The type of thesis, choice of topic, and details of methodology are the joint responsibility of the student and the thesis adviser (first reader). The thesis adviser is determined by mutual consent between the reader and the student and may or may not be the student’s faculty adviser for registration.
The first reader must have a primary or secondary faculty appointment at YSPH. Acceptable appointments are: (1) ladder faculty at the rank of assistant professor and above, and (2) non-ladder faculty at the rank of associate research scientist and above. Students must request approval for first readers who have other types of non-ladder faculty appointments at YSPH (e.g., lecturer, instructor, etc.). To request approval, students need to provide the registrar with a copy of the first reader’s CV along with the thesis reader form for approval by the Committee on Academic Progress. Students unsure of whether someone has an appointment at YSPH should consult the comprehensive list of all faculty members, by department, at the front of the YSPH Bulletin.
The second reader should have a faculty appointment at YSPH, Yale University, or another outside academic institution. Students must request approval for second readers whose faculty appointment is outside of Yale or who do not have a faculty appointment at an academic institution. To do so, students must provide the registrar with a copy of the second reader’s CV along with the thesis reader form for approval by the Committee on Academic Progress.The thesis reader form is due October 30 to the YSPH Registrar’s Office. The form is available here.