Course Requirements for International Health Program
National Yang Ming University (Master’s Program)
For admissions after 2011
Established in Program Preparations Meeting on January 15, 2008
Revised in Program Committee Meeting on March 12, 2009
Revised in Program Committee Meeting on March 03, 2010
Revised in Program Meeting on August 25, 2010
Revised in Program Meeting on March 07, 2011
- Title: The title of this program is approved by the Ministry of Education to be the “International Health Program, NationalYangMingUniversity” (Hereinafter referred to as “the Program”)
- Entrance exam and related requirements: The entrance exam and related requirements for graduate students shall be based on the Admission Prospectusfor thatyear. Graduate students shall follow requirements herein upon admission when taking courses. For early admissions, the requirements for the year of admission shall apply. However, when these requirements are changed following admission of graduate students, the amended requirements shall apply after they are approved in the Program Meeting.
- Course Eligibility and Process
- International Students:
Students having graduated from related departments of domestic and overseas universities or independent academies recognized by the Ministry of Education with a bachelor’s degree and meet requirements for the Program shall be admitted once they have passed the screening test and are selected by professors of the Program.
- Domestic students:
- Students admitted through an external recruitment process, a screening test, or an entrance exam held by the University;
- Existing students at various graduate institutes of the University having transferred to the Program based on requirements for transfer of majors established by the University.
- New Students Check-in and Registration
- New students shall follow the admission prospectus for the year, admission letter, and other related requirements established by the University for check-in and registration.
- Following acceptance, new students shall check in and register by the required deadline. Failure to do so without prior request for leave that is approved shall be subject to cancellation of their acceptance status.
- New students shall be expelled if any supporting documents they have submitted are found to be false.
- Required courses: Epidemiology (2 credits), Introductory Biostatistics (2 credits), International Health Seminar (Master) (2 semester 4 credits), Environmental Health (2 credits)
- Required fields: At least 2 credits in Health Policies; at least two credits each in two of these three fields: Infection and Immunity, Social and Behavioral Science, and International Health
- Core for students admitted prior to 2011:
- Group A (Majoring in Health Policies and Community Health): Epidemiology (2 credits), Introduction to Biostatistics (2 credits), International Health Seminar (I) (2 credits), International Health Seminar (II) (2 credits).
- Group B (Majoring in Infection and Immunity): Infection and Immunity Seminar (I) (2 credits), Infection and Immunity Seminar (II) (2 credits), Introduction to Biostatistics (2 credits).
- Students admitted prior to 2011 shall choose core courses specified in Paragraph 1 of this article.
The Program Office will hire domestic faculties from inside or outside the University to teach courses lectured in English. Students of the Program can also elect courses offered by graduate institutes on or off campus. The Program Office will determine if the acquired credits can be included as part of credits required for the Program. The scope of elective courses shall be based on the syllabus announced for the semester by the Office of Academic Affairs.
- Electing, adding, and dropping of courses shall follow Academic Rules and related requirements established by the University.
- Course duration and credit requirements
- Graduate students shall take and complete courses between one and four years (excluding time for suspended studies).
- Graduate students shall take at least 24 credits before they graduate and shall meet the requirements for credits of core courses and required fields established for the Program.
- The six credits for graduate theses shall be counted separately.
- To transfer or waive credits, graduate students shall follow the requirements for waiving credits for students of the University by providing acquired course information and the transcript which must be approved by the instructors and the director of the Program. If necessary, a written test for the transfer of credits shall be arranged for the applicants and the transfer shall only be allowed with a test score meeting the criteria (those with a dissatisfactory score shall re-take the course).
- Suspension of studies for graduate students shall follow Academic Rules and related requirements established by the University.
- Course tests and scoring
- Course tests include ordinary assessments, mid-term exams, semester exams, etc. Ordinary assessments are organized by the instructors at any time. Mid-terms take place within the required timeframe on the calendar in ways established by the instructors. Time and place for semester exams are first scheduled by the Program Office in accordance with the calendar and then submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs, which shall announce the finalized time and place.
- The total score for a semester shall be produced by instructors within two weeks after the semester exam ends and submitted to the Registrar in the Office of Academic Affairs to be documented.
- In the event that instructors request that original given scores be revised due to mistakes or missing information, they must enclose related supporting documents and submit written applications for revision of the scores. Following initial review by the Program head, secondary review by the dean, and approval from the Director of Academic Affairs, the Office of Academic Affairs shall first revise and then submit them for endorsement in the Academic Affairs Meeting in the following semester.
- Academic scores for graduate students shall follow the percentage system. 100% shall be a full score and 70% shall be a passing score. The conduct score shall be indicated in different levels. Level B is a passing grade.
- Graduate students shall re-take core courses with a failing grade. Those who fail the re-take courses shall be dismissed. Students with a failing conduct grade shall be dismissed.
- Failure to take scheduled exams for official reasons, illness, or major accidents shall be subject to related requirements established by the University
- Advising professor
- Graduate students shall decide their advising professor for their theses before the second semester of the first academic year ends. Advising professors for individual graduate students shall be at least associate professors in this Program and meet the requirements of the “Criteria for Determining Eligibility of Advising Professors for Doctorate and Masters Students’ Theses.” Advising professors shall be responsible for:
- Providing graduate students under their guidance with academic assistance throughout the whole program, including course election, reading, research experiments, and thesis writing.
- Attending evaluation meetings concerning graduate students under their guidance.
- In case that the graduate student wishes to change thesis advisor after submitting a previous consent form, the student shall submit a consent form signed by the new advisor and director of the program to the program administration office for reference. Research results that are obtained under previous direction may not be published or transferred by any means unless approved by the former advisor.
- Degree examination
- Before applying for a degree examination, the graduate student shall obtain written consent of the thesis advisor and participate in the presentation of graduate research results of the program.
- Graduate students shall enclose related application forms along with a historical transcript within the required timeframe on the University’s calendar and submit them to the Program Office to apply for the degree examination. The advising professors and Program Director shall review and approve them and submit it along with the approved roster of the students to the Office of Academic Affairs for central management.
- Degree examination committee member:
There shall be an Examination Evaluation Committee established for the Master’s Degree Examination. The committee shall comprise three to five members and one of them shall be the convener. The advising professor will be a committee member but may not be the convener. Members of the Committee for Master's Degree Examinations shall meet the requirements in Article 5 of the “Guidelines for Implementing Degree Examinations for Doctorate and Masters Students” established by the University.
- Preliminary drafts of the thesis:
The preliminary draft shall be written in the required format and reviewed and approved by the advising professor with the required number of copies (the number of degree examination committee members) printed out and handed to individual members of the Examination Evaluation Committee two weeks prior to the date of the degree examination.
- Degree examination:
- The score of the degree examination shall be calculated as the mean of scores given by all attending committee members. When the original scores from at least half of members disqualify the student, the degree examination shall receive a failing grade.
- For the degree examination scores, 100% is a full score and 70% is a passing grade.
- For those with a failing grade on the degree examination whose course deadline has not expired yet, the test may be taken again. However, they shall complete the application forms by the required deadline on the calendar by the course deadline. The application forms shall be approved by the advising professor, the program head, the Director of Academic Affairs and the president before a second test can take place. Each student shall only retake the test once. When the second test still results in a failing grade, the student shall be dismissed.
- Besides oral interviews, scores of theses shall be obtained through additional written tests or laboratory tests if necessary.
- Graduation and check-out procedures
- For those with a passing grade on the degree examination, revision to areas in thesis shall be completed according to suggestions from members of the Examination Evaluation Committee or reasons shall be given if revision is impossible. The theses shall only be finalized following approval from the advising professor with the Thesis Evaluation Approval Letter signed by each committee member.
- Finalized theses shall be printed in the format required by the Ministry of Education with two hardback and paperback copies each. Each book shall be approved by the advising professor with his or her signature and submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs and the Library per requirements established by the University. Meanwhile a hardback book and a paperback book shall be sent to the Program Office for reference.
- Electronic files of theses shall be saved on computer disks in the format required by the Ministry of Education and one disk shall be submitted to the Program Office for reference.
- After all information mentioned in the foregoing three paragraphs is submitted to the Program Office, the Program Office will enclose the Oral Interview Transcript and send them to the Registrar in the Office of Academic Affairs to complete the check-out procedure. After that, students can pick up their diploma and the Master of Science Degree shall be conferred.
- The Office of Academic Affairs shall register the score of the degree examination taken in that semester as INCOMPLETE for graduate students having failed to complete the check-out procedure as required. When the course deadline has not arrived, the students shall register in the following semester again for continued studies.
- Graduation and check-out procedures shall follow the requirements established by the University.
- For any details not specified herein, other related requirements of the University shall apply.
- These Requirements shall be implemented following approval in the Academic Affairs Meeting. Their revision shall be submitted for approval by the Director of Academic Affairs in compliance with the administration procedure.