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Course Requirements for International Health Program

National Yang Ming University (Ph.D. Program)

Amended and formulated in the Degree Program Meeting on May 12, 2011

Amended and passed in the Degree Program Meeting on January 12, 2012

Amended and passed in the Degree Program Committee Meeting on December 31, 2013

Amended and passed in the Degree Program Committee Meeting on May 26, 2014

Amended and passed in the Degree Program Committee Meeting on January 19, 2016

Amended and passed in the Degree Program Committee Meeting on August 2, 2016

Amended and passed in the Degree Program Committee Meeting on January 11, 2017

Amended and passed in the Degree Program Committee Meeting on June 16, 2017

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.
Provisions and examinations regarding direct admission of master's students into doctoral programs: shall be specified in and conducted according to regulations announced for the given 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 diploma 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: Study Designs in Epidemiology (2 credits), and Biostatistical Modeling and Data Analysis (2 credits), Seminar on International Health (Doctoral, 2 semesters).

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.

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 “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.

ii 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

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

iv 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).

v 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 Postgraduate students directly admitted into the Ph.D. Program are not required to retake required courses of the Program which they have already completed with passing grades. Students who have not completed courses equivalent to the Program's Theory of Epidemiology (2 credits) and Introduction to Biostatistics (2 credits) shall enroll in the said courses.

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

VII. Credit Exemption

i. Postgraduate students may apply for exemption from a required course which they have completed in the Program with passing grades during their master's studies, or have completed in the Program or at another relevant graduate institute prior to admission. Course exemption is granted upon approval of the Program's course instructor, the Program Director, and director of the student's affiliated graduate institute, but no credits are earned for an exempted course.

ii. Postgraduate students admitted into the Ph.D. Program after re-taking the admission examination, re-applying for admission, or earning credits in advance in accordance with relevant regulations may apply for credit transfers upon approval of the student's advisor and graduate institute director. Credit transfer is granted after approval in the Degree Program Meeting. The transferred credits shall have been obtained within three years prior to admission into the Ph.D. Program. The maximum number of credits transferred shall be one-third of the total credits required for graduation. 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.

iii. Regulations in the preceding paragraph shall, in principle, apply to credit transfers of postgraduate students who have been accepted for internal program transfer. However, credit transfers of required specialized courses shall be passed and acknowledged by the Degree Program Meeting.

iv. Credit transfer and course exemption shall not apply to seminar courses.

v. 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.

vi. 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. 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 by the Program Director, the director of the student's affiliated graduate institute, verified by the College Dean, and approved by the Dean of Academic Affairs; the correction shall then be made by the OAA and confirmed retrospectively by the Academic Affairs Meeting in the following semester.

iv The grades of doctoral students 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, 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. Dissertation advisor

i Postgraduate students shall select a dissertation advisor by the end of the second semester in their first academic year. Ph.D. students shall be advised by a full-time or jointly appointed faculty member in the student's affiliated graduate institute, or one who participates in the Program. The advisor shall be at the rank of assistant professor or above and shall meet the Qualification Requirements for Advisors to Postgraduate 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 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.

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:

1. Completion of the required subjects of the Program with passing grades.

2. Students with a master's degree or directly admitted into the Program shall have completed at least 18 credits (excluding credits for Ph.D. Dissertation).

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 seven 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 shall meet the qualifications specified in Article 4 of the NYMU Guidelines for Qualification Assessments of Ph.D. Candidates. Replacements of qualifying assessment commissioners, where necessary, 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 qualifying examinations shall be conducted twice per year (once every semester) within eight weeks after classes begin in a semester. Students who wish to take the exam in a given semester shall apply to the Program Office before the end of the preceding semester.

3. 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.

4. 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 or 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.

5. The advisor shall design no more than one-half of the questions in any subject of the exam.

6. 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. The score of the qualifying exam shall be the average of the scores given by all committee members in attendance (the maximum score is 100 points and the passing score is 70 points).

XI. Degree examination

i To apply for a degree examination, a Ph.D. candidate shall submit an application form to the Program and the student's affiliated graduate institute within the time frame designated in the University's academic calendar, along with a recommendation letter from the advisor, a transcript of academic performance, proof of passing the qualifying examination, a preliminary abstract of the dissertation, and other documents of proof (acceptance letter for journal paper). 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. Before submitting the application for degree examination, 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 of which at least one-third (inclusive) shall be external members from outside the University faculty. 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. Changes in committee members, where necessary, shall be proposed by the advisor and approved by the Program Director and director of the student's affiliate graduate institute.

iv Draft writing:

The preliminary draft shall be written in accordance with the format announced by the Program. 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 Oral 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, if one-third (inclusive) or more of the committee members issue a failing grade, the final grade shall be a fail.

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 only with the approval of the director of the student's affiliate graduate institute and the Dean of Academic Affairs. The degree examination may be retaken only once. A student who fails on the second attempt shall be required to withdraw from the University.

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. The final draft of the dissertation shall be printed in the format designated by the MOE. Several hardcover and softcover copies shall be prepared with the advisor's signature on each copy. In addition to the hardcover and softcover copies to be submitted to the OAA and Library according to NYMU regulations, a hardcover copy shall be retained by the Institute for future reference.

iii The electronic file of the dissertation shall be prepared in accordance with the format designated by the MOE.

iv The student shall submit the three aforementioned items to the Program Office. After attaching the student's oral defense score sheet, the Program Office and the student's affiliated graduate institute shall forward the submitted items to the OAA. The student may then precede with the remaining graduation procedures and receive a diploma which shall confer a Doctorate of Philosophy (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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