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FAQ for Part A of the SPHTM Comprehensive Exam

1.  What is the comprehensive exam?

The comprehensive exam is one of the two options for satisfying the Culminating Experience requirement for the professional master's degrees of public health.  The MPH degrees that are eligible to take the exam include: Disaster Management, Occupational and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety Management (exam does not satisfy the requirement for MSPH in Industrial Hygiene).  The culminating experience is designed to demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge across the core areas of public health.  The comprehensive exam consist of two parts: Part A covers the public health core courses; Part B covers departmental competencies and is given separately. 

Contact Dr. James for additional information and registration information in order to take the exam, dldirect@tulane.edu.

Also please review the distance learning calendar for dates and deadlines for registration and proctor information Calendar.

Culminating Exam Process (see handbook)

Culminating Exam FAQ

2. What does the comprehensive exam cover?

The comprehensive exam includes two parts:  Part A covers the core areas of public health and Part B focuses on disciplinary study.  Part A covers the 6 SPHTM core courses:  BIOS 6030, EPID 6030, ENHS 6030, HSMG 6030, SPHL 6010 and SPHL 6030. Part A is administered school wide to students from all departments. Part B focuses on your specialty area and is administered separately.

3.    Am I required to take the comprehensive exam?

The comprehensive exam is one option for fulfilling the culminating experience requirement.  The choice of options is up to you in consultation with your advisor. If you selected the comprehensive exam, you must take and pass both parts of the exam.   

The decision of which culminating experience option best fits your degree program and individual goals should be made in conjunction with your advisor.  

4.    If I select the comprehensive exam as a culminating experience, when should I take it?

Part A of the comprehensive exam may be taken the semester following the successful completion of all core courses.   Part B may be taken after the completion of all departmental requirements.  Students are encouraged to take the core courses early in their studies so as to be able to take part A of the comprehensive exam prior to the semester they plan to graduate.  

5.    When is Part A & B of the comprehensive exam offered?

For 2011 - 2012, Part A of the comprehensive examination will be offered: February 18, 2011; June 17, 2011; October 7, 2011; February 10, 2012; June 15, 2012; and October 5, 2012.  The exam will be administered in the computer labs on the 12th floor of Tidewater Building.  The time is always 1:00 p.m.  You should plan to arrive 30 minutes early to sign in, receive your password and get seated at a computer.  If you arrive late, you will lose time to take the exam.  The exam will be open for 2 hours.  Please arrange your schedule accordingly.

Part B of the comprehensive examination should be scheduled individually with Dr. James once Part A has been passed.

Retake Dates. If a student fails Part A and chooses to retake the exam the same semester, they may do so on the following dates:  March 18, 2011; July 15, 2011; November 11, 2011; March 8, 2012; July 13, 2012; November 9, 2012.  These dates are ONLY for students who have failed the exam that semester. Students may not sit for the exam for the first time on retake dates.

5. What does Part A of the comprehensive exam cover?

Part A covers the 6 SPHTM core courses: BIOS 6030, EPID 6030, ENHS 6030, HSMG 6030, SPHL 6010 and SPHL 6030. Part A is administered school wide to students from all departments.

7.  What is the format of Part A the comprehensive exam?

Part A of comprehensive exam consist of 100 multiple choice questions, each worth one point.  The questions are drawn in equal numbers from the 6 core courses. On-line testing is used to administer the exam.  You will have 2 hours to complete the exam.  The format for Part B varies with degree programs in each department but will also be multiple choice questions. 

8.  What is required to pass the comprehensive exam? What if I do not pass?

A score of 70% is required to pass the exam.  A student may retake the exam until they pass or select another option for the culminating experience with permission of the advisor.  

9.   How do I sign up for Part A of the comprehensive the exam?

Talk with or e-mail your advisor to discuss the comprehensive exam as your culminating experience option. Your advisor certifies when you are eligible (completion of all core courses). You must then sign up on by the dates indicted on the Distance Learning Calendar.You will receive specific exam instructions 1 week prior to the exam.  

10.  Where is Part A of the comprehensive exam scheduled?

The exam will be administered using on-line testing.  It is the student's responsibility to contact a certified testing facility such as Prometric or Sylvan Center (university testing centers and other proctors are acceptable as well but should be discussed with Dr. James prior to making these arrangements) to arrange proctoring of the exam.  Once the center has been contacted and arrangements made the student must provide this information to Dr. James at dldirect@tulane.edu by the dates indicted on the Distance Learning Calendar.

The proctor information to be provided to Dr. James:

1.      Proctor Site Name:

2.      Person Proctoring the Exam (a site name is not enough a contact person at the site must
         be indicated)

3.      Contact Persons Phone Number

4.      Contact Persons Email Address (cannot be a generic e-mail address must be to a person
         e.g. joesmith@prometric.com)

5.      Proctor Sites Street Address

 

You should plan to arrive 30 minutes early to sign in, receive your password and get seated at a computer.  If you arrive late, you will lose time to take the exam.  The exam will be open for 2 hours.   

11.   What do I need to bring with me to Part A of the comprehensive exam?

You will need to bring a picture ID e.g. Tulane ID, drivers license or passport.  You may bring a calculator. 

12.  Is there a study guide available for the exam?

The Association of Schools of Public Health has produced a study guide for the national Certification Exam that is useful for the SPHTM comprehensive exam.  This may be obtained at www.asph.org.

Click here for CULMINATING EXPERIENCE


13. Where can I find most up-to-date information for Comprehensive Examination

For most up-to-date information visit: http://www.sph.tulane.edu/publichealth/academics/student-forms.cfm

 

 
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