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Program of Study

Students enrolled in the program complete two core courses, health-related electives, a summer research project, and a senior thesis that addresses or relates to global health.

Requirements to obtain the certificate are as follows:


  • Completion of GHP 350 (Critical Perspectives on Global Health and Health Policy) and GHP 351 (Epidemiology) by the end of junior year.*
    • Both of the required core courses (GHP 350 and GHP 351) must be taken for a grade.
  • Four additional health-related electives approved by the GHP program, at least one of which is in an area outside of the student's department of concentration.
    • One elective may be taken during the freshman or sophomore year; all other electives must be completed in the junior and senior years.
    • One elective course may be taken with the P/D/F grading option.
    • With prior program approval, one health-related course taken as part of a non-Princeton study abroad program may count as a GHP elective. (This would also count as the one course allowed with the P/D/F grading option.) 

Frequently-asked questions about GHP course requirements

Summer Project

  • An approved field- or lab-based research project during the summer between the junior and senior year.
    • Options include a research-focused internship, participation in a faculty member's research, or independent research.
    • The project or internship must last a minimum of 8 weeks. 

Frequently-asked questions about the GHP summer project requirement

Senior Thesis

  • A senior thesis written in the student's department of concentration that addresses or relates to global health and health policy in an interdisciplinary manner.
    • The thesis requirement can be fulfilled in three ways: an integrated thesis on a health topic; a final chapter that connects the thesis to health and health policy; a separate research paper on a topic directly relevant to health and health policy.
    • The topic must be approved by the GHP program in the fall of the senior year.  

Frequently-asked questions about the GHP senior thesis requirement

Students should begin planning to participate in the GHP program in the freshman year. Students who wish to study abroad or whose departmental requirements could potentially conflict with the GHP requirements are advised to consult the Course Planning guidelines as soon as possible so they can arrange their schedules to ensure completion of the GHP prerequisites and program of study.

*Exceptions will be granted for students studying abroad or with conflicting departmental requirements in the junior year.