Minor Requirements

Students listening to a lecturer while abroad

To earn a minor in Global Health Studies, students must:

  • Complete seven courses, including four core courses and three elective courses
  • Study abroad on a public health-focused program. Two of the elective courses can be completed on a public health study abroad program.
  • Please note that the above requirements are a change from previous requirements. Students who entered Northwestern prior to the start of Fall 2014 can choose to complete the previous requirements, 3 core courses and 4 electives, plus the international experience, or can complete the new requirements.

Course requirements

Select four core courses from those listed on our Course Descriptions page.

  • One of these courses must be GBL_HLTH 301 Introduction to International Public Health.
  • Students must also take one of the following: GBL_HLTH 302 Global Bioethics or GBL_HLTH 320 Qualitative Research Methods or GBL_HLTH 390 Topics in Anthropology/Global Health or GBL_HLTH 390 Community Based Participatory Research 
  • Select two additional core courses.

You must take three 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 globalhealth@northwestern.edu