Pre-Health Advising

Exploratory Courses

Winter 2023 Course Offerings

Consider these courses when building your schedule to further explore health and healthcare as a field of study and vocation.

Consult with your Academic Advisor when registering for courses to ensure your progress toward the completion of degree requirements.


BIS/BIO 285: Our Changing Oceans 

What is your relationship with the ocean? Billions of people worldwide live in coastal areas where the oceans provide the essentials for life. Marine ecosystems, home to millions of species, face extraordinary change due to coastal erosion, overfishing, ocean acidification, melting sea ice, warming sea surface temperatures, and more. Understanding our changing oceans and their impact on society is essential to make informed decisions to protect our communities. Join a biologist, engineer, and oceanographer to dive into the present changes to ocean ecosystems and discuss the impacts of research, technology, policy, and socioeconomics on ocean biodiversity. Students will learn to critically engage with science media, policy proposals, and emerging technology. We will work together to identify the challenges facing the world’s oceans and evaluate creative solutions that protect our personal and collective relationships with our oceans.

Thursdays | 3:30-5:30pm | 3 credits | no prerequisites

Email Michele Price for more information.


BST 293: Social Justice in STEM

This course will examine the implications of longstanding systemic inequities on STEM fields such as scientific research, medicine/health technology, engineering, and education. Social Justice topics in STEM relevant to your own lives and studies will be discussed and you are invited to participate in student-driven activisim of your choosing.

Time Schedule Information


B EDUC 391 Disability & Society: A Focus on Community & the Outdoors

This is a Community Engaged Learning course in partnership with the Outdoors for All Foundation with meetings at Stevens or Snoqualmie Pass Ski Resorts

Time Schedule Information

Faculty contact: Jason Naranjo, PhD |

INFO: Learn how scholarship and practice in the field of Disability Studies in Education is applied in community through accessible outdoor recreation. Through use of community-based learning, academic texts, and contemporary media we will explore the following areas of study: a) historical and philosophical foundations, b) the inclusion/exclusion of youth with disabilities and those labeled with disability in formal and informal learning contexts, and c) allyship and social change. This course will be taught through a partnership with the Outdoors for All Foundation.

Course Details:

  • In-person class meetings will be at either Stevens or Snoqualmie Passes on the weekend
  • Online class meetings will be: Fridays 1/6, 2/3. 3/3 from 10am-11:30am
  • On mountain trainings at Stevents or Snoqualmie are required: 12/3 and 12/4; 12/10 and 12/11. Contingency training 12/17 and 12/18. All trainings are 8:30am-3pm.
  • Students are required to be on location at either Stevens or Snoqualmie Passes 7 weekend days (Saturday or Sunday) between 1/7 - 3/17 from 8am-3pm
  • Students will choose from a range of instructional & support roles
  • Students must have their own ski/snowboard/snowshow/cross-country equipment for instructional roles
  • Deeply discounted season passes to Stevens or Snoqualmie Pass will be provided as part of the experience

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B HLTH Electives

The following courses are available to all UW students!

BHLTH 197 - Pathways of Disease: Causes & Solutions

Instructor: Tara James
Mondays, 8:45-10:45AM; UW1-202; SLN 11094; not repeatable for credit
In this course, students will explore the many pathways of disease, identify problems, and
discover solutions! The course will explore disease from multiple perspectives (such as
poverty, environment, culture) and apply critical thinking approaches to practical

BHLTH 228 - Infectious Disease Detectives

Instructor: Stefanie Iverson Cabral
Fridays, 11:00AM -1:00PM; UW1-210; SLN 11095
In this course, students will explore the diagnostic process, human drama, and public
health implications of infectious disease. Specific diseases such as botulism, flesh eating
bacteria, tape worms, etc., will be described using case studies.

BHLTH 297 A - Understanding Anti-Vaccination & Hesitancy

Instructor: Dan Bustillos
Tuesdays, 8:45AM-10:45AM; UW1-220; SLN 11096; repeatable for up to 10 credits
Vaccination has proven controversial in certain public discourses and communities. In
this course, students will explore the structures and themes of the stories people
construct to make sense of the practice of vaccination.

BHLTH 297 B - Cross-Cultural Health

Instructor: Katarina Mucha
Tuesdays, 11:00AM-1:00PM; UW1-221; SLN 11097; repeatable for up to 10 credits
This course will provide an overview of culturally-driven behaviors, attitudes, and
policies that enable effective public health practice in cross-cultural situations. The
focus will be on culture as a social determinant of health through skills-based learning
and applied practice in developing evidence-based and culturally-responsive
programming for population health.



BES 385 - Biodiversity

Learn about conserving nature, species, and supporting people!

BES 385 Biodiversity Conservation

Winter 2023; MW 8:45 – 10:45 AM

Dr. Martha Groom

One of the greatest societal challenges is the loss of biological diversity and the degradation of nature’s benefits due to human activities at local to global scales. Biodiversity loss is a moral issue in its own right, made more intense by the fact that the impacts on human communities are unequally distributed. Thus, a major theme within this course is one of environmental justice, and how biodiversity conservation and social justice efforts can and need to combine.

This course will introduce some of the issues, controversies, and promising approaches used in Biodiversity Conservation, an interdisciplinary field that strives to counter the trends of biodiversity loss. We will explore some of the social, political and economic context of conservation problems, and the wide diversity of careers within environmental sciences.

Class session will involve a variety of exercises, a project, and learning about career paths first hand from different conservation professionals who will make cameo appearances in the class.  Our hope is that you leave the course with a fresh set of ideas about biodiversity conservation and its place in your life!

Summer 2023 Course Offerings

Consider these courses when building your schedule to further explore health and healthcare as a field of study and vocation.

Consult with your Academic Advisor when registering for courses to ensure your progress toward the completion of degree requirements.


This program, specifically designed for Nursing, Health Studies and pre-health students, runs June 20 through August 18, 2023 (Summer Quarter 2023).  It begins with online and in-person sessions at UW Bothell (mostly on Thursdays), and incorporates a two-week experience in Guatemala, July 14-18.  Students will earn 12 credits, including required and elective courses for the MN, BSN and NHS programs. The $5,500 program fee covers tuition, housing, meals, activities and local transportation in Guatemala. There is an additional administrative fee of $350. (Students will not pay summer quarter tuition on top of these fees). For priority consideration apply by January 31.

Attend an upcoming information session to learn more!

Tue, Jan 18, noon-1pm DISC 464 or Zoom (Register)   - or -  Wed, Jan 19, 6-7pm Zoom (Register)

The UW Bothell Study Abroad Scholarship, with application deadlines in February and April, is available for undergraduates. Scholarships from the SNHS can support Master of Nursing students. The program also qualifies for financial aid. 

Additional information and application instructions are available on the program website