Dear Professor, I was hoping that you could lend some insight or advice on the feasibility of getting into PhD programs in clinical psychology with an MPH. I have the option of entering master's programs in either public health or psych in the fall (my BA is in an unrelated field). Although my ultimate objective is to obtain a PhD in psych and work in a clinical setting, I am starting to question the psych MA route for the following reasons: 1) I have not heard very positive things about psych MA programs in general and although the school that I've been admitted to is reputable, I've heard very mixed feedback about the program itself. On the other hand, the MPH program that I've been admitted to is ranked very highly and well-regarded among everyone I've spoken to in the field. 2) It is my understanding that PhD programs are looking for applicants who have solid research experience and care less about their clinical background. An MPH would provide me with substantial research experience, including a fieldwork practicum and opportunities to work with professors. 3) The MPH program that I am considering would allow me to focus my coursework on mental health, e.g. psychiatric epidemiology. I would also be able to take an additional five courses in psychology to supplement my public health coursework. Although it seems more logical to obtain an MA in psych as a stepping stone to a PhD in psych, I am wondering whether an MPH wouldn't be just as beneficial. Although I want to work in clinical psych, both disciplines are of interest to me academically and I want to attend the best master's program possible, provided that it doesn't decrease my viability as a PhD candidate. My apologies for being so long-winded. Your advice would be truly appreciated. Thank you so much!