Administration of Comprehensive Examinations


MPH Students:
Beginning Fall 2012, all incoming students must take the Certified in Public Health examination (CPH Exam) and the concentration comprehensive examination to meet graduation requirements. 

Certified in Public Health Examination - All students must receive permission to enroll in the 0 SCH course, PHED 5000, the semester in which they wish to take the Certified in Public Health examination (CPH Exam). Please read the SPH-FYI newsletter for instructions on how to register for the Certified in Public Health examination. Qualifications: http://www.nbphe.org/

Concentration Comprehensive Examination - The MPH comprehensive examination for the concentrations is administered twice each academic year: once in the fall and once in the spring. 

Students are required to enroll in the appropriate 0 semester credit hour course (BACH 5001, BIOS 5001, EOHS 5001, EPID 5001, HMAP 5001) in the semester in which they intend to take the concentration comprehensive examination.  Students will receive a permission number from the departmental Comprehensive Exam Coordinator to enroll in the course.

Incoming MPH students beginning Fall 2012 and after:
Students who do not pass the certified in public health examination and/or the concentration comprehensive examination on their first attempt will be allowed to repeat the examination during the next regularly scheduled examination date/time.  Students must re-register in a subsequent semester for the 0 semester credit hour course if retaking the examination. Students have three attempts to successfully pass the Certified in Public Health examination (CPH Exam) and three attempts to pass the concentration  comprehensive examination.

If a student fails the Certified in Public Health examination (1st try), the student can continue with coursework and must take the Certified in Public Health examination the subsequent semester. If a student fails a second time, the student will be placed on academic probation and cannot take additional coursework until the Certified in Public Health examination is successfully passed. If a student fails the Certified in Public Health examination the third time, the student will be dismissed from the MPH program. 

If a student fails the concentration comprehensive examination (1st try), the student can continue with coursework but may be required to take additional electives or advised to repeat core courses. If a student fails the second time, the student will be placed on academic probation. If the student fails the third time, the student will be dismissed from the MPH program. 

Students who filed a degree plan prior to Fall 2012:
Students have three attempts to pass any combination of the Certified in Public Health examination (CPH Exam) or the concentration comprehensive examination.

MPH-Professional Option students:
The MPH-Professional Option students are only required to take the Certified in Public Health examination. MPH-Professional Option students have three attempts to pass the CPH examination. 

DrPH Students:
Students are required to enroll in PHED 6002, when they are ready to take the Integrated Competency Examination (ICE) which is the doctoral comprehensive examination experience. Students who do not pass ICE on the first attempt will be referred to the DrPH program committee for appropriate remediation or modification to the curriculum plan. DrPH students cannot advanced to Doctoral Residency if the student fails the ICE. ICE is offered a minimum of once a year. Students have two attempts to successfully pass the ICE.

Incoming DrPH students beginning Fall 2012 and after:
DrPH students who began the DrPH program in Fall 2012 or after are required to successfully pass the Certified in Public Health examination (CPH Exam) after completion of core courses and 21 semester credit hours or concurrent enrollment in 21 semester credit hours. If a student has already obtained an MPH degree, the student may take the Certified in Public Health (CPH Exam) the first semester in which they are enrolled at UNTHSC-School of Public Health. 

DrPH students must receive permission to enroll in the 0 SCH course, PHED 5000, the semester in which they wish to take the Certified in Public Health examination (CPH Exam). Please read the SPH-FYI newsletter for instructions on how to register for the Certified in Public Health examination. 

If a student fails the Certified in Public Health examination (1st try), the student can continue with coursework and must take the Certified in Public Health examination the subsequent semester. If a student fails a second time, the student will be placed on academic probation and cannot take additional coursework until the Certified in Public Health examination is successfully passed. If a student fails the Certified in Public Health examination the third time, the student will be dismissed from the DrPH program. 

PhD Students:
Students are required to enroll in the concentration specific comprehensive examination course (BACH 6000, BIOS 6000, EOHS 6000, EPID 6000, HMAP 6000) to indicate they are ready to take the comprehensive examination. The PhD comprehensive examination is offered a minimum of once per year. Students have two attempts to successfully pass the concentration specific comprehensive examination.

This page last updated 06th Aug 2013