Collaborate

As students at University of Washington you have access to a wide range of courses that intend to gather and teach students from across professions and training programs. While these courses are not part of the formal IPE curriculum, they are great opportunities to meet future colleagues and learn with, from and about each other. In an effort to break down silos between programs and schools, we have combed through the course listings across the health sciences and created this list of interprofessional electives that are offered. If you know of another course that should be listed here, please contact rlazzar@uw.edu.

Autumn Quarter

B H 514 Legal, Ethical, and Social Issues in Public Health Genetics (3)
Equips the student to anticipate and assess potential legal, ethical, and social barriers complicating the incursion of new genetic advances, information, and technologies into public and private healthcare delivery efforts. Prerequisite: GENOME 361, GENOME 371, or equivalent. Offered: jointly with LAW H 504/PHG 512.

B H 556 Social Justice and Health (5)
Examines the moral grounds for the view that social inequalities in health are unjust, using contemporary literature from moral philosophy and bioethics, case studies, and film. Explores basic questions integral to determinations of social injustice as well as moral constraints on the pursuit of health equity.

B H 562 Ethical Issues in Pediatrics (3) 
Provides a survey of contemporary ethical issues that arise in the clinical and research environment when children are involved, including the role of children and adolescents in decision-making, the limits of parental decision-making authority, and issues related to genetic testing, transplantation, research, and public health. Offered: jointly with PEDS 562.

B H 566 Introduction to Person Centered and Interprofessional Palliative Care (1-5)
Introduces fundamental concepts in narrative and person-centered communication and interprofessional practice. Presents foundations for learning to apply an interdisciplinary approach to palliative care. Offered: jointly with FAMED 531/NSG 526.

ENV H 506 Disasters and Public Health (3)
Introduces students to the public health and environmental health consequences of common domestic disasters, and the role of public health agencies and practitioners. Students will describe and evaluate the public health community’s role in preparing for and responding to disasters through case studies, discussions, debates, course lectures and readings.

FAMED 516 Team Based Care in Rural/Underserved Settings (1)
An interdisciplinary, non-clinical elective for all health profession students. Fulfills part of the didactic requirements for the AHEC Scholars Program. Prerequisite: CONJ 515.

FAMED 531 Introduction to Person Centered and Interprofessional Palliative Care (1-5)
Introduces fundamental concepts in narrative and person-centered communication and interprofessional practice. Presents foundations for learning to apply an interdisciplinary approach to palliative care. Offered: jointly with B H 566/NSG 526.

FAMED 559 Tobacco Related Health Disparities (1-2)
Integrates multiple disciplinary perspectives to address the pressing issue of disproportionate tobacco use and related diseases among marginalized populations, including those defined by socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Explores links between, and intervention strategies for, smoking and mental illness, social stress, acculturation processes, and genetics. Offered: jointly with HSERV 556.

FAMED 561 LGBTQ Health and Health Disparities (1)
Covers the history and health status of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQ) community in the United States; effective strategies and skills for working with the LGBTQ community; designed to help the learner understand and respond better to healthcare needs of the LGBTQ community. Prerequisite: permission of course coordinator.

G H 511 Problems in Global Health (1-4)
Explores social, political, economic, environmental determinants of developing countries’ health; traces development of societal responses to problems. Includes: origins of primary healthcare; child survival; traditional systems; population; water; sanitation; international agencies; impact of economic policies. Case study formulating pharmaceutical policy in a developing country. Offered: jointly with HMS 511.

G H 556 Global Mental Health (2-3)
Examines the socio-cultural and political forces that impact assessment, manifestation, and treatment of mental illnesses worldwide. Students take a critical view of diagnostic systems and examine cultural differences in presentation of mental illness. Also reviews treatment practices in low resource settings, cultural-specific communication, and stigma.

G H 562 AIDS: A Multidisciplinary Approach (2)
Comprehensive overview of the public health, clinical, and laboratory aspects of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and disease. Topics include the pathogenesis, natural history, and management of HIV infections; the impact of HIV/AIDS on community and global healthcare; and prospects for prevention and control. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: jointly with EPI 530/MED 530.

G H 576 Health in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (2) 
Covers the principles of planning, implementing, and evaluating health programs for refugees and internally displaced persons during complex humanitarian emergencies in resource poor countries. Topics include rapid assessment; surveys; surveillance; nutrition; camp management; epidemiology of infectious diseases; water and sanitation; and vaccination campaigns during international relief operations for complex humanitarian emergencies. Credit/no-credit only.

HSERV 511 Introduction to Health Services and Public Health (3-4)
History, organization, and effectiveness of U.S. healthcare and public health systems. Determinants of health, need, and utilization. Public and private financing. Supply and provision of personal and public health services. Managed care. Government and private sector roles. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

HSERV 514 Social Determinants of Population Health and Health Disparities (3)
Explores the elements and actions of a population health approach, including conceptualizing the determinants of health, synthesizing knowledge about major social determinants, and applying knowledge to improve population health and reduce health disparities. Enrollment priority for Health Services PhD students. Prerequisite: HSERV 511, permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with EPI 547.

HSERV 556 Tobacco Related Health Disparities (1-2)
Integrates multiple disciplinary perspectives to address the pressing issue of disproportionate tobacco use and related diseases among marginalized populations, including those defined by socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Explores links between, and intervention strategies for, smoking and mental illness, social stress, acculturation processes, and genetics. Offered: jointly with FAMED 559.

HSERV 579 Structural Racism and Public Health (1)
Introduces the concept of institutional racism and ways structural racism undermines public health. Discusses history of racism and intersections between structural racism and other systems of oppression. Explores relationship to racism and ways internalized racism acts as a barrier to health equity. Considers public health practitioners’ role in addressing racism. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: jointly with PHI 579.

SOC W 557 Caring for Persons with Life-Limiting Illness: A Lifespan Approach (3)
Focuses on multi-systemic social work practice with seriously ill people with a life-limiting condition. Examines how families care for a critically ill love one, and the differences that occur when the seriously ill person is a child, adolescent, a mid-aged adult, or an elder at the end of life.

UCONJ 531 Introduction to Mind Body Medicine-An Experiential Elective (2)
Sessions contain a didactic component followed by an experiential component and cover a variety of self-care techniques including meditation, exercise, and nutrition. Goals are to promote personal well being, a healthy lifestyle, reduce burnout, and reduce academic difficulties. Credit/no-credit only.

UCONJ 565 P-The Healer’s Art: Awakening the Heart of Medicine (1)
Encourages cultivation of humanism in medicine while strengthening a personal commitment to service as our life’s work. Facilitates student recognition of common issues related to resiliency, self-care, working with clinical teams, and supporting peers; also, caring for patients in a healing community of discovery with recognition and appreciation of uncertainty, awe, grief, and loss in the practice of medicine. Prerequisite: health science professional training program. Credit/no-credit only.

UCONJ 646 Introduction to Advocacy for the Health Professions (1) 
Learn from advocacy and topic specific experts about fundamental elements of health advocacy. Develop hands-on skills for moving beyond witnessing health disparities to upstream action rooted in community-centered advocacy. Credit/no-credit only.

Winter Quarter

B H 574 Justice for Healthcare (5)
Examination of the ethical problem of allocating scarce medical resources. Emphasizes fundamental principles of justice that support alternative health policies.

ENV H 510 Global Environmental and Occupational Health (4)
Provides an overview of environmental and occupational health, with major focus on developing countries. Examines a variety of environmental hazards and influential factors, interactions with human health and well-being, and relevance to public health. Considers workplace, community, home, regional, and global problems.

ENV H 518 Understanding and Managing the Health Risks of Climate Change (3) 
The health risks of climate change are multiple and range across the public health space. Addresses current and projected health risks of climate change and the policies and measures to manage these risks as the climate continues to change. Offered: jointly with G H 518.

HSERV 579 Structural Racism and Public Health (1)
Introduces the concept of institutional racism and ways structural racism undermines public health. Discusses history of racism and intersections between structural racism and other systems of oppression. Explores relationship to racism and ways internalized racism acts as a barrier to health equity. Considers public health practitioners’ role in addressing racism. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: jointly with PHI 579.

LAW H 506 International Bioethics, Social Justice, and Health Seminar (1-3)
Explores case studies of ethical dilemmas in research and medical practice and violations of international human rights norms in the design, implementation, and evaluation of health programs and policies. Bioethics and human rights law are the foundational tools for critically evaluating global health impact. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: jointly with G H 517.

LAW H 518 Legal and Policy Solutions to Improve Global Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children (1-2)
Explores specific examples of how legal and policy frameworks can impact health inequities for women, children, and adolescents. Teaches to formulate multi-disciplinary strategies to improve health outcomes. Credit/no-credit only.

NURS 557 Health, Culture, and Community (3) 
A multidisciplinary approach to the development of leadership in personal and organizational cultural competence in community-based participatory research. Emphasizes understanding collaborative assessment, planning, and evaluation of health promotion and disease prevention programs to address the social determinants of health at the population level. Offered: jointly with HSERV 576.

UCONJ 624 Health Equity and Community Organizing (1) 
Equips students with tools to organize themselves and others to address social and structural injustices that perpetuate health disparities. Didactic coursework complemented with opportunities to apply skills and gain confidence through hands-on collaboration with local leaders and engagement in community-driven listening and advocacy campaigns. Credit/no-credit only.

UCONJ 646 Introduction to Advocacy for the Health Professions (1) 
Learn from advocacy and topic specific experts about fundamental elements of health advocacy. Develop hands-on skills for moving beyond witnessing health disparities to upstream action rooted in community-centered advocacy. Credit/no-credit only.

Spring Quarter

B H 509 Ethics and the Social Determinants of Health (3) 
Examines ethical issues confronting healthcare workers caring for poor & minority populations, whose capacity for health and recovery from disease are compromised by social conditions in which they grow up, live, work, and age. Aims to broaden/reorient understandings of disease, patient autonomy, and clinician duties within contexts of structural inequalities related to socioeconomic status/race/ethnicity/gender/other salient social differences.

ENV H 511 Environmental and Occupational Health (4) 
Provides a graduate-level overview of the multidisciplinary field of environmental and occupational health. Environmental, occupational, and nutritional problems in different settings (e. g. the workplace, community, and home) and at varying scaled (local, regional, and global) are considered, with special emphasis on considerations related to food systems and nutrition.

ENV H 517 Children’s Environmental Health (3)
Discussion of environmental health issues as they pertain to children’s health. Topics include historical perspective of public health research and policies directed at protecting children’s health and emerging scientific and public health issues such as the risks and benefits of seafood consumption during pregnancy; use of pesticides on food and in the home; air pollution and childhood asthma, and childhood injuries and the built environment.

G H 556 Global Mental Health (2-3)
Examines the socio-cultural and political forces that impact assessment, manifestation, and treatment of mental illnesses worldwide. Students take a critical view of diagnostic systems and examine cultural differences in presentation of mental illness. Also reviews treatment practices in low resource settings, cultural-specific communication, and stigma.

HSERV 579 Structural Racism and Public Health (1)
Introduces the concept of institutional racism and ways structural racism undermines public health. Discusses history of racism and intersections between structural racism and other systems of oppression. Explores relationship to racism and ways internalized racism acts as a barrier to health equity. Considers public health practitioners’ role in addressing racism. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: jointly with PHI 579.

LAW H 506 International Bioethics, Social Justice, and Health Seminar (1-3)
Explores case studies of ethical dilemmas in research and medical practice and violations of international human rights norms in the design, implementation, and evaluation of health programs and policies. Bioethics and human rights law are the foundational tools for critically evaluating global health impact. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: jointly with G H 517.

LAW H 540 Health and Human Rights (3) 
Examines the basic concepts in the fields of human rights law and public health, and uses those concepts to examine the interdependence and tensions between the two fields. Introduction to the fields of public health and human rights law, examining the impact of health policies and programs on human rights. Offered: jointly with G H 516.

NURS 534 Aging and Health in Contemporary Society (3)
Explores demographic, cultural, psychological, theoretical, political, and ethical context of aging and health in contemporary society. Content is based on empirical data and policy statements on aging. Analyzes healthcare delivery at an individual, community, and systems level to support optimal functioning across the health continuum for older adults.

NURS 566 Work Stress and Health (3)
Delineates our understanding of the relationship between work-related stressors and worker health. Theoretical models of job-stress are considered and methodological issues examined. Uses social justice framework to explore worker stress and health disparities in immigrants and other disadvantaged populations.

NURS 582 Culture, Society, and Genomics (3)
Examines social and cultural issues of human genome sequencing and control of genetic expression. Attitudes and behaviors toward health, illness, and disability are studied using historical, contemporary, and cross-cultural case study material. Offered: jointly with ANTH 574/PHG 521.

UCONJ 504 Advanced Interdisciplinary Case Studies in Global Health (3) 
Uses actual multidisciplinary case studies to (1) analyze quantitative parameters of diseases, (2) contrast the descriptive and analytic approaches of health sciences, anthropology, and nutritional sciences, (3) integrate diverse disciplinary perspectives into cohesive information, (4) organize class presentations, and (5) apply critical thinking in approaching complex health issues.

UCONJ 646 Introduction to Advocacy for the Health Professions (1) 
Learn from advocacy and topic specific experts about fundamental elements of health advocacy. Develop hands-on skills for moving beyond witnessing health disparities to upstream action rooted in community-centered advocacy. Credit/no-credit only.