I need advice for my decision. I was accepted into these programs and deferred for the past year due to a family emergency. I have been taking online courses from Hopkins in the meantime I could continue with their distance program, but I really want to study locally and get the most out of my MPH. My interests have changed greatly over the past yearI initially applied to Health Policy and Management Programs, which I was accepted into at both Emory and Arizona (Hopkins was general.) I now, after working more in the field over the past year, am very interested in global health. I wish now I could have applied to different MPH schools and programs, but I am just trying to go with what I have. So, people with MPH smarts out there--- PLEASE HELP!
Here are my thoughts regarding my options:
-While Hopkins is #1, it is 30,000 more expensive per year than Arizona. I am inclined then to choose Arizona where I have had good feedback from people there, but I dont want to limit my future or sell myself sort. I have enjoy the classes I have taken thus far from Hopkins but I am concerned about the cost and the long distance move (I live out West.) I have read with other posts that the brand name value of the school will matter when I am looking for a job. Is this true? Is it worth the extra cost to be able to work on global health? Does anyone know if Arizonas program will be sufficient?
-Emory in comparison to Arizona, which are both HPM programs, is a half year longer and has more classes that are not in line with my interests, such as economics and finance. I am trying to see if I could move to the Global Health program or if I could format my own MPH. How would those two compare if I would have this choice? Is it worth it to go to Emory in this situation?
I appreciate any advice! I am clueless in how to decide