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Regulations related to study and obtain Ph.D. degree from International Health Program, National Yang-Ming University

Prepared by Program Preparation Council on 15th January 2008

Revised by Program Committee on 12th March 2008

Revised by Program Committee on 3rd March 2010

  1. Program name: International Health Program, National Yang Ming University as verified by the Ministry of Education (referred to as the Program thereon).
  1. Entrance examination and stipulations: please refer to prospectus from current academic year.
  1. Entrance requirements and procedure:

(1). International students:

Holders of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Dental Surgery, or a Master’s degree from universities approved by the Ministry of Education, R.O.C.(Taiwan) may be admitted by selection in accordance with the University’s regulations.

(2). Domestics students:

i. Undergo selection exam or entrance exam based on the recruiting procedure of the University;

ii. Transfer from other postgraduate institutes within the University in accordance with Institute Transfer Regulations of the University.

  1. New students registration:

(1). The registration of new students is in accordance with the prospectus of the academic year and regulations concerning registration.

(2). New students must register within required date. Admission will be revoked should students failed to register in time and obtain leave of absence from the school.

(3). Should any of the documents submitted be discovered as untrue, students will be dismissed immediately.

  1. Curriculum:

(1). Compulsory subjects:

Group A (major in Health Policy): 2 credits must be obtained from courses within the Biostatistics discipline, and another 2 be from Epidemiology.

Group B (major in Infection & Immunology): 2 credits from Infection and Immunology Seminar I, 2 credits from Infection and Immunology Seminar II, and 2 credits from Introduction to Biostatistics.

(2). Optional subjects: Lecturers from inside and outside of the University will be engaged to give English-medium courses. Students may opt for other postgraduate courses recognized by the Program from both in and out of the university. The range of optional courses will be based on the schedule published by the Academic Affairs Office.

(3). Course selection, addition, and cancellation must follow school study regulations.

  1. Course duration and credits:

(1). 2 to 7 years for PhD students.

(2). PhD students must at least obtain 18 credits from courses approved by the Program.

(3). Postgraduates and Bachelors pursuing a PhD degree must at least obtain 18 credits, whereby 18 must have been completed during their PhD studies.

(4). Extra credits will be given to thesis.

(5). Postgraduates do not need to take the compulsory subjects if they have already completed and passed the courses.

(6). Temporary suspension must follow school study regulations.

  1. Change of group:

(1). Students may transfer to another group should they discover the original group is different from their interest. Application may be submitted during the last month of the semester.

(2). Transferring students must have completed at least one semester and obtained an average of 70 or above.

(3). Once students have discussed with their original supervisors and obtained consensus from their new ones, they may submit transfer application during the last month of the semester at the Program office to be approved by Program Director.

(3). Students may only change group once, and once the transfer has been approved, they may not request to return to the original group.

8. Credit exemption:

(1). Should postgraduates of the Program have completed and obtained credits for the compulsory subjects within the past 5 years, then they may apply to the Program for exemption.

(2). Credit exemption must follow school regulations.

9. Examinations and grades:

(1). Subject exams, lecture assessments, mid-term exams, and final exams. Lecture assessments are done by lecturers at any time. Mid-term exams will take place within the time frame as stipulated on the semester schedule, and lecturers are to determine their format. The time, date, and venue of final exams will be determined by the Institute based on the school schedule and be submitted to the Academic Affairs Office; they will take place on the announced date.

(2). Lecturers will complete the final grade form for the semester and submitted it to the registrar in Academic Affairs Office within 2 weeks after the end of the final exams.

(3). Should lecturers need to alter the submitted grade due to error or omission, a written request for grade change must be made accompanied by supporting documents. Once they have been examined by the Head of the Institute, double-checked by the Head of the Faculty, and approved by the Head of Academic Affairs, the Academic Affairs Office will rectify the grade pending confirmation from Academic Affairs Council the next semester.

(4). PhD student grades are calculated by percentage, with 100 being full marks and 70 a pass. Student behavior is calculated in terms of grade, with B being pass.

(5). PhD students who failed their compulsory subjects must repeat them, and should they fail again they will be dismissed accordingly. Students who failed to obtain a B or above for their behavior grade will be dismissed.

(6). Students who are unable to attend exams due to business, illness or emergency must refer to school regulations.

10. Supervisors:

Supervisors for postgraduates are assistant professors or above from the Program and meet the Qualification Requirements for Supervisors of Postgraduates Thesis regulations. Their responsibilities include:

(1). Academic guidance for their postgraduates, including course selection, reading, research and experiment, and thesis writing.

(2). Attending reviewing conferences concerning their postgraduates.

11. PhD degree candidacy assessment:

(1). Candidacy assessment is based on implemented PhD degree candidacy assessment principals of Yang-Ming University.

(2). Requirements: completion of group compulsory subjects while meeting credit requirements of individual group.

(3). Candidacy assessment application, withdraw, and grade registration must be in accordance with school regulations.

(4). Candidacy assessment must be completed before the end of 3 years into PhD study. Should candidates fail the assessment they may be re-assessed within stipulated time frame. If they fail again, they will then be dismissed.

(5). Candidacy assessment commissioners:

(i). 3 to 5 commissioners to be nominated by supervisors and approved by Program Director. One of them will be appointed as the convener, and supervisors may not be appointed as conveners.

(ii). Candidacy assessment commissioners must be assistant professors or research assistants and above, and meet Article 5 of the Postgraduates Degree Assessment Implementation Provisions. Change of commissioners must be proposed by supervisors and approved by the Program Director.

(6). Students who passed the assessment within the stipulated time frame will be listed as PhD degree candidate.

12. Thesis supervision:

The Program sets up individual thesis supervision commission for each PhD degree candidate.

PhD candidate supervisors should recommend 2 to 4 assistant professors or research assistants and above to be joint thesis supervising commissioners two weeks after candidates have passed the assessment. A thesis supervision commission will be set up following approval by Program Director, and the supervisor will be its convener in charge of supervising academic work, thesis research and writing of the student. The commission should regularly convene to review study progress of the student.

13. Degree assessment:

(1). PhD degree candidate should apply for degree assessment within the date stated on the academic calendar by filling out an application form with academic record and qualification assessment proof attached, and submit to the Program and the institute of their supervisor. The Academic Affairs Office will handle the application once the supervisor, Program Director, and the Head of the respective institute have examined it and attached the roster of assessment commissioners of the student.

(2). Other assessment requirements:

(i). PhD degree candidates should have at least one original thesis written from the first-person perspective under the name of the Institute and the Program that is published in academic journal such as: (1) SCI, (2) SSCI, (3) TSSCI, (4) Index Medicus (MEDLINE), and (5) other journals approved the Program Committee.

(ii). Supervisor must have approved the initial thesis draft.

(3). Degree assessment commissioners:

(i). Commissioners requirements must be in accordance with school regulations. Among the 5 to 9 commissioners, one-third must be from outside of the school and among them one will be appointed convener. Supervisor will be included in the commission, but may not assume the position of the convener.

(ii). PhD degree assessment commissioner requirements must be inline with Article 5 of the Postgraduates Degree Assessment Implementation Provisions.

(iii). Once the commissioners have been approved, no changes shall be made.

(4). Initial draft of thesis:

The draft must be written according to designated format and submitted to individual assessment commissioners 7 days prior to degree assessment after being approved by supervisor.

(5). Thesis oral assessment:

1. The result is calculated by taking in grades given by all attending commissioners and their average. Should over and above a third of the commissioner fail the assessment then the assessment is considered failed.

2. 100 is full marks and 70 a pass.

3. Students who failed the assessment before the end of their study may apply for a re-assessment within the date stated on school calendar by filling out an application. Once the supervisor, Program Director, Head of Academic Affairs have approved the application, then re-assessment may be conducted. Only one re-assessment may be taken, and should students fail it again, they will be dismissed.

14. Graduation procedure:

(1). Once students have passed their thesis assessments, they must make amendments as recommended by the assessment commissioners. Where amendments cannot be made students must justify, and once the supervisor has approved of this they may finalize the thesis. Assessment commissioners will then sign the thesis approval agreement.

(2). Finalized thesis must be printed in accordance with Ministry of Education regulations. Four hardbound copies must be made and then signed by the supervisor.

(3). The digital format of the thesis will be saved on a computer disc in the format designated by the Ministry of Education.

(4). The 3 items mentioned above must be handed to the Institute, where the thesis oral assessment result will be attached and handed over to the registry of the Academic Affairs Office. Students may then proceed to apply to leave the Institute, collect their graduation certificate, and then given a PhD degree.

(5). Postgraduates who do not complete the application to leave the Institute will have “incomplete” registered as their assessment result for the semester by the Academic Affairs Office. Students who have not exceeded their years of study should register to study the following semester.

15. Any uncompleted matters must refer to relevant school regulations to be processed.

16. The Provisions will be implemented after approval by the Academic Affairs Committee. Any revision shall follow administrative procedure and report to Head of the Academic Affairs to be approved.


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