Each department/program/division appoints an advisor to each student. The advisor must have an HSPH faculty appointment. The advisor provides the student with academic guidance, information, and general assistance. The advisor and the advisee must meet at least twice during the academic year (before the start of the fall and spring semesters) to discuss the student’s proposed course of study and any procedural or personal issues relevant to the student’s academic experience.
The advisor meets with the advisee to confirm the student’s course of study. The advisor’s approval on the student’s registration record is required and indicates that the courses in which the student has enrolled are appropriate for the successful completion of the student’s degree program. If the student’s advisor is not available to approve the record, the department’s academic administrator may do so. Some departments provide surrogate advisors. The departments would maintain this information.
Students who wish to change their advisor must do so via their home department.
Students who experience academic difficulties should contact their advisor. If personal problems or disabilities are a factor in a student’s academic difficulty, the student should also consult with appropriate staff in the Office for Student Affairs.