Public Health

Doctoral Degree Process (for students admitted Fall 2012 or earlier)

Doctoral Degree Process
Expectations of Doctoral Students
Dissertation Requirements

  1. Meet with your assigned faculty advisor. Your advisor will help you select courses and get started on the degree process.
  2. Every semester: Attend NUTR-GE 3098 Doctoral Seminar for 0 credits. Although you will need to register for the course for 1 credit in every semester in which you are not attending at least 3 credits of coursework. (This course substitutes for Doctoral Advisement fee).
  3. Begin taking Foundations and Specialization courses and any pre-requisites.
  4. Select the doctoral advisor who will chair your dissertation committee and supervise your research.
  5. Select and begin work on a topic for dissertation research.
  6. Take courses in research theory and practice, cognate studies (related to but not in your field of specialization), and other requirements.
  7. Doctoral Candidacy Examination: take when you have completed at least 18 - but not more than 36 - credits of coursework. Two months prior to the candidacy exam, a reading list must be approved by advisor.
  8. Doctoral Committee: select and request official appointment of committee chair from the department plus two additional NYU faculty; meet at least once with full committee.
  9. Dissertation Proposal: decide on final topic for thesis. Take Dissertation Proposal Seminar. If applicable, apply for permission to conduct research on human subjects. Write dissertation proposal. Obtain approvals from all three committee members.
  10. Proposal Review: dissertation committee chair will decide among three oral review options: department faculty, department faculty and outside reviewers, or NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development health panel. Defend proposal.
  11. Complete coursework and conduct and complete dissertation research.
  12. Write dissertation and submit for approval by committee members.
  13. Submit approved dissertation to Office of Graduate Studies and register for final oral examination by committee members and two outside reviewers.
  14. Final Oral Examination: Revise dissertation and submit for final approval.

Expectations of Doctoral Students:

  • Engagement in research project development 
  • Develop two manuscripts (literature review year 1 and empirical analysis in year 2). These papers will be presented orally and faculty will review them at year 1 and 2, providing feedback to aid in their eventual publication.
  • Teaching as an assistant in 1st year, shared responsibility for lab or class (2nd year or later)
  • Candidacy examination and grant proposal in 2nd year
  • Work with a primary mentor and secondary advisor

Dissertation requirements:

  • Departmental candidacy examination, which includes a written and oral examination
  • Preparation and defense of a research proposal
  • Development and completion of a doctoral research project
  • A written thesis (dissertation) on the project
  • A final oral examination on the dissertation research