HPHD Graduate Handbook
This handbook is intended to guide your time in the Health Promotion
& Human Development (HPHD) Graduate Program and your academic plan
of study. Here you will find information clearly outlining the
requirements of the graduate programs as well as practical information
including "how to" navigate on campus. It is not intended to replace the
UWSP Course Catalog, which details the official requirements of the
university for completion of the master's degree.
- General Information
- Parking on Campus
- Directions to UWSP
- Registering for classes
- Adding or Dropping a course
- Textbook Information
- Library Resources
- Student Requirements
- Student Forms
- Financial Information
- Culminating Experience
- Graduation Deadlines
Applicants accepted into the program will be classified as:
- full status (meets all admission criteria including an undergraduate
grade point average of 2.75 or above, based on a 4 point scale) or
- probationary status (does not meet all admission criteria, undergraduate GPA of below 2.75).
Full status may be gained by students with probationary admission status
by completing nine consecutive credits of graduate work toward the
degree with a GPA of 3.0.
Upon admission to the School of Health Promotion and Human
Development Graduate Program, students will schedule an appointment with
the Grad Program Assistant who will assist them with initial enrollment
and discuss policies and procedures. During this advising session
graduate students will be assigned a faculty member who will serve as
their permanent advisor.
Should there be any undergraduate deficiencies, students will
need to enroll in the courses required as prerequisites for the program.
Students should consult with the appropriate faculty members in regard
Listed below are some helpful hints and links. If you have further questions or concerns please see your adviser.
Parking on Campus
- Meters are enforced from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday- Friday. (Note:
Meters are closed from 2 a.m.- 6 a.m. There is no overnight parking.)
- The metered lots are free on Saturday and Sundays.
- Lots that require permits are open from 7 p.m.- 2 a.m. Monday
thru Friday and on Saturday and Sundays to those without permits (except
lots A, E, H and R. Lots A, E and R, except metered spots, have open
parking from 5:00 p.m.- 2:00 a.m.).
- There is street parking available on the West side of Isadore past
the bike shop. Watch for no parking zones. Some slots are metered along
the street near the Debot Dining hall.
- There is also street parking on the West side of Reserve St. near the baseball field and tennis courts.
- There are metered lots- F, which is right across from the CPS
Building, and X- which will cost about $6.00 a day to park, except
Saturdays and Sundays.
- The following link has the campus map with parking lots labeled: http://www.uwsp.edu/tour/campusMap.aspx
- For many graduate students, the courses they register for have
scheduled meeting times at which parking meters and many lots are open,
so purchasing a parking pass is not cost effective. However, students
may purchase parking permits and be assigned a designated lot to park
in. For more information regarding purchasing a permit, visit the
Parking Services Web page at: http://www.uwsp.edu/parking/.
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Directions to the UWSP Campus:
The address of the College of Professional Studies Building is:
1901 Fourth Avenue Stevens Point, WI 54481.
From North of Stevens Point:
- Take I-39 South to exit #161- Hwy 51/Division Street.
- Go South on Division St. approximately 7 blocks to 4th Ave.
- Turn left (East) on 4th Ave. approximately 1.5 blocks.
- The College of Professional Studies Building is on the right (South) side of the street.
From South of Stevens Point:
- Take I-39 North to exit #159 Stanley Street.
- Turn left (West) on Stanley Street.
- Follow Stanley St. until it ends at a 3 way stop/yield right turn
sign. Turn right. (The street heading left –south– is Fremont. The
street heading right will curve left (west) and is 4th Ave.)
- Go through the 3 way stop.
- The College of Professional Studies Building is on the left (South) side of the street.
The following link will connect you to a campus map. The College of Professional Studies
Building (a.k.a. CPS) is #11. http://www.uwsp.edu/tour/campusmap.aspx
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Registering for classes
PLEASE NOTE: Each time you register as a graduate student you will need to first meet with your adviser for approval.
- Use the web to find your appointment time to register Go to https://mypoint.uwsp.edu/mypoint
enter your campus login and password and select the appropriate term.
However you may also pickup printed copies of the timetable and web
registration instructions in the Registration and Records Office.
- Meet with your adviser Meet with your adviser to discuss your
program of study and make sure that you are on track with the courses
that you have committed to. If changes need to be made to the original
program of study be sure they are updated on your forms on file. After
you have met with your adviser, your adviser will authorize you to
register. Your adviser's authorization must be granted before you can
register on the web.
- Initial advising will take place with the graduate program assistant.
- Prior to completion of nine hours of graduate work, the student will select a School of Health Promotion and Human Development graduate faculty member to serve as advisor.
- Students choosing to complete a thesis or project as a
culminating experience will consult with their advisor to select two
additional graduate faculty members who will comprise a three member
FOR FIRST TIME REGISTRATION OR
THOSE WHO HAVE TAKEN MORE THAN A SEMESTER OFF:
- Complete the registration form, available online:
http://www.uwsp.edu/cps/conted/registration/mailRegist.shtm. (Choose either Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Word format by clicking on the appropriate corresponding words.)
- Be sure to sign both the registration information portion AND the credit agreement portion.
- $100 tuition deposit is required in order to register. This can be paid one of the following ways:
- Pay your deposit online via credit card (not Visa) or by
electronic check. If you have previously taken courses at UWSP, you may
be able to make your registration deposit using your UWSP ID and Credit
Card. Here s how:
- Go to: www.uwsp.edu/billpay
- Select the appropriate enrollment status ("Not Enrolled")
- Enter your UWSP Student ID number
- Select the semester for which you are making a deposit
- Select your payment method
- Enter your Bank or Credit Card Info and click "Authorize Payment"
- Then send your registration to the address in section b below.
- Mail check or money order for $100 (payable to UWSP) with your registration form.
- Submit your registration form to:
- CPS-Continuing Education
College of Professional Studies, RM 100
UW -Stevens Point
Stevens Point, WI 54481
FOR THOSE CURRENTLY ENROLLED AT UWSP:
All students who are currently enrolled in on campus courses are
eligible to register on the web during the registration periods.
Be sure to consult with your advisor prior to registering for courses.
- Use MyPoint to find your appointment time (the time registration opens up for you).
- Enter your campus login and password and select the appropriate term.
You can check the online
timetable for a list of courses offered by term.
- Pay your registration deposit.
- A $100.00 registration deposit is required for each term and is
due BEFORE you can register for classes. If you have not yet made your
deposit, you may:
- Pay your deposit in person at the UWSP Bursar's Office, Room 007, SSB OR
- Pay online via credit card (not Visa) or by electronic check. www.uwsp.edu/billpay
- Send your payment to: UWSP Bursar's Office, 2100 Main St, Stevens Point WI 54481
- Obtain all special registration authorizations
- Are any of your courses identified in the timetable as PERMISSION
REQUIRED? ( a PR appears in front of courses and sections when
permission is required.) You must obtain the approval of your advisor,
the program manager or the chair of the department to register for all
such courses and sections.
- Are you auditing, signing up for a credit overload or enrolling in
an independent study course? If so, you must obtain the proper
- Register on the web at or after your appointed time.
- To register for courses run through the CPS Continuing Education
office, you must do so through the Continuing Education Website. (Not
through your MyPoint.) Courses with a section number of 79 or with a 79
in it, such as HCR 700 s. 79, HPW 690 s. 791, are CPS Continuing
Education Courses. Go to the following link for the CPS Continuing Education website: http://www.uwsp.edu/cps/contEd/. (Note: You can register for regular section courses, i.e. Section 1, 2, 3, etc, through your MyPoint account.)
- Click on "Registration" on the left hand column. Then click on "How to Register."
- Click on "Online Registration."
- Type in the information required.
- You will have to verify your e-mail address and mailing address before registration. Follow the instructions.
- Once the information is verified, you should be able to
register by choosing the semester for which you want to register, then
choosing the curriculum and course number.
- If you need assistance, do not hesitate to call the CPS Continuing Education Office- 715.346.4782.
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Adding or dropping a course
The official drop-add day begins the first day of the semester. You
can drop and add courses on the web or in person with a paper
authorization form. There is a schedule for adding and dropping courses
in the timetable.
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PointCard: Student ID Cards
Following your admittance into the program you need to obtain a Student
ID Card. You will need to go to the Point Card Office located in the
Dreyfus University Center. You will need to bring a photo ID with you.
They will take your picture and have your ID to you in about 10 minutes.
Point Card Office
1015 Reserve St, Room 206
During the academic term, Monday through Friday, they are open 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
In the summer the office is open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and closed on Fridays.
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- Print out your listing of textbooks
- This can be found on your myPoint site under the Textbooks/Course Materials section
- Go to the Bookstore in the Dreyfus University Center
- You will need to bring your student ID with you.
- Determine which books are needed
- There are two different types of books that you may need, rental
and purchase. Graduate students do not pay rental fees in their tuition.
Graduate level texts are for purchase only. If you are enrolled in an
undergraduate class or an undergraduate/graduate course textbooks may be
in the rental section and a rental fee may be collected during
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Other possibilities include borrowing books from fellow students who
have previously taken the course, sharing the cost with another student,
or attempting to purchase from online retailers.
In addition to the resources available at the Learning Resource Center
students have access to materials specific to their major in the Health
Promotion and Human Development library located in CPS room 222.
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D2L is the online portal for
UWSP courses. Through it teachers
can accept documents electronically, post assignments, readings, and other
information. The following link can
help with questions about using D2L:
For further questions and tutorials contact the
Learning Resource Center
018 Learning Resource Center (LRC/Library building).
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The following are academic requirements for thesis and non-thesis graduate programs:
- Prior to completing nine graduate credit hours, the student and advisor will plan the student s program of study and record it on the "Program of Study" form.
- All changes to the program of study form must be approved by the
advisor and the graduate coordinator before it is accepted. For details on
the work required for each program, refer to the program description and
- The student is admitted to candidacy at the time the Program of Study form is signed by the graduate coordinator.
- Transfer credits from other institutions may or may not be
accepted to satisfy the requirements of the degree program. The decision
to accept the credits will be made by the student s advisor in
conjunction with the Graduate Coordinator. Specific considerations
- A maximum of nine transfer credits will be accepted to satisfy degree requirements.
- Credits earned must be from an accredited graduate institution.
- Transfer credits must appear as a graduate courses on the student s transcript from the previous institution.
- For transfer credits, no grade lower than a "B" is acceptable. No
"Pass" or "Satisfactory" grades will count towards the total required
Choosing your Graduate Committee
Your graduate committee will consist of at least three graduate faculty
members including your graduate adviser. Careful consideration in your
choice of who will form your graduate committee is important because
they will have a say in whether or not you graduate. It is usually a
good idea to ask someone from outside your major discipline area to
serve on your committee. A non-graduate faculty member who possesses
expertise particularly relevant to your field of study may be appointed
as a special extra member.
Your graduate adviser and/or the graduate committee are responsible for supervising your Program of Study and should:
- Guide you in an appropriate selection of courses and experience to
ensure that you are aware of all relevant material necessary for a
complete understanding of your chosen field of study. This not only
includes concentration of coursework in your major area of interest but
also selecting courses to bridge the gaps you may have in your previous
educational experiences. This may require you to take some undergraduate
courses to make up for your deficiencies.
- Determine whether you have accumulated and demonstrated sufficient
ability to engage in the analytic process of problem solving. A graduate degree entails more than just taking additional courses within a major.
You will be expected to synthesize the new knowledge you have gained in
your graduate courses and apply this knowledge to solve contemporary
- Make certain that your thesis is consistent with the degree,
confronts the interdisciplinary relationships of your subject area and
focuses on problem solving methodology.
Academic Status during Candidacy
All students are expected to maintain at least a B average (3.00
GPA) to remain in the graduate program. Students admitted in full status
who fail to maintain this average will be placed on probation. Failure
to raise the overall average to B or better during the next nine credits
will result in dismissal from the program.
- Any graduate student may appeal a decision regarding admission or
retention in a program by submitting a letter requesting reconsideration
to the Graduate Council through the executive graduate committee.
- A grade of incomplete must be removed before the end of the next
full semester in which the student is registered; if not, it
automatically becomes a failure. A grade of GP is used to distinguish
thesis or projects which are in progress.
- For the purpose of raising the grade point average ratio, a student
may take six credits beyond the 30 credit minimum requirement for the
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Program of Study
- This form constitutes a contract between the student and the
graduate committee for the duration of the graduation program. It must
be completed by the student and the graduate adviser, and submitted to
the Graduate Coordinator prior to reaching 9 credits.
- Any changes made to the proposed coursework or research topic must be approved and updated on the Program of Study.
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For graduate financial information please refer to the
Bursar's office at
you can find current tuition and fee rates as well as other financial
Out of state tuition waivers and reciprocity
All students that are granted at least a one-third assistantship for the
academic year qualify for out-of-state fee remission contingent upon
the availability of funds. The waiver is submitted as soon as you are
accepted into the graduate program. If your waiver does not appear on
your tuition bill please contact Lisa Ebert in the HPHD office.
Minnesota students need to apply for reciprocity. This is done by
Health Benefit Information
For more information on health benefits please contact Julie Hayes at 715-346-4677.
Qualified students may apply for
that are awarded on a competitive basis. Any student accepted into the
program is eligible to apply for an assistantship. In addition to the
stipend received by graduate students, non-resident graduate students
receiving at least a half-time assistantship are eligible for waiver of
Additional financial aid opportunities are available to graduate
students through scholarships, research grants and student loans. Notices of HPHD graduate scholarships are available in February of each year.
Student Research Fund
The UWSP Student Research Fund grants money to graduate students to help
defray research expenses encountered during Masters research. Funding
amounts with a maximum of $500 per grant. You may be eligible for this
funding if your degree program requires research or if you choose a
research option in your program. Your graduate advisor must certify that
the research project is required for graduation, you are making
satisfactory progress toward your degree and the funds are necessary for
you to complete the research.
The Student Research Fund also provides "Travel to Present Research Results" grants. Travel expenses up to $300 may be funded.
Application forms and further information can be obtained from the Grant Support Services Office, Room 204 Old Main building.
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Students must receive passing grades on all comprehensive exam questions to graduate.
What is the comprehensive exam?
It is a summative evaluation of a graduate student s knowledge. Students
are required to demonstrate critical thinking skills by applying,
integrating and synthesizing information related to all areas of study.
Students will have one hour to respond to each question. Each exam
question is written by faculty member of your choice in one of three
content areas. Candidates select the three courses they would like to be
tested in (two form core subjects and one from your elective courses).
Comprehensive exam questions can be query or case-based, both of which
require you to synthesize a broad range of knowledge. Case study
questions present a contextualized, real-life problem or clinical
situation. Query questions do not relate to a specific real or fictional
situation, but may ask you to take a position on a topic and justify
your ideas with appropriate theory, principles, and practices, based
upon knowledge gained from course content.
How do I go about preparing for the comprehensive exam?
It is recommended that preparation for a comprehensive exam be ongoing
during your graduate program with increased preparation during the
entire semester preceding the exam. Create a time line or break down of
your study strategy.
Form a study group with fellow students. Break up the work load by
having members study, lead a discussion, and ask questions about,
particular aspects of the area.
Create practice questions. Based upon your review and studying, create a
master list of possible questions. Practice answering random questions
under simulated test conditions. See suggestion below about planning a
writing strategy. Practice your writing strategy.
Organize your materials. Re-read class notes, supplement as needed,
coordinate handouts and articles that complement areas covered in your
class notes. Practice writing and saying information in your own words
to assess your ability to explain information clearly and
Write main points of articles that you read. This forces you to think
critically as you read and provides material to study later.
Ask questions. As you progress through your classes this semester, ask
your professors for explanation or clarification of information.
Use the exam as an opportunity to comprehensively review your studies.
Organize your course materials and references to serve you in your
future professional work.
What happens the day of the exam?
Plagiarism or academic dishonesty of any sort will result in the
immediate dismissal of the student from the exam room and a failing
grade on the comprehensive exam.
What strategies will help me to write an effective response to questions?
Take time to read each question carefully. Be sure that you answer each
part of the question. No matter how brilliantly you think you have
answered a question, if it does not address what was asked, it does not
Plan out a writing strategy. Take a few minutes of preparation time
before you begin answering a question and save a few minutes for
proofreading at the end. Jot down any thoughts or ideas that you have in
response to the question. Outlining is recommended. A few minutes of
prewriting will give you direction and focus and may calm your
apprehension. A few minutes of prewriting may also improve the clarity
and flow of your answers. Structure the response to help the readers.
Structure rigidly and blatantly. State the thesis of your response up
front. Help the reader to see what you are trying to accomplish with
each part of your response (e.g., defining, contrasting, giving reasons,
etc). When you start writing, a quick introduction with a few sentences
that directly answer the question posed is an effective way to get
started. Avoid a lengthy introduction and get to the meat of the
question. Be explicit in using transition words and phrases that let the
reader easily follow your train of thought. Get your ideas on paper
without getting overly hung-up on wording. Save time to read through and
edit your answer for focus, wording, and clarity of meaning.
Proofread for meaning and mechanics. Look for garbled meaning,
misspelled words and punctuations errors. Although the readers will
focus on the content and quality of your answer, mechanical mistakes can
be a distraction from the message you are trying to convey.
How are the exams scored?
Exams will be coded such that the readers will not know the identity of
the student. Only after the scores have been decided will the identity
Grading of each question will be done on a pass/fail basis and determined by the reader for each question.
Criteria that the faculty may use to evaluate responses includes: 1)
extent to which the response actually addresses the question, 2)
accuracy and thoroughness of response, 3) ability to integrate and
synthesize information, 4) organization and coherence of written
expression, 5) conciseness and clarity of written expression.
A passing grade must be earned for each question to pass the examination and graduate.
How do I find out about my results?
What if I do not pass all four questions?
Graduation is contingent upon passing all three questions.
Students will have an opportunity to write an answer to a different question for each question failed.
Parts of the Thesis
The thesis generally is organized like a technical paper published in a
scientific journal. If published results are anticipated, the thesis
should be prepared according to the instructions to authors given in the
technical journal of choice. Unpublished support material should be
listed in the thesis appendix.
General Outline of the Thesis
The thesis is divided into three main parts. The preliminaries, the text and the reference materials in the following order:
- The Preliminaries
- Title page
- Committee signature page
- Table of contents, with page numbers
- List of tables
- List of figures
- The Text
- Introduction (includes justification and objectives)
- Main body, with larger and minor divisions indicated by headings
- Discussion (may be combined with results)
- Literature cited
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Whether or not participation in graduate ceremonies is intended, all candidates are required to apply for graduation
and pay a fee in order to receive a diploma. Application for graduate
forms may be obtained through the Office of Registration and Records,
101 Student Services Center.
The deadline for the application is the end of the third week of
the academic semester or the end of the first week of the summer session
in which graduation is anticipated. If a candidate applies for
graduation and is then unable to meet requirements in the given term,
the candidate is required to re-apply for graduation, however the fee
will be paid only once.
While it is possible to apply for graduation and receive a diploma dated
August, there is no formal graduation ceremony in August. Candidates
graduating in August may apply to participate in either the May or
All credits accepted toward a degree, including transfer credits, must be earned within a seven year period.
The time period starts with the beginning of the term in which the
first course approved for your program of study was taken. For example:
You are accepted into a UWSP graduate program in Fall 2011. Part of your
approved plan of study for your master s degree includes a course taken
in Spring 2010. Thus your seven-year time period to complete the degree
starts with the beginning of the Spring 2010 semester NOT the semester
in which you were accepted into your graduate program.
Student files will be kept by the Records and Registration office and are available by request through their services.
The university has several policies and procedures pertaining to
student grievances depending upon the nature of the concern. General
complaint and grievance policies can be found in Chapter 4, Section 7-13
of the University Handbook located in Public Folders on the
Microsoft Outlook (e-mail) program. Concerns about sexual harassment,
discrimination, and consensual relations can be found in Chapter 4,
Section 15. Grievance policies for grades can be found in Chapter 7,
Section 5. Students may pursue all grievances with the Chair of the
School. All academic concerns may be directed to the Coordinator of
Graduate Programs. Clinical education concerns may be directed to the
Clinic Director. Every effort will be made at the department level to
resolve the complaint or concern.
Students with Disabilities
In accordance with the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point policy, if a
student has a documented disability and requires accommodations to
obtain equal access in a class or in clinical practicum, the student
should contact the Disability Services office at (715) 346-3365 to
verify their eligibility for accommodations.