Student Resources & Course Schedules
Students can browse below to find all the resources needed to plan their schedules, register for courses, manage their student accounts and fulfill academic milestones and administrative requirements.
Download the HSOR course schedule PDF for the upcoming year. Our program's course schedule is confirmed one year in advance to allow students to arrange professional schedules accordingly. Several courses in our hybrid format fall outside of the traditional quarterly dates in the university's academic calendar, so please review the HSOR course schedule carefully.
Students on the part-time schedule can review the HSOR part-time schedule PDF to confirm dates for classes in conjunction with the HSOR course schedule.
Below are the dates for upcoming in-person residency classes:
July 7 - 9, 2020
Sept. 21 - 24, 2020
Jan. 13 - 15, 2021
April 26 - 29, 2021
*At this time, Residencies will be held completely online. More detailed information to come.
Course registration details and deadlines will be announced in advance of each quarter. Students register for courses in CAESAR.
Core HSOR courses are listed on the Courses page, and HSOR course syllabi can be found online here. Students may also choose electives from other graduate programs at Northwestern, such as the Program in Public Health.
For course registration support, including PUB_HLTH course registration, please email Ryan Splitt.
The Graduate Student Tracking System is used by students and the program to review completed courses, enter course planning notes and record progress on the Capstone Research Project.
Course content is accessed through Canvas, the university's course management system. Course sites will appear in Canvas after a student is registered for a course and the instructor has published the course site. HSOR program course sites will be posted one month before each quarter. Courses in other programs are published around the beginning of the quarter.
The HSOR program utilizes the virtual meeting platform Zoom for its synchronous class meetings. The meeting link for each course is posted in that course's Canvas site. You can also join a meeting by entering the meeting ID at the Northwestern Zoom portal.
You can view your student account and tuition bills by logging in to CAESAR. Quarterly tuition bills are sent on the 10th of the month after a student enrolls in courses. The balance of the bill is due on the first of the following month.
Students who receive tuition support such as employment benefits, sponsored funding or the master's scholarship should confirm their tuition billing plan with the program. Further details on tuition billing and financial aid, including student loan support, can be found on the Student Financial Services page.
Travel to Campus
Students who live outside the Chicago metropolitan area are reimbursed for up to $750 in travel expenses for each quarterly residency. Hotel information and reimbursement instructions can be found in our HSOR Remote Student Travel Information PDF.
Our campus office location is 633 N. Saint Clair, 20th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611. Most HSOR classes are held in the building's 18th floor classroom.
HSOR Student Handbook 2020-2021
Steps for New Students
Explore the steps below, or review The Graduate School's steps for new master's and non-degree students.
Activate Your NetID
Once you've accepted, The Graduate School Admissions Office will send an email with your Northwestern NetID activation details. Activate your NetID as soon as you receive it, then set up your university email account. Your Northwestern email address will be used for all academic correspondence from faculty, student account notices and communications from The Graduate School and university.
Remove Your Emergency Contact Hold
Once you have been matriculated as a student in The Graduate School (typically 2 weeks before the start of a quarter), log into CAESAR to enter your Emergency Contact information in your student profile. All new students will have a hold on their account until these details are entered. Instructions for updating Emergency Contact details are found here: https://www.northwestern.edu/ses/students/emergency-information/registration-hold.html
Summer 2020 New Students: Be sure to remove your hold before Monday, June 22nd.
Submit Your Health Record Information
Students enrolled half-time (2.0 or 2.5 course units a quarter) or full-time (3.0 or more units a quarter) must submit proof of immunization to the University Health Service within one month of accepting admission. If a student enrolls in two courses and does not have an up-to-date health record, a $100 fee is assessed and a registration hold is placed on the student account. The health record form and submission instructions are found on the Health Service website.
Summer 2020 New Students: Send in your health record PDF form by Friday, June 26th.
Waive or Accept Student Health Insurance
All degree-seeking students (master's students in our program) are required to carry health insurance that meets minimal criteria. The Northwestern University Student Health Insurance Plan (NU-SHIP) is the designated student insurance option that meets mandated requirements. Degree-seeking students will be automatically enrolled in and billed for this coverage plan unless they waive coverage during open enrollment periods. Note that there are two coverage periods/ open enrollment periods the first year when students start in summer quarter. To complete the online waiver in CAESAR, refer to the instructions on the NU-SHIP webpage and have details about your existing insurance coverage available.
Summer 2020 Open Enrollment Period: May 20th - July 3rd, 2020
Fall 2020 - Summer 2021 Open Enrollment Period: TBA, typically July - October 1st
Pick Up Your Wildcard Student ID
Northwestern’s physical student ID card is called a Wildcard. You can upload your ID photo online beforehand, or you will be asked to have your photo taken in the Wildcard office.
New students should pick up their card during the first week or two on campus, and remote students should plan to go to the Wildcard office during their first trip to campus. Obtain your card by bringing your government-issued photo ID to the Wildcard office in Abbott Hall, Room 100, 710 Lake Shore Dr. (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). For further information about photo requirements, the Wildcard discount program, card replacement and more, visit the Wildcard site.
Send Your Official Transcripts
The Graduate School requires admitted students to submit official transcripts from all previous academic institutions attended before the end of the first quarter of enrollment. Students should ask their schools to mail transcripts to:
The Graduate School Office of Graduate Admission
633 Clark St.
Evanston, IL 60208-1113
International transcripts must be accompanied by a third-party translation. For any questions about transcript requirements, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students are required to have access to a laptop computer that meets the following requirements: PC/Mac with Intel 5th generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor or higher, minimum 8GB RAM, minimum 100 GB storage space, 720p webcam with mic, headphones; in addition, students must have access to a high-speed internet connection (6 Mbps or higher).
Master’s and Methodology Certificate students should acquire a license for the statistical software Stata, which is used in biostatistics and quantitative methods courses. At a minimum, students should purchase an annual or perpetual license of Stata IC. Visit stata.com/order and select “Student” purchase options.