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Program Design

In each of the first two program years, students come to Indianapolis for three to five days in late August, in early January, and in mid-May, At times, an alternate site may be chosen which may require travel outside the U.S. or Indiana. Students are given ample time to make travel arrangements in these cases. Otherwise, learning takes place at homes and offices, away from the IUPUI campus. Students connect to faculty and peers mainly via computer. Students do not need to go to distance education sites such as videoconference centers to participate in the program.

We make substantial use of technologies (Internet Video, Canvas, Zoom) that allow students and faculty to interact productively and that support live video, audio, and data sharing. The technologies can also be used to connect guest speakers with students without having to bring everyone together in the same room. NOTE: Students must have a high-speed Internet connection. Dial-up connections will not work with our technology. Also note that some international students may incur additional costs for teleconferencing during weekly class sessions. We may use a telephone audio bridge – not voice over Internet – for the audio portion of our online classes.

The executive format functions as follows: During their first visit in August, students begin their studies with several days on campus during which they are oriented to the program, the Department and School, and the University. They also participate in-group discussions with top health care and public health leaders. They are introduced to the reminder of the first semester curriculum and are trained in using the program software. The students then return home for the balance of the semester.

Students receive material (recorded videos, narrative case studies, datasets, readings, etc.) via the Web each week. They study these materials on their own but must have completed required tasks before a regularly scheduled class session when they will convene live via Internet video. These three-hour synchronous learning sessions are divided into the components of the curriculum and led by faculty members responsible for each component, sometimes including guest speakers.

First-year students meet for class on Wednesdays; second-year students meet for class on Thursdays. Class times vary from cohort to cohort, depending upon the locations of students. However, typical connection times are 4-7pm EST or 5-8pm EST. Third-year students registered for dissertation credit hours attend an optional monthly online video chat group meeting until they have successfully defended their doctoral dissertations.

Students return to Indianapolis between semesters to conclude work on the preceding semester and begin work on the next semester's curriculum. This process is repeated throughout the first two years of the curriculum. All students move through the curriculum together at the same pace. Every course in the first two years is required of every student. Some students are expert at some elements of the curriculum, but every individual must nevertheless complete those elements. We want students to share their expertise with others in the cohort. We believe active interaction among students is an important part of good adult learning. The focus in the third year is on writing the dissertation. We expect you to try your best to proceed through the program with your cohort and to defend your dissertation within three years of matriculation. At the discretion of the program director and dissertation chair, that time frame may be extended and we will in rare cases permit extensions up to five years from matriculation.

Note that participation in the doctoral program requires attendance at six on-campus sessions during years 1 and 2 of the program. (It is possible that not more than once each year, the on-campus visit will take place in a location outside Indianapolis, including elsewhere in the U.S. or abroad.) Exceptions will be made only in the case of 1) illness or death in the family, 2) mandatory organizational obligation (one time only), acknowledged in writing by employer. We understand that important professional and personal opportunities may conflict with scheduled on-campus sessions. However, priority must be given to attendance at on-campus sessions. Only in rare cases will other extraordinary circumstances be considered by the program director.

Note that participation in the doctoral program requires attendance at six on-campus sessions during years 1 and 2 of the program. (It is possible that not more than once each year, the on-campus visit will take place in a location outside Indianapolis, including elsewhere in the U.S. or abroad.) Exceptions will be made only in the case of 1) illness or death in the family, 2) mandatory organizational obligation (one time only), acknowledged in writing by employer. We understand that important professional and personal opportunities may conflict with scheduled on-campus sessions. However, priority must be given to attendance at on-campus sessions. Only in rare cases will other extraordinary circumstances be considered by the program director.

Similarly, on-time attendance is required at all weekly class sessions throughout years 1 and 2 of the program. Students are expected to arrange vacation and work-related travel plans to accommodate class session times. Failure to attend class sessions and/or on-campus (or scheduled off-site, in-person sessions held at alternative sites) as specified or chronic tardiness for class sessions will disqualify student from continuation in the program. Classes are set up in sequence and each is offered only once a year. Therefore, if a student does not complete a class on schedule, he or she will have to wait one year before the course is offered again.

 

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