Background. Every master’s degree candidate is required to demonstrate mastery of his or her field — hence the name of the degree — either through a comprehensive exam (oral, written, or both) or through an alternative departmental or curricular assessment procedure by the Administrative Board of the Graduate School. This requirement of demonstrated mastery is a longstanding and universal tradition of graduate education, as well as a formal requirement of the Graduate School. Finally, accrediting bodies like the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) also require that our graduates have demonstrated their mastery of the core concepts of public health.
The Health Care and Prevention MPH concentration chooses to satisfy the comprehensive examination requirement by administering a one-day written, open-book comprehensive examination through which students can show that they have mastered the competencies taught in the Health Care and Prevention core courses. A student’s demonstration of her or his command of the field is something to be celebrated, and the comprehensive exam is one of the last opportunities to show such command of the subject matter of public health.
Content and expectations. The examination includes five questions addressing the program’s core competency areas. Students are required to answer three of the five questions.
Administration procedures. Students will notify the Registrar of their intent to take the examination no later than three weeks prior to its scheduled date of administration. Note that students must be registered in the semester in which they take the exam.
The HC&P comprehensive exam will be available electronically on a PHLP Comprehensive Exam Sakai site. Students who have registered for each date will have access to the exam questions for that date only, beginning at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m. Please look for an email before the exam date to confirm your access to the exam Sakai site.