New report, tool suggest how Washington can better protect against extreme heat

UW News

In June 2021, the “heat dome” that struck the Pacific Northwest set 128 all-time high temperature records across the state. Two years after that event, a collaborative effort led by two University of Washington teams has drawn up recommendations for how people and groups across the state could prevent future heat-related illness and save lives.

Dr. Jeremy Hess, professor of global health, of emergency medicine and of environmental and occupational health sciences at the UW, and director of CHanGE, is quoted.

Celebrating our 2023 DGH Graduates

On Thursday, June 8, 2023, the UW Department of Global Health held its 16th annual graduation celebration since the department’s inception in 2007. This year we celebrated and honored the accomplishments of 64 graduates: 40 graduates in the Master of Public Health program and 24 doctoral students – which includes six from the Pathobiology PhD program and 18 from the Global Health Metrics and Implementation Science PhD program. 

Wildfire Smoke Increases the Risk of Contracting Covid-19


As the world warms, disasters collide. That’s happening right now, as health experts warn that  exposure to wildfire smoke across North America increases the risks of catching COVID-19 and worsens the impacts for people who already have or are particularly susceptible to the virus.

Kristie Ebi, professor of global health and of environmental and occupational health sciences at the UW, is quoted.

What Does it Take to Truly Walk Our Talk on Decolonizing Global Health?: A Look at Key Obstacles and Plausible Solutions

On May 16, 2023, UW Department of Global Health welcomed Dr Madhukar Pai, MD, PhD, Canada Research Chair in Translational Epidemiology & Global Health and Associate Director of the McGill International TB Centre to partake in the Stephen Stewart Gloyd Endowed Lecture Series where he presented his talk titled "Can We Walk Our Talk on Decolonizing Global Health

2023 DGH Staff Awards

Every year, we take the time to recognize the outstanding staff and their dedication, service, and many contributions to our department. Criteria for selecting outstanding staff included job knowledge and performance, creativity, integrity, flexibility, a positive attitude, willingness to go beyond the limits of a job description to get things done, community service, outstanding interpersonal skills, and demonstration of grace under pressure. Congratulations to all nominees. 

Carole Green on hope and urgency for our climate and for our health

UW School of Public Health

Carole Green, a master’s student at the University of Washington (UW) School of Public Health, studies how prepared our cities and countries are to adapt to climate change’s impact on our health. Green works with faculty in the Department of Global Health, at the UW Center for Health and the Changing Environment (CHanGE), and at the Lancet Countdown — a global team of experts reporting climate change updates — to understand the health risks and vulnerabilities communities face. 

Solving for climate: (Health and safety) in (climate) numbers

American Geophysical Union

More severe and numerous floods, droughts, and heat waves impact a wide range of health outcomes, and shifting biomes may spread diseases to new places. How do scientists understand which portions of health effects are caused by climate change, and how can health organizations be prepared?

Kristie Ebi, professor of global health and of environmental and occupational health sciences at the UW, is quoted.