Core Course Substitutions

Each Master’s degree (MPH, MSPH, MHA) student must complete core courses in each of the public health disciplines, including epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy and management, occupational and environmental health, and social and behavioral sciences. In addition, they must complete the core course, Rural Public Health Systems (PMPH601).  Students may be allowed to substitute a different course for a required core course under certain circumstances. 

Substitutions for core courses do not reduce the number of hours required for a student’s degree program.  Such substitutions simply allow students to substitute more appropriate courses.  Core course substitutions will only be granted under unusual circumstances.  Students may, for example, substitute more advanced courses in a particular core area for the required introductory course if they have already completed similar introductory coursework elsewhere.  Students are still accountable for the general content of the core course during the comprehensive examination process.  All substitutions must have the approval of their advisor, Head of their department, Head of the department offering the course(s), and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Procedures:

    1. A student requesting consideration for a core course substitution must complete the Course Petition Form with their academic advisor.  The form must be accompanied by an explanation or rationale for the substitution and identification of the course that will be substituted, and a course syllabus from previous coursework if warranted.

    2. Once approved by the student’s academic advisor, the petition is submitted to the department head for consideration and then forwarded directly to the office of the next requisite signature, with final submission to the Office of Academic Affairs.

    3. The request must be approved by the student’s advisor, head of the student’s department, the head of the department offering the core course, and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Required Form  Course Petition Form 

Concentration Course Substitutions

Each department of the School has developed a set of required concentration courses for the various degree programs.  Substitutions for required concentration courses require the approval of the student’s academic advisor and the Head of the student’s department.  Required courses may only be substituted not waived.  Substitutions do not reduce the number of hours required for a student’s degree program.  Once approved, the petition will be included in the student’s record.

Procedures:

    1. A student requesting consideration for a concentration course substitution must complete the Course Petition Form with their academic advisor.  The form must be accompanied by an explanation or rationale for the substitution and identification of the course that will be substituted, and a course syllabus for the course being requested.

    2. Once approved by the student’s academic advisor, the petition is submitted to the department head for consideration and then forwarded directly to the office of the next requisite signature, with final submission to the Office of Academic Affairs.

    3. The request must be approved by the student’s advisor, head of the student’s department, and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Required Form  Course Petition Form

Transfer Credits for the Masters Degree Programs

Students may request up to a maximum of 9 semester credit hours be transferred into their SPH degree plan from other accredited graduate degree granting institutions.  Course work completed at Texas A&M University, College Station, is not considered transfer credit and thus is not included in this 9 semester credit hour maximum. Beyond SPH coursework, all coursework completed at Texas A&M University (and included on the student’s official degree plan) is calculated in the student’s GPA.  Coursework transferred from an institution other than TAMU is not included in the student’s official GPA calculation.

Each professional degree (MPH and MHA) student must complete core courses in each of the public health disciplines, including epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy and management, occupational and environmental health, and social and behavioral sciences.  In addition, they must complete the core course, Rural Public Health Systems (PMPH601).  Students may be allowed to transfer a course for core course credit:  1) if the core course was taken at a school of public health or public health academic program accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health and the course is approved by the student’s advisor, Head of the student’s advisor, Head of student’s department, Head of the department offering the course(s), and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or his/her designee or, 2) if a different course related to the core is approved by the student’s advisor, Head of the student’s department, Head of the department offering the course(s), and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or his/her designee.  Students are accountable for the general content of the core course during the comprehensive examination process.

Non-Core Course Transfer Credit Procedures

    1. A student requesting consideration for transfer non-core course credit must complete the Course Petition Form with their academic advisor.  The form must be accompanied by an explanation or rationale for the request, and include a course syllabus for each course under review for transfer credit along with an official grade report for each course.

    2. Once approved by the student’s academic advisor, the petition is submitted to the department head for consideration and then forwarded to the Office of Student Affairs for the additional requisite approval signatures.

    3. The request must be approved by the student’s advisor, head of the student’s department, and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or his/her designee.

    4. Once approved, the student’s academic advisor must revise the student’s degree plan to reflect the transferred coursework.

Core Course Transfer Credit Procedures

    1. A student requesting consideration for a core course credit must complete the Course Petition Form with their academic advisor.  The form must be accompanied by an explanation or rationale for the core course transfer and identification of the course that will be transferred, and a course syllabus from previous coursework if warranted.

    2. Once approved by the student’s academic advisor, the petition is submitted to the Head of student’s department, Head of the department offering the course(s), and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or his/her designee.

    3. The request must be approved by the student’s advisor, head of the student’s department, the head of the department offering the core course, and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or his/her designee.

Required Forms  Course Petition Form; Standard Working Degree Plan