Academic advising and mentoring for the PhD program in Health Promotion Sciences are an extension of our mentorship model. Student work in close collaboration with two faculty members in the School of Community and Global Health to design a program of study: the academic advisor and the research mentor. 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 milestone including the tools requirement, empirical paper, qualifying examination, and dissertation. Delineation of course sequencing and advising on curriculum issues will primarily be done through meetings with the academic advisor. All students are required to receive academic advisement each semester prior to registration. Guidance on research and on completion of the non-coursework requirements will be provided by the student’s research mentor. PhD students also schedule annual meetings with a review committee of their choosing to discuss progress towards the completion of program milestones, goals for the upcoming academic year, and post-graduate career plans.
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 initiated after admission and prior to a student’s arrival at CGU. 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 may collaborate with multiple faculty members through directed research to gain the range of experience and skills needed for a career in health promotion sciences.