Public Health Education Policies

Course and Academic Expectations

In addition to the specific course and program related expectations and requirements
specified by each faculty member in their course syllabi, the PHE program upholds high
expectations of PHE Major’s performance in the classroom and in all related academic,
departmental, professional, and field experiences. These expectations include but are
not limited to the following:

Professional Dispositions

PHE majors are evaluated on their professional dispositions in every PHE related
course in which they are enrolled. Dispositions reflect the values, commitments,
behaviors, and professional ethics that demonstrate students’ behaviors toward the
PHE Major, instructors, advisors, peers and other students, colleagues, communities,
and the profession as a whole. Dispositions serve to guide as well as reinforce students’
learning, academic behavior and performance, as well as professional growth as
future PHE practitioners.

The PHE and program-related faculty complete the disposition assessment either during
(as warranted) or at the end of each semester (as warranted)—see below for Dispositions Rubric:

phe dispositions rubric


  • PHE Professional Dispositions Scoring Guide: The minimal acceptable level on the Disposition Rubric is “L3 – Acceptable.” If a PHE Minor/Major is rated as a “L2 – Marginal” on any component of the Disposition Rubric in a course (either during or at the conclusion of a course as warranted), the course instructor notifies the PHE Program Coordinator and student. The course instructor then meets with the student and PHE Program Coordinator (if necessary), to determine how to improve performance in future courses. If a PHE Minor/Major is rated as a “L1 – Unsatisfactory” on any component of the Disposition Rubric, a formal remediation plan is developed in consultation with the PHE faculty member, academic advisor (if applicable), PHE Program Coordinator, and the student for the following semester. The student may not be formally admitted to nor progress in the program until the remediation plan is completed and disposition concerns are effectively and consistently addressed.