Student assistance. The Program and course directors hold regular office hours and are available for tutorial help, academic assistance and advice, and for any concerns or clarification about the curricular material, readings and assignments.
All students will be assigned a faculty advisor who will meet regularly with their student mentees. At an early stage, the advisor will assess initial skills, learning needs, and student expectations of the course. The advisor will be responsible for reviewing course requirements, orienting students to learning resources at UCSF, and preparing the student for the fieldwork project and coursework in general. At a later stage, the advisor will assist in preparation for the qualifying and comprehensive examinations, assess skill development, and provide feedback on academic progress. At the end of each quarter, the advisor will communicate with the Program Director an assessment of academic progress. The Associate or Program Director will discuss remedial work with the student in confidence.
In addition, the Program Mentorship Director will assign a fieldwork mentor in the fall quarter as soon as fieldwork projects are fully formed. The fieldwork mentor will be specifically responsible for assisting with the design and execution of the fieldwork proposal in the spring quarter. This task will also include liaison with the fieldwork site, coordination of site research and mentoring, budget, practical matters, and human subjects review if appropriate. Fieldwork projects have been revised and expanded this year (2011–12)
Students will be asked for regular feedback about the teaching and curriculum using an online tool called eValue. The Program Director may request individual meetings with students to inform curricular changes and academic policies.
Every year, the Curriculum Committee reviews and adapts the curriculum based on student feedback and faculty assessments. These modifications enhance learning, are responsive to student needs, and reflect the current academic discipline and trends of global health scholarship. Some courses are in development as our curriculum adjusts to the changing scene of global health. Many courses use guest lectures, so precise schedules and topics will vary according to lecturer availability. The information below should serve as a general outline of the planned curriculum, mindful that variations will be introduced as the academic year progresses.