Master’s comprehensive exam
The purpose of the exam is to ensure basic competence in core MCH content, to demonstrate the ability to integrate core content with MCH skills in a professional dialogue, to provide an opportunity for the student to synthesize material in an oral presentation, and to satisfy the University requirement. The Department of Maternal and Child Health’s comprehensive examination is administered orally during the examination period at the end of the Spring semester of the student’s first year. Any exception must be approved in writing by the Director of Graduate Studies. The MCH core course, MHCH 701 and 702: Foundations in MCH, must be completed prior to the exam.
The exam will be audio-taped. In the event of a disagreement between the faculty members, a third faculty member (selected by the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies) will listen to the tape and break the tie within two working days. Failure of one of the two questions constitutes failure of the entire exam. The entire exam must then be re-taken.
In the event that the student fails the examination, either by agreement of the two examiners or by the vote of a third faculty member, the student must wait three months to retake the exam. A third exam, in the case of a second failure, is allowed only with the approval of the Administrative Board of the Graduate School. Registration is required in the semester in which the comprehensives are taken.
The following protocol will be followed when a student does not pass her or his oral comps:
The following is the procedure to re-take the exam: