Policy and Requirement Questions
Can I double major with Global Health and another major?
Yes, students are able to double major with Global Health and other majors on campus. CALS students majoring in Global Health can apply to add additional majors offered in other colleges (mostly L&S), and the CALS policy can be found here. Students in most other colleges (L&S, Business, SoHE, Engineering, Nursing, and Pharmacy) are able to add Global Health as an additional major. Students considering a double major should meet with an advisor to help determine if this plan is a good fit with their goals and UW experience.
Do I have to complete a field experience as part of my Global Health major?
No, there is not specific field experience requirement for the Global Health major. But approved field experiences can count as a depth course in the major, and we encourage all students to consider these high-impact programs as part of their Global Health education.
Can the same course double count within the major as both a core and depth course, or as a depth and capstone course?
No, courses are not allowed to double count within the major. But your courses in the major can double count to satisfy university and college ‘gen ed’ requirements (e.g. Comm B, Ethnic St., Humanities, CALS International Studies, etc.).
Can I take a course pass/fail for my major?
No, courses taken pass/fail are not able to satisfy major requirements, nor can they be used to meet specific college or university requirements (e.g. Comm A, Ethnic St., Humanities, etc.). Detailed pass/fail policies can be found here.
If I retake a course will the new grade replace my old grade?
No, if you retake a course both grades will be on your transcript and calculated into your gpa.
Course Equivalency Questions
I want to study abroad. How do I know how those courses will count in my major?
UW-Madison equivalencies for study abroad courses taken by past students are listed on the IAP program pages, and courses with direct equivalencies to courses in the major will automatically count in DARS once posted. Courses without a direct equivalency or not yet taken by other students may still be able to count for major requirements, so students should consult their advisor when considering what courses to take abroad and how the equivalency process works.
Where can I find information on transfer credit and course equivalencies?
To review how courses from other institutions transfer to UW-Madison we recommend using the Transferology database and resources from the Registrar’s Course Equivalency Service (CES). For more information please visit the CES website.
I have courses that transferred as electives. Can those count for requirements in my major?
Yes, it is possible for courses without a UW-Madison equivalent that transferred as electives to count for a requirement in the major. Students should consult their advisor and submit a syllabus via the ‘major course exception request form’ on the forms page.
Can I request an exception for a course I think should count in the major?
Yes, while exceptions for UW-Madison courses are uncommon, curricular exceptions are permitted if appropriate and learning outcomes are aligned. Students should consult their advisor and submit a syllabus via the ‘major course exception request form’ on the forms page.
Other Common Questions
I am graduating soon. What do I need to do?
If you are graduating soon we recommend:
1. Ideally 6-9 months (or at least 1-2 months) ahead of time you should Apply to Graduate.
2. Run your DARS prior to the start of your final semester to ensure you will have satisfied all requirements.
3. At least 1-2 months before graduation check the Commencement website to learn about attire rental and other important details.
4. Join the Global Health LinkedIn Group to connect with the expanding professional network of Global Health alumni.
5. Complete the Global Health Major Exit Survey (emailed to all graduating seniors).
6. Attend the Global Health Graduation Celebration and the UW-Madison Commencement Ceremony.
What honors options are available to Global Health majors?
Global Health majors in CALS can pursue the CALS Honors in Research program. Students in other schools and colleges can pursue honors programs in their home school or college.
Is there a Global Health club or student organization I can join?
There is no single student organization for Global Health majors or certificates, but there are any organizations related to global health that students become involved in. Check out our ‘Getting Involved’ section for ideas, and explore the vast array of student organizations on the Wisconsin Involvement Network.
How do I find internships and other opportunities related to global health?
There are many opportunities for Global Health students to get involved outside the classroom – from field experiences and volunteer opportunities, to internships and fellowship programs. Check out our ‘Field Experience’, ‘Getting Involved’, and ‘Career’ sections to explore different opportunities that may interest you.
What jobs and career options do I have with a Global Health major?
The major prepares students for a wide variety of careers. Students can become healthcare professionals well-informed about the systems that impact patient health. They can become epidemiologists or research scientists in academia or with government agencies, or community health professionals working on policy, education, or communication for governmental agencies or non-governmental organizations anywhere in the world. To explore career paths that may interest you we recommending exploring our ‘Careers’ section and connecting with career advising services on campus.