Spokane, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho Non-Clinical Electives Courses

Distance-learning Non-Clinical Electives

Each quarter, some sites may offer distance-learning Non-Clinical Electives to first- and second-year regional students. Information about these offerings will be sent by your regional administrators, including what courses are offered and how to register. For questions, contact your regional administrators or the SOM Non-Clinical Electives team.

  • Spokane students will register directly with MyUW. Students can contact Deborah Greene in Spokane for more information.
  • Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (WAMI) students will work with their regional administrators to register for their local Non-Clinical Electives:
ContactSiteEmail Address
Nancy HallAlaskanjhall@uaa.alaska.edu
John Willford
Natalia Tugwell-Brown
Wyomingwillford@uwyo.edu
ntugwell@uwyo.edu
Whitney VincentIdahowvincent@uidaho.edu
Kayla OuertMontanakayla.ouert@montana.edu

Academic Year 2022-23

Spokane students can find more information by clicking here



Spokane offerings

FAMED 516 Team Based Care in Rural/Underserved Settings (1)
An interdisciplinary, non-clinical elective for all health profession students. Fulfills part of the didactic requirements for the AHEC Scholars Program. Prerequisite: CONJ 515.


FAMED 525 African American Health and Health Care Disparity (1)
Examines the most pressing health issues facing African Americans. Provides a forum to examine the root causes of health disparity in African descendants. Explores strategies to remedy problems in public health and healthcare delivery systems. Prerequisite: current graduate health science student; permission of course coordinator. Credit/no-credit only.


FAMED 561 LGBTQ Health and Health Disparities (1)
Covers the history and health status of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQ) community in the United States; effective strategies and skills for working with the LGBTQ community; designed to help the learner understand and respond better to healthcare needs of the LGBTQ community. Prerequisite: permission of course coordinator.


G H 501 Core Topics in Global Health (1) 
Examines a variety of foundational global health topics including maternal, adolescent, and child health; nutrition; infectious diseases; environmental health; non-communicable diseases; and mental health. Within each topic area, we will define the problems, complexities, and context, and establish the need for multidisciplinary approaches.


HUBIO 592 P-WWAMI Non-clinical Selectives – Spokane (*, max. 30)
Courses offered at WWAMI university site in Spokane designed to satisfy the non-clinical selective graduation requirements for medical students.


MED 557 Hispanic Health and Healthcare Disparities (1) 
Covers Hispanic culture and language, history of Hispanics in the United States, Hispanic health status issues, and effective strategies for working across cultures and linguistic barriers. Designed to help the learner understand and respond better to the healthcare needs of the Hispanic community. Credit/no-credit only.


MED 569 Addiction Medicine (1) Jared Klein
Themes relevant to treatment of substance-using patients. Designed to build curiosity and increase familiarity with individual and societal factors that impact such patients, including various forms of bias and discrimination. Students develop and practice skills in order to become competent future providers for drug-using patients. Prerequisite: enrollment in graduate health science programs. Credit/no-credit only.


MED 573 Clinical Management of HIV (2) 
Provides in-depth case-based training on the diagnosis and clinical management of HIV and associated conditions. Includes interactive format with clinician-educators from the UW Division of Infectious Diseases. Credit/no-credit only.


UCONJ 565 The Healer’s Art: Awakening the Heart of Healthcare (1)
Encourages the cultivation of humanism, meaning, and interprofessional connection in healthcare. Through large and small groups, students co-create community alongside practicing clinician facilitators. Students practice self-reflection, curiosity, and generous listening. Explore themes of wholeness, grief, mystery, service, and courage within healthcare. Prerequisite: enrollment in health science professional training program. Credit/no-credit only.


UCONJ 624 Health Equity and Community Organizing (1) 
Equips students with tools to organize themselves and others to address social and structural injustices that perpetuate health disparities. Didactic coursework complemented with opportunities to apply skills and gain confidence through hands-on collaboration with local leaders and engagement in community-driven listening and advocacy campaigns. Credit/no-credit only.



Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho:

Check with your site administrators!



Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho students can find more information by clicking here

FAMED 516 Team Based Care in Rural/Underserved Settings (1)
An interdisciplinary, non-clinical elective for all health profession students. Fulfills part of the didactic requirements for the AHEC Scholars Program. Prerequisite: CONJ 515.


FAMED 525 African American Health and Health Care Disparity (1)
Examines the most pressing health issues facing African Americans. Provides a forum to examine the root causes of health disparity in African descendants. Explores strategies to remedy problems in public health and healthcare delivery systems. Prerequisite: current graduate health science student; permission of course coordinator. Credit/no-credit only.


FAMED 561 LGBTQ Health and Health Disparities (1)
Covers the history and health status of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQ) community in the United States; effective strategies and skills for working with the LGBTQ community; designed to help the learner understand and respond better to healthcare needs of the LGBTQ community. Prerequisite: permission of course coordinator.


G H 501 Core Topics in Global Health (1) 
Examines a variety of foundational global health topics including maternal, adolescent, and child health; nutrition; infectious diseases; environmental health; non-communicable diseases; and mental health. Within each topic area, we will define the problems, complexities, and context, and establish the need for multidisciplinary approaches.


HUBIO 596 P-WWAMI Non-Clinical Selectives – Bozeman (*, max. 30)
Courses offered at WWAMI university site in Bozeman, designed to satisfy the non-clinical selective graduation requirements for medical students.


HUBIO 598 P-WWAMI Non-Clinical Selectives – Moscow (*, max. 30)
Courses offered at WWAMI university site in Moscow, ID, designed to satisfy the non-clinical selective graduation requirement for medical students.


MED 557 Hispanic Health and Healthcare Disparities (1) 
Covers Hispanic culture and language, history of Hispanics in the United States, Hispanic health status issues, and effective strategies for working across cultures and linguistic barriers. Designed to help the learner understand and respond better to the healthcare needs of the Hispanic community. Credit/no-credit only.


MED EM 543 Point of Care Ultrasound (1) Ross Kessler, Alexis C Rush
How to utilize point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) to attain a better understanding of human anatomy and disease. Hands-on training with ultrasound to allow for integrated medical education. Credit/no-credit only.


UCONJ 531 Introduction to Mind Body Medicine-An Experiential Elective (2)
Sessions contain a didactic component followed by an experiential component and cover a variety of self-care techniques including meditation, exercise, and nutrition. Goals are to promote personal well being, a healthy lifestyle, reduce burnout, and reduce academic difficulties. Credit/no-credit only.


UCONJ 624 Health Equity and Community Organizing (1) 
Equips students with tools to organize themselves and others to address social and structural injustices that perpetuate health disparities. Didactic coursework complemented with opportunities to apply skills and gain confidence through hands-on collaboration with local leaders and engagement in community-driven listening and advocacy campaigns. Credit/no-credit only.


More information on the courses can be found by clicking here.

TBD – everything below here is not current for Winter 2023…. 

This is from a previous Winter Quarter NOT 2023

***COMING SOON***

Please note: Some courses are only available for certain sites. Please consult the accompanying NCE offering spreadsheet for Winter 2023 to determine which courses you can sign up for. All course times should be assumed to be pacific time unless specifically noted otherwise.

CONJ 515 B, C Introduction to Team-Based Care in Rural and Underserved Settings (1) Toby Keys
Provides opportunities for students in health professional programs to learn about inter-professional education, practice transformation, behavioral health integration, social determinants of health, cultural humility, and current emerging healthcare topics that concern rural and urban underserved communities. Addresses demographics, economics, community structure, culture, and professional/personal issues. Add code required.

CONJ 550 B, C P-Clinical Infectious Diseases (3) Paul Pottinger and Seth Cohen
Lecture series by faculty members from various departments, authorities in the field of clinically important infectious diseases. Lectures, reading assignments, and handouts emphasize epidemiology, clinical manifestations, laboratory findings, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Oriented for second-year medical students.

CONJ 570 B, C Introduction to the Clinical Management of Transgender Patients (1) Roberta Dalley
Covers the steps and protocols providers need to know to provide culturally proficient care for trans-identified patients. Prior completion of FAMED 561 highly recommended. Prerequisite: current graduate health science student and permission of course coordinator.

FAMED 556 B, C Spanish for Health Professionals (1) Nathalia Jimenez and Lorena Wright
Instruction in interviewing/history taking Spanish-speaking patient. Prerequisite: Spanish fluency at intermediate level; current graduate health science student; permission of course coordinator.

HUBIO 592 H Health Equity & Community Organizing (1) Luiz Manriquez

Equips students with tools to organize themselves and others to address social and structural injustices that perpetuate health disparities. Didactic coursework complemented with opportunities to apply skills and gain confidence through collaboration with local leaders and engagement in community-driven listening and advocacy campaigns.

MED 503 B, C Cardiac Ultrasound (1) Florence H Sheehan
Instruction will be given in how to 1) acquire cardiac ultrasound images at three acoustic windows, 2) identify cardiac anatomy in standard views, and 3) recognize key pathologies: left and right ventricular dysfunction and dilatation and pericardial effusion. Following a course introduction, students will work self-paced, alone or in pairs, on a mannequin-based simulator. Prerequisite: MED C standing or Undergraduate premedicine students with Senior status.

MED 555 B, C P-Mind, Body, and Pen: Writing and the Art of Becoming a Physician (1) Emily Transue
Provides forum for medical students to write about issues in medicine and medical education. Focuses on writing as a process for giving voice to the conflicting demands and dilemmas of becoming a physician. Explores personal narratives, dreams and disappointments, chronic illness and death, empathy and revulsion, authenticity and power.

UCONJ 530 B, C Issues in Indian Health (2) Jason Deen
Surveys historical and contemporary issues in Indian health. Covers Indian contributions to health, traditional Indian medicine, current disease epidemiology, development of federal Indian health policy, the Indian Health Service, tribal health programs, and consequences of major legislation on Indian health. Prerequisite: current health science student or permission of instructor.

UCONJ 550 B, C Healthcare in the Underserved Community (1) Jocelyn James
Gives graduate/professional students in health sciences an introduction to health related issues faced by underserved populations.

More information on the courses can be found by clicking here.

TBD – everything below here is not current for Spring 2023…. 

This is from a previous Spring Quarter NOT 2023

***COMING SOON***

You can find more information by clicking here.

*Please remember to check the accompanying NCE spreadsheet to confirm which electives are available to your site*

FAMED 556 C Spanish for the Healthcare Professional (1) Arturo Garcia-Osorio

Develop your Spanish skills through vocabulary building pertinent to health professionals, health exams and wellness, and to develop conversational skills and cultural competency. You must have at least a semester of previous experience in Spanish or other language. This course will meet a Non-Clinical selective requirement for the Hispanic Health Pathway, Underserved Pathway and Global Health Pathway.

HUBIO 592 H Health Equity and Community Organizing (1) Luiz Manriquez

Equips students with tools organize themselves and others to address social and structural injustices that perpetuate health disparities. Didactic coursework complemented with opportunities to apply skills and gain confidence through hands-on collaboration with local leaders and engagement in community-driven listening and advocacy campaigns. Credit/no-credit only.

MED 503 B/C Cardiac Ultrasound (1) Florence Sheehan

Instruction will be given in how to 1) acquire cardiac ultrasound images at three acoustic windows, 2) identify cardiac anatomy in standard views, and 3) recognize key pathologies: left and right ventricular dysfunction and dilatation and pericardial effusion. Following a course introduction, students will work self-paced, alone or in pairs, on a mannequin-based simulator. Prerequisite: MED C standing or Undergraduate premedicine students with Senior status.

MED 561 B/C Tropical Medicine (1) Fred Buckner and Seth Cohen

Intended for professional health science students interested in learning the pathophysiology, epidemiology, and clinical presentation of disease conditions that are more commonly seen in less-developed countries, resource-limited settings, or tropical climates, and how to diagnose, treat, and follow the resolution of these diseases with commonly limited resources.

HUBIO 598 B Stress Management and Maladaptive Coping (1) Peter Fuerst

Students will engage in various activities and workshops to learn to manage stress.

HUBIO 596 G The Healer’s Art (1) Sarah Bronsky

The Healer’s Art is a process-based curriculum that enables the formation of the community of inquiry between students and faculty. It takes a highly innovative, interactive, and contemplative approach to enabling students to perceive the personal and universal meaning in their daily experience of Medicine. Evaluations are uniformly outstanding, and the faculty as well as the students describe the experience of the course as unique in their professional training.