Graduation

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Student Research
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GRADUATION PREPARATION

All Students

  1. Affirm you've completed all academic requirements for your degree and program.

  2. Meet with your academic advisor or committee to discuss your readiness for graduation.

  3. *Confirm your class schedule. Students must be registered for at least three credit hours during the semester in which they intend to graduate.

  4. View the graduation requirements and deadlines for your degree plan.

  5. Check your UTHealth school issued email (@uth.tmc.edu) regularly.

    • Your UTHealth email is the only email our office will use to communicate graduation notices including missing items, degree audit information and any other information concerning your academic record. Remember to check it regularly to ensure you remain on track for graduation.

*MD/MPH students should contact their staff advisor for enrollment requirements.

Thesis or Dissertation

Beginning fall 2016, it is required by school policy that all UTHealth School of Public Health students completing a thesis or dissertation must submit the proposal for review and approval:

  • prior to the term in which they expect to graduate;
  • before beginning any proposed research methods/protocol, and
  • no later than the last class day of the term prior to graduation.

International Students

  • International students must be registered full-time (nine hours fall and spring, 6 hours summer), unless they receive approval for less hours by submitting the Course Load Reduction Statement to the Office of International Affairs during their graduating semester. Contact your international advisor for additional requirements.

MPH Customized Students

Course Substitutions, Waivers and Incompletes

  • Students must submit the appropriate form(s) for any course waivers or substitutions.
  • Students cannot graduate with an incomplete (I) in any UTHealth course. All Is must be resolved by the end of a student's graduating semester.

Select degree plan below for an overview of academic requirements.

MPH Capstone
MPH WCE
MS
Doctoral
Course Waivers, Substitutions and Incomplete Grades

For detailed information on degree and program requirements, visit the Degree Programs page.


MPH-CAPSTONE COURSE OPTION ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

MPH Capstone

  • Minimum 45 total credit hours
    • At least 39 credit hours of coursework outside of practicum and capstone
    • A maximum of six hours of combined practicum (no more or less than 3) and capstone (3 hours) may be counted toward the total 45 hours
  • Completion of capstone course

Note: Any additional practicum hours taken over the required three will not count towards the degree.


MPH WCE ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

MPH WCE

  • Minimum 45 total credit hours
    • At least 39 credit hours of coursework outside of practicum and thesis
    • A maximum of six hours of combined practicum and thesis (3 hours of each required) may be counted toward the total 45 hours
  • Completion of thesis

Note: Any additional practicum or thesis hours taken over the maximum will not count towards the degree.

Thesis Proposal Approval Policy

Beginning fall 2016, it is required by school policy that all UTHealth School of Public Health students completing a thesis or dissertation must submit the proposal for review and approval:

  • prior to the term in which they expect to graduate;
  • before beginning any proposed research methods/protocol, and
  • no later than the last class day of the term prior to graduation.

MS ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

MS

  • A minimum of 36 total credit hours
    • At least 30 credit hours of coursework outside of thesis and optional practicum
    • A maximum of six hours of thesis may be counted toward the total 36 hours
    • With an optional practicum, a maximum of six hours of combined practicum (no more than 3) and thesis (no more or less than 3) may be counted toward the total 36 hours
  • Completion of minor requirements
  • Completion of thesis

Note: Any additional thesis, or optional practicum and thesis, hours over the maximum will not count towards the degree.

 

Thesis Proposal Approval Policy

Beginning fall 2016, it is required by school policy that all UTHealth School of Public Health students completing a thesis or dissertation must submit the proposal for review and approval:

  • prior to the term in which they expect to graduate;
  • before beginning any proposed research methods/protocol, and
  • no later than the last class day of the term prior to graduation.

DOCTORAL ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

DrPH

  • Minimum 48 total credit hours
    • At least 39 credit hours of coursework outside of practicum and dissertation
    • A maximum of nine hours of combined practicum (no more or less than 3) and dissertation (3-6) may be counted toward the total 48 hours
  • Completion of minor and second minor or breadth requirements
  • Completion of dissertation

Note: Any additional practicum or dissertation hours taken over the maximum will not count towards the degree.

PhD

  • Minimum 48 total credit hours (72 total credit hours for Epidemiology and Biostatistics direct admits)
    • At least 39 credit hours of coursework outside of dissertation and optional practicum
    • A maximum of nine hours of dissertation may be counted toward the total 48 hours
    • With an optional practicum, a maximum of nine hours of combined practicum (no more than 3) and dissertation (3-6) may be counted toward the total 48 hours
  • Completion of a minor and second minor or breadth
  • Completion of dissertation

Note: Any additional dissertation, or optional practicum and dissertation, hours over the maximum will not count towards the degree.

Dissertation Proposal Approval Policy

Beginning fall 2016, it is required by school policy that all UTHealth SPH students completing a thesis or dissertation must submit the proposal for review and approval:

  • prior to the term in which they expect to graduate;
  • before beginning any proposed research methods/protocol, and
  • no later than the last class day of the term prior to graduation.


COURSE WAIVERS, SUBSTITUTIONS AND INCOMPLETE GRADES

  • Students must submit the appropriate form(s) for any course waivers or substitutions.
  • Students cannot graduate with an I received in any course. All Is must be resolved by the end of a student's graduating semester.

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Academic Requirements
Student Research
Post-Graduation
Commencement

Graduation Procedures

What happens during the graduation process?

  1. Students apply for graduation and begin turning in requirements.
  2. A degree audit is performed by the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services.
  3. Graduation candidates are notified if there are any issues with the audit prior to the end of the semester.
  4. Final grades are posted by faculty.
  5. Students who have successfully completed all academic requirements, including passing their final courses, are sent to the Office of the Registrar.
  6. The Office of the Registrar performs a final check and posts your degree completion on myUTH, your transcript and to the National Student Clearinghouse (degreeverify.org).

*Non-dual-degree: 4-6 weeks after the end of the semester

*Dual-degree: 4-8 weeks after the end of the semester, depending on when the final official partner school transcript is available

 

How do I know which items are due and if I have holds?

  1. Log in to myUTH.
  2. In the "Tasks" tile:

Click on the “To Do List Items” link to view your graduation checklist.

Click on “Holds” to view current holds on your account.

 

Will holds and items in my To Do list not related to graduation stop me from graduating?

No, but they will bar you from receiving enrollment verification, degree verification (i.e. letters, transcripts, diploma, etc.) and enrolling if you will continue attending UTHealth for another degree.

 

I applied to graduate in a previous semester. Do I have to resubmit everything?

It depends on how far along in the process you were in the previous semester.

Resubmit:

  1. School of Public Health's Online Intent to Graduate form
  2. Intent to Graduate Signature page (available on "Step II" or page two of the online intent)
  3. Graduation fee if you did not make a prior payment or requested a refund

Requirements that carry over from a previous semester:

  • The myUTH graduation application, if the graduation fee was paid
  • The graduation fee, if you haven't asked for a refund
  • The evaluation, if submitted and no older than three semesters or one year from the degree conferral date
  • Waiver, substitution and transfer credit forms
  • The concentration completion form if you completed one of the six approved concentrations offered by the UTHealth School of Public Health
  • Student research submissions

 

What happens if I don't turn in all of the required documents by the deadline?

Depending on the type of requirement, failing to meet the deadline date(s) could prevent you from graduating, cause a hold to be placed on your record or bar you from receiving any type of degree verification.

 

I won't be able to graduate this semester. Who should I contact?

Send an email to sphgraduation@uth.tmc.edu and copy your academic advisor.

 

What is the official graduation/degree conferral date?

  • The degree conferral date is the date that will be listed on the transcript and diploma as the date of degree completion. The date always falls on the last day of the semester.
  • Non-dual-degree students are processed as graduates by the Office of the Registrar approximately 4-6 weeks after the last day of the semester. Dual degree students are processed approximately 4-8 weeks after the last day of the semester. The degree conferral date is backdated to the last day of the semester.

 

When will I know that I’m an official graduate according to UTHealth?

  1. You will receive a congratulatory email from the assistant dean sent to your home email.
  2. You will receive your UTHealth alumni email address sent to your home email.

Academic Requirements

To review details on the academic requirements for your degree, visit the following pages:

 


Student Research

Who should I contact for assistance with my thesis/dissertation?

Committee

  • Primary contact for research subject matter, data, content, presentations, timeline and progress

 

Student Services - Research Support

  • Proposal and final submission policies and documentation
  • Research systems: IRB, CITI, ProQuest
  • Format review

sphstudentresearch@uth.tmc.edu

 

Writing Support Services

  • Academic writing: text, style, citing sources, paper organization, avoiding plagiarism
  • Paper review
  • Systematic reviews

SPHWritingHub@uth.tmc.edu

 


Post-Graduation

Information on diplomas, transcripts, degree verification and system accesses are available on the After Graduation page.


Commencement

UTHealth School of Public Health holds its annual commencement ceremony at the end of each spring semester. All students from all campuses who are awarded their degree during the summer, fall, and spring semester are encouraged to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Visit the commencement site for more details at: http://go.uth.edu/sphgraduation For questions, contact the commencement team: sphcommencement@uth.tmc.edu

Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services

Concentrations Sharon Cummings

Doctoral Dissertation Defense Form

*OPT Form

John Adams
Student Research Student Research Team
Graduation Procedures Graduation Team
Commencement Commencement Team

*International students with an F-1 visa who plan to apply for OPT should first contact their international advisor. Forms needing signatures by the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services should be sent to John Adams at John.Adams@uth.tmc.edu or RAS E-201.


UTHealth Department Contacts

If you have a hold in myUTH with any departments at UTHealth, please contact the department directly to resolve them as soon as possible. Unresolved checklist items can turn into holds, and unresolved holds can bar you degree verification and further enrollment.

Auxiliary Services

Student Health Insurance: student-insurance@uth.tmc.edu or 713-500-8400

Main number: 713-500-8420

Bursar's Office

bursar@uth.tmc.edu

713-500-3088

Office of the Registrar

registrar@uth.tmc.edu

713-500-3361

TMC Library Library fees: TMC Library or 713-799-7147
Student Financial Services

Federal Loan Exit Interview: studentloancollections@uth.tmc.edu or 713-500-3300

Main number: 713-500-3860

International students only

Office of International Affairs

Contact your international advisor for visa clearance procedures.

utoiahouston@uth.tmc.edu or 713-500-3176?