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Does a LOR from an Epidemiology Professor count as a Science letter?

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    Hi, I am in the process of receiving a letter from an Epidemiology professor with who I've built a great relationship with. The tricky part is that I took an epidemiology-related undergrad course with her, however, she is a professor of Epi in our school's MPH/DPH program. Also, she is very well known in her field. That said, would a letter from her count as a science letter or would I have to unfortunately put it in the non-science category?

    Thanks in advance.
     

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      If you have a pre-health committee, ask them whether that satisfies their internal requirements. Otherwise, i would call 10 med schools and confirm.
      That may not be sufficent. Even if a call to admissions office says its ok, the evaluator actually reading the application may not look at that way
       
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        Hi, I am in the process of receiving a letter from an Epidemiology professor with who I've built a great relationship with. The tricky part is that I took an epidemiology-related undergrad course with her, however, she is a professor of Epi in our school's MPH/DPH program. Also, she is very well known in her field. That said, would a letter from her count as a science letter or would I have to unfortunately put it in the non-science category?

        Thanks in advance.
        I've been told science letters should be strictly from profs teaching BCPM courses. I've seen some schools even request BCP only, excluding math. Unfortunately, epidemiology is not considered BCPM, even though it involves a lot of statistics. I think it should be BCPM but reality is it's not
         

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          I've been told science letters should be strictly from profs teaching BCPM courses. I've seen some schools even request BCP only, excluding math. Unfortunately, epidemiology is not considered BCPM, even though it involves a lot of statistics. I think it should be BCPM but reality is it's not
          All applicants should read the website of each school they are applying to for any specifics and/or recommendations for letters. It also should be noted that AMCAS classification of BCPM is not, repeat, is not used by individual schools to determined what is or isnt a science letter
           
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            Hi, I am in the process of receiving a letter from an Epidemiology professor with who I've built a great relationship with. The tricky part is that I took an epidemiology-related undergrad course with her, however, she is a professor of Epi in our school's MPH/DPH program. Also, she is very well known in her field. That said, would a letter from her count as a science letter or would I have to unfortunately put it in the non-science category?

            Thanks in advance.

            What courses does she teach and did you take of hers and what kind of research does she do? What departments is she affiliated with? Half my epi professors had appoints in other departments as such as the school of medicine, the microbiology, department, etc. I would get that info and then check with the main schools you want to apply to as to how to categorize it. Definitely use it somewhere though.
             

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              All applicants should read the website of each school they are applying to for any specifics and/or recommendations for letters. It also should be noted that AMCAS classification of BCPM is not, repeat, is not used by individual schools to determined what is or isnt a science letter
              Is there any BCPM course that wouldn't classify as a science letter though (I certainly see the reverse- things that aren't BCPM being classified by schools as a science letter)
               
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                Is there any BCPM course that wouldn't classify as a science letter though (I can certainly the the reverse- things that aren't BCPM being classified by schools as a science letter)

                some schools have very specific guidelines such as case western :

                Letters of Recommendation | School of Medicine | School of Medicine | Case Western Reserve University
                We will not accept letters from Psychology, Earth Sciences (Geology, Ecology, Oceanography, and Botany), and Computer Sciences as satisfying the science letters requirement…


                but they will accept nursing, engineering, math. Other schools will have their own issues
                 
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                  some schools have very specific guidelines such as case western :

                  Letters of Recommendation | School of Medicine | School of Medicine | Case Western Reserve University
                  We will not accept letters from Psychology, Earth Sciences (Geology, Ecology, Oceanography, and Botany), and Computer Sciences as satisfying the science letters requirement…


                  but they will accept nursing, engineering, math. Other schools will have their own issues
                  Case Western actually raises an interesting question. In our institution, Ecology was a course in the Biology department, and I know several people who used a letter from our ecology professor. I wonder how those letters will be interpreted. However, we do have a pre-health committee (which considered ecology to be biology), so I suppose it doesn't matter (their requirements override the institutions).
                   

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                    ase Western actually raises an interesting question. In our institution, Ecology was a course in the Biology department, and I know several people who used a letter from our ecology professor. I wonder how those letters will be interpreted. However, we do have a pre-health committee (which considered ecology to be biology), so I suppose it doesn't matter (their requirements override the institutions).
                    The vast majority of medical schools Require ONLY one of the following:

                    1.individual letters submitted directly to the medical school. The requirements for these letters are set by the medical school
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                    2. Undergraduate pre-health committee letter. The requirements for these letters are set by undergraduate pre-health committee. There is no rule for medical school that requires the undergraduate pre-health committee to include any individual letters with her packet. Indeed some undergraduate schools do not even collect individual letters rather rely on student interview and direct phone or email contact with faculty. Some undergraduate committees only accept letters from faculties While others require letters outside of academics such as clinical experience extracurriculars and jobs. What matters in the undergraduate letter is the actual evaluation letter by the pre-health committee
                     
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                      Thank you all for the advice! So I'll just use my bio professor's letter. However more importantly, I will be getting a committee letter so if I understand properly, that should cover everything?
                       
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                        Thank you all for the advice! So I'll just use my bio professor's letter. However more importantly, I will be getting a committee letter so if I understand properly, that should cover everything?
                        yes. A committee letter evaluation covers it all
                         
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