Students proceed through required coursework, choose electives to acquire new knowledge and skills, and must pass a written qualifying exam. They prepare a proposal for thesis research, complete two oral qualifying exams, then execute the research project, write and defend their thesis. Students proceed through a seminar series on career and proposal development to support work with their advisor. There is a strong preference for primary data collection as part of the thesis, but this is evaluated given the students career goals. All doctoral students at JHSPH must participate in a research project other than their thesis research during this approximately 5-year program.
- Intensive coursework
- Two-day written comprehensive examination is taken at the end of the year,
- Complete any remaining course requirements
- Draft a research proposal to serve as the basis for the preliminary oral examinations and dissertation work
Years 3 and 4
- Set up and conduct dissertation research, often in conjunction with working on an advisor’s research project
Years 4 and 5
- data analysis
- write dissertation
- defend dissertation.