Academic Standards & Ethics
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Students must meet minimum academic standards to remain in the Bloomberg School MPH program. A student’s failure to meet any of the criteria below is grounds for being placed on academic warning and/or being dismissed from the program.
- To maintain good academic standing in the MPH program, students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75. Students falling below 2.75 will be placed on academic warning and will have one term, or 12 additional units of coursework, to raise the GPA to 2.75 or above. Students not meeting the 2.75 minimum after one term may be granted additional term(s) on academic warning if academic progress has been shown in the cumulative GPA. Students on academic warning must meet with their faculty advisor and the MPH Academic Coordinator each term to review their academic plan and receive approval for their course schedule prior to registering for courses. Students with a cumulative GPA of less than 2.75 may not register for more than 18 credits per term. Any repeated courses count towards this 18 credit limit. [Note: Students with less than a 2.75 cumulative GPA are not eligible to enroll in the Biostatistics 620 course series or the Epidemiology 750 course series].
- Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in all required courses in the core curriculum that are offered for letter grading and a “Pass” grade for those only offered on a pass/fail basis. A student who earns a “D” or “F” grade in a course that meets a core requirement must, at the next opportunity, make a second attempt to complete the core requirement either by repeating the same course or by completing another course that meets the same core requirement (if available).
- Students must complete the initial core requirement (either 'Problem Solving in Public Health' or 'Public Health Policy'), the Goals Analysis plan, and the Epidemiology core requirement within the first twelve months of matriculation into the MPH program.
- Students must progress toward degree completion in three years or less, as per their Goals Analysis plan. If additional time is required to complete the degree, it is a student’s responsibility to contact in writing (email communication is sufficient) the faculty advisor and the MPH Academic Coordinator to request an extension beyond the three year limit. An extension request should be submitted to the faculty advisor and the MPH Academic Coordinator at least one term prior to the end of the 3-year limit.
- Students may not accrue more than 9 units of “incomplete” coursework at any given time. Students exceeding this limit must immediately contact the faculty advisor and the MPH Academic Coordinator in writing (email communication is sufficient) to discuss their academic situation. Students may not be permitted to register for subsequent terms until the incompletes have been resolved.
- Students who are inactive (not enrolled in courses) for two terms or more without notifying the MPH Academic Coordinator of their academic plans may be dismissed from the program. Students who do notify in writing (email communication is sufficient) the MPH Academic Coordinator and faculty advisor of their circumstances may suspend enrollment, assuming that they otherwise have met academic standards as per the five items above.
Maintaining the highest level of academic integrity is an important responsibility of our faculty and students. To help achieve this goal, all students are required to complete the 550.860 Academic and Research Ethics at JHSPH course. The course examines academic and research ethics at JHSPH through a series of online interactive modules including:
- Focusing on information about the academic ethics code and responsible conduct of research at the School.
- Exploring issues of academic integrity such as proper ethical conduct and referencing, and discusses violations such as plagiarism and cheating, relative to case studies that illustrate situations faced by students and faculty in the academic setting.
- Addressing topics that include responsible conduct of research, authorship, data management, data ownership, guidelines for professional conduct, research fraud or scientific misconduct, federal and institutional guidelines related to research using human and animal subjects and ethical issues involving vulnerable subjects in research.