Interprofessional Elective Courses

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. The following is a list of interprofessional elective courses that will be offered during the 2019-20 academic year. If you know of another course that should be listed here, please contact

Autumn Quarter 2019

B H 514 Legal, Ethical, And Social Issues In Public Health Genetics

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 562 Ethical Issues In Pediatrics

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

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 B Disasters and Public Health

Special interprofessional intensive course – SECTION B
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 527 Community-Focused Urban Health: Inter-Professional Care of Urban Under-Resourced Patients

Interprofessional approaches to improving health for medically underserved urban communities. Credit/no-credit only.

FAMED 559 Tobacco Related Health Disparities

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.

G H 554 Bioengineering Solutions to Improve the Health of Women, Adolescents and Children

Seminar series that engages students in interdisciplinary discussions about current challenges to the health of women, children and adolescents, and how novel bioengineering approaches may be developed to address these challenges. Students are encouraged to actively participate in discussions to foster creative problem solving and collaboration between students and researchers from clinical, epidemiology, and bioengineering departments. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: jointly with BIOEN 554.

HSERV 579 Structural Racism and Public Health

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; Offered Autumn/Winter/Spring.

UCONJ 624 Health Equity and Community Organizing

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. Offered: Autumn/Winter

Winter Quarter 2020

ENV H 518 Understanding and Managing the Health Risks of Climate Change

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.

ENV H 540 Food Safety and Health (3)

Presentation of emerging issues in food safety, sustainable agriculture, and biotechnology. Examines both domestic and global pressures on the food supply. Examines international policies that promote regional solutions for a safe food supply and access to nutritious foods. Offered: jointly with NUTR 545.

FAMED 561 LGBTQ Health and Health Disparities

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.

LAW H 503 Medical Ethics and Jurisprudence

Examines the relationship between bioethics and law. Reviews the basic concepts of both disciplines; their theoretical and practical connections. Analysis of principle legal cases and statutes illustrating such issues as informed consent to treatment, foregoing life support, research with human subjects, confidentiality, and allocation of health care resources. Offered: jointly with B H 535.

LAW H 506 International Bioethics, Social Justice, and Health Seminar

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; Winter/Spring.

Spring Quarter 2020

ENV H 539 One Health: Human and Animal Health in a Changing Environment (3)

Case based exploration of the One Health concept, connecting human, animal, and environmental health. Topics include emerging zoonotic infectious diseases transmitted between humans and animals, animals as sentinels of environmental hazards, the human-animal bond, and the comparison of spontaneous diseases between human and animals. Includes two optional field trips. 

B H 509 Ethics and the Social Determinants of Health (When Life Makes you Sick)

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. 

FAMED 550 Critical Race Theory and Medicine

Understanding race and racism, their applicability to medicine, and their effects on marginalized communities. Explores the necessities of critiquing and bettering medicine through a Critical Race Theory lens in order to eliminate bias and decrease health disparities within marginalized communities.

MEDEX 580 Homelessness in Seattle

Interdisciplinary course developing knowledge and skills in the area of acute and chronic homeless health problems, understanding the history and social constructs as well as the services and disparities facing this population.