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Academic Policies and Forms

Please contact your advisor if you have questions regarding any of the below forms or policies.

The academic probation process is designed to be helpful for students and to promote a successful experience at the University of Arizona. Students new to academic probation will be connected to their academic advisor, who can share campus resources and to discuss barriers to your success. The probation period ends once the student meets the requirements to return to good academic standing.

Students who are probation for the first time are expected to complete the following academic contract and turn it into their advisor at their first meeting:

College of Public Health Academic Contract

For specific classes, the College of Public Health maintains waitlists to aid in students being enrolled when classes are full or have specific registration requirements. Please select the link for the course you are currently attempting to enroll in:

Waitlists are full (and therefore closed) for the fall term. 

Note: if you are interested in EPID 309, there are spots available - email for enrollment.

If, in the week prior to Fall classes beginning, spots are available in these courses, the College advising team will begin utilizing the waitlist to move students from the list into the online courses.  

Information on how to sign up for the internship, what paperwork is required, and how to access the internship orientation can be found here.

Students looking to do an independent study or directed research opportunity must first identify a faculty member in the College of Public Health whose research they would potentially like to assist with or who would be willing to supervise them on a project. The student contacts the professor to inquire about their needs for research assistants/independent study students. If the faculty member would like to have the student on their team or to have the student complete a project under their supervision, the student completes the below independent study/directed research form and email/delivers the completed form to their academic advisor to be added to the public health units (XXX* 492 or 399/499; * = course prefix will depend on the public health faculty member's home department).

The form for the independent study and directed research can be found here.

 Preceptors are highly motivated students who are either concurrently enrolled in a public health course, or who have previously taken a public health course (or a similar course), who then function as student mentors and/or instructional assistants for the course. They serve a unique role because they provide support both in and out of the classroom. Students looking to serve as a preceptor must first identify a faculty member whom they would like to assist. They would then contact that faculty member and inquire as to the availability of preceptorship positions for the course in question. The students would then need to complete the below preceptorship forms and email/deliver the completed form to their academic advisor to be added to the class (XXX* 491; * = course prefix will depend on the public health faculty member's home department).

Forms for the preceptorship can be found at the following site: Preceptorship Contract and Application

Students will work with their Honors Student Success Counselor to discuss what paperwork needs to be turned in for the Honors Thesis. A student's success counselor is based on their primary college and can be found at: Once they have worked on submitting all of the required documents, students will need to identify a public health faculty member to supervise their thesis. Once all forms have been submitted and a faculty member has agreed to supervise the thesis work, the student should provide a copy of their thesis prospectus to their public health advisor in order to be enrolled in Honors Thesis units. Only theses supervised by faculty appointed to the College of Public Health can receive XXX* 498H credit (* = course prefix will depend on the public health faculty member's home department).

If a student plans to complete their thesis with faculty from another department (from their minor or another major), they will work with their advisor in that department to be enrolled in thesis units. More information on the thesis enrollment process can be found at the Honors College website.

Students looking to have out-of-state transfer credits, study abroad credits, or other non-University of Arizona units count for public health major coursework (whether for direct credit or as indirect public health electives) will need to complete a course substitution form for each course they would like considered. The course substitution form requires students to provide a brief statement explaining why they feel the course substitution is appropriate, as well as including the course syllabus for the course they would like considered. Once completed, the course substitution form is to be emailed to the student's public health academic advisor who will present it for consideration to the Undergraduate Advising Committee.

Per University Policy, students are only eliglbe to register for up to 19 units in any given semester. For students wishing to take greater than 19 units in a single semester, they must petition the College of Public Health using the form below.

Petition to Raise Semester Unit Cap

Please meet with your academic advisor if you have questions about any of the following College of Public Health Academic Policy topics:

Back2UA, Disqualification Petition, Extension of Incomplete, General Petition, Increase Unit Maximums, Late Change Petition, Obtaining Dean's Signature or Permission, Probation, Transfer Credit Evaluation for General Education Coursework

College of Public Health Matriculation Standards
The College has developed matriculation standards to identify the skills and behaviors that are expected of students admitted to the MEZCOPH academic or certificate programs. During the period of enrollment, should the student’s performance in any of the areas outlined drop below the acceptable standards, the student may be dismissed from the program to which he or she has been admitted. A student’s performance against these standards will be assessed during annual academic progress reporting or at any time during his or her enrollment in the College should unsatisfactory performance be reported. Please review the full description of the College of Public Health Matriculation and Progress Standards.

UA Academic Catalog
One of the greatest resources available is the Academic Catalog, which is the University's primary, comprehensive single source of departmental, college and university-wide information related to academic programs. Courses, degree programs, and policies that govern progress towards completion of a degree are described in the catalog. Students are responsible for knowing and understanding the contents of the catalog they are following and are strongly encouraged to read the UA's student responsibility policy. Students are always encouraged to meet with an academic advisor to answer/clarify any questions you may have about a college or university policy.





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