Graduate Student Handbook

11.2 Academic and Professional Standards

All students enrolled (either part-time or full-time) are expected to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in all graduate work completed at The Ohio State University and maintain reasonable progress [GSH 5.4] toward Graduate School or graduate program requirements.

 The following policy and procedures apply to all students in degree programs:

  1. The faculty of the College of Public Health has determined that no course in which a grade of C- or below is earned may be counted as credit toward completion of the degree. If the student repeats the course in order to earn the hours, the original grade will continue to be in the cumulative point-hour ratio along with the new grade and hours.
  2. A student whose graduate cGPA is below 3.0 after nine graduate credit hours of completed coursework will receive a warning letter from the Graduate School urging consultation with the advisor and graduate studies committee.  Section 5 of the Graduate School Handbook explains in detail the range of consequences that may result from inadequate performance.
  3. In addition to the general Graduate School requirements of a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, students must meet the following requirements as they apply to their degree programs:
    • The student must achieve a grade of B- or higher in all courses required in the area of specialization (even if taught outside the student’s division), including the foundation course in that specialization. Any course in which a grade below B- was received must be repeated and a grade of B- or better earned. The division teaching the course may approve an alternative course as a substitute for retaking the same course. A student who fails to earn a grade of B- or better on a second attempt will be considered to have failed this requirement.
    • Students seeking the MPH or MHA degree must make no more than one grade of C or C+ in the foundation courses outside the specialization. A grade of B- or better is required in the remaining foundation courses.

 Any student who fails to meet either of these requirements will be reviewed to determine whether the student’s progress is satisfactory for continuation in the program, and may be denied further registration.

  1. Cases in which a student is not in compliance with the 3.0 GPA or reasonable progress requirements will be referred to the Graduate Studies Committee. Even if a student is in good standing with the Graduate School, there may be circumstances that warrant placing the student on probation, such as (1) failure to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 prior to the completion of 9 semester hours; (2) failure to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in any given semester; or (3) failure to show “reasonable progress” toward the degree, as determined on a case-by-case basis (see Section 5.4).
  2. A probationary student who does not re-establish good standing within one semester will be warned that dismissal/denial of further registration is likely if the record does not improve.
  3. A student placed on probationary status by the Graduate Studies Committee may petition the Committee for a hearing and reconsideration of the action. In the case that the Graduate Studies Committee does not reverse its decision, the student may direct an appeal to the Dean of the College of Public Health. The Dean will appoint an Ad Hoc Faculty Committee comprised of three faculty members (who at the time do not serve on the Graduate Studies Committee) to hear the case and recommend a course of action.