requires M.P.H. students to undertake two field placement internships while their Dr.P.H. students are required to rotate through four field placement internships.

More than half of the graduate programs require a comprehensive written or oral final examination for both the master and doctoral degrees. Fifteen schools require a comprehensive exam at the master level, an additional 4 schools offer a thesis or final exam option (Table A-2). Twenty-eight of the 29 schools require comprehensive exams at the doctoral level. (Note: Texas A&M does not offer any doctoral-level programs in public health.)

Most schools also require some sort of culminating capstone paper or project that incorporates all aspects of the degree training. For some schools, this final project is an extension of the field placement activity, where the student concludes the fieldwork, captures the experience in a paper, and presents the paper at the conclusion of the degree program.

TABLE A-2 Schools Requiring Comprehensive Exams at the Master Level

Required

Comprehensive Exam

Berkeley

Boston U.

Emory

Harvard

Johns Hopkins

U. of Illinois-Chicago

Michigan

Minnesota

Oklahoma

Pittsburgh

St. Louis

UCLA

UNC

South Carolina

South Florida

Thesis OR Exam Option

Ohio State

San Diego State

Tulane

UMass

 

 



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