Life & Culture

Our Culture

At The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, we are a learning community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni who share a common mission – striving to make meaningful improvements to health and health care.

Whether full-time or part-time, students can build significant relationships with faculty, staff, and other students in several ways.  First, faculty in several required courses teach in consecutive terms so faculty become quite close to students as they achieve course objectives over time.  Second, elective courses are typically small, providing a seminar-type experience where faculty members and students engage in a rich learning dialogue. Finally, the capstone experience – which stretches across three terms – allows students in groups of 4-6 to build relationships with faculty members over shared interests.


With the staff, students enjoy the support of our full-time teaching assistants throughout the year, across all their courses.  The teaching assistants support students’ learning across courses and become trusted allies in navigating our intensive program.  In addition, from the first day of orientation, students begin an individual relationship with our Manager of Career Services and Professional Development.  One-on-one meetings to support career development continue throughout the program and beyond the program as alumni.

Strong relationships are built through the intensive nature of the coursework and the extensive group work in our courses.  Because our classes bring together practicing clinicians, mid-career professionals, and recent bachelor’s degree recipients (see our class profile), relationships among TDI students greatly enrich learning and ongoing support in efforts to improve health and health care.

Our tight-knit community provides many opportunities for intellectual, professional, and personal growth. The relationships built among faculty, staff and students at The Dartmouth Institute support a lifelong engagement to improve health and health care.


Student Life at Dartmouth

Learn more about graduate student life at Dartmouth.

Favorite things in and around Hanover

Aubri Hoffman, PhD'11 assembled a list of Dartmouth student favorite activities.

Student Government

TDI students participate in Dartmouth student government at many levels. TDI has it's own Student Advisory Council and our students have also served on Dartmouth's Graduate Student Council and in Student Government at the Geisel School of Medicine.

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