Global Health

Curriculum Details and Practicum

Students are required to complete 12 courses to earn the degree. The curriculum covers eight core courses, three elective courses, and a practicum course. Review curriculum details and elective choices while you consider applying to this program. Current student should refer to curriculum requirements in place at time of entry into the program.

Practicum Prerequisites: Any four of the following courses; MSGH 405, MSGH 408, MSGH 410, MSGH 417, MSGH 419, LEADERS 481. All six courses must be completed by the end of the second term of the Practicum course and all can be taken concurrently with the practicum.

Practicum Course

All students in the MSGH program are required to engage in at least four weeks (excluding travel time) of non-clinical work in a health delivery setting, which may include rotations abroad, working remotely on projects abroad, or working in your own community on “glocal” projects. Practical fieldwork experience is considered a valuable complement to the program curriculum, earning students academic credit in the practicum course, which is overseen by MSGH faculty. The practicum is constructed so that students are not simply observers but are able to add value to our global partners work via the skills gained through the MSGH program. Additional details about the practicum experience are here.

Northwestern partners with Child Family Health International (CFHI), offering global health education programs throughout the world, in nations such as Argentina, Bolivia, Ghana, Ecuador, India, Mexico, the Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.

CFHI is the leading international non-governmental organization (INGO) placing health science students in global health immersion programs in ways that are socially responsible and financially just. The organization models best global health education practices which demonstrate a priority commitment to community engagement and local integrity. CFHI is an INGO in Special Consultative Status with the ECOSOC of the United Nations.

The cost of an international experience through CFHI varies depending on the program location and length. The cost of a four-week program ranges from $2,275 to $2,625, not including travel. The cost of an eight-week program ranges from $4,320 to $5,000, not including travel. Please see the CFHI site for the most up-to-date information about international program fees.

Students accepted into the MSGH program have access to financial assistance through federal and private loans. Students working with CFHI may also secure additional funding through a variety of CFHI-based options, including scholarships. Students may also have to secure their own additional funding for components of the practicum course. Please note that quarters 2, 3, and 4 of the Practicum course are not credit-bearing, and therefore do not count towards meeting federal financial aid requirements. Students in need of federal financial aid are advised to register for the practicum course at the end of their program. Please contact your student adviser for further details.

About the Practicum

  • How is the practicum structured?
  • Why is it important?
  • What types of practicum projects have other students worked on?

Get answers to these questions and more from MSGH Practicum Instructor Martha McGivern.