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Academic Calendar

Northwestern operates on the quarter system. Each quarter is ten weeks long. The entire program is four quarters long. Students usually complete the degree in a single school year, but have the option to complete the program over five years.

Calendar 2020-2021

Course Schedule

 Fall Quarter 2020

TimeCourseCredit Load
9:00am – 12:00pmU.S. Healthcare System1 credit
1:00pm – 2:00pmProseminar0.25 credits
2:00pm – 5:00pmHow Interaction Works1 credit
Scheduled in weekInternational Student Course*0.75 credits*

Winter Quarter 2021

9:00am – 12:00pmHuman Computer Interaction1 credit
1:00pm – 2:00pmProseminar0.25 credits
2:00pm – 5:00pmEngaging Patients in Healthcare1 credit
Scheduled in weekInternational Student Course*0.75 credits*

Spring Quarter 2021

9:00am – 12:00pmChanging Health Behavior1 credit
1:00pm – 2:00pmProseminar0.25 credits
2:00pm – 5:00pmDifficult Conversations in Health1 credit
Scheduled in weekInternational Student Course*0.75 credits*

Fall/Winter/Spring per-quarter total for domestic students = 2.25. Total for international students = 3.00*.

Summer Quarter 2021

9:00am – 12:00pmElective Course 11 credit
1:00pm – 2:00pmProseminar0.25 credits
2:00pm – 5:00pmElective Course 21 credit
Scheduled in weekExperiential Learning Course1 credit

Summer quarter total for domestic and international students = 3.25.

*International students are those studying on a visa. US citizens or permanent residents are not considered international students. International students must maintain a 3 credit, full-time course load in order to maintain visa status.
**Course schedule subject to change.