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About the SPHL 6020 Foundations in Public Health Challenge Exam

Am I able to take the Challenge Exam at a distance?

For the August 12 challenge exam, students may take the exam from a distant site. Please review the guidelines for proctoring an exam. When you register, the e-mail must indicate that you will be taking the exam off-campus. You will have to make arrangements with a testing center near you and send name of the proctor and the testing center. The links to the exam will be sent to the proctor. The guidelines provide the requirements for the proctor and testing center.


Challenge exam dates have been scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, August 12, 2020
  • Friday, November 13, 2020

Who should consider taking the challenge exam?

Degree-seeking graduate students who do not have a master’s or bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Tulane need to take SPHL 6020 or pass the challenge exam with a score of at least 70. 


Who doesn't have to consider taking the challenge exam or SPHL 6020?

Tulane BSPH graduates and combined degree students do not have to take SPHL 6020 or pass the challenge exam because the foundational competencies required in SPHL 6020 have been completed in the undergraduate program. The BSPH curriculum has been documented to satisfy the 6020 competencies.

Students with a MPH from an accredited institution do not have to take SPHL 6020 or pass the challenge exam.


When do students take the challenge exam?

Students can register and take the challenge exam one time only. 


Where do students go to take the challenge exam?

Students with a confirmed registration will take the Challenge Exam in the 12th floor computer lab, Tidewater Room 1218 from 1-3pm.


When do students know their results?

Students will receive their results within minutes of submitting the exam in Canvas. Students must score at least 70 points to pass and can sit for the exam one time only. Students who score below 70 points must register for SPHL 6020 in their next semester of study.


How do students register for the challenge exam?

Students can register for the SPHL 6020 Challenge Exam up until 2 days before the scheduled exam.  Follow these instructions to register for the challenge exam. 


How do students take the challenge exam?

Students who have received registration confirmation should plan to arrive at the correct day, time, and room provided in that email. They should bring their Tulane IDs or other picture ID. A proctor will be on hand to help them sign in and get set up at a computer. The exam is comprised of 50 multiple choice questions that relate to the required D1 competencies addressed in the course. Students have two hours to complete the exam and may submit one time only.


How is the SPHL 6020 waiver processed?

Confirmation of successful completion of the challenge exam is sent to the Office of Student Affairs for the student’s record and also to the departmental Program Managers to confirm waiver of the course. Passing the challenge exam waives the SPHL 6020 course requirement but does not give degree credit.


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