Individual Development Plan

In response to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) notice NOT-OD-13-093, and the Brown University School of Public Health mandate regarding the use of individual development plans (IDP) for graduate students, effective April 1, 2015, the doctoral program in Health Services Research will require:

  • All incoming, matriculating doctoral students (regardless of funding source) to complete an IDP, in consultation with their advisor, by the beginning of their second semester.
  • All doctoral students (regardless of funding source) to submit an updated IDP, in consultation with their advisor, on an annual basis.

NOTE: Doctoral students may submit an earlier version of an IDP that they have completed as long as it was initially completed within the last few years and has been reviewed/ discussed with their Graduate Program Directors and/or advisors.

The IDP is a valuable tool that gives students the opportunity to address their short-term and long-term career goals. In order to achieve compliance with the IDP policy, please fill out the Individual Development Plan. All postdoctoral fellows are expected to complete an IDP annually with their mentor as well.