General Information

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Phone: 206-543-3199

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Pursue your graduate degree in a department with:

  • varied programs and degree options to fit your goals

  • commitment to financial support

  • access to technology

  • student involvement: The Student Advisory Committee (SAC) provides active student involvement in the department. In addition to its advisory function, SAC sponsors educational activities such as fall quarter's Research Roundtable, which provides new students advice on selecting a preceptor and a research project, and social activities such as the autumn quarter welcome barbecue for new students. Student representatives also participate in faculty meetings, curriculum committee meetings, and admission committee meetings. well-developed research programs and strong grant support

  • a collaborative approach to environmental problems: Faculty in the Toxicology, Exposure Sciences, Environmental Health, and Occupational Medicine programs work collaboratively on environmental and occupational health problems. Centers and institutes in our department encourage this cross-disciplinary approach.

  • connections to community agencies and businesses: Our connections to government agencies, businesses, consulting firms, and national organizations enable us to match students with internship, practicum, and project sites that provide hands-on experience.

  • in a top-ranked university

Between the foothills of Mount Rainier and the shores of Puget Sound lies the University of Washington, renowned for excellence in teaching and research. The University of Washington is one of the leading universities in the nation, recognized for the high quality of its research and graduate programs. Since 1975 it has ranked among the top U.S. public universities in the amount of competitive grant and contract support received from federal sources. In 2011, the University enrolled more than 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students and employs approximately 4,000 faculty members in 15 schools and colleges.

The campus has extensive teaching and research facilities and a library system with more than seven million volumes and an online resource with over a million journal titles, electronic books, and other digitized items. The campus also has a museum, an art gallery, two major teaching and research hospitals, theaters, and a well-equipped intramural sports facility. The University fields outstanding sport teams as a member of the Pacific-12 Conference.

In one of the country’s most livable city

The University of Washington's attractive campus borders on Lake Washington and Lake Union in Seattle, one of the country's most livable cities.

More than half a million people call the city of Seattle home. Built on seven hills overlooking Puget Sound, with the rugged Olympic Mountains to the west, and the Cascade Range to the east, Seattle is a city of unparalleled mountain and water views. The surrounding waters temper the climate; extremes of heat or cold are infrequent and of short duration. Winter temperatures seldom measure below freezing and summers are a comfortable 75-80 degrees F. Annual rainfall averages 36 inches, concentrated in the winter and early spring. Snowfall is rare in the urban areas, though common in the nearby mountains. The mild climate and predominance of evergreen trees keep Seattle green all year.

The City of Seattle maintains 6,200 acres of rich and diverse beaches and parklands for leisure and recreational pursuits. Ball fields and tennis courts are plentiful. Paths abound for jogging, strolling, rollerblading, and biking including a three-mile path around Green Lake. The 18-mile-long Burke-Gilman Trail runs through campus. The moderate climate permits a wide range of year-round water and land recreational activities.

Naturalists enjoy the Woodland Park Zoo with its award-winning natural environments, the newly-renovated Seattle Aquarium, the 200-acre Olmsted-designed Washington Park Arboretum, and the Hiram Chittenden ship canal locks and salmon ladders. Trips on the Washington State Ferries to nearby Puget Sound islands are among the "best shows in town."

Seattle's culture has earned it an international reputation. Weekends are filled with music festivals, street fairs, rock concerts, arts and crafts shows, ethnic celebrations, exhibits, parades, regattas, runs, and food fairs. Seattle's music scene includes an active community of jazz and folk devotees, and it is notable as the birthplace of several popular rock bands and musicians such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Jimi Hendrix. Seattle Art Museum brings in art from celebrated collections.

The city's other attractions include Pike Place Market - one of the nation's last remaining Farmers' Markets and a bargain-hunter's paradise - and the 20-block Pioneer Square historical district replete with galleries, shops, and restaurants. The 74-acre Seattle Center offers science and cultural exhibits, performing and fine arts, and popular entertainment. The Center's 607-foot Space Needle dominates Seattle's northern skyline and provides commanding views of the surrounding lakes and mountains. At its base now sits the newest addition to the Seattle Center, the Experience Music Project, a museum of music history funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The region supports major league football, soccer, and baseball at CenturyLink Field and Safeco Field.

Seattle has a rich and culturally diverse history that has produced a ruggedly individualistic, open, and friendly populace and a casual lifestyle. It is not surprising that national surveys consistently list Seattle as one of the most livable cities in the country.