Academic advising by our faculty is a critical component of our graduate students' education.
All matriculating students will be assigned a faculty advisor from the group of core faculty to help them design their academic program. Students will remain with this advisor until the time that they have developed other arrangements for advising.
Advisors will meet with students within the first quarter of each year to discuss students' Individual Development Plan(s) (IDPs). Additionally, students will meet with their advisor(s) on a regular basis throughout each year to discuss course selection, development of research projects, and career plans.
Academic progress and student completion of program requirements and milestones are monitored by the program staff and directors and also discussed at quarterly meetings of all PhD advisors.
Students are expected to identify a group of normally 3 thesis advisors before or, at the latest, shortly after the time that they advance to candidacy for the degree. This group will consist of one primary and two secondary advisors, who may or may not be the same as the initially assigned faculty advisor. The primary advisor must be from the group of core faculty, unless specific approval of the executive committee is obtained. Such approval would not be routinely granted. However, in rare cases, it may be optimal for a student’s progress to implement a co-primary mentor arrangement, in which a core faculty member from health policy and another faculty member from outside the core faculty jointly serve as primary mentors. This arrangement might occur in rare circumstances with students seeking to integrate areas of science into their policy training that are outside the expertise of the core faculty.
Secondary advisors will normally be expected to come from the core faculty, but could include faculty from outside the core group upon approval of the executive committee. Students will be encouraged to seek advisors with complementary expertise as needed, and the Director of Graduate Studies and executive committee will monitor advising arrangements to ensure that students receive adequate supervision.