Graduate Program

Course Planning

  1. Course structure: The courses for the master’s program based on the principles and properties of course planning mentioned above are shown as follows:
    • Graduate credits: Total 36 credits including 30 credits (courses) and 6 credits (master’s thesis) in two school years.
    • Required course: Total 9 credits including “special topics on risk assessment and management” (3 credits/3 hours), “research methodology and essay writing” (2 credits/2 hours) and “seminar” (4 credits/8 hours). The 2-hour “seminar” for 4 credits totally in four semesters is held from the first term (first year of the mater’s program) to the second term (second year of the mater’s program).
    • Optional course: At least 21 credits.
    • Course prerequisite: There is no course prerequisite for any optional course taken by graduate students flexibly in principle unless otherwise specified. A graduate student should take all required courses in the first term of the master’s program unless any special condition is agreed by the department head.
    • Paper publishing: A graduate student should make a poster paper or a verbal presentation in a workshop related to his/her research topic before graduation; the paper should be published in the memoirs in its entirety. The graduate student is encouraged to submit the paper(s) in English by the Department of Health Risk Management and contribute it (them) to an international conference or journal. The paper(s) should be accepted by a workshop/conference or any international journal and finally collected in his/her master’s thesis. The graduate student will earn the credit with the presentation in the “seminar” of the Department of Health Risk Management approved by the instructor.
    • Co-advisor: A graduate student is encouraged to do researches with the interdisciplinary co-advisor(s) across departments or universities; the graduate student’s main advisor should be one member of the full-time faculty of the Department of Health Risk Management.
    • Thesis oral exam: Subject to Ministry of Education and China Medical University, the thesis advisor committee of a graduate student for adequate instruction received by the graduate student in research should be organized under instruction of the graduate student’s advisor in not more than one year. The graduate student should pass the oral exam given by members of the thesis advisor committee and earn 6 credits for the master’s thesis.
  2. Course content: The planning of course content year by year is briefly described as follows (details for planning of course content in Table 3):
    • First term (in the first year of the master’s program): Each graduate students has to take required courses including “special topics on risk assessment and management”, “research methodology and essay writing” and “seminar”. Moreover, a graduate student may take specific courses based on research interests. A graduate student is encouraged to decide his/her advisor in the first term as early as possible.
    • Second term (in the first year of the master’s program): A graduate student who takes some optional courses and the required “seminar” should decide the research topic early, draft the research program and organize the thesis advisor committee.
    • First term (in the second year of the master’s program): To comply with regulations for a master’s grogram in the Department of Health Risk Management, a graduate student who takes some optional courses and the required “seminar” should do research actively and publish research findings on conferences or journals at home and abroad.
    • Second term (in the second year of the master’s program): A graduate student who takes the required “seminar” should devote his/her efforts to the master’s thesis, the thesis oral exam and thesis defense in the “seminar” for the master’s degree.
  3. Based on recommendations of the Department of Health Risk Management, the table is a guideline for courses and credits of a graduate student in the 36-credit master’s program:
  1st Term
(Year 1)
2nd Term
(Year 1)
1st Term
(Year 2)
2nd Term
(Year 2)
Total
Required course 6 credits (3 course) 1 credit (1 course) 1 credit (1 course) 7 credit (2 courses and thesis) 15 credit (7 courses)
Optional course 9 credits (4 course) 17 credits (7 course) 7 credits (3 courses) 2 credits (1 course) 35 credits (15 courses)
Total 15 credits 18 credits 8 credits 9 credits 50 credits

 

Regulations for Graduate Students Taking Courses and Graduating in the Master’s Program of Risk Management

Approved in the first Department Meeting held in the first term, 2013 (Aug. 12, 2013)

Article 1

The “Regulations for Graduate Students Taking Courses and Graduating in the Master’s Program of Risk Management” (hereinafter referred to as Regulations) subject to China Medical University (hereinafter referred to as CMU) Academic Regulations is intended to regulate education and degree examinations of graduate students for the Master’s Program of Risk Management, Department of Health Risk Management.

Article 2

Entrance:
(1) Refer to Article 73, CMU Academic Regulations.
(2) Refer to the CMU admission brochure for registration, entrance examination and schedule.

Article 3

Period of schooling: The period of schooling for the mater’s program is between 1 and 4 years in accordance with Article 79, CMU Academic Regulations.

Article 4

Credit and course:
(1) Graduate credit : A graduate student for the mater’s degree in the Department of Health Risk Management (hereinafter referred to as graduate student) shall earn 36 credits in the period of schooling (with the 6-credit thesis and 15-credit required courses included).
(2) Credits of required courses: Refer to the criteria of the Department of Health Risk Management.
(3) Optional course: At least 21 credits.
(4) Credit wavier for a required course: Refer to “Directions for Credit Wavier” of CMU.
Please visit the homepage of the Office of Academic Affairs for details. A graduate student who applies for credit waiver shall submit documentary evidences such as transcript to both the department office and the department head for approvals. The credit waiver shall be limited to not more than 4 credits or determined in the department meeting.
(5) Criterion for the passing score: The minimum passing score of one course (for undergraduate or graduate students) taken by a graduate student shall be 70 in accordance with Article 81, CMU Academic Regulations.
(6) Course selection: A graduate student shall obey CMU regulations for the course selection. The course selection of a graduate student shall be directed and approved by his/her advisor or a tutor of the graduate student who does not decide an advisor.
(5) Graduation:
(1) A graduate student shall earn credits of required and optional courses designated by the Department of Health Risk Management and submit the transcripts thereof as well as the Certificate of General English Proficiency Test to the department head for references before the application for the first thesis oral exam; the first thesis oral exam shall not be held when the graduate student fails to complete the above procedure. (For a graduate student’s rights, the advisor shall approve the documents prepared by the graduate student before the first thesis oral exam.)
(2) Prerequisites for graduation:
1. Paper publishing: A graduate student shall make a poster paper or a verbal presentation in a workshop related to his/her research topic before graduation; the paper should be published in the memoirs in its entirety. The graduate student is encouraged to submit the paper(s) in English by the Department of Health Risk Management and contribute it (them) to an international conference or journal. The paper(s) should be accepted by the conference/workshop or any international journal and finally collected in his/her master’s thesis. The graduate student will earn the credit with the presentation in the “seminar” of the Department of Health Risk Management approved by the instructor.
2. General English Proficiency Test: Refer to Article 10, Implementation Directions for General English Proficiency Test.

Article 5

Intercollegiate course selection:
A graduate student shall refer to the “Implementation Directions for Intercollegiate Course Selections” enacted by CMU. Please visit the homepage of Office of Academic Affairs for details.

Article 6

Thesis advisor:
(1) A graduate student shall refer to the “Implementation Directions for the Advisor of a Graduate Student” enacted by CMU and the “Implementation Directions for the Advisor of a Graduate Student in the Mater’s Program of Risk Management, Department of Health Risk Management”.
(2) A graduate student without special conditions shall decide his/her thesis advisor before the end of the first term in the first year of the master’s program. The “Letter of Consent for Thesis Advisor” shall be signed by the department head before the end of the first term.
(3) The selection of a graduate student’s co-advisor, on-campus or off-campus, shall be approved by his/her thesis advisor and the department head.
(4) The “Letter of Consent for Thesis Advisor” signed by the thesis advisor shall be submitted to the department head for references. The intention to select another thesis advisor substituting the original one shall be approved by the original thesis advisor and effective with submission of the “Application for Change of a Thesis Advisor (Thesis Title)” to the department head for approval and the department office for references. A graduate student who fails to complete the above procedure shall not apply for the degree examination.

Article 7

Degree examination:
(1) The Department of Health Risk Management will award the graduate student, who completed the master’s program and passed the degree examination, the “Master of Science”.
(2) A graduate student shall refer to the “Enforcement Rules for the Degree Examination of Graduate Students” for details.
(3) The application procedure for the degree examination shall be completed before the deadline as required. The application period starts at the beginning of the first (second) term and ends on Nov. 30 (first term) or May 1 (second term).
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First Term (Year 1) Application Form and Material

Jan. 31 (before the end of the first term)
Submission of the “Letter of Consent for Thesis Advisor”; deferral of graduation for no submission.

Letter of Consent for Thesis Advisor

Before Aug. 31
Completion of the thesis proposal oral exam.

Transcript for Thesis Proposal Oral Exam

Sep. 15
Submission of the thesis title in Chinese/English and the thesis proposal.

 

Winter Vacation
Second Term (Year 2) Application Form and Material

May 20
Submission of documents such as “Academic Transcripts”, “thesis draft and abstract”, “Application Form for Thesis Oral Exam”, “Recommendation of Thesis Advisor” and “oral exam committee member list and schedule”.

“Academic Transcripts”, “thesis draft and abstract”, “Application Form for Thesis Oral Exam”, “Recommendation of Thesis Advisor” and “oral exam committee member list and schedule”;
Note: The thesis oral exam may be held from May 16 to Jul. 15.

Thesis oral exam from May 16 to Jul. 15
(1) Submission of the “Notice for Oral Exam” to oral exam committee members seven days before the thesis oral exam.
(2) Preparation of documents such as “Thesis Review Form”, “Rating Form of Oral exam Committee Members”, “Graduate Student Transcript” and “Payment Request for Oral Exam Committee Member” before the thesis oral exam.
(4) Submission of documents such as “Rating Form of Oral Exam Committee Members”, “Graduate Student Transcript”, “Payment Request for Oral Exam Committee Members” and receipts for transportation fees to the department office after the thesis oral exam.

1. “Thesis Review Form”: The photocopy of the “Thesis Review Form” signed by all oral exam committee members shall be submitted to the department office after the thesis oral exam.
2. A graduate student shall photocopy documents such as “Thesis Review Form”, “Rating Form of Oral Exam Committee Members” and “Graduate Student Transcript”.
3. The “Payment Request for Oral Exam Committee Members” is available in the department office before the thesis oral exam.
4. Documents to be submitted after the thesis oral exam: “Thesis Review Form” (photocopy); “Rating Form of Oral Exam Committee Members” (original); “Graduate Student Transcript” (original); “Payment Request” (written document signed by committee members)

Before Jul. 30: Completion of the procedure for graduation

1. Certificate for paper publishing; thesis disc.
2. “Thesis Review Form”: The “Thesis Review Form” signed by the department head shall be added into the revised thesis for a printed copy of the thesis.
3. The “Electronic Theses and Dissertations Service (ETDS)” of the library issues an original authorization certificate for a printed copy of the thesis with the thesis (electronic file) submitted and approved.
4. Four thesis copies (three for the library and one for the department office)
5. Submission of the thesis (PDF file) to the department office (filename: StudentID_StudentName)
6. Certificate of General English Proficiency Test
7. A graduate student receives his/her graduate certificate at the Office of the Academic Affairs.

(4) A graduate student shall submit documents, which were approved by his/her thesis advisor and reviewed by committee members of the Department of Health Risk Management, to CMU for references.
(1) Notes of the application for the degree examination:
1. A graduate student shall refer to the school calendar for the application.
(2) A graduate student shall submit the application form and documents as follows:
1. One academic transcript;
2. One thesis draft and one abstract thereof;
3. One application form for the thesis oral exam.
(3) The application for the degree examination approved by the department head and the dean shall be submitted to the Office of the Academic Affairs one month before the degree examination.
Note:
1. One thesis draft (along with the abstract thereof)
2. Principle to review a thesis draft: At least chapters for research results shall be finished by a graduate student for a mater’s program; the research method(s) learned by the graduate student in the course of research is approved by his/her thesis advisor.
3. It is not necessary to add a front cover on or bind the thesis draft. The thesis draft fixed with foldback clips and reviewed is returned back to the author. The double-side printing is available to the thesis draft.
4. Academic transcript: The transcript for academic records up to the previous term issued by the Office of Academic Affairs at the beginning of the first term shall be submitted without the reapplication of an update transcript.
5. Application for Thesis Oral Exam:
A. A graduate student’s English name in the application form for manufacture of the degree certificate (English version) shall be indicated in block letters clearly and correctly. The student’s English name shall be transliterated from his/her Chinese name and identical to the English name indicated on other documents such as examinee score report for GRE/TOFEL, English transcript (applications for foreign universities), passport, and visa. A graduate student shall not ask to reprint a new degree certificate (English version) for correcting the English name wrongly spelt or revising the English name.
B. A graduate student shall ask his/her thesis advisor or co-advisor, if any, to sign the Application for Thesis Oral Exam.
6. “Oral exam committee member list and schedule” (Refer to “Enforcement Rules for the Degree Examination of Graduate Students” for details.)
(5) A graduate student shall submit an oral exam title, date/time, and location, reserve the venue and equipment, and make the poster. The graduate student shall submit a list of oral exam committee members for reserving stalls. The thesis oral exam is held on Dec. 15 (first term) or May 15 (second term) in principle. A graduate student shall inform the department office of an oral exam held before the schedule.
(6) The degree examination is held publicly and completed on schedule, i.e., Jan. 15 (first term) or Jul. 15 (second term).
(7) Degree examination not held on schedule: The Department of Health Risk Management regards the degree examination as an invalid exam and disavows the graduate student’s exam results.
(8) A graduate student who applied for but might be absent from the degree examination in the first (second) term shall inform the Office of Academic Affairs of canceling the application for the degree examination before the deadline. The degree examination is held on Jan. 15 (first term) or Jul. 15 (second term) in principle. The graduate student who did not cancel the application and was absent from the examination shall be considered as failure in the degree examination.
(9) A graduate student who failed in the degree examination within the period of schooling may take one make-up test only in the next term or the next school year; the graduate student who fails in the make-up test shall disconnect the mater’s program.
(10) The Department of Health Risk Management shall pass the degree exam results of a graduate student to the Office of Academic Affairs for register with the graduate student’s thesis approved by their committee members submitted.
(11) The application forms for the degree examination are issued by the department office at the beginning of the term in which the application for the degree examination is expected to be submitted and before a thesis oral exam.

Article 8

Other matters not mentioned herein shall refer to relevant provisions.

Article 9

The “Regulations” shall come into force or be amended upon resolutions of the department meeting.

Courses Relationship: Students can choose the course that they are interested in field.

First Year Second Year
1ST SEMESTER 2ND SEMESTER 1ST SEMESTER 2ND SEMESTER

Required Courses (credits):

  1. Special Topics on Risk Assessment and Risk Management(3)
  2. Research Methods & Scientific writing(2)
  3. Seminar (I)(1)

Elective Courses (credits)

  1. Special topics on epidemiology(2)
  2. Toxicology(2)
  3. Special topics in global environmental health risk management(2)
  4. Information Analysis of Health Risk(3)

Required Courses (credits)

  1. Seminar (II)(1)

Elective Courses (credits)

  1. Fate and Transport of Contaminants and Exposure Analysis (3)
  2. Regulatory Toxicology (2)
  3. Quantitative Risk and Uncertainty Analysis(3)
  4. Special Topics on Environmental risk control technology (2)
  5. Decision Support System for Risk Management (3)
  6. Molecular Epidemiology(2)
  7. Phylogenetic Analysis(2)
  8. Case study in epidemiology(2)

Required Courses (credits)

  1. Seminar (III)(1)

Elective Courses (credits)

  1. Risk Assessment in Cancer (2)
  2. Risk Assessment for Emerging Infectious Diseases (2)
  3. Intelligent Monitoring Method and Practice for Risk Data Acquisition (3)

Required Courses (credits)

  1. Seminar (IV)(1)
  2. M.S. Thesis(6)

Elective Courses (credits)

  1. Clinical Risk Analysis (2)

 

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