One of the most important components of the MSHP program is the very strong commitment to mentorship. Upon matriculation, each trainee is assigned a primary advisor and later, if needed, a biostatistics advisor. The student selects additional faculty members to serve on the Thesis Committee, with the approval of his/her primary mentor. The Program Directors also play a role in advising MSHP students. One of the program’s core philosophies is to foster each student’s capacity to think independently and solve problems. The process of mentor selection and matching harnesses this philosophy.