Academic advising and mentoring for the PhD program in Health Promotion Sciences are an extension of our mentorship model in which each student works in close collaboration with two faculty members in the School of Community and Global Health (a) the graduate program advisor and (b) the student’s research mentor to design a program of study. Advising and mentoring include multiple elements such as course sequencing and degree requirements, issues of professional development and definition of career goals, guidance on the completion of directed research requirements, and advising on the completion of non-coursework requirements including the empirical paper, qualifying examination, and dissertation. Delineation of course sequencing and advising on curriculum issues will primarily be done through meetings with the graduate program advisor. Guidance on research and on completion of the non-coursework requirements will be provided by the student’s research mentor.
The training sequence involves substantial coursework in the first two years with students gradually assuming more responsibility as independent researchers and completing their non-coursework requirements in the last two years. Academic advising is typically initiated after admission and prior to a student’s arrival at CGU by the graduate program advisor. Students are initially assigned a research mentor based on the best match of student interests to faculty mentors and ongoing meetings with the research mentor typically begin after the student arrives at CGU although communications prior to arrival are encouraged. Students are also encouraged to work with multiple faculty members through directed research to gain the range of experience and skills needed for a career in health promotion sciences.