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Blanca Rico

The PLP broadened my understanding of women’s rights,
gender and
health in other countries."

- Blanca Rico, Mexico




Seattle, Washington, is an internationally recognized center for education, trade, health care, information technology and aviation.

Blessed with a mild climate, a lively dedication to the arts, a prosperous and growing business community, and a natural environment that is the envy of most major metropolitan areas, Seattle is one of the most livable cities in the United States. In the "Emerald City," you can ride an elevator 600 feet to the top of the Space Needle and take in the 360-degree view. In every direction, you'll discover the physical elements-sometimes rugged, sometimes placid-that characterize Seattle: Elliott Bay, Lake Washington, the Olympic Mountains, the North Cascades, and majestic Mount Rainier.

Seattle is a complex, distinctive metropolis, old enough to have confidence and charm and new enough to be innovative and surprising. The city's population has a reputation for enjoying a vast range of sports and recreational activities. Seattleites generally refuse to let a few raindrops spoil a shopping trip to Pike Place Market, a family outing to the nationally acclaimed Woodland Park Zoo, the boating festivities of Opening Day and Seafair, or a hike in the Cascade Mountains. There are also excellent resident opera and ballet companies, symphony and chamber orchestras, a remarkable range of live theater companies that produce everything from repertory to world premieres, and major league professional sports teams.

Seattle is an internationally recognized center for trade, education, medical care and research, and high-tech manufacturing. It is a city of highly diverse neighborhoods, communities that reflect a variety of ethnic and cultural influences. Many who come to visit Seattle find themselves intrigued by its complexity and charmed by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

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About the University

The University of Washington , one of the world's finest institutions of higher education, boasts a beautiful 680 acre campus. Its 39,000 students study in more than a hundred academic disciplines in sixteen schools and colleges.

The Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs is the preeminent school of public policy and management in the Pacific Northwest. The School’s Master of Public Administration program emphasizes broad-based public policy analysis and management skills. Its faculty includes scholars of national prominence in the areas of international development, social welfare, demography, nonprofit management, and public management.

The School of Public Health and Community Medicine is home to the International Health Program. Faculty in this program have expertise in population, family planning, reproductive health, and maternal and child health in developing countries. With links to more than 30 countries, the program has trained over 150 mid-career professionals since it began in 1986.

The University's Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology supports education and research in demography and population studies. Its library provides print and electronic resources on demography, family planning, and reproductive health.