Adjunct Major Requirements

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This new option will be offered starting in Fall 2017.

The adjunct major in Global Health Studies must be accompanied by a primary, stand-alone major.

To earn an adjunct major in Global Health Studies, students must:

  • Complete eleven courses, including four core courses, three additional Global Health Studies courses, and four elective courses.
    • Courses for the adjunct major may not be double-counted with any major
  • Study abroad on a public health-focused program. Two of the elective courses can be completed on a public health study abroad program.

Course requirements

Four core courses are the following.

  • GBL_HLTH 301 Introduction to International Public Health.
  • GBL_HLTH 302 Global Bioethics
  • GBL_HLTH 320 Qualitative Research Methods
  • Either GBL_HLTH 322 (Social Determinants of Health) or GBL_HLTH 309 (Biomedicine and World History)

You must take three additional Global Health Studies courses.

  • Select courses from listed on our Course Descriptions page
  • All GBL_HLTH count, except for GBL_HLTH 310-1,2 GBL_HLTH 399, and courses taught abroad (GBL_HLTH 3XX-SA)

You must take four elective courses.

  • Up to two elective courses are taken abroad
  • Approved elective courses offered by a wide variety of departments are also listed on our Course Descriptions page.
  • Additional 300-level courses may also be considered as electives with approval from the Global Health Studies program.
  • Please note that double-counting classes is not permitted. 

Study abroad requirement

You must participate in a substantial public health experience abroad. Most students complete one of Northwestern's public health programs, offered in Cuba, China, France, Mexico, Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, South Africa, and Tanzania. Learn more about these study abroad programs. Two of your Global Health Studies elective requirements can be completed on a public health study abroad program.

You may also participate in a non-IPD public health program, but it must first be approved by the Global Health Studies director. For more information, contact globalhealth@northwestern.edu 

Senior Honors Theses

Northwestern seniors will have the option to pursue a senior honor thesis. Contact globalhealth@northwestern.edu with any questions.