Satisfactory Progress

It is expected that all students will complete the Graduate/Professional/Capstone Certificate in Global Health in no more than 4 years and, in the case of students simultaneously pursuing a graduate or professional degree, at the time of or before completion of their primary degree program.

For successful completion of the certificate, students must meet the following standards:

  • earn a grade of 3.0 or better in courses counting for credit toward the certificate;
  • maintain a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) or better during and at completion of the program for courses used to meet certificate requirements.

Grades of Incomplete, Unsatisfactory, Fail, or that otherwise fail to meet conditions set by the Certificate Program may result in required remediation activities, academic probation, a hold on future enrollment, or suspension or dismissal from the program.

For any required course in which a student earns a grade below a B, the course must be repeated.  Required courses may only be repeated once. Failure to receive a B or higher in the repeated course may result in dismissal from the program. Students must do all the work in the repeated course, including, for instance, attending regularly, participating in class discussions, taking examinations, and writing papers. Both the original attempt and the repeat attempt final grades will be used in calculating the student’s certificate GPA; however, the course will count only once toward meeting credit requirements for the Certificate Program.

Elective courses for which a student fails to earn at least a grade of B (3.0) may be repeated under the same rules as outlined above for required courses.  Alternatively, students may take a different elective course to count for credit toward the certificate.  In either case, grades in all courses taken will be used in calculating the student’s certificate GPA.

In addition to the requirements outlined in this policy, students must meet the academic standards set by their applicable primary degree program.  Continuation in the Certificate Program is at the discretion of the Program and the SMPH.

Failure to meet the academic expectations of the Certificate Program outlined above or the expected standards of professional, academic, and nonacademic conduct outlined below are grounds for disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the Certificate Program, and potentially additional disciplinary action from the student’s primary degree program, school/college/program, and/or the University of Wisconsin-Madison at-large.