Requirements

Minimum Academic Standards and Requirements

Dissertation Advising

Each student will have one primary advisor from the core Personal Health Informatics Doctoral Program faculty.

Dissertation Committee

The Committee will consist of at least 3 members: the dissertation advisor, one additional Personal Health Informatics Doctoral program faculty member, and one member external to Northeastern who is an expert in the specific personal health informatics topic of research. The dissertation committee shall include experts with both health and technology backgrounds. The dissertation advisor must be a full time member of the Northeastern University faculty.

Qualifying Examination

The qualifying examination will consist of a three-part exam conducted by a committee of three Personal Health Informatics Doctoral Program faculty members, each overseeing one part of the exam. The research core of the exam is fulfilled with submission of a high-quality paper to a strong peer-reviewed conference or journal. The health component of the exam is fulfilled when the student passes a written exam developed by a Personal Health Informatics Doctoral Program faculty member with a health sciences background, and the technical component of the exam is fulfilled when the student passes an exam developed by a Personal Health Informatics Doctoral Program faculty member with a technical background. The content of the written exams and the paper topic are developed in consultation with each faculty member.

Degree Candidacy

A student is considered a Ph.D. degree candidate upon meeting these conditions:

  • Completion of core courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall on the core courses, and
  • Completion of the qualifying examination.

Comprehensive Exam

A Ph.D. student must submit a written dissertation proposal to the Dissertation Committee. The proposal should identify the research problem, the research plan and its potential impact on the field. A presentation of the proposal will be made in an open forum, and the student must successfully defend it before the Dissertation Committee.

Dissertation Defense

A Ph.D. student must complete and defend a dissertation that involves original research in personal health informatics.

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