To access all of the latest advising policies, procedures, and forms referenced below, visit WCAS's advising page.
Global Health Studies academic year advising in 2021-2022 will be conducted remotely either over email or via Zoom by default, though students may request in-person appointments. Please allow 24 business hours for a response to any email requests.
Information on each domain of academic advising can be found below:
- Declaration of adjunct major or minor
- Confirming/correcting student records in CAESAR
- Petitioning a non-GHS elective
- Petition to graduate signature
- Northwestern or Northwestern-affiliated study abroad advising
- Non-Northwestern or unaffiliated study abroad advising
- Transfer of non-Northwestern affiliated study abroad courses
- All other advising
If you do not have any questions about the Program in order to declare, you may simply complete the major or minor declaration form and email it to the GHS Assistant Director, Greg Buchanan. He will virtually sign the form and submit it for processing.
If you would like to change your minor to an adjunct major or vice versa, complete the appropriate form above and email Greg.
If you would like more information on the program and its requirements, you may contact Greg to schedule an appointment.
If there are inconsistencies in your CAESAR degree progress report dealing with approved courses/electives not populating correctly, email the GHS Assistant Director, Greg Buchanan.
If you are petitioning for a course that has not already been pre-approved as a GHS elective to fulfill a degree requirement, email the course title and description (and syllabus, if it better illustrates the global/health connection) to the DUS Prof. Sullivan.
Courses that are not on the pre-approved list but that we’ll consider for global health electives must generally have a significant health component to them. While there are several courses out there that topically may relate to health (for instance, on race, ethnicity, community, sexuality, environment), courses that focus on these topics but don’t relate them to health or consequences for social determinants of health are less likely to be approved.
Petitions to graduate can be completed following these instructions from the Registrar. The DUS will receive an email that they will review and sign electronically.
If your CAESAR record needs any adjustments prior to submitting your petition, see the above section "confirming/correcting student records in CAESAR" for instructions.
The requirement for study abroad as part of the degree requirements for GHS has been waived, and is now optional. If you're interested in studying abroad, as you’re planning your study abroad experience – whether you’re researching program options, determining possible courses to complete, or have questions about financial aid – you should start by meeting with the Global Learning Office (GLO). The DUS is generally unable to answer these kinds of questions, and GLO has numerous resources available to help you decide programs of interest, or to tell you about timelines and programs other GHS students have pursued.
Students interested in a non-Northwstern/unaffiliated program should start this process by meeting with the Global Learning Office, as they can assist students in identifying program options.
Generally, the GHS criteria for non-NU or non-NU-affiliated study abroad programs are as follows:
- The program is primarily course-based. In most cases, internships or volunteering are not eligible for course credit. Exceptions are for internships that have a significant course requirement with a minimum amount of contact hours accompanying the internship.
- Suggested courses are health-related, broadly construed.
- The courses in the study abroad program are region or area-specific, in that they’re specifically about the place where the student will undertake the study abroad, rather than general courses that don’t teach about the specific context. Courses should provide a deep dive into the context where a student studies.
Once you have met with GLO to discuss options, and have decided on a program and courses, it is a good idea to meet with the DUS to discuss your plans before going abroad. In such cases, email the DUS with documentation outlining the program you want to go on (with links to information provided), and the courses you propose taking. The DUS will let you know whether the program is likely to be approved for transfer elective credit (up to 2 electives can be counted towards your GHS degree). Overall, it is best to start this advising process with GLO early on, so that there is sufficient time for the DUS to review your proposal before you go abroad.
Upon return from a non-NU affiliated study abroad program, once you have your transcript, you will need to petition to have your courses transferred to your NU record. Submit your information via a petition process, as well as accompanying documentation per the petition instructions. If the DUS has any questions, you will be contacted. If not, the DUS will return your form with signature within 1 week of receipt.
Questions that don’t fall into the above categories should be directed to GHS Assistant Director, Greg Buchanan.Back to top