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For Admissions After 2016

Course Requirements for International Health Program

National Yang Ming University (Master’s Program)

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

Amendments Passed in Curriculum Meeting on Oct. 24, 2011

Amended by Curriculum Advisory Committee on Nov. 3, 2011

Revised in Program Committee Meeting on May 26, 2014

Revised in Program Committee Meeting on Jan 19, 2016

Revised in Program Committee Meeting on Aug 2, 2016

Revised in Program Committee Meeting on Jun 16, 2017

I. Title: The title of this program is approved by the Ministry of Education to be the “International Health Program, National Yang Ming University” (hereinafter “the Program”).

II. Entrance exam and related requirements: The entrance exam and related requirements for graduate students shall be based on the Admission Prospectus for that year. 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.

III. Course Eligibility and Process

i. International students:

Students who have graduated from related departments of domestic and overseas universities or independent academies recognized by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and who possess a bachelor’s degree and meet the requirements of the Program shall be admitted once they have passed the screening test and are selected by the faculty of the Program.

ii. Domestic students:

1. Students admitted through an external 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 diploma is found to be a forgery, the said student shall be immediately expelled from the Program.

V. Curriculum

i. Core:

1. Required courses: Principles of Epidemiology (2 credits), Introductory Biostatistics (2 credits), Seminar on International Health (Master’s Program) (2 credits per semester for a total of two semesters), and Environmental Health (2 credits).

2. 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

3. 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 “research 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.

ii. Electives: 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).

iii. Course registration and drop/add shall be handled in accordance with the University’s bylaws and related regulations.

VI. Domestic students who desire to use a practical thesis as their Master's Degree thesis must first submit a plan with a topic relevant to international health one month in advance of executing the plan. In addition, after gaining consent for said plan, the student will then complete no less than 200 hours of practical fieldwork and, after completion, submit the research results. The student shall also complete a degree exam in accordance with the "Essential Points for Fieldwork in the International Health Master's Degree Program".

VII.Period of study and required credits

i. The period of study in the Program shall be one to four years (excluding time for suspended studies).

ii. Students must complete at least 24 credits required by the Program. Those who wish to use a practical thesis as the Master's Degree thesis shall complete at least 36 credits and satisfy the curriculum credit rules for required courses and required areas as specified for this discipline.

iii. The six credits for graduate theses shall be counted separately.

iv. 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 Program director. The maximum number of credits transferred shall be one-third of the total credits required for graduation. If necessary, a written test for the transfer of credits shall be arranged for the applicants; a transfer shall only be permitted for those students who achieve a test score which meets specified criteria. Should the applicant fail the examination, s/he shall retake the course.

v. After review by the Program, the one-third restriction may be waived for transfer of credits earned in postgraduate courses by students who have enrolled in postgraduate programs of the University but has not obtained a degree.

vi. Students who wish to apply for a suspension of studies shall follow Academic Rules and related requirements by the University.

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. Final exams are held before the end of the semester in accordance with the announcements of the OAA.

ii. Final grades shall be filed by the course instructors through the University's online grade submission system within two weeks after the end of final exams. Submission of final grades is completed after entering all the grades and confirming submission.

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 letter grades. The full score is A+ and the minimum passing grade shall be B-. Special courses may be assessed on a pass or fail basis if approved by the University Curriculum Committee. Matters regarding the letter grading system shall be handled in accordance with the NYMU Student Grading Guidelines. The numerical grading system may be adopted for evaluation of students admitted before the 2015/2016 academic year. The maximum score is 100 points and the minimum passing score is 70 points. Conduct is evaluated in four-level grades by the director of the institute, and the minimum passing grade is B.

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. Thesis Advisor

i. Graduate students shall have a thesis advisor before the end of second semester of the first academic year. Thesis advisor for individual graduate students shall be at least assistant professors in this Program and meet the requirements of 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 M.S. student.

ii. 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.

iii. If the advisor is an adjunct faculty member, a co-advisor shall be invited from among the full-time or jointly appointed faculty member of the University.

X. Degree examination

i. Before degree exam, students shall participate in the grand presentation after obtaining the written consent of his/her advisor.

ii. Within the designated time frame, the students shall submit the application for degree examination, as well as a transcript of academic performance to the Program. After obtaining approval from the student’s advisor, Program Director, the form shall be forwarded to the Office of Academic Affairs along with a list of the members of the degree examination committee.

iii. Degree examination committee:

There shall be an Examination Evaluation Committee established for the Master’s Degree Examination. The committee shall consist of three to five members and one of them shall be the convener. The advisor shall be a committee member but may not be the convener. Qualifications of the committee members shall be verified in accordance with the requirements listed in Article Five of the Master and Ph.D. Candidacy Examination Implementation Provisions.

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.

v. Degree examination:

1. 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.

2. Grades are given in percentage scores, where the full score is one hundred points and standard for passing is seventy points.

3. 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 may only retake the test once. If the second test results in a failing grade, the student shall be dismissed.

4. In addition to oral interviews, scores of theses shall be obtained through additional written tests or laboratory tests where necessary.

vi. Under Article 6 of these guidelines, any registered research student who desires to apply for the degree exam shall first obtain the consent of his/her field work advisor and must also abide by Article 1, Subparagraph 2 of these guidelines. The student shall also complete the degree exam and all procedures for leaving the University within the specified timeframe (first semester: February 15; second semester: August 31).

XI. Graduation and check-out procedures

i. After passing the degree examination, the student must either revise the draft in accordance with committee members’ suggestions 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 thesis 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 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.

iv. After all information mentioned in the foregoing three paragraphs is submitted to the Program Office, the Program Office shall enclose the Oral Interview Transcript and send it to the Registrar in the Office of Academic Affairs to complete the check-out procedure. After that, students shall pick up their diploma and the Master of Science Degree shall be conferred.

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

vi. Graduation and check-out procedures shall follow the requirements by the University.

XII. Matters not covered in the current document shall be handled in accordance with other related regulations of the University.

XIII. 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 administrative procedures.


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