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MPH Program Information

Master of Public Health students can expect a rigorous and rewarding program of study centered around the principles and practice of Public Health. Due to the nature of this degree, no core course substitutions or waivers can be allowed. Should a student wish to appeal the substitution waiver rule they may petition the ISU Graduate School.

Classes are offered online and in-person in an asynchronous fashion where students have learning modules with shared due dates with classmates throughout each semester.

MPH students have access to faculty through limited enrollment in a small online learning environment. In addition, all full-time faculty maintain regular office hours and are available to assist and advise students in-person or through teleconference. Students are strongly encouraged to converse with their advisor on a regular basis. Office hours are posted in course syllabi. However, appointments for other than posted hours are encouraged.

The advisement process is an important part of success in the MPH Program. It is mandatory that you meet with your assigned advisor upon acceptance to the program (no later than registration week). It is strongly encouraged to continue these meetings on regular basis. Upon approval of the student's application for graduate study, the Program Director will assign an advisor. This advisor may be requested by the student and will work closely with him or her on requirements, program approval, graduation procedures, and other areas.

Courses numbered 500 and 600 are only for students admitted into the Graduate School. Other courses for which graduate credit may be obtained are indicated with "g" designations in both the undergraduate and graduate catalogs. Courses with "g" designations are shown on registration forms and transcripts as 500 level courses; extra work is required of graduate students enrolled in "g" courses. Whether these or other courses may be applied toward requirements for a graduate degree is determined by the department offering the degree. Credit by examination (course challenge) is not permitted in graduate programs. Students should pay close attention during the registration process to ensure that they have registered for the correct course.

All students must maintain a satisfactory record of scholarship. A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) for the courses listed on the Program of Study is required for any graduate degree or certification at Idaho State University. A grade of C+ or lower is essentially failing at the graduate level. However, the department may accept a C+ grade in one or two courses as long as the minimum overall 3.0 GPA is maintained. Receiving C+ or lower grades may cause departments and/or colleges to dismiss students from a graduate program.

A final program of study form must be completed the semester prior to graduation. For example, if a student plans on graduating in August (Summer Session) then they must submit their program of study during the Spring semester. This form lists all the courses the student has actually taken for the master's degree and is approved by the Department, College and Graduate School. Students may use the form provided in the appendix, or create one of their own using word processing software providing the format is similar to the sample given.

To meet graduation requirements, all MPH students must complete a graduate thesis or project. Before any data collection can occur, permission must be obtained through the Idaho State University Human Subjects Committee. Forms for the human subjects process may be obtained from the Office for Research.

All students seeking the MPH degree must select a topic no later than the beginning of the third semester of course work. Approval must be gained from both the advisor and the subject area coordinator. Students must work with their advisor to complete this requirement. Form and style must meet acceptable formal writing procedures (A.P.A. style is required).  

Topic approval must be obtained before proceeding with a formal proposal.  The proposal will be presented orally and in written form to members of the examination committee before data is collected.  Details are provided in the MPH Handbook.

Oral examinations are required of all students. Students are not permitted to take oral examinations until all core course requirements have been completed. Exams are scheduled by the department; graduating students will be notified of exam dates and requirements. In addition, a formal paper pertaining to the required thesis or project will be evaluated. Exams must complete no later than two weeks prior to the end of their final semester. Students must submit a written copy of their paper to their faculty advisor no later than two weeks prior to the date of their oral defense.

The examining committee is composed of a faculty advisor, a second faculty member from the student's department (requested by the student or appointed by the graduate coordinator) and a Graduate Faculty Representative (GFR), appointed by the Dean of Graduate School. The Graduate Dean welcomes suggestions from the student and department regarding candidates for the GFR. The examining committee hears and questions the defense of thesis, proposals, course work and oral exams.

Students must apply for graduation through the Graduate School. Applications are due within two weeks of the beginning of the final semester, or June 15th for summer graduation. In addition, students must pay an Application for Graduation Diploma Fee prior to the end of their final semester. Students should contact the Graduate School for more detailed information:

Graduate School
Museum Building Room 401
Mail Stop 8075
Phone: 208-282-2150