Students have an abundance of resources at GPH and throughout NYU to help you with anything you need, including vibrant and vital departments and offices, student services and support. Additionally GPH and NYU provides our students with guidance as you navigate milestones throughout your studies. Below are program-specific forms and University policies you may use as a resource. If you have any questions please contact your Program Advisor for guidance.
GPH Forms, Procedures and Master's Student Handbook
Below are various policies, procedures and forms needed for different academic program needs and requests. All forms should be signed and returned to Lisa Kroin, Assistant Director, Registration & Academic Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dropping Courses and Withdrawal Schedule
Leave of Absence (instructions are outlined on the Registrar's website)
GPH Academic Policies
In general, auditing courses in the MPH program is not permitted. Exceptions will be considered on rare occasion, with a written request. In all cases, instructor approval and program chair/director approval must be granted. Audited courses incur the same tuition as the course taken for credit. Please note that no credit will be given or letter grade recorded, no withdrawals will be honored or refunds granted on courses so audited. Tuition remission may not be applied.
A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required for graduation in the NYU Master of Public Health program. Students are expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 throughout their academic career. Students who fall below the required GPA during any semester are placed on academic probation and monitored closely for academic progress. Students who are on academic probation may be restricted in the number of courses taken during a given semester. A student whose GPA falls below the required minimum for 2 consecutive semesters may be asked to withdraw from the program.
If a student’s cumulative GPA does not reach a minimum of 3.0 at the conclusion of semester in which they are placed on probation, a hold will be placed on their registration and the student’s standing program will be reviewed. Please note that failure to satisfy the conditions of academic probation may result in further academic sanctions up to possible dismissal from the University.
Course Grade Minimums
The minimum grade required for all courses counted toward the MPH degree, with the exception of the applied practice courses, is a C- or better.
For the applied practice courses, students must receive a minimum grade of B. If a student receives less than a B, the course must be repeated. These courses include:
GPH-GU 2359 Applied Practice Experience Seminar
GPH-GU 2360 Integrative Learning Experience Seminar (for Community Health Science & Practice, Environmental Public Health Sciences, Global Health, Public Health Nutrition, Public Health Policy & Management, and SDG students)
GPH-GU 2686 Thesis I: Practice & Integrative Learning Experiences
GPH-GU 2687 Thesis II: Practice & Integrative Learning Experiences (for Biostatistics (MPH and MS), Epidemiology and Social & Behavioral Health students)
Course Repeat Policy
Credit will not be granted for courses in which a student receives a D+ or lower*. If the course is a required course for the degree, including concentration courses, it must be repeated. If a student received a D+ or lower in an elective course, the student may choose to take an alternate elective the following semester.
When a course is repeated, both the original grade and second grade will be recorded on the student’s transcript, but only the second grade will be included in the calculation of the student’s GPA. If the second grade is lower than the original grade, or if the student does not achieve the minimum grade requirement upon taking the course a second time, under special circumstances, the student may take the course a third time pending permission of both the instructor and advisor.
* please see the information above regarding course grade minimums
Course Withdrawals and Refunds
GPH follows the University policy for course withdrawals and refunds. If a request to withdraw from a graduate course is made past the standard deadlines, our school will not grant permission to students with withdraw from classes without financial or academic penalty. Information about refunds and deadlines may be found here and the withdrawal schedule may be found here.
Matriculated students in the NYU Master of Public Health program do not have the option to take courses toward their degree on a pass/fail basis. The only exception to this policy is those non-credit-bearing courses that are designated as pass/fail.
Graduate Student Guidelines for Academic Issues Encountered in a Course
The School of Global Public Health is committed to resolving academic issues encountered in a course in a manner that is fair and supportive of students who may be experiencing personal difficulties affecting their academic work.
The following outlines procedures for dealing with common academic issues sometimes experienced in a course. If a student has an academic issue, the first point of cont act should be the instructor. If the student and instructor can’t resolve the issue, the student should contact his/her Program Director for further adjudication.
Students who are experiencing personal difficulties are encouraged to contact the Associate Dean for Student Affairs for help in dealing with non-academic issues.
1. Request for justification of a grade received. Instructors are expected to provide clear and detailed grading criteria either in the syllabus or in a separate document explaining an assignment. Students are entitled to ask instructors to explain further how a grade was determined. Instructors are expected to respond to these requests as quickly as possible.
2. Challenging a grade. Students who believe that the assigned grade is not justified after receiving the instructor’s explanation of how the work was assessed and the grade was calculated should contact their Program Director who will review the case and communicate with the instructor regarding the details of the case and recommendations for resolution. The student will be contacted regarding the outcome of this review. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will be consulted by the Program Director as needed.
3. Persistent absences. Students are expected to attend all class sessions. The syllabus should clearly state the instructor’s policy regarding missing class sessions and the penalties for missing class. If a student has frequent absences, the instructor is advised to contact the Manager of Registration and Academic Services who will email the student and contact the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. The Associate Dean for Student Affairs will communicate with the instructor, Program Director, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and all these parties will decide how to proceed regarding any academic penalties.
4. Late submission of assignments. Students are expected to submit all assignments on time. The syllabus should clearly state the instructor’s policy regarding penalties for late submission of assignments. Barring emergencies, students must request permission in advance if they are unable to meet an assignment deadline, and the student and instructor should establish an agreed upon due date. If a student persistently submits assignments late, the instructor is advised to consult with the Program Director who may also consult with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Dean for Student Affairs regarding how to proceed with the student.
5. Missing the midterm or final. Students must obtain the instructor’s permission at least a week in advance if they expect to miss the midterm or final unless the absence is due to an emergency. Make-up exams are the prerogative of the instructor. The instructor is expected to communicate with the student via email regarding his/her decision on whether a make-up exam will be provided.
6. Incomplete grades. Students are expected to complete all course requirements on time. Under extraordinary circumstances (such as a medical emergency), the temporary grade of I (incomplete), may be recorded for a student who is unable to complete course requirements. To receive an incomplete grade, the student must make a formal request using the Incomplete Grade Request form (available on the GPH website through this link). The request must include the reason for the incomplete, the work to be completed, and the final date the work is to be completed. The form must be signed by both the student and the course instructor. The request must be approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. All incompletes must be changed to a final grade no later than 150 days after the semester in which the incomplete is given or the grade will automatically become an F. Students are strongly advised to complete the work well before the 150 day time limit as instructors may not be available to grade the work close to the deadline.
GPH Student Conduct Policies - Non-Academic
If students have any questions regarding the following policies and procedures they are strongly encouraged to meet with the GPH Sr. Associate Dean of Student Affairs.
Student Conduct - Non-Academic
Effective August 13, 2018, allegations of non-academic misconduct, as outlined in the University Student Conduct Policy, against a student of the School of Global Public Health, shall be addressed pursuant to the procedures set forth in the NYU Student Conduct Procedures and administered by the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards under the authority of the Senior Vice President of Student Affairs. Allegations of academic misconduct (plagiarism, cheating) against a student of the School of Global Public Health shall continue to be addressed by the school in accordance with established procedures listed above.
Student Conduct Procedures
Matters involving allegations of non-academic misconduct are managed under the NYU Student Conduct Procedures.
Student Conduct Forum for Resolution
As described here, the Office of Student Conduct recognizes that, during the college years, some students will have missteps and hit rough patches. We truly believe these experiences can be opportunities for a student to reflect on their education, correct course, and focus toward success. At the same time, students must also be held accountable when their conduct violates the standards of community membership.
While many situations can be addressed through conversational and colloquial measures, other matters may necessitate more formal procedures depending on the severity of the alleged conduct and potential sanctions. Upon receipt of a report, the Office of Student Conduct shall review the matter and determine an appropriate forum for resolution. All forums, as outlined below, are administered to ensure that any student accused of violating University policy (the “respondent”) is afforded a fair and impartial process.
Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment
New York University is committed to maintaining an environment that encourages and fosters appropriate conduct among all persons and respect for individual values. Accordingly, the University is committed to enforcing this Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy and Complaint Procedures at all levels in order to create an environment free from discrimination, harassment, retaliation and/or sexual assault. Discrimination or harassment based on race, gender and/or gender identity or expression, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, ethnicity, disability, veteran or military status, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status, or on any other legally prohibited basis is unlawful and undermines the character and purpose of the University. Such discrimination or harassment violates University policy and will not be tolerated.
The Office of Equal Opportunity is the University's neutral unit charged with investigating allegations of discrimination and harassment in the working and learning environments in accordance with the University's Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy and Complaint Procedures for Employees.
Bias Response Line
The New York University Bias Response Line provides a mechanism through which members of our community can share or report experiences and concerns of bias, discrimination, or harassing behavior that may occur within our community.
Experienced administrators in the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) receive and assess reports, and then help facilitate responses, which may include referral to another University school or unit, or investigation if warranted according to the University's existing Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy.
The Bias Response Line is designed to enable the University to provide an open forum that helps to ensure that our community is equitable and inclusive.
New York University is committed to complying with Title IX and enforcing University policies prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex. Mary Signor, Assistant Vice President, Office of Equal Opportunity, serves as New York University’s Title IX Coordinator. The University’s Title IX Coordinator is a resource for any questions or concerns about sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, or sexual misconduct and is available to discuss your rights and judicial options.
University policies define prohibited conduct, provide informal and formal procedures for filing a complaint and a prompt and equitable resolution of complaints.
NYU Campus Resources
Throughout the NYU global network, you have a wealth of offices at your fingertips to help you with everything from health care to career development to financial aid. If you are uncertain about which office to contact please contact your Program Advisor for assistance.
Office of Global Services (OGS) - International Students: What You Need to Know
The Office of Global Services can be considered a one stop shop for all incoming, continuing GPH international students and alumni. The OGS provides comprehensive information on immigration and visas in-person, online, and through programs throughout the year. OGS can assist with questions about transitioning to the University, work authorization, employment and tax, and general best practices for students living, studying, and working at NYU and in NYC. International students should always feel comfortable reaching out to OGS with any questions.
They can be reached at: https://www.nyu.edu/global/visa-and-immigration/contact-us.html and through walk-in advising hours at the StudentLink Center Manhattan Office (383 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003 - phone: 212-998-4720) or Brooklyn Office (5 MetroTech Center 259 Brooklyn, NY 11201).
Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities should contact the Moses Center for Students with Disabilities regarding the resources available to them, and to determine what classroom accommodations should be made available. More information about the Moses Center can be found here. Information about the center can be found here: https://www.nyu.edu/life/safety-health-wellness/students-with-disabilities.html. Students requesting accommodation must obtain a letter from the Moses Center to provide to me as early in the semester as possible.
NYU Health and Wellness
The NYU Student Health Center serves a resource for all matriculated students, offering low or reduced-cost health care and counseling services, no matter a student’s insurance coverage. The Health Center is among the best in the country and has a pharmacy, travel medicine services, and a robust mental health services division as well. More information about the Student Health Center as well as the NYU Wellness Exchange (counseling services and mental health support) can be found here: https://www.nyu.edu/students/health-and-wellness/student-health-center/about.html.
NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development
NYU GPH partners with the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development to provide career services for our students, which includes resume and cover letter review, interview skills workshops, bi-annual career fairs, and other career-oriented special events. Students may access Handshake, the Wasserman Center's career development platform for jobs, internships, events, and more! Students can build their career by connecting with relevant opportunities based on their profile, interests and search activity. Easily apply for positions, explore companies and connections and sign up for coaching appointments, career fairs and workshops all in one place!
NYU Public Safety
Public Safety ensures a safe and secure campus environment for the University to carry out its duties. In addition to providing campus security in all buildings, Public Safety also manages the campus lost and found, provides safe rides for students, and offers many other services. Read more about public safety and the services offered here: https://www.nyu.edu/life/safety-health-wellness/be-safe/public-safety/public-safety-services.html.
Other Important NYU Resources: