Graduate Advising

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Advising

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Demers and Dr. Pham serve as the primary advisors to campus MPH students. Advisors are available for individual or group appointments, and are the only ones authorized to sign formal program documents.

 MPH Campus Student Handbook: Each year a student handbook [link to pdf] is updated for students. It contains all the essential information for your MPH program of study and the MPH program in general.

In addition to the MPH Campus Student Handbook, there are several methods of advising available.

MPH-SA Student Association Leadership: The MPH-Student Association (MPH-SA) Leadership is made up of students who have taken on leadership roles. Each of these individuals is a peer resource.

Peer Mentors: Each year, many continuing MPH students volunteer to be MPH Peer Mentors. Mentors are matched with incoming students. Peer Mentors provide help with many student issues including ideas and resources for making student life work with job, relationship, family, and community commitments.

Fieldwork Preceptors: The health educators who supervise MPH fieldwork often become invaluable advisors. These individuals must, per CEPH accreditation requirements, be public health professionals.

Alumni Advisors: While not formal advisors to students, our alumni are everywhere — and they have big hearts and lots of advice for students in the program.

The MPH Student Google Group: This is the most important communication vehicle we have in the MPH program. Messages alert students to key dates, upcoming activities, opportunities for students, and other student related needs. The listserv is the most timely way of making sure everyone has crucial information.

Health Science Department Information Meetings ("The Reunion"): There are two information meetings held during the day before classes start – one in August and the other in January. All MPH students (new and continuing) are required to attend.

Specific MPH Program Information Meetings: The same day as the Department meeting, we hold an MPH meeting for program updates and specific MPH topics. These are mandatory meetings.

MySJSU: MySJSU is the university's online information system. Students are advised to log on to MySJSU at least twice a week. Important information such as financial aid and enrollment status are posted here or sent through MySJSU email.

SJSU Current Students Website: The SJSU Current Students website is a valuable source of information about campus programs and events. 

Office of Graduate Studies and Research: In collaboration with the faculty and staff at San Jose State University, the Office of Graduate Studies and Research (GS&R) strives to ensure the development of quality degree programs, recognize and reward student and faculty accomplishments, support the development of individual and collaborative research efforts, and implement the policies and procedures by which the university is governed. Visit this site for graduate forms, issues related to IRB, thesis requirements, and graduate student policies.