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Faculty and Student Guidelines for Completing the MPH Thesis - Grading

Grading Criteria for Theses

The following, modified from the guidelines for the assignment of grades to graduate students taking courses offered through the School of Public Health, can be used to grade theses.

Numerical Grade
Interpretive Statement
4.0
Excellent thesis work for a graduate student. Work at this level is thorough, well-reasoned, methodologically sophisticated, and well-written. Work is of good professional quality, shows an incisive understanding of public health-related issues and demonstrates clear recognition of appropriate analytical approaches to address health problems and questions. Is of sufficient quality as to be publishable in a peer-reviewed journal with relatively minor modification.
3.7
Strong thesis work for a graduate student. Work at this level shows some signs of creativity, is thorough and well-reasoned, indicates strong understanding of appropriate methodological or analytical approaches, and demonstrates clear recognition and good understanding of salient public health-related issues and problems. It is potentially publishable in a peer-reviewed journal with moderate but foreseeable modification.
3.5
Competent and sound work for a graduate student. Work at this level is well-reasoned and thorough, methodologically sound, but not especially creative or insightful or technically sophisticated. Work shows adequate understanding of public health-related issues and problems, although that understanding may be somewhat incomplete. A thesis with this grade displays neither unusual strength nor exceptional weakness.
3.3
Adequate work for a graduate student, even though some weaknesses are evident. Work is moderately thorough and well-reasoned, but there is some indication that understanding of the important issues is less than complete and perhaps inadequate in other respects as well. Methodological or analytical approaches used are generally adequate but have one or more significant weaknesses or limitations.
2.7 - 3.0
Borderline thesis work for a graduate student. Work barely meets the minimal expectations for an acceptable thesis. Understanding of salient issues is weak and methodological or analytical work performed is minimally adequate.