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Student's Advising Committee

Certificate Students

The Director of Certificate Programs advises all Certificate Program students. A student is responsible for arranging to contact the Director at least once a semester.

The student must file a study plan (aka degree plan) with the Office of Academic Affairs. The study plan must be signed by both the director and the student, and a copy must be sent to the Office of Academic Affairs by the beginning of the second semester that student is enrolled in the program. Each semester, the student may need to get approval from the course instructor to register for a specific class.

Director of Certificate Programs:

  • Jeanette Broshears (for certificate students in Applied Biomedical Informatics and Public Health Informatics)
  • Jaime Hargrave (for certificate students Biomedical Informatics)

Masters Students

A MS student must have a primary advisor (mentor) who is a full-time SBMI faculty member. Upon acceptance to the MS program, a student will be assigned an advisor. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with their advisor at least once a semester. The student must obtain approval from their advisor for their degree plan, determining their support courses and practicum site & project objectives.

A MS student’s degree plan must be signed by the student and the primary advisor and a copy sent to the Office of Academic Affairs by the beginning of the second semester that student is enrolled in the program. The student and the advisor can revise the degree plan if necessary. When the degree plan changes, the student needs to send a copy of the revised degree plan to the Office of Academic Affairs as soon as possible.

Should a student elect to work with an advisor who has similar research interests, the student should first meet with that faculty member and request that he or she act as the student’s new primary advisor. If the faculty member agrees, a “Request to Change Advisor” form should be signed by the current advisor and the new advisor before the form is submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs for processing.

Doctoral Students

A doctoral student must have a primary advisor who is a full-time SBMI faculty member and an advising committee. The advising committee must be composed of the student’s primary advisor, at least one other full-time SBMI faculty member, and a third faculty member who represents the student’s interest or discipline area. Additional committee members may be added as needed. The student’s primary advisor will chair the advising committee. The advising committee will guide the student in the selection of courses, designation of a preceptorship site, and the development of the student’s research interests. 

A student is responsible for arranging to meet with their primary advisor at least once a semester. The student must obtain approval from the advisor for their degree plan, determining their support courses, and preceptorship site and objectives. A doctoral student’s degree plan must be signed by both the student and the primary advisor, and a copy sent to the Office of Academic Affairs by the beginning of the second semester that the student is enrolled in the program. The student and the advisor can revise the degree plan if necessary. When the degree plan changes, the student needs to send a copy of the revised degree plan to the Office of Academic Affairs as soon as possible.