Students in Epidemiology participate in RAships in a variety of on and off campus settings, including Public Health Research Centers, the Rhode Island Department of Health, and clinical departments at Brown-affiliated hospitals. An RAship is an integral part of the student’s training program. Prior to the end of the first semester, the Epidemiology Graduate Program Director will identify one or more RA options for an individual student, through discussions with the student and potential RA advisors.
Written Qualifying Exam
Students are required to pass a written qualifying exam, which tests their knowledge on intermediate and advanced Epidemiology. For full-time students the qualifying exam is taken at the end of the fourth semester (June).
Over their first summer, students are expected to devote 20 hours per week to their RAship, and 15-20 hours per week to developing their dissertation project and developing specific aims for an external fellowship or grant. Using skills learned in PHP 2090, students are expected to continue grant writing during the third semester, with the goal of submitting a grant application at the end of the third semester, or during the fourth semester (depending on deadlines for differing submission opportunities).
PhD students are required to develop experience and expertise in teaching. A Teaching Assistant-ship (TAship) for doctoral students is 20 hours per week. It is typically fulfilled in the third or fourth semester, and replaces the RA-ship for that semester. Although specific responsibilities are at the discretion of the course instructor, typical TA roles include: grading and marking, holding office hours, developing midterms and finals, running tutorials or lab sessions, and facilitating class discussions. The second Teaching Experience (TE) is done as a registered course, with a service expectation of up to 10 hours per week, and with no payment in addition to the student’s regular support. Although specific responsibilities are at the discretion of the course instructor, typical TE roles include: delivering a guest lecture, contributing to lesson plans, participating in syllabus development, mentoring students, holding office hours, and other pedagogical activities.