fall of 2022 and early 2023 to deans, administrators, and faculty at more than 206 public health schools across the country that are accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

The UW School of Public Health ranked No. 4 in the world on the Global Rankings of Academic Subjects lists for 2022. This widely used ranking, emphasizing scientific impact, was conducted by researchers at the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

SPH Rankings

UW, Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest

The University of Washington (UW) is considered one of the best universities in the world and is highly ranked by the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Global Universities rankings. UW is committed to excellence through diversity and provides health leadership across the Pacific Northwest, the United States, and the world.

The Space Needle lit purple at night for the Together UW campaign.

UW enrolls more than 60,000 students each year and thrives as a center for groundbreaking research in numerous fields, including public health, medicine, education, public affairs, aeronautics, and business. UW offers many areas of study, including more than 300 separate programs and over 600 degree options. A major research center, UW is one of the few universities in the U.S. with total research funding of more than one billion dollars. Since 1969, the University of Washington consistently places among the top for total sponsored research funding for all public and private universities in the country. It is home to seven Nobel Prize winners and 17 MacArthur Fellows, also known as “genius grant” recipients.

For working professionals in the Seattle area, opportunities abound. Some of the world’s top companies and institutions were started here and continue to have major operations in the region. The city is among the most innovative health care communities in the country with excellent hospitals, medical centers, and research institutions.

Beyond the excellent academics, the University of Washington is among the most beautiful college campuses in the world. The largest UW campus is located in the heart of Seattle, one of the most scenic and livable cities in the United States. The Seattle campus offers stunning views of snow-capped Mount Rainier and nearby Lake Washington. In the spring, the campus gardens bloom with color, while its Japanese cherry trees erupt in spectacular pink and white blossoms.

Seattle offers its residents the best of city and country living. Cultural attractions include world-class museums, an aquarium, a zoo, professional and college sports, a symphony, and large annual film and music festivals. For nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, excellent running, biking, hiking, camping, boating, and skiing are abundant in the city or nearby.