While designed to ensure that graduates gain advanced knowledge and extensive research skills, the curriculum and program requirements are flexible in order to meet the needs and interests of each student. Our program encourages students to pursue and investigate their individual interests by defining an area of emphasis.
One of the hallmarks of our program is the personal attention each student receives. Each student on entry is matched with a peer and a faculty mentor who share similar research interests. A mentor is a trusted counselor or guide who encourages students in their graduate studies and provides a model of what academic life is about. Mentoring includes responsibilities beyond advising and dissertation supervision. Faculty mentors focus on a student's achievements, socialization in health services, and preparation for the workforce. The relationship changes over time as each grows, learns and shares experiences. It has a career and psycho-social focus for both mentor and student. Mentors guide and encourage students, prepare them for graduate study, and socialize them to the field of health services research.