Current Students

2020 Incoming Student Information

We look forward to having you join us virtually in autumn. Please continue to check this site for important information about orientation activities, next steps, and resources.

Health Sciences Common Book: Each year, the health sciences schools select a common book that serves as a platform for students from across health professions to engage with one another in substantive, inter-professional dialogue about pressing topics related to health equity and social justice. This year’s common book is How to Be an Antiracist, a No. 1 New York Times best seller by American author and historian Ibram X. Kendi.

Orientation Activities

    1. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Online Training.  Required for all students
      1. Self-register with the Compliance Learning Portal (CLP)
      2. Select “UW School of Public Health” as your department on the registration form.
      3. Select “student” as your affiliation and enter your UW email as directed.
      4. List your “supervisor/coordinator” as:
      5. Select “Protecting Patient Information (HIPAA)” from the course catalog.
      6. Once complete, obtain your certificate from your profile page under “registered trainings” and email to
    2. Bloodborne Pathogens for Researchers Online Training Course.  Required for all students
      1. Choose: Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP)- for Researchers – Online
      2. Once complete, email a PDF of your certificate to
    3. COVID-19 Safety Online Training. Required for all students
    4. Graduate School’s U501 Online – A self-guided, online resource to help you prepare for your start at the UW.  Required for all students
    5. Center for Teaching and Learning TA Program. Thursday and Friday, September 16 and 17. Register online. Required for current and future Academic Student Employees
    6. School of Public Health Master of Public Health (MPH) Orientation. Monday, September 21, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Register online. Required for MPH Students
    7. School of Public Health All-School Welcome. Tuesday, September 22, 10:00 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. Register online. Required for all students
      • The schedule includes the Academic Student Employee Union Presentation which is required for current and future Academic Student Employees
    8. Nutritional Sciences Student and Academic Services Orientation – Thursday, September 24, 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Meet your student and academic services team. Required for all students
    9. Empowering Prevention & Inclusive Communities (EPIC) Training – A program to prevent sexual harassment and gender discrimination. Thursday, September 24, 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Register online. Required for current and future Academic Student Employees
    10. Environmental Health & Safety Training. Monday, September 28, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m . Registration required. Encouraged for graduate students working in laboratories or research space.
    11. Welcome Session with Nutritional Sciences Faculty. Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    12. Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD) Orientation. Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Required for GCPD students
    13. Epidemiology/Biostatistics Preparatory Workshops – Sessions are recorded for your asynchronous participation. Registration required. Encouraged for new graduate students for success in quantitative courses. 
    14. MPH Practicum Session – Thursday, October 1, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Required for MPH students
    15. MPH Fieldwork Session – Thursday, October 15, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Required for MPH students

Dates to Note

  • March/April: GCPD Students only. All GCPD students accepted must complete and pass a background check.
  • Early June: Registration Information Emailed. A registration guide will be sent by email in early June.
  • Mid-June: Contact us for advising. The Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC) will serve as your initial faculty adviser and is available from mid-June to assist with any advising questions or concerns.
  • June 15, 2020: Deadline for Submitting Official Transcripts to the UW Graduate School
  • June 22, 2020: Autumn Registration Begins. Find your assigned registration date on the “Enrollment Confirmation Acknowledgement” that you receive from the Registrar’s Office via an automated email sent once the Enrollment Confirmation Deposit (ECD) is paid. You may add or drop courses through the first week of class.
  • August 31, 2020: Deadline for Submitting Official Transcripts to the Nutritional Sciences Program
  • September 25, 2020: SafeServ Certificate due – GCPD Students only. Email a copy of your ServSafe Management certificate to
  • September 30, 2020: First Day of Class. Visit the academic calendar for instruction, registration, and tuition deadlines as well as holidays and breaks.
  • September 30, 2020: Background Check – Non-GCPD Students only.  Non-GCPD students must submit the paperwork for a background check.
  • September 30, 2020: Be current on all records for CastleBranch, including your annual flu vaccine
  • October 9, 2020: Deadline for HIPAA Online and Bloodborne Pathogens Training

Next Steps

  • Notify us of Address Changes
    Email changes in your contact information to as well as logging into MyUW to update your address with the University.
  • Complete Any Remaining Prerequisites
    Any prerequisites will need to be complete before autumn quarter.
  • Review Immunization Requirements and Submit Required Documentation
    All students are required to participate in and maintain compliance with the Health Sciences Immunization Program (HSIP) while enrolled.

    • HSIP uses the vendor service CastleBranch to manage immunization records.
    • Advanced planning is required because some requirements have multiple doses or steps which must be given on a specific schedule.
    • You will receive information about creating your web-based account. Pay a one-time fee to CastleBranch and annual HSIP fees are charged to your student account.
  • Submit Transcripts to the Nutritional Sciences Program AND UW Graduate School
    The Nutritional Sciences Program requires official transcripts verifying your degrees AND completion of prerequisites. The UW Graduate School requires an official transcript verifying the completion of a bachelor’s or higher degree. If your degree or prerequisites are in progress, please arrange to have transcripts sent to us as soon as possible after your degree and grades for all prerequisite courses have posted.
For the Nutritional Sciences Program:
For the UW Graduate School:
One copy of official (unopened) transcripts from any community colleges, colleges, or universities where you:

  • Earned your previous degree(s)
  • Completed prerequisites for Nutritional Sciences, if different from where you completed your degree(s)
  • Completed prerequisites for the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics, if applicable

Please mail transcripts to:

UW Nutritional Sciences Graduate Program
305 Raitt Hall, Box 353410
Seattle, WA 98195

Certified Electronic Transcripts may also be sent to from the issuing institution or its authorized agent. 

One copy of official transcripts from the college or university where you earned your previous highest degree.

Please follow the Graduate School’s instructions to send Certified Electronic Transcripts (preferred) or paper transcripts may be sent to one of these two addresses:

Standard Postal Services:
University of Washington
Graduate Enrollment Management Services
Box 353770
Seattle, WA USA 98195-3770

Express Courier Services:
University of Washington
Graduate Enrollment Management Services
G-1 Communications
4109 E Stevens Way NE
Seattle, WA USA 98195-3770


Financial Aid & Student Funding

The UW Office of Financial Aid will likely be your main point of contact for financial assistance at this stage. If you are an out-of-state student, you may have some questions about the UW’s residency requirements. The Graduate Funding Information Service is a resource provided by the UW Libraries and Graduate School to link graduate students with scholarship, fellowship, and other funding opportunities. The funding opportunities available through the Nutritional Sciences Program, such as TA positions and scholarships, are typically limited to currently enrolled students, and you will have the opportunity to apply for these during your first year in the program.

Contact Us

  • Susan Inman, Manager of Student and Academic Services
    All questions
  • Lacey Henderson, GCPD Student Services Coordinator
    Questions related to the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD)
  • Liz Kirk, Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC)
    Graduate advising