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Course Requirements for International Health Program

National Yang Ming University (Ph.D. Program)

I. 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.

II. Admission and related matters shall be handled in accordance with the rules stated in the admission brochure of the respective academic year.

III. Course Eligibility and Process

i 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.

ii Domestic students:

1. Students admitted through a recruitment process, a screening test, or an entrance exam held by the University;

2. Existing students at various graduate institutes of the University who have transferred to the Program based on requirements for transfer of majors established by the University.

IV. Acceptance and registration

i 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.

ii 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.

iii In the event that a student’s diplomas is found to be a forgery, the said student shall be immediately expelled from the Program.

V. Curriculum of the Program of International Health

i Core:

1. Required courses: Advanced Epidemiology (2 credits), and Biostatistical Methods (2 credits).

2. Required fields: At least six credits in one of these four fields: Health Policies, Infection and Immunity, Social and Behavioral Science, and International Health. Students must take 6 or more credits of courses related to their field of study.

ii Required courses for all University students: Academic Research Ethics (0 credits). Graduate students must satisfactorily complete this course before applying for their degree examination (students who do not complete the course may not apply for degree examination). The course is administered online. Students must access the course material through our online education platform and satisfactorily complete an online test; students who do not pass this online test are required to retake and pass the test before applying for their degree examination. The academic requirement that “graduate students who do not pass a required course and fail to pass again on retaking that course shall terminate their studies…” does not apply here.

iii Required courses for students enrolled before Fall Semester 2011:

Track A-Health Policy Track: Two credits in biostatistics and two credits in epidemiology.

Track B-Infection and Immunology Track: Two credits of Seminar in Infection and Immunology I and two credits of Seminar in Infection and Immunology II; two credits of Introduction to Biostatistics

iv Courses required for students who enrolled before Fall Semester 2011 are listed in Article 1 of this section (V.i.).

vElectives:

Lecturers from inside and outside of the University will be invited to give courses presented in the English language. Students may enroll in courses recognized by the Program from both inside and outside of the university. All open elective courses will be announced by the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA).

vi When registering courses and during the drop/add period, students must get their advisor’s approval and have him/her sign the registration form before submitting it to the director of their respective Institutes for final approval. Students who do not yet have an advisor must have the form signed by the course advisor before submission. Course registration and drop/add shall be handled in accordance with the University’s bylaws and related regulations.

VI. Period of study and required credits

i The period of study in the Program shall be two to seven years.

ii Students must complete at least eighteen credits required by the Program.

iii Graduates and bachelors who advance to the Program must complete at least eighteen credits, among which eighteen must be from courses in the Program.

iv Credits of the dissertation are not included in the required credits of the Program.

v Postgraduates who advance to the Ph.D. program are not required to retake required courses for which they have already obtained credit.

vi Requests for voluntary suspension shall be handled in accordance with the University’s bylaws and related regulations.

VII. Credit Exemption

i Students who wish to apply for credit exemption shall submit details of the curriculum and transcripts of academic performances for the courses taken. Applicants shall then obtain consent from their course instructors, the Program Director, and director of their respective Institute. All administrative procedures must be handled in accordance with the administrative procedures of the applicants’ respective Institute.

ii 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.

VIII. Examinations and grading

i Examinations include quizzes, midterms, and finals. Quizzes are given by the instructor at irregular intervals, while midterms are held on dates determined by instructors within the stipulated timeframe of the semester schedule. Finals are 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.

ii Final grades are provided by instructors within two weeks after finals are completed. Instructors shall fill in report cards and submit them to the Registration Section of the OAA.

iii In the event that an instructor detects a mistake or omission in a submitted report card, s/he may request grade modification in writing by providing related proof. The request shall be reviewed, in proper sequence, by the director of the institute, dean of the college, and director of the OAA; after the request has been reviewed and approved, modification shall be made by the OAA prior to a reconfirmation by the Academic Affairs Meeting of the following semester.

iv 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, and D), where students whose indication is below B (i.e. C or D) fail.

v Students who fail any required course must re-enroll in the course; if a student fails a required course twice, s/he shall be subject to expulsion. Students who are graded below B in terms of conduct are also subject to expulsion.

vi In cases where a student fails to participate in a major exam due to an official duty, illness, or major accident, the University’s related regulations shall apply.

IX. Dissertation advisor

i 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. The duties of an advisor are as follows:

1. To provide academic guidance related to course registration, reading, research, experiments, and dissertation writing.

2. To attend review meetings concerning his/her Ph.D. student.

ii Each Ph.D. student, after enrollment, may choose to transfer to his/her advisor’s Institute in accordance with the rules governing transfers of Ph.D. students.

iii 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.

iv Ph.D. students who wish to change their academic advisor after having already submitted a letter of approval from their current academic advisor must obtain letters of approval from their new academic advisor and their Program Director which they must then submit to their program’s administrative office for processing. Graduate students shall adhere to relevant regulations in the academic code of ethics in the application of academic results obtained under the guidance of their previous academic professor.

X. Ph.D. qualifying examination

i Qualifying assessment is based on implemented Ph.D. degree qualifying assessment principals of Yang Ming University.

ii Requirements: completion of compulsory subjects while meeting credit requirements of the International Health Program.

iii Qualifying assessment application, withdraw, and grade registration must be handled in accordance with school regulations.

iv Qualifying assessment must be completed before the end of 3 years into Ph.D. study. There are two parts for the qualifying assessment: paper exam and oral exam. 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.

v Qualifying assessment commissioners:

1. Three to five commissioners shall be nominated by advisor and approved by the Program Director and Institute Director; the Program Director and Institute Director shall then appoint one of the commissioners as the convener. An advisor may not be appointed as a convener.

2. Committee members must be assistant professors or research assistant fellows and above, and meet Article 5 of the Postgraduates Degree Assessment Implementation Provisions. Change of committee members shall be proposed by the advisor and approved by the Program Director and director of the student’s respective Institute.

vi Students who pass the examination within the designated time shall receive the title of Ph.D. candidate.

vii Examinations

1. A student who wishes to take the qualifying written examination must first obtain approval from his/her advisor.

2. Written examination: Students are required to take examination in three areas: Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and an additional subject from disciplines and fields in the Program as determined by the examination committee (including Health Policy, Infection and Immunology, Social and Behavioral Sciences, International Health, and Environmental Health). Students must take 6 or more credits of courses related to their field of study. The examination is held twice per year. Those students wishing to apply for the examination must apply to the graduate institute to which they belong at time of registration. Examination scores are given with 100 points as the maximum and 70 points as passing.

3. Written examinations for students who enrolled before the 2014 academic year: students testing must test in at least two subjects, one of which must be either Biostatistics and Epidemiology. If a student fails to pass any one of the required examination subjects, the student must retake the test for all subjects. The subjects in addition to Biostatistics and Epidemiology are chosen by the examination committee (including Health Policy, Infection and Immunology, Social and Behavioral Sciences, International Health, and Environmental Health). Students must take 6 or more credits of courses related to their field of study. The examination is held twice per year. Those students wish to apply for the examination must apply to the graduate institute to which they belong at time of registration. Examination scores are given with 100 points as the maximum and 70 points as passing.

4. Oral Examination on Dissertation Proposal: To qualify for the oral exam, students must first pass the written exam. The application for the examination shall be submitted at least one month in advance for the committee members to arrange the date. Students must submit a research proposal to all commissioners at least one week before the exam. Approval of at least two-thirds of the members must be obtained in order to pass the examination.

XI. Degree examination

i Within the designated time frame, the Ph.D. candidate shall submit the application for degree examination, as well as a transcript of academic performance and a certificate to indicate that the student has passed the qualifying examination, to the Program and his/her respective Institute. After obtaining approval from the student’s advisor, Program Director, and director of his/her respective Institute, the form shall be forwarded to the OAA along with a list of the members of the degree examination committee.

ii Other requirements

1. The Ph.D. candidate shall have at least one original thesis written in 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.

iii 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 may not be the advisor of the Ph.D. student.

2. Qualifications of the committee members shall be verified in accordance with the requirements listed in Article Five of the Postgraduates Degree Assessment Implementation Provisions.

3. Once decided, members of the committee may not change.

iv 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.

vOral defense of the dissertation

1. The grade for an oral defense is given in a percentage score, where the full score is one hundred points and the standard for passing is seventy points.

2. The final grade is the average of scores given by all members presented; however, in cases where more than one third of members assign a failing score, the student shall fail the examination.

vi 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. The student may retake the degree examination upon approval of the advisor, Program Director, and director of the OAA. If the student fails on the second attempt, s/he shall be subject to expulsion from the program.

XII. Graduation and check-out procedures

i After passing the degree examination, the student must either revise the draft in accordance with committee members’ suggestion(s) or provide explanation for non-revision. The final dissertation may not be submitted until after approval is obtained from the advisor and after all committee members have signed the final validation form.

ii 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.

iii Electronic files of the dissertation shall be submitted in formats required by the Ministry of Education and saved on computer disks

iv 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 OAA. 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.

v Students who fail to complete the procedure within the time frame shall have “Incomplete” marked on their transcript by the OAA. In such cases, students whose period of study is not due must register for the next semester.

XIII. Matters not covered in the current document shall be handled in accordance with other related regulations of the students’ respective Institute and of the University.

XIV. 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 administrative procedures.


 

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