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Health Sciences Graduate Program Regulations

Health Sciences Graduate Programs Regulations

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Master's Regulations, students in the Master of Health Sciences and Master of Public Health programs are also bound by the regulations listed below.
 
Registration
A Full-time student may register for a maximum of 1.5 FCEs for each of Fall and Winter terms, and a maximum of 1.0 FCEs in the spring/summer graduate term, unless an exception is granted by the Graduate Coordinator. For an exception to be considered, the student must have: (1) at least an 80% overall average and an 80% average in the previous term, and (2) there is space in the course of interest. Full-time Students are not eligible to take more than 1.5 FCEs in their first term of study.  
 
Full-time students must complete all academic requirements in 2 years (6 terms).
 
Flex-time students may register for a maximum of 1.0 FCE for each of Fall and Winter terms and no more than 0.5 FCE in the spring/summer graduate term. Flex-time students are not eligible to take more than 1.0 FCE in any Fall or Winter terms, unless an exception is granted by the Graduate Coordinator. For an exception to be considered, the student must have: (1) at least an 80% overall average and an 80% average in the previous term, and (2) there is space in the course of interest.
 
Flex-time students may complete the program requirements in a minimum of 3 years if the schedule and timetable allow. Flex-time students must complete all academic requirements in 4 years (12 terms).
 
All students admitted to Full-time on-campus programs must register in the on-campus offerings of required courses for the duration of their program. These courses are marked “LEC” under the delivery method on the timetable.  Students admitted to the distance or blended NP option in the Master of Public Health program must register in the distance offerings of required courses in the Master of Public Health program. These courses are marked “ZOOM” or “Web-based” under the delivery method on the timetable.
 
 
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 Health Sciences and Master of Public Health programs can be admitted to the Flex Option of six additional terms of continuous registration (12 terms Flex-time total). 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.
 
Minimum Satisfactory Academic Standing
As an exception to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Master's Regulations, graduate students must maintain at least a B overall average in their courses with no more than one half-course graded C. As an exception to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Master's Regulations, no more than one half-course (0.5 FCE) may be repeated.
 
Thesis
a. Thesis Process
Each student in the Thesis Option will have a thesis committee which is approved by the Graduate Co-ordinator. The 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 supervisor will ensure that all recommendations made at the time of the thesis defence and by the external examiner, have been addressed.
 
As an exception to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Master's Regulations, progress of students in a Thesis program will be formally evaluated according to the procedures established by the Department. Students with two (2) unsatisfactory evaluations of progression through the program will be withdrawn from the program.
 
b. Thesis within workplace
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.
 
MASTER OF HEALTH SCIENCES (MHSC)
In addition, the following regulations apply to students in the MHSc program.
All MHSc students must register in and pass (i.e., final mark 60% or higher) Health Sciences 5015 in their first term of study in order to proceed in the Master of Health Sciences program.
 
Specializations
Applicants to the Master of Health Sciences program have the option of applying to complete one (1) specialization from among: Epidemiology; Gerontology; Indigenous and Northern Health; or Social-Ecological Systems, Sustainability and Health.
 
MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH (MPH)
In addition,  the following regulations apply to students in the Master of Public Health program.
All MPH students must register in and pass (i.e., final mark 60% or higher) Health Sciences 5010 in their first term of study in order to proceed in the Master of Public Health program.
 
Specialization
Applicants to the Master of Public Health program have the option of applying to complete one (1) specialization from among: Epidemiology; Gerontology; Indigenous and Northern Health; Social-Ecological Systems, Sustainability and Health; Nursing; or Nursing with Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Electives.
 
Advanced Standing
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, 5013, 5030, 5070, 5210, 5213, and 5510 only.
 
Minimum Satisfactory Academic Standing
a. General
A graduate student who receives an "F" in Public Health 5805 - Master of Public Health Practicum and Report will not be permitted to repeat the practicum or continue in the program.
 
b. Nursing Specialization with Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Electives
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 half-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 only once by another course specified by the supervisor. 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.
 

Practicum

a. Timing of Practicum
Practicum placements normally take place after completion of the required courses (Public Health 5010, 5013, 5030, 5070, 5210, 5213, 5510) 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 Coordinator 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 Coordinator will arrange one practicum placement for each student. If the student's actions jeopardize the planning of the placement (for example, does not provide the Administrative Coordinator with required practicum planning documents by the deadline), or 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.
 
i.  Thesis Option
Students in the Thesis Option must have successfully completed their Proposal Defense and submitted their protocol to the Lakehead University Research Ethics Board (if applicable) in order to be eligible for their practicum placement.
 
b. 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.
 
c. Safe Clinical Practice
A student in the Nursing Specialization with Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Electives 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).
 
GRADUATE SPECIALIZATION IN GERONTOLOGY
The department of Health Sciences offers a Graduate Specialization in Gerontology for students who have been admitted to masters’ degree programs in Education, Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Psychology, Public Health, Social Work, or Sociology.
 
In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Master's Regulations, and Regulations specific to the home academic unit and faculty, students in the Graduate Specialization in Gerontology are also bound by the regulation below.
 
Thesis, Project, or Portfolio
The thesis, project or portfolio, taken in the collaborating academic unit, must have a gerontological focus. Students must have a supervisor who is approved as a core faculty member in Gerontology, through the Department of Health Sciences. In the Thesis Option, at least one thesis committee member must be from an academic unit outside the primary discipline to support Gerontology's interdisciplinary focus.