School of Health Related Professions
Purpose of the Qualifying Exam
The qualifying examination for the PhD indicates that a student's knowledge of the field of study is adequate for the original contribution to knowledge required of a dissertation. It is the final step before the student begins dissertation research. At this stage the student should have acquired considerable knowledge of the field of Health Informatics and of one or more specialty areas. It is also the time when some of this knowledge should be interrelated in an integrated fashion, when the student has begun to gain a perspective on the facts that have been acquired. Finally, the student should have formed some opinions and viewpoints that are his or her own, positions that are the result of a healthy skepticism and some thought about the theories, concepts, and methods that have been studied. While the assessment of information is a part of the examination, the focus is on knowledge integration, critical thinking ability, perspective, and the ability to communicate as a Health Informatics professional.
Students successfully completing the Qualifying Examination will be allowed to register for BINF8001 - PhD Dissertation Literature Review Phase - towards the pursuit of their PhD degree in Biomedical Informatics.
Examinable Components of the Qualifying Exam
The Examination consists of two parts: Part1 will have questions based on the 6 core courses listed under the Master's and PhD degree requirements for graduation. There will accordingly be six questions one each from each of the 6 core courses. The student will be given the choice of answering any four out of those six Questions. The choice of which four is totally independent of what the student might have registered and completed as part of their core course requirements since what is being examined in the examination is the knowledge of the competencies infused in those core courses. Part 2 will be a Take-Home Assignment involving a research/review paper the topics for which will be decided on the day of the examination.
The pass percentage for the Qualifying Exam is 70%.