Academic Programs and Centers

Buehler Center on Aging, Health and Society
The mission of the Buehler Center is to improve the quality of life and quality of care for older adults, the terminally ill, and other vulnerable populations through education and research.

Buffet Center for International and Comparative Studies
The Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies sponsors and facilitates collaborative interdisciplinary scholarship on crucial problems facing the world. Our activities promote dialogue on international affairs enriching the educational program at Northwestern. Working with a variety of organizations and communities, we contribute to preparing exemplary global citizens.

Cells to Society
Our mission is: (1) To bring together the social, life, and biomedical sciences to understand the origins, consequences, and policy solutions for contemporary health inequalities in the United States; and (2) to examine how broad social, race/ethnic, and economic disparities "get under the skin" and affect human development and physical health.

Center for African American History
The Center for African American History (CAAH) draws together scholars from across the disciplines to promote the study of all aspects of African American history and the history of the African Diaspora.

Center for Executive Women
Established in June of 2001 at the Kellogg School of Management, the Kellogg CEW is dedicated to helping senior-level women advance to top executive and board positions.

Center for Global Culture and Communication
The Center for Global Culture and Communication (CGCC) is an interdepartmental forum for bringing together School of Communication faculty and students to address the emerging importance of globalization in communication studies. 

Center for Healthcare Equity
The Program for Healthcare Equity is dedicated to eliminating disparities in health care and improving the quality of care for all individuals.  Our goal is for every person to get the highest quality of health care possible, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, cultural beliefs, language socioeconomic status or health literacy.

Institute for Women’s Health Research
The mission of the Women's Health Research Institute is to accelerate the rate of discovery in the sciences that impact women’s health and well-being and to increase the research and education portfolio in women’s health at Northwestern University and its clinical affiliates.

Program of African Studies
The Program of African Studies (PAS) at Northwestern has achieved international prominence for fostering the production of innovative scholarship, the training of hundreds of African specialists, and the development of new ways of thinking about the African world.