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EPIDEMIOLOGY Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress

To make progress toward a graduate degree, students must meet the Graduate School Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress in addition to the requirements of the program.

Master’s Degrees:

M.S.

Doctoral Degrees:

Ph.D.

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

33 credits

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

65 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

21 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

53 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

100% of all coursework taken as a graduate student in any of the four degrees the program offers must be graduate-level courses specifically designed for graduate students, in other words, courses numbered at 700 or above (e.g., 795, 796, 797, 798, 802, etc.). The exception to the 700-level requirement are temporary graduate courses numbered at 650 and the PopHealth/BMI cross-listed required courses in biostatistics numbered 451, 551, 552, 651, and 652 but are graduate level as designed in cooperation by PopHealth and BMI faculty.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

100% of all coursework taken as a graduate student in any of the four degrees the program offers must be graduate-level courses specifically designed for graduate students, in other words, courses numbered at 700 or above (e.g., 795, 796, 797, 798, 802, etc.). The exception to the 700-level requirement are temporary graduate courses numbered at 650 and the PopHealth/BMI cross-listed required courses in biostatistics numbered 451, 551, 552, 651, and 652 but are graduate level as designed in cooperation by PopHealth and BMI faculty.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count a maximum of 12 credits of graduate coursework taken from other institutions as a graduate student. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

No credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree are allowed to count toward the degree.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between Special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count no more than 12 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison University Special student. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count a maximum of 12 credits of graduate coursework taken from other institutions as a graduate student. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

No credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree are allowed to count toward the degree.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between Special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count no more than 12 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison University Special student. Coursework earned ten or more years prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Program-Specific Courses Required

PopHeath 451, 551, 552, 797, 798, 805 OR 806, 820 (1 cr); all students are required to take a minimum of 1 credit of medical ethics.

Program-Specific Courses Required

PopHealth 451, 551, 552, 651, 652, 797, 798, 805, 806, 820 (2 cr); all students are required to take a minimum of 1 credit of medical ethics.

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

All doctoral students are required to complete a 10-credit minor.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 in all graduate work (including transfer credits) unless conditions for probationary status require higher grades. Students must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better in all coursework completed while enrolled in the population health graduate program. No grade of BC or lower in epidemiology required courses will be accepted for the degree.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 in all graduate work (including transfer credits) unless conditions for probationary status require higher grades. Students must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better in all coursework completed while enrolled in the population health graduate program. No grade of BC or lower in epidemiology required courses will be accepted for the degree.

Other Grade Requirements

Maintain no more than 6 credits of Incomplete (I) grades during any semester.

Other Grade Requirements

Maintain no more than 6 credits of Incomplete (I) grades during any semester.

Probation Policy

A student not meeting guidelines for satisfactory progress will be placed on probation for one semester and will be reviewed by the Steering Committee following the probationary semester. Students may be dropped or allowed to continue by the committee based on review of progress during the probationary semester.

Probation Policy

A student not meeting guidelines for satisfactory progress will be placed on probation for one semester and will be reviewed by the Steering Committee following the probationary semester. Students may be dropped or allowed to continue by the committee based on review of progress during the probationary semester.

Advisor / Committee

All students will have a hold placed on their registration each semester. Students must meet with their advisor once each semester for academic advising to have the hold removed.

Advisor / Committee

All students will have a hold placed on their registration each semester. Students must meet with their advisor once each semester for academic advising to have the hold removed.

Assessments and Examinations

No formal examination required.

Assessments and Examinations

Full-time students have up until the end of their third year to pass the Qualifying Exam and their first sitting must occur no later than the end of their second year. Part-time students are expected to pass the exam before the end of their fourth year (regardless of whether the student is continuously enrolled) and their first sitting must occur no later than the end of their third year.

Time Constraints

Thesis required. Approval of a written proposal for thesis research is required before beginning thesis. M.S. candidates must submit master’s thesis to advisor within two years of completing all coursework.

Master’s degree students who have been absent for five or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence.

Time Constraints

Dissertation required. Doctoral students have a maximum of five years from the date of passing the preliminary examination to take the final oral examination and deposit the dissertation.

Doctoral degree students who have been absent for five or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.