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:
Responsibilities of the Academic Advisor:
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.