Departmental Honors (DH) is an Advanced Scholarship track of the Commonwealth Honors College (CHC). Students may complete DH as part of the full CHC curriculum, which includes Honors General Studies, or they may complete DH alone. All DH students are members of CHC. The following sections refer to common resources for students who wish to pursue Public Health Departmental Honors.
Successful completion of the DH requirements with minimum grades of B (or as specified under the curriculum) and the submission of a properly formatted Honors Thesis or Project manuscript will result in the award of "Departmental Honors" on the student's academic transcript.
Public Health Departmental Honors Advisor
Dr. Michael Begay
334 Arnold House
If you have any questions pertaining to Departmental Honors requirements or making a public health class count for honors credit, please email Dr. Michael Begay.
General Admission Criteria
Minimally, to be eligible to apply for DH, students must have:
An overall GPA of 3.400 or higher earned after one or more fulltime semester/s of UMass Amherst coursework
The ability to complete the DH sub-plan requirements
The ability to complete the CHC minimum residency requirement, i.e., 45-graded (not pass/fail) credits earned at UMass Amherst (not transferred)
UMass Amherst students who are not already members of CHC must apply to Departmental Honors, an Advanced Scholarship CHC sub-plan, via the CHC online application using the following link: http:www.honors.umass.edu/admissions/apply-current-students
Students who are already members of CHC should meet with the department’s Honors Program Director (HPD) regarding their interest in joining Departmental Honors (DH), an Advanced Scholarship CHC sub-plan. The HPD will determine a student's eligibility and preparedness for DH. Admission to DH will be at the discretion of the HPD based on the criteria as established by the department and CHC (see Admission Criteria above). The HPD will notify the CHC office of newly accepted DH students so appropriate steps can be taken to designate the sub-plan on SPIRE.
1 PUBHLTH honors course any level
1 PUBHLTH honors courses 300-level or higher
Honors Thesis or Project. Options include:
Individually contracted: PUBHLTH 499Y Honors Research and PUBHLTH 499T Honors Thesis or 499P Honors Project
Notes: Other appropriate 499 Honors Thesis or Project options would be Citizen Scholar Program Honors Thesis or Project (a four semester commitment; the last two semesters count towards the student’s Honors Thesis/Project) or Honors Project seminars taught by Dr. Paula Stamps (Public Health faculty member).
Requirement Exceptions Note
Note: Exceptions to the requirements above require approval by both the Honors Program Director (HPD) and a Commonwealth Honors College advisor; requests must be submitted in writing via the CHC Petition for Exception form.
Information was adapted from the following page on the CHC website.
For information about the full CHC Curriculum, visit the curriculum page of the CHC website.