Hey Everyone, This is my first time here, and I'm an aspiring epidemiologist. But..I'm a little confused. My interests is not clinical epidemiology, I definately do not want to work in a laboratory, but I would like to work in field studies, like determining preventative measures for diseases, identifying carcinogens locally, etc. How can I ensure that I am not applying to right programs? Now I know you'll say read the websites, and I did, and I could distinguish in some of them, but some universities dont make it clear, and some programs are MSc in Epidemiology and others are MPH in epidemiology, I do want to get into public health, but since MPH they require experience, (and I've been told not as experience is required much for MSc, but I could be wrong). As far as my public health experience goes, I have volunteer experience in acancer centre, a co-op position in a hospital's pediatric ward, a secretary position in a dental clinic, and a seasonal pharmaceutical position (where I focused on assisting on a project in a cubicle setting). Is that enough? or do I need more hands on experience?? My cumulative GPA is 3.0 and my last 2 yrs GPA ranged around 3.4. I will be writing my GRE soon, although I dont have a good feeling for my Verbal score (ranged around 370), since I started studying too late for it, but because deadlines are approaching, I had no choice but to book my test date. However my quant score (from what Ive been doing) seem to range in the high 700. (760-780 range). I have a week left to study and realllly hoping to get admitted to a school for the fall term. Including 3 good recommendation letters and a letter of intent which Im' hoping to perfect (and I WILL), what do you think my chances are for getting into a MPH program? and if not, will an MSc be what I like? These are the schools I have to pick from (well I'll have to pick 15 out of them) John Hopkins University of Michigan Standford University University of Iowa University at Buffalo Universiy of Illinois University of Tennessee University of Alabama at Birn., Univerity of South Carolina University of Southern California (Keck) University of Arkansas Columbia University University of San Diego (California State) University of Miami Can you suggest other universities that I dont have on my list that I shoud consider? Can anybody give me some direction as to how I should approach my selection, what to eliminate, and if my qualifications seem reasonable for entrance? Thanks!