John D. Bower School of Population
DOCUMENT TYPE: Policy
REVIEW PERIOD: 1 Year
TITLE: Thesis and Dissertation
PURPOSE: To establish policy for student theses and
dissertations in the John D. Bower School of Population Health.
POLICY: The thesis or dissertation defense is
conducted by the student’s advisory committee and consists of a public
presentation and oral defense of the thesis/dissertation.
oral defense of the thesis or dissertation is mandatory. The public oral
defense must be publicly announced at least ten (10) working days before the student’s public defense
date, as described in the SOPH Thesis and
The thesis or dissertation must be submitted to the advisory committee and
uploaded to ProQuest at least ten (10) working days before the defense date.
All advisory committee members as approved on the Masters Advisory Committee Nomination Form/Doctoral Advisory Committee
Nomination Form must be present at the public oral defense.
In private deliberation, the advisory committee
determines the acceptability of the oral defense and thesis or dissertation.
Further questioning of the student may be included in the committee’s
deliberations. Upon successful
completion of the oral defense, the advisory committee must complete the Thesis Defense Certification Form or Dissertation Defense Certification Form
Following a successful thesis or dissertation
defense, the student must complete any editing mandates or suggestions made by
their advisory committee. The student also must address formatting changes
suggested by the Designated Official in the SOPH Office of the Dean.
student must submit a final draft of the thesis/dissertation to ProQuest no
later than ten (10) working days after the Thesis/Dissertation defense.
SCOPE: All SOPH Students
REFERENCES: University of Mississippi Medical Center. SOPH Thesis
and Dissertation Guidelines. Retrieved from: www.umc.edu/soph