MHE Program Information
MHE students can expect a rigorous and rewarding program of study centered around the principles and practice of Health Education. Due to the nature of this degree, no core course substitutions or waivers can be allowed. Should a student wish to appeal the substitution waiver rule they may petition the Graduate School. Graduate petition forms are available at the Graduate School.
The MHE Program is offered on a one-year* rotation. (*Please refer to the class rotation schedule in this handbook.) To complete the MHE degree within this time frame, students must remain on the rotation.
All full-time faculty maintain regular office hours and are available to assist and advise students. Graduate students are strongly encouraged to meet with their advisor on a regular basis. Office hours are posted outside of faculty offices.
The advisement process is an important part of success in the MHE Program. It is mandatory that you meet with your assigned advisor upon acceptance to the program (no later than registration week). It is strongly encouraged to continue these meetings on regular basis. Upon approval of the student’s application for graduate study, the Program Director will assign an advisor. An advisor may be requested by the student and will work closely with him or her on requirements, program approval, graduation procedures, and other areas.
GRADUATE RECORD EXAM (GRE):
A university requirement for all graduate degree programs is the satisfactory completion of the GRE (35th percentile). Any student having gained program admission without completing the GRE (conditional status) will be expected to obtain the scheduled date of this examination from the Counseling and Testing Center and to complete this requirement during his or her first semester of course work.
Courses numbered 5500 and 6600 are only for students admitted into the Graduate School. Other courses for which graduate credit may be obtained are indicated with “g” designations in both the undergraduate and graduate catalogs. Courses with “g” designations are shown on registration forms and transcripts as 5500 level courses; extra work is required of graduate students enrolled in “g” courses. Whether these or other courses may be applied toward requirements for a graduate degree is determined by the program or department offering the degree. Credit by examination (course challenge) is not permitted in graduate programs. Students should pay close attention during the registration process to ensure that they have registered for the correct course.
All students must maintain a satisfactory record of scholarship. A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) for the courses listed on the Program of Study is required for any graduate degree or certification at Idaho State University. A grade of C+ or lower is essentially failing at the graduate level. However, the program may accept a C+ grade in one or two courses as long as the minimum overall 3.0 GPA is maintained. Receiving C+ or lower grades may cause programs and/or colleges to dismiss students from a graduate program.
The MHE degree includes an elective 1-3 credit hour approved internship experience. Please meet with your advisor to obtain a copy of the internship manual if you are interested in completing an internship.
PROGRAM OF STUDY:
A final program of study form must be completed the semester prior to graduation. For example, if a student plans on graduating in August (Summer Session) then they must submit their program of study during the Spring semester. This form lists all the courses the student has actually taken for the master’s degree and is approved by the Program, School, Division and Graduate School. Students may use the form provided in the appendix, or create one of their own using word processing software providing the format is similar to the sample given.
THESIS and PROJECT:
To meet graduation requirements, all MHE students must complete either a thesis or a project.
- MASTER’S THESIS:
Students must work closely with their advisor to complete this requirement. Topic approval must be granted by the major advisor. The thesis committee consists of the student’s major advisor, another program faculty member, and a Graduate Faculty Representative (GFR) from outside the program. A proposal meeting with your major advisor and program faculty member, and approval from the ISU Human Subjects Committee (HSC) are mandatory prior to any data collection. Please refer to the MHE Thesis and Project Guidelines.
All students seeking a degree with a thesis option must select a topic no later than the beginning of the third semester of course work. A proposal meeting with all examining committee members is required before data collection can begin. All committee members are to receive a copy of the research proposal a minimum of two weeks before the scheduled proposal meeting. Final copies of the thesis should be distributed to examining committee members a minimum of two weeks before scheduled oral defense (must be at least five weeks prior to date of graduation)
- MASTER’S PROJECT:
All students seeking a degree with a non-thesis option must complete a master’s project. A topic approval form must be submitted no later than the semester prior to the graduating semester. Students must work with their advisor during the selection and approval process and continue to meet with them regularly while working on their project. Please refer to the MHE Thesis and Project Guidelines.
Oral examinations are required of all students not completing a thesis. Students are not permitted to take oral examinations until all core course requirements have been completed. Exams are scheduled by the program; graduating students will be notified of exam dates and requirements. In addition, a formal paper pertaining to the required project will be evaluated. Exams must be completed no later than two weeks prior to the end of their final semester.
The examining committee is composed of a faculty advisor, a second faculty member from the student’s program (requested by the student or appointed by the graduate coordinator), and a GFR appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School. The Graduate Dean welcomes suggestions from the student and program regarding candidates for the GFR. The examining committee hears and questions the defense of thesis, proposals, course work and oral exams.
Students must apply for graduation through the Graduate School. Applications are due within two weeks of the beginning of the final semester, or June 15th for summer graduation. In addition, students must pay an Application for Graduation Diploma Fee prior to the end of their final semester. Students should contact the Graduate School (208-282-2150; isu.edu/graduate) for more detailed information.