Student Resources

We are committed to the continued success of students within the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. We want you to have the tools — available via the links below — needed to make the most of your time with us.

Course Descriptions

Find details on all our courses on the main MPH curriculum page.

See the Course List

Applied Practice Experience

The Applied Practice Experience (APEx) is a two-course sequence and 160 hours of practice work at an approved site.

Explore APEx

Culminating Experience

In the Culminating Experience (CE), you have the opportunity to bridge theory and practice with a synthesis "thesis" or "capstone"-style project.
Learn about the CE

Student Documents

Use your NetID to log into Northwestern SharePoint and access the following:
Student listening to lecture

Permission Numbers

To register for a course, students must obtain a permission number by emailing Your permissions number will be valid for the cycle you fall into; exact dates for each cycle will be communicated prior to the start of registration each quarter.

If a course requires an instructor’s permission, you must email the instructor and obtain written permission (in the form of an email) before asking for a permission number.

  • Cycle 1: MPH and MS in Biostatistics students
  • Cycle 2: Students in our partner graduate programs (HQPS, HSIP, HSOR and MSCI)
  • Cycle 3: Open registration for undergraduates, waitlisted students and others (depending on availability; these requests will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis)

Once you have a permission number, log on to CAESAR to register.

Visit the Registrar website for the current academic calendar

Continuous Registration

If you decide not to take a class in fall, winter or spring quarter, you must still register in The Graduate School. This might happen during the third year of medical school, if you take a year off from school, if you complete the MPH requirements before another degree’s requirements (e.g., a student takes a year off from medical school to finish the MPH) or if you are a freestanding student taking a quarter off because of increased demands outside of school. Please see The Graduate School’s Continuous Registration Policy for details. General registration policies can be found on The Graduate School website.

Graduate Student Tracking System

The Graduate Student Tracking System allows students and their advisers/mentors to electronically track course selection and completion, plans of study and other academic milestones.