Artificial Intelligence for Public Health in Seattle

Multidisciplinary international teams using AI to solve public health problems

This program has been cancelled for physical travel. Please explore the new virtual program on the following webpage.

Artificial Intelligence is quickly becoming a key skillset for public and community health research and practice across the world. In the context of ever-increasing flows of data through social media, crowdsourced data production/analysis and open data platforms, infeasible labour-intensive manual data analysis practices are being automated and richer insights developed accordingly. This GSP has been developed to give students the skillset to thrive in a technologically and socially innovative world.

Students in this GSP will participate in the Data Science for Social Good program at University of Washington’s eScience Institute in Seattle. This program offers students the opportunity to work as part of a team with students from across North America in order to conceptualize and address community health problems using artificial intelligence methods. Upon completion of this program, you will be able to critically mobilize theories of digital technology; understand the limits and affordances of technical thinking in a social context; apply your knowledge gained through urban and geographical fieldwork; and build strong connections with researchers, practitioners, and institutions in Seattle – a global hub for technological, social and entrepreneurial innovation.


Key information


Seattle, USA




Summer 2021

Program type

Group Study

Application information

Application status


Application deadline


Additional requirements

This program is open to students from all majors. See the Eligibility section below for more details.

Student experience

Class discussion

Info session Fall 2020

Have questions?

For program information, please contact Dr. Ryan Burns at .

For application and registration support, please contact the Group Study Team at

Other useful links:

Program details

Registration in both courses is required.

Questions about these courses should be directed to the program instructor.

Please note: course descriptions are tentative and subject to change.

  1. Courses offered

    GEOG 582: Technology, Society, and Space (3 units)

    GEOG 597: Advanced Topics in Human Geography (3 units)

  2. Prerequisites

    GEOG 582: Consent of the Department

    GEOG 597: Consent of the Department

  1. Pre-departure

    April, TBD, Calgary: Pre-departure orientation

    July 2-6: Mandatory preparation course to be attended at UCalgary

  2. In-field

    July 25: Depart Calgary for Seattle

    July 26: Intro to Data Science for Social Good

    July 27: Using data science for urban problems and implementing simple AI strategies

    July 28: Empirical challenges of using AI for urban analysis

    July 29: Critical GIS and digital geographies

    July 30: Critical data studies and presentation skills

    July 31: Software studies, reflections, and critical synthesis

    Aug 1: Study day

    Aug 2: Geocomputation and public health

    Aug 3: Digital urban geographies and public health

    Aug 4: Task group work

    Aug 5: Digital urban geographies and public health.

    Aug 6: Communicating technical and interpretive information

    Aug 7: Depart Seattle for Calgary or independent travel

    Click here for detailed itinerary

  3. Post-field

    To be determined.

  1. Costs

    The estimated cost of the Artificial Intelligence for Community Public Health Group Study Program is $4,124. This includes tuition, airfare, field trips, local transportation, accommodations and meals. 

    For the full cost breakdown and payment deadlines, please see the program Student Cost Summary.

    Important information regarding deposit payments: Deposits are non-refundable. Deposits secure your space in the program and allows payment for logistical arrangements to be made in advance.

  2. Funding

    International Study Travel Grant: Students studying abroad may be eligible for the University of Calgary's International Study Travel Grant. For more information on eligibility, application details and deadlines please click here.

    Faculty of Arts Group Study Program (GSP) Scholarships (for GSP participants) and Faculty of Arts Student Study Abroad Scholarships (for other international programs) - up to 10 awards of $1000 each! Application not currently open. Details to come. 

    IDEAS Fund: All undergraduate students who are in good standing and enrolled in programs offered by the Faculty of Science are eligible to apply for financial support from the IDEAS Fund. find out more here.

    Schulich Student Activity Fund: At the Schulich School of Engineering, we believe amazing learning experiences happen inside and outside the classroom. Every year, the Schulich Student Activities Fund provides $500,000 for extracurricular activities such as field trips, team competitions and student travel. For more information, please click here (Please note: when applying, it is important you list all the sources of funding available to you).

    Student loans: If you qualify for student loans, your program should qualify. We are able to provide you with a letter confirming your participation in the program for funding purposes. Please email to request a letter.

    Please note that eligibility for student loans is determined by your loans provider.

    Click here for more info on funding opportunities!

Accommodations will be provided in the University of Washington's Poplar Hall, on campus. This is close to the University District commercial corridor and is a safe walking distance for students who wish to explore the rich culture of the neighbourhood surrounding the campus.

This program is open to undergraduate and master's students in good academic standing from all faculties.

An informal interview may be requested by the instructor after your application is submitted.

Applications will be considered after your application, unofficial transcript, and supplementary questionnaire have been received by Study Abroad.

  1. Statement of Purpose

    Please tell us why you want to study abroad, why you have selected this particular program (academic reasons, personal interest, career prospects, etc.), how this program will meet your academic objectives and/or complement your degree, how you plan to finance your program and why you should be selected.

    The Statement of Purpose is submitted within your online application (max 500 words).

    Note: Because the online application will time out after one hour, we recommend that you compose your statement of purpose in advance in Word to check for spelling, grammar and word count, and then paste it into the online application.

  2. Unofficial Transcript

    Please download your unofficial transcript from your student centre and email it to

    Click here for a step-by-step guide to access your unofficial transcript.

  3. Supplemental Documents

    Please Click here to download the supplemental questionnaire. Download the questionnaire on your computer first before beginning to fill it out. Please email to 

Please ensure that you have read the Group Study Program General FAQs thoroughly before applying.

Participating in the DSSG program at UW eScience Institute was a fantastic experience. I picked up a great deal of technical expertise, and the interdisciplinary team structure gave me an increased understanding of career options in many different industries. My time at DSSG gave me the confidence to explore opportunities outside of my own discipline, and I was able to land a digital research manager position as a direct result.

Sean Wang

2016 DSSG Fellow

Getting started

Program-Specific Info Sessions

Info sessions are scheduled for every Group Study Program. Attending an info session is not required to apply, but strongly recommended as it will give you an opportunity to meet the instructor and learn more about the travel experience.

Please scroll up to the top of this page to view the info sessions for this program.

We also recommend watching Global Learning 101 for general information.

Watch Global Learning 101

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this program, you can meet with one of our Group Study Advisors by emailing or booking an appointment through the link below.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Select #2, "Study Abroad Advising", to view available times.

Book an appointment

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how a Group Study Program might align with your degree.

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.