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 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 China, France, Mexico, Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and South Africa. 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 

Senior Honors Theses

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