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Draft Requirements of the Ph.D. Program of International Health,
National Yang Ming University

Content of Articles

  1. Students in the Ph.D. Program of International Health (hereinafter "the Program") shall take all courses in accordance with the rules stated in the requirements.
  2. Admission and related matters shall be handled in accordance with the rules stated in the admission brochure of the respective academic year.
  3. Requirements and procedures.
    1. International students: Students with a master degree in related majors from colleges or universities recognized by the Ministry of Education (MOE) shall apply to the Program through the admission units in accordance with the University's rules.
    2. Domestic students:
      1. Students who enroll in the University through early admissions or entrance exams.
      2. Students who transfer from other graduate institutes within the University in accordance with Institute Transfer Regulations of the University.
  4. Acceptance and registration
    1. Acceptance of admission and registration shall be handled in accordance both with the rules stated in the admission brochure of the respective academic year and with the University's existing rules governing admission, registration, and other related matters.
    2. Students who have been admitted to the Program shall complete the registration before the required deadline. Any unapproved extension shall result in denial of final admission.
    3. Forged diplomas, once spotted, shall result in the holder's expulsion from the Program.
  5. Curriculum of the Program of International Health
    1. Required courses: two credits in epidemiology, two credits in biostatistics, and two credits of Studies in International Health I and II, respectively.
    2. Required courses for students enrolled before Fall Semester 2011:
      1. Track A-Health Policy Track: two credits in biostatistics and two credits in epidemiology.
      2. Track B-Infection and Immunology Track: two credits of Studies in Infection and Immunology I and II, respectively; two credits of Introduction to Biostatistics
    3. Students enrolled before Fall Semester 2011 may enroll in required courses listed in V.i.
    4. Elective course:
      Lecturers from inside and outside of the University will be invited to give English medium courses. Students may enroll in courses recognized by the Program from both in and out of the university. All open elective courses will be announced by the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA).
    5. When registering courses, students must seek their advisor's approval and have him/her sign on the registration form before submitting it to the director of their respective Institutes for final approval. Before having chosen an advisor, students shall turn in the form with the signature of the course counselor. Course registration and subsequent modifications shall be handled in accordance with the University's bylaws and related regulations.
  6. Period of study and required credits
    1. The period of study in the Program shall be two to seven years.
    2. Students must complete at least eighteen credits required by the Program.
    3. Graduates and bachelors who advance to the Program must complete at least eighteen credits, among which eighteen must be from courses in the Program.
    4. Credits of the dissertation shall not be included in the required credits of the Program.
    5. Postgraduates who advance to the Ph.D. program need not retake the required courses whose credits they have already obtained.
    6. Requests for voluntary suspension shall be handled in accordance with the University's bylaws and related regulations.
  7. Credit Exemption
    1. Students who wish to apply for credit exemption shall submit details of the curriculum and transcripts of academic performances for the courses taken. Applicants, then, shall obtain the consent from course instructors, director of the Program and director of their respective Institute. All administrative procedures must be in accordance with the administrative procedures of applicants' respective Institute.
    2. The course instructor may arrange an exemption examination for the applicant, if needed. In cases where the applicant passes the examinations, credit exemption shall be granted in accordance with the rules governing credit exemption. Should the applicant fail the examination, s/he shall retake the course.
  8. Examinations and grading
    1. Examinations include quizzes, midterm and final. Quizzes are given by the instructor at irregular intervals, while midterm is held in ways dictated by the instructor within the time frame as stipulated on the semester schedule. Final is held in accordance with the semester schedule. The Institute arranges the time and venue before the submission to the OAA. Exams will take place on the announced date by the OAA.
    2. Final grade is provided by the instructor within two weeks after the final. The instructor shall fill in report cards and submit them to the Registration Section of the OAA.
    3. In cases where the instructor detects mistakes or omissions in the submitted report cards, s/he may request grade modification in writing by providing related proofs. The request shall be approved, in proper sequence, by director of the institute, dean of the college, and director of the OAA; after the request has been approved, modification shall be made by the OAA prior to a reconfirmation by the Academic Affairs Meeting of the following semester.
    4. Grades are given in percentage scores, where the full score is one hundred points and standard for passing is seventy points. Conduct, on the other hand, is indicated by means of four categories (A, B, C & D), where students whose indication is below B (i.e. C or D) fail.
    5. Students who fail any required course must enroll once again in the course; they are subject to expulsion if their second attempt still fails. Students who are graded below B in terms of conduct are also subject to expulsion.
    6. In cases where the student fails to participate in major exams because of duty, illness or major accident, the University's related regulations shall apply.
  9. Dissertation advisor
    1. Ph.D. students shall be advised by an assistant professor or above, from their respective Institute or the Program, in accordance with the Qualification Requirements for Advisors to Postgraduate and Ph.D. Students. Duties of the advisor are as follows:
      1. To provide academic guidance in such aspects as course registration, reading, research, experiment, and dissertation writing.
      2. To attend review meetings concerning his/her Ph.D. student.
    2. Each Ph.D. student, after enrollment, may choose to transfer to his/her advisor's Institute in accordance with the rules governing Ph.D. students' transference.
    3. In cases where a Ph.D. student from the Institute of Biomedical Informatics chooses an advisor from another Institute, s/he shall have a co-advisor from the Institute of Biomedical Informatics.
  10. X. Ph.D. candidacy examination
    1. The examination shall be held in accordance with the Principles of Ph.D. Candidacy Examinations of Yang Ming University.
    2. To participate in the examination, students must complete all the courses required by the Program.
    3. Application, cancellation and grade registration of the Ph.D. candidacy examination are handled in accordance with related regulations of the students' respective Institute.
    4. The examination shall take place within the third year of study. The examination is held in both written and oral forms. In cases where the student fails the written and oral examinations, s/he may retake the examinations within the designated time frame. Students who fail the second attempt shall be expelled from the Program.
    5. Committee of Ph.D. candidacy examinations:
      1. The committee consists of three to five members approved by director of the Program and director of the student's repective Institute. The convener shall be selected from the committee and appointed by these two directors. The advisor shall not be appointed as the convener.
      2. Committee members must be assistant professors, assistant research fellows or above and meet the requirements stated in Article Five of Master and Ph.D. Candidacy Examination Implementation Provisions. Change of committee members shall be proposed by the advisor and approved by director of the Program and director of the student's respective Institute.
    6. Students who pass the examination within the designated time shall receive the title of Ph.D. candidate.
    7. Examinations
      1. To participate in the examinations, students shall obtain the consent from the advisor.
      2. Written examination:
        Students shall take the examination in at least two areas, among which, Biostatistics and Epidemiology is required. Other areas (including Health Policy, Infection and Immunology, Social and Behavioral Sciences, International Health, and Environmental Hygiene) are chosen from the curriculum of the Program by the committee members. Students must complete at least six credits of related courses to their respective chosen field of study. The examination shall be held twice each year. Students who wish to take the examination shall submit their application to the Program and their respective Institutes at semester registration. Grade of the examination is given in percentage scores, where the full score is one hundred points and standard for passing is seventy points.
      3. Oral Examination on Dissertation Proposal:
        The examination shall be held after the passage of the written examination. The application for the examination shall be submitted at least one month in advance for the committee members to arrange the date. One week prior to the examination, the applicant shall submit the research proposal for his/her future study to each committee member. Passage of the examination requires at least two-thirds of votes of the members.
  11. Degree examination
    1. Within the designated time frame, the Ph.D. candidate shall submit the application for degree examination, as well as a transcript of academic performances and a certificate to indicate that the student has passed the candidacy examination, to the Program and his/her respective Institute. After the acquisition of the approval of the student's advisor, director of the Program and director of his/her respective Institute, the form shall be forwarded to the Office of Academic Affairs together with a list of members of the degree examination committee.
    2. Other requirements
      1. The Ph.D. candidate shall have at least one original thesis written from the first-person perspective under the name of his/her Institute published in academic journals such as: (1) SCI, (2) SSCI, (3) TSSCI, (4) Index Medicus (MEDLINE), and (5) other journals approved by the Program.
      2. The preliminary draft shall be reviewed by the advisor.
    3. Degree examination committee
      1. Qualifications of the committee members shall be verified in accordance with the University's regulations. The committee shall consist of five to nine members. All members shall elect one member to act as the convener, who must not be the advisor of the Ph.D. student.
      2. Qualifications of the committee members shall be verified in accordance with the the requirements listed in Article Five of Master and Ph.D. Candidacy Examination Implementation Provisions.
      3. Once decided, members of the committee may not change.
    4. Draft writing:
      Draft writing must be written in accordance with designated formats. After being approved by the advisor, it must be duplicated, and a copy must be sent to each committee member two weeks before the degree examination.
    5. Oral defense of the dissertation
      1. Grade of the oral defense is given in percentage scores, where the full score is one hundred points and standard for passing is seventy points.
      2. The final grade is the average of scores given by all present members; however, in cases where more than one third of all members provide a failing score, the student shall fail the examination.
    6. In cases where the student fails his/her degree examination before the period of study is due, s/he may apply for one more degree examination. Once approved by the advisor, director of the Program and director of the OAA, the student shall retake the degree examination. If the second attempt still fails, s/he shall be expelled from the program.
  12. Graduation
    1. After the passage of the degree examination, the student must either revise the draft in accordance with committee members' suggestion or provide explanation for non-revision. The final dissertation may only be submitted after the advisor's approval and after all committee members have signed on the final validation form.
    2. The final draft of the dissertation shall be bound as a hardcover book in the format designated by the MOE. Four hardcover copies shall be submitted with the advisor's signature on each of them.
    3. The digital edition of the dissertation shall be submitted in formats designated by the MOE and saved on a computer disc.
    4. The student shall submit to his/her respective Institute the aforementioned items. Attached with the report card of the student's oral defense, the Institute shall submit all the files to the Office of Academic Affairs. The student shall then proceed with the rest of the graduation procedure. After having completed the procedure, the student may obtain a diploma and be conferred a Ph.D. degree.
    5. Students who fail to complete the procedure within the time frame shall have "Incomplete" on his/her report card as the remark of the OAA. In such cases, students whose period of study is not due must register for the next semester.
  13. Matters not covered in the current document shall be handled in accordance with other related regulations of students' respective Institute and of the University.
  14. Formulation and amendment of the requirements will be implemented once approved in the Academic Affairs Meeting of the Program and students' respective Institute. Formulation and amendment will be submitted to the OAA in accordance with all administrative procedures.

 

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