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Public Health Graduate Programs Regulations

In addition to Faculty of Graduate Studies Master's Regulations, the following regulations apply to students in the MPH program.

Specializations
Applicants to the Master of Public Health program have the option of applying to complete one (1) specialization from among: Epidemiology, Indigenous and Northern Health, Gerontology, Nursing, or Nursing with Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner electives. Note that both Nursing specializations are available to the students in the course option only.


Registration
Students in the Master of Public Health program will normally complete a maximum of three 0.5 FCE (1.5 FCEs) per term (fall, winter, spring/summer). A student who wishes to take more than three 0.5 FCE (1.5 FCEs) in a single term may do so only if the student has:
(1) at least an 80% overall average in the previous term, and
(2) the permission of a Master of Public Health Graduate Co-ordinator.
Students are not eligible to take more than three 0.5 FCE in their first term of study.

Thesis Process
Each student in the Thesis Option will have a thesis committee which is approved by the Master of Public Health Graduate Co-ordinator. The Master of Public Health Graduate Co-ordinator will authorize the Thesis Option student to seek ethical approval after successfully defending the thesis proposal. Prior to submission of the final thesis grade, the Master of Public Health Graduate Co-ordinator will ensure that all recommendations made at the time of the thesis defence and by the external examiner, have been addressed.

Letter of Agreement
When any portion of a student's thesis work is to be carried out at his/her employer's premises, prior to proposing the thesis topic, a letter of agreement from his/her employer to his/her supervisory committee must be filed by the student with the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The letter must indicate, clearly, the scope and limits of the permission granted by the student's employer to carry out the work at the employer's premises. The letter must also give details of time slots that the employer may provide the student to carry out his/her thesis work at the employer's premises. The issue of liability insurance must also be addressed in the letter of agreement.

Practicum Placement
Practicum placements normally take place after completion of the required courses (Public Health 5010, 5030, 5070, 5210, 5211, 5212, 5213) and electives, and after all course grades appear on the transcript. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the Department of Health Sciences Administrative Co-ordinator at least 6 months prior to proceeding with the practicum placement, in order to ensure adequate time to plan the practicum.

The graduate student must maintain at least a 70% average to proceed with the practicum placement. Any course that must be repeated, must be successfully completed before the student can proceed with the practicum placement.

The Department of Health Sciences Administrative Co-ordinator will arrange one practicum placement for each student. If the student's actions jeopardize the placement that has been arranged, the student will be required to either secure his/her own appropriate practicum placement, subject to the approval of the Department, or withdraw from the program.

Safe Clinical Practice
A student may be excluded from the clinical area when his/her performance is deemed to be unsafe. Unsafe practice is any situation arising from a student's interaction with a client which places the client and/or student at risk for harm (refer also to the School of Nursing Safety Policy Statement).

Reference Check
Students in Health and Behavioural Sciences should be aware that criminal reference checks may be required and that unsafe practice and unsuitable professional behaviour can result in dismissal from the program.

Minimum Satisfactory Academic Standing
1. General
As an exception to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Masters Regulations, graduate students must maintain at least a 70% overall average in their courses with no more than one 0.5 FCE graded 60%. As an exception to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Master's Regulations, no more than one 0.5 FCE in a Master of Public Health program may be repeated.

A graduate student who receives an "F" (less then 59%) in Public Health 5805 - Master of Public Health Practicum and Report will not be permitted to repeat the practicum or continue in the program.

2. Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Courses
As an exception to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Master's Regulations on minimal acceptable academic standing, graduate students must achieve 70% or higher in the following courses: Public Health 5610, 5615, 5616, 5630, 5635 and 5636. A student must also achieve 70% in the full course Public Health 5840. A score of less than 70% in these courses will constitute a failure.

A failed 0.5 FCE may be repeated or replaced by another course specified by the supervisor only once. Any student taking the following 0.5 FCE with more than one 0.5 FCE failure on his/her record must withdraw from the program: Public Health 5610, 5615, 5630, 5635 and 5636. A student failing Public Health 5840 must withdraw from the program.

Period of Study
Students in a Master's program are expected to complete all requirements within six terms (2 years) of continuous full-time registration. As an exception, students in the Master of Public Health programs can be admitted to the Flex Option of six additional terms of continuous registration. As this option is intended for working professionals, students admitted to the Flex Option will not be considered for financial support. Note that students will not be permitted to change from the Standard Option to the Flex Option, and vice versa.

Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Courses for Students in Master of Public Health with Nursing Specialization
Students admitted to this Specialization may apply to the Master of Public Health Nursing Specialization Graduate Co-ordinator for permission to take courses leading to certification as a Nurse Practitioner. Those students must complete a total of 7 FCEs that include the following required courses: Public Health 5010, 5030, 5070, 5211,5212, 5213; and the following elective courses: Public Health 5610, 5615, 5616, 5630, 5635, 5636 and 5840.

As an exception to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Master's Regulations regarding Advanced Standing, applicants to the Master of Public Health Nursing Specialization with Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Electives who hold a current RN (EC) licence or equivalent and have completed the following graduate level courses or their equivalent with a minimum grade of 70% within the past 5 years from a COUPN Consortium program: Nursing 5610, 5630, 5615, 5616, 5635, 5636 and 5840; will have the following Master of Public Health courses waived: Public Health 5610, 5630, 5615, 5616, 5635, 5636 and 5840 and will be required to successfully complete Public Health 5010, 5030, 5070, 5211, 5212 and 5213 only.