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Graduate Program: PhD Program: Electives

Electives - Master’s and PhD: In addition to the courses listed below, students with prior approval may choose other courses to fulfill the electives requirements. See the detailed procedures for gaining approval for a course not listed below. (Note: a UW NetID is needed to access the course approval form.)


  • Before submitting a request read all instructions and doublecheck to be sure that your desired course is not already on the list.
  • Each student may receive approval of one (1) course only. Do not make a second request.
  • Seminars and other passive learning courses (i.e. Environmental and Occupational Health seminar) are not allowable for either elective list.

Elective List One (Methodologic Emphasis): Electives are labelled "MS" for Master’s students and "PHD" for PhD students.

A = autumn quarter; W = winter quarter; Sp = spring quarter; Su = summer quarter

MS PHD AMATH 351 Introduction to Differential Equations and Applications, AWSpSu
MS PHD AMATH 352 Applied Linear Algerbra and Numerical Analysis, AWSpSu
MS PHD AMATH 584 Applied Linear Algebra & Introductory
Numerical Analysis, A (with Math 584)
MS PHD AMATH 585 Numerical Analysis of Boundary Value Problems, W(with Math 585)

MS PHD AMATH 586 Numerical Analysis of Time Dependent Problems, Sp(with Math 586)

MS PHD BIOST 524 Design of Medical Studies, Sp
BIOST 527 Nonparametric Regression and Classification, Sp
PHD BIOST 529 Sample Survey Techniques
BIOST 533 Theory of Linear Models, Sp
MS PHD BIOST 534,STAT 535 Statistical Computing I,II, Sp, A

PHD BIOST 536 Categorical Data Analysis in Epidemiology, A

PHD BIOST 537 Survival Data Analysis in Epidemiology, W
MS PHD BIOST 540 Correlated Data Regression, Sp
MS PHD BIOST 550 Statistical Genetics I: Mendelian Traits, Sp
MS PHD BIOST 551 Statistical Genetics II: Quantitative Traits, A
MS PHD BIOST 552 Statistical Genetics III: Design and Analysis, W
MS PHD BIOST/EPI 555 Spatial Epidemiology, W
BIOST 570 Advanced Regression Methods for Independent Data, A
BIOST 571 Advanced Regression Methods for Dependent Data, W
MS BIOST 572 Advanced Regression Methods: Project, Sp
MS PHD BIOST 573 Statistical Methods for Categorical Data, Sp
MS PHD BIOST 576 Statistical Methods for Survival Data
MS PHD BIOST 578 Special Topics in Advanced Biostatistics, AWSpSu
MS PHD E E 578 Optimization in System Sciences

MS PHD HSERV 522 Health Program Evaluation, A Health Program Evaluation, A
MS PHD HSERV 523 Advanced Health Services Research Methods, A

PHD STAT 491 Introduction to Stochastic Processes, A (with Math 491)

PHD STAT 492 Stochastic Calculus for Option Pricing, W(with Math 492)
MS PHD STAT 516 Stochastic Modeling of Scientific Data, A
MS PHD STAT 517 Stochastic Modeling of Scientific Data, W

PHD STAT 521,2,3 Advanced Probability, A Stat 521; W Stat 522; Sp Stat 523
(alternate years)

PHD STAT 542 Multivariate Analysis (alternate years)

PHD STAT 566 Causal Modeling

Elective List Two (Biology or Public Health Emphasis): The following list is for both Master’s and PhD students.

BIOL 449/553 Applied Phylogenetics
BIOL 472 Community Ecology, A
ENVH 511 Environmental and Occupational Health, W
ENVH 517 Children's Environmental Health, Sp
ENVH 533 Molecular Toxicology, W
ENVH 552 Environmental Chemistry of Pollution, W
ENVH 570 Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology, Sp (with EPI 570)
ENVH 577 Risk Assessment for Environmental Health Hazards, A (with CEE 560;PBAF 589)
EPI 511 Introduction to Epidemiology, A
EPI 512,3 Epidemiologic Methods I,II, A Epi 512; W Epi 513
*EPI 514 Application of Epidemiologic Methods, Sp
EPI 517 Genetic Epidemiology, Sp(with Phg
EPI 519 Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease, A
EPI 520 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases, W
EPI 524 Epidemiologic Studies of Cancer Etiology & Prevention, W
EPI 527 Vaccines, A
EPI 529 Emerging Infections of International Public Health
(with HSERV 536); in residence odd years; online even years
EPI 530 AIDS: A Multidisciplinary Approach, A (with Med 530)
EPI 531 Statistical Methods for Analysis with Missing Data (with HSERV 531)
EPI 532 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases in Resource-Limited Countries (odd years)
EPI 533 Pharmacoepidemiology, Sp even years (with Pharm 533)
EPI 538 Nutritional Epidemiology, A (with Nutr 538)
EPI 539 Research Methods in Developing Countries, W (G H 531)
EPI 540 Introduction to Cancer Biology, Sp (even years)
EPI 541 Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis of Evidence, Sp
EPI 542 Clinical Epidemiology, Sp
EPI 546 Psychiatric Epidemiology, Sp
EPI 549 (same as GH563) HIV/STI Prevention Research Methods, Sp
EPI 554 Introduction to Epidemic Modeling for Infectious Diseases, A
EPI 570 Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology, Sp (with ENVH 570)
EPI 571 Neuroepidemiology and Environmental Risk Factors, W
EPI 573 Methods & Issues in Using Biological Measurements in Epi Research, A
EPI 590 Selected Topics in Epidemiology or International Health, AwSpS
GENOME 361 Fundamentals of Genetics & Genomics, W,Sp,S
GENOME 371 Introductory Genetics, AWSpSu
GENOME 372 Genomics and Proteomics, AWSpSu
GENOME 453 Genetics of the Evolutionary Process, A
GENOME 540 Intro to Computational Molecular Bio: Genome and Protein Sequence Analysis, W (or GENOME 541, but not both; Note: 540 can also be counted toward core requirement)
GENOME 541 Intro to Computational Molecular Bio: Molecular Evolution, Sp (or GENOME 540, but not both; Note: 541 can also be counted toward core requirement)
GENOME 562 Population Genetics, W (Note: 562 can also be counted toward core requirement)
GENOME 565 Advanced Human Genetics, W
GENOME 570 Phylogenetic Inference, W (even years)
GH 501 Core Topics in Global Health, A
GH 502 Contemporary Issues in Global Health, W
GH 503 Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Global Health, Sp
GH 511 Problems in Global Health, A
GH 515 Global Health Challenges, A
GH 534 Building Better Evidence through Integrated Health Information and Surveillance Systems, A
GH 539 Methods, Tools, and Data in Global Health, A
GH 590 Selected Topics in Global Health, AWSpS
HSERV 510 Society and Health
HSERV 511 Introduction to Health Services and Public Health
HSERV 541 Topics in Maternal and Child Health I
**HUBIO 512P Mechanisms in Cell Physiology, A
**HUBIO 514P Biochemistry I-A, A
**HUBIO 524P Biochemistry I-B, W
IMMUN 441 Introduction to Immunology, A
MHE 530/PHG 542 Genetic Discovery in Medicine & Public Health
MICROM 301 General Microbiology, AWSpS
PABIO 551 Biochemistry and Genetics of Pathogens and Their Hosts
PCEUT 501 Advanced Pharmacokinetics
PCEUT 502 Pharmacokinetics of Drug Metabolism, odd years
PCEUT 510 Drug Interactions
PHG 511 Genetic Epidemiology
PHG 513 Basic Concepts in Pharmacogenetics and Toxicogenomics, Sp
PHG 518 Computer Demonstrations in Genetic Epidemiology, Sp
PHG 519 Statistical Methods in Genetic Epidemiology
PHG 536 Bioinformatics and Gene Sequence Analysis, Sp
PHG 542 Genetic Discovery in Medicine and Public Health, W
PSYCH 421 Neural Basis of Behavior
* Course has an enrollment limit. Preferences given to Epi PhD students.
** To enroll in this course, a student and his or her advisor must request permission in writing. This is subject to approval by the Course Chairman and the Curriculum Committee for the Medical School.
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