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Anyone know about this program, and if it is a good program to take during a gap year in order to boost your chances of getting into medical school?
 

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From what I've read, a master's program doesn't necessarily boost your application because many schools focus on undergrad grades. Most people go for a post-bacc or SMP if they need GPA repair or additional coursework.
 

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I personally know four people who went onto medical school after the MHN program.
 
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I am currently between this program and USC's masters in global medicine. Disregarding cost, and preference for location (NY vs LA), which program would offer the most for me? I appreciate any advice you all have. Thanks.
 

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I can't speak much to the program itself because I did not do that MS; I attended a different MS program. Merely from the viewpoint of utility, I think you would be better off w/ the MHN than the USC program. If it should come to pass that you are not accepted to medical school - its time to find a job. Unless you are applying to a very specific niche or have a connection to something, "Masters in Global Medicine" sounds like garbage on paper to an employer. MHN actually clues you into what the degree is in. The Global Medicine degree is as marketable as a MS in "Biomedical Science" - seriously, what the hell is that - its not marketable at all.

Depending on the grade-repair that needs to be done, a post-bacc may not be the most viable option - your post-bacc grades will get diluted with your old grades - so if you get a 4.0 in your post-bacc, it may not be good enough to get you over the cut-off GPA for a given school. Having the new, high numbers in a graduate GPA (which is calculated independently of your uGPA) will be seen at the onset (vs. a hypothetical 4.0 diluted into a 3.1 college GPA - your 4.0 would only be seen if it was looked for - no one is going to go out of their way to look for it.) Master of Science in __________ is a good way to go, and if the medical school application cycle doesn't play out favorably, you also have a marketable degree for the job market.
 

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I cannot give an opinion as to the quality of the Columbia MHN but is does try to position itself more as an SMP and not as a typical masters. How this program is viewed by medical I cannot say
 

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I also know around 4 people who have done this program and went on to medical school
 

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Has anyone been accepted for the fall 2016 and accepted their seat? If so how did you come to that decision, I'm having trouble choosing between IHN Masters another 1-year program.
 
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