Department of
At New Brunswick and Newark

Guidelines for Students

ADVISING: The Department of Epidemiology actively supports students working with faculty to help navigate the program and achieve their educational goals.  Students are assigned a faculty advisor early in their first semester that they will work with throughout their time at the School of Public Health.

During orientation, Epidemiology faculty meet with new students to help them choose their first semester classes.  At that time, you will complete a short survey that will provide us with further information about your interests and needs.  Based on your responses and faculty availability, you will be assigned an advisor and notified by e-mail.  If you cannot attend the orientation prior to your first semester, please contact the Department secretary and he or she will make alternate arrangements for you to register and meet as needed with faculty.   You may ask to change your advisor at any time, especially if your interests change or your fieldwork is compatible with a particular professor’s experience.

The Department of Epidemiology supports the following principles of advising:

Responsibilities of the Student Advisee:

    • Know who your advisor is!
    • Identify a mutually agreed upon framework for timely and periodic meetings with your advisor.
    • Review degree requirements, suggested course sequences, and pre-requisites for individual courses.  Be sure to allow time to make an appointment to meet with your advisor during registration.
    • Contact your advisor within the planning period before the next semester (i.e. Spring or Late Fall) to review your course selections and obtain your registration PIN # for the next semester.
    • Consult with your advisor about changes in scheduling, dropping or withdrawing from courses, academic issues, or fieldwork plans.
    • Plan ahead to allow enough time to identify a valuable fieldwork opportunity and site preceptor, and to discuss possible choices with your academic advisor.

Responsibilities of the Academic Advisor:

    • Learn about your advisee and understand their goals and interests.
    • Agree to an appointment to talk to the advisee in person, via e-mail, or by phone during the planning period prior to each semester and assist in the selection of courses.
    • After the student’s first semester, provide a PIN # for the advisee to register for the next semester’s classes.
    • Verify that the advisee meets SPH and Epidemiology degree requirements.
    • Advise student on fieldwork opportunities and career choices.
    • Refer students to appropriate individuals or offices that provide resources and assistance.

DUAL-CONCENTRATION STATUS:  Many students choose to apply and be accepted to more than one concentration (dual-concentration programs), such as Epidemiology and Health Education and Behavioral Science.  Students must meet the requirements of both departments for coursework and fieldwork, and both faculty advisors must sign the fieldwork contract and application for graduation.

TRANSFER CREDIT:  The Department of Epidemiology follows SPH policy for transferring credit.  The maximum number of credits that you can transfer from another institution is 12.  You can find detailed instructions for this process HERE

FIELDWORK: Your faculty advisor, other faculty and professionals, as well as the Graduate Practicum Directors are all good sources for learning about possible Fieldwork opportunities.  You should begin thinking about possible Fieldwork projects before you register for Fieldwork I.  Preferences and possible ideas in hand, you should discuss potential projects and locations with your academic advisor and a Graduate Practicum Director. Graduate Practicum Directors have proposals for new Fieldwork projects as well as files of prior Fieldwork projects to review.  Many students also arrange for Fieldwork on their own or with the help of a faculty member.  Detailed instructions and further information about Fieldwork can be found on the Fieldwork site. Click here for the Fieldwork.