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Is anyone attending Hopkins for their MHS this fall?
 

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MPH in HBHE at UNC-CH is the other program I am currently considering, having already declined at Emory and UMich..where else are you considering?
 

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MPH in HBHE at UNC-CH is the other program I am currently considering, having already declined at Emory and UMich..where else are you considering?

Not to make your decision any harder but I just graduated from UNC SPH. It's a great, great school. And a great town. Don't know if you're the sports type but the basketball is awesome, as are several other sports. Had I not been an undergrad there, I'd be there this fall.

As for me, I'm also considering UCLA and Columbia, and very distantly Yale, Mich, and Emory.

-Columbia = Super expensive considering you pay by credit (not flat fee) but a great school and enough time to prep myself for med school.
-UCLA = Not as big of a name or as much prestige but I want to work with Latinos and they have a very laid back environment that would be great in prepping for med school. As a CA resident my second year, I'd get a huge financial break.
-Hopkins = Great name, great academics. Not so pumped about the 11 year program with an awkward second year. The curriculum doesn't allow for any med school classes during year one. But, if I want to work before med school, great connections and well-recognized name.

Still pretty torn. Enrolled at Hopkins to reserve my spot but will eat the cost if I decide to go elsewhere.

When are you going to make your decision?
 

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Well I asked to get an extension until the end of the month for both schools, so I'm hoping to decide by Friday to be honest.

I'm torn because, I've been living in NC for the past 4 years from being in college, and didn't necessarily want to stay in the area. I'm also interested in urban health rather than rural health and I think UNC SPH focuses more on rural health. However, UNC seems very supportive moreso than what I hear about at Hopkins, so that's a concern of mine as well.

Such a difficult decision, I go back and forth almost every day.
 
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Everyone who is sure about attending JHSPH for their MHS:
Are you coming straight out of undergrad? What is your background? Anyone living on campus in Reed Hall?
 

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Everyone who is sure about attending JHSPH for their MHS:
Are you coming straight out of undergrad? What is your background? Anyone living on campus in Reed Hall?

Almost positive I'll be at Hopkins.


a) Graduated:
May '07; working at Emory's School of Medicine (need a brain break before MPH/MHS and med school!)

b) Background:
-Graduated with a BS in Public Health from UNC's School of Public Health with a second major in Spanish.
-Lots of research, social and biomolecular (cancer bio, antibiotic resistance, health literacy in clinical care settings).
-Pre-med
-Currently working in bioethics in emergency medicine research
-Loads of ECs for med school: volunteering, shadowing, campus leadership

c) Housing:
I plan to live off campus, somewhere on Hopkins' bus line
 

erikw

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I'll be in their Health Finance and Management program.
Sorry to butt in, but if I recall correctly, Generals, you, were deciding between Harvard and Hopkins. What made you pick Hopkins for the finance stuff?

I already said yes to Harvard, but Hopkins is offering me a full ride now and I am torn all over again.
 

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Sorry to butt in, but if I recall correctly, Generals, you, were deciding between Harvard and Hopkins. What made you pick Hopkins for the finance stuff?

I already said yes to Harvard, but Hopkins is offering me a full ride now and I am torn all over again.
It was a very personal decision for me, and I think both schools are great. My fiance, family, and many friends will be in the area next year. I don't have a lot of work experience (2 years), and was told by employers that when you get to the better schools, a candidate's work experience matters more than a potential slight difference in name. Since Hopkins has the year-long, full-time internship, that will be an important supplement to my background. The lower price of Hopkins was a big consideration for me - Harvard was much too expensive for me, even with a scholarship. I just didn't have a great experience at Harvard's accepted students day, and I really liked it at Hopkins. Harvard also seems to place a greater emphasis on research (i.e., the ARP), and I am 100% NOT interested in research. In the end I think it will be fine no matter where you go - if it makes you feel any better, seeing others choose Harvard on this board makes me worry a little that I made the wrong choice, too!
 

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. In the end I think it will be fine no matter where you go - if it makes you feel any better, seeing others choose Harvard on this board makes me worry a little that I made the wrong choice, too!
I know how that is! Seeing all the people here going to Hopkins makes me REALLY worry whether I did the right thing choosing Michigan over Hopkins. Its really the worst part being an international student and not getting to visit schools before having to decide on one. :mad:
 

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I'll be going for MHS in Genetic Epidemiology. I have no idea what I am going to do about housing. Also, coming straight out of undergrad, Cornell University, with a major in Biology/Genetics.
 
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house vs god

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Housing info:

Butcher's Hill is
just
> north of Fells Point and right next to Patterson Park, which is a
huge
> green space, great for running, playing sports, and dogs. :)
Pretty
> much everyone in Baltimore has at least one dog, so yours should
have
> no problem finding an apartment with you. I'll tell you a little
> about the neighborhoods:
>
> -Charles Village- near the undergrad campus. A lot of SPH students
> live here, the houses are spacious and nice, rent is cheap, there
are
> lots of trees, it's easy to get to school on the shuttle. There are
> also tower-style apartment complexes in Charles Village, if you
> prefer. However, it's pretty far from all the cultural attractions
of
> Baltimore- i.e., the water, the really awesome unique Baltimorean
bars
> & restaurants, shopping, downtown, etc. I have mixed feelings about
> CV personally- sometimes I wish I lived there because a lot of my
> friends live there, but I also think it's too far from the fun
stuff.
>
> -Canton/Fells Point- fantastic neighborhoods, right on the water,
easy
> access to the Inner Harbor area, lots of young professionals, lots
of
> restaurants/pubs/parks/gyms etc., but if you go too far south,
you'll
> lose your ability to get to school easily (i.e. not very many of us
> live in Canton, unfortunately, but it's a fun place to go out).
> There's a shuttle that runs along Baltimore St. near school, so if
you
> live in upper Fells Point or Butcher's Hill or around Patterson
Park,
> you should be able to walk to school or to the shuttle easily. LOTS
> of Hopkins people live in Butcher's Hill/Fells Point/Patterson
Park.
> There are a ton of gorgeous rehabbed rowhomes that are very
affordable
> when you split them up among roommates, and they often have roof
> decks, which are perfect for summer BBQs or watching the sun set
over
> the harbor. One thing to watch for: the area around the Hopkins
> medical campus is a little rough, and this sometimes trickles into
the
> otherwise extremely nice surrounding neighborhoods- so you just have
> to be aware and careful, especially if your plan for getting to/from
> school involves walking. [This is one reason we love dogs so much
in
> Baltimore, they just love to keep us safe!]
>
> -Federal Hill- completely populated by young professionals and bars-
> this area is super fun, it's where we go to really party. There are
> lots of shops and restaurants, great place to meet people, I'm
> convinced that everyone in Federal Hill is in at least one social
> sports league. It's across the harbor from Hopkins, which means
that
> it's still near Inner Harbor, and it's still on the water, it's all
> rehabbed rowhomes, but unfortunately there is no good way to get to
> school from Fed Hill. :( You'd more or less have to drive, so none
> of the students really live there. Parking on the street around
> school can be a hassle, and garage spots are not cheap, so avoid
> driving to school if you can.
>
> -Mt. Vernon- This is just north of Inner Harbor, in the downtown
area.
> So, you can get rowhouses here, but there are also a lot of high
rise
> apartment buildings, some of which are luxurious with lots of
> amenities, some more simple, some modern, and some historic
buildings
> which have been converted (actually most of these places allow pets
to
> varying extents- Baltimore really is very dog friendly). Mt Vernon
is
> a cultural locus- there are great restaurants and bars of course,
but
> it's also the home of the Washington Monument (Baltimore style), the
> Walters Art Museum, the Central Library, the Basilica, the Peabody
> Conservatory etc. I would say that Mt. Vernon is in the top three
SPH
> student neighborhoods, because the shuttle between the undergrad and
> medical campuses stops here. It's urban, but [mostly] beautiful
> architecture, with some green spaces, and it's safe. I'm probably
> moving to Mt. Vernon for my second MHS year.
>
> Here are the links to the shuttle maps:
> http://www.parking.jhu.edu/shuttles_jhmi-homewood.html
>
http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/security/transportation/Routes/rte3.htm
>
> So... what you can do is compare the shuttle stops to addresses you
> find for apartments on Craig's List. Usually apartment postings
will
> say "close to JH shuttle," if they are, so that's a good sign that
> you'll be able to get to school easily, and that probably other SPH
> students will be living nearby. :) Then you can look at the
pictures
> and see what kind of places are out there and whether you want wood
> floors & exposed brick, or a brand new high rise with a pool on the
> roof, or something in between!
 
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Anyone looked into housing yet? And has anyone joined the Yahoo group? There is one message about housing locations that is really helpful, but I haven't looked to much at housing. Here's the message (sorry for all the arrows, I'm too lazy to delete them):

> I'm a current MHS student at Hopkins. I live in Butcher's Hill,
just
> north of Fells Point and right next to Patterson Park, which is a
huge
> green space, great for running, playing sports, and dogs. :)
Pretty
> much everyone in Baltimore has at least one dog, so yours should
have
> no problem finding an apartment with you. I'll tell you a little
> about the neighborhoods:
>
> -Charles Village- near the undergrad campus. A lot of SPH students
> live here, the houses are spacious and nice, rent is cheap, there
are
> lots of trees, it's easy to get to school on the shuttle. There are
> also tower-style apartment complexes in Charles Village, if you
> prefer. However, it's pretty far from all the cultural attractions
of
> Baltimore- i.e., the water, the really awesome unique Baltimorean
bars
> & restaurants, shopping, downtown, etc. I have mixed feelings about
> CV personally- sometimes I wish I lived there because a lot of my
> friends live there, but I also think it's too far from the fun
stuff.
>
> -Canton/Fells Point- fantastic neighborhoods, right on the water,
easy
> access to the Inner Harbor area, lots of young professionals, lots
of
> restaurants/pubs/parks/gyms etc., but if you go too far south,
you'll
> lose your ability to get to school easily (i.e. not very many of us
> live in Canton, unfortunately, but it's a fun place to go out).
> There's a shuttle that runs along Baltimore St. near school, so if
you
> live in upper Fells Point or Butcher's Hill or around Patterson
Park,
> you should be able to walk to school or to the shuttle easily. LOTS
> of Hopkins people live in Butcher's Hill/Fells Point/Patterson
Park.
> There are a ton of gorgeous rehabbed rowhomes that are very
affordable
> when you split them up among roommates, and they often have roof
> decks, which are perfect for summer BBQs or watching the sun set
over
> the harbor. One thing to watch for: the area around the Hopkins
> medical campus is a little rough, and this sometimes trickles into
the
> otherwise extremely nice surrounding neighborhoods- so you just have
> to be aware and careful, especially if your plan for getting to/from
> school involves walking. [This is one reason we love dogs so much
in
> Baltimore, they just love to keep us safe!]
>
> -Federal Hill- completely populated by young professionals and bars-
> this area is super fun, it's where we go to really party. There are
> lots of shops and restaurants, great place to meet people, I'm
> convinced that everyone in Federal Hill is in at least one social
> sports league. It's across the harbor from Hopkins, which means
that
> it's still near Inner Harbor, and it's still on the water, it's all
> rehabbed rowhomes, but unfortunately there is no good way to get to
> school from Fed Hill. :( You'd more or less have to drive, so none
> of the students really live there. Parking on the street around
> school can be a hassle, and garage spots are not cheap, so avoid
> driving to school if you can.
>
> -Mt. Vernon- This is just north of Inner Harbor, in the downtown
area.
> So, you can get rowhouses here, but there are also a lot of high
rise
> apartment buildings, some of which are luxurious with lots of
> amenities, some more simple, some modern, and some historic
buildings
> which have been converted (actually most of these places allow pets
to
> varying extents- Baltimore really is very dog friendly). Mt Vernon
is
> a cultural locus- there are great restaurants and bars of course,
but
> it's also the home of the Washington Monument (Baltimore style), the
> Walters Art Museum, the Central Library, the Basilica, the Peabody
> Conservatory etc. I would say that Mt. Vernon is in the top three
SPH
> student neighborhoods, because the shuttle between the undergrad and
> medical campuses stops here. It's urban, but [mostly] beautiful
> architecture, with some green spaces, and it's safe. I'm probably
> moving to Mt. Vernon for my second MHS year.
>
> Here are the links to the shuttle maps:
> http://www.parking.jhu.edu/shuttles_jhmi-homewood.html
>
http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/security/transportation/Routes/rte3.htm
>
> So... what you can do is compare the shuttle stops to addresses you
> find for apartments on Craig's List. Usually apartment postings
will
> say "close to JH shuttle," if they are, so that's a good sign that
> you'll be able to get to school easily, and that probably other SPH
> students will be living nearby. :) Then you can look at the
pictures
> and see what kind of places are out there and whether you want wood
> floors & exposed brick, or a brand new high rise with a pool on the
> roof, or something in between!

Is anyone looking for a roommate?
 

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Is anyone looking for a roommate?
I am looking for housing around Fells Point/Butcher's Hill, basically somewhere midway between the harbour and campus. If anyone wants to share an apt/house around there feel free to contact me.
 

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i HIGHLY recommend staying at the Standard Apartments right in Mount Vernon/Downtown. It's on Saint Paul street and it's also conveniently located next to the Hopkins shuttle stop. I stayed there for a year when i did my MHS at hopkins, and I absolutely loved my apt.
 
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I'm living in Reed Hall. I know its probably a ghetto but it was convenient and cheap. Anyone have any thoughts/experiences/suggestions they'd like to share about making the Reed Hall experience survivable?
 
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I'm living in Reed Hall. I know its probably a ghetto but it was convenient and cheap. Anyone have any thoughts/experiences/suggestions they'd like to share about making the Reed Hall experience survivable?
I have a few questions about living there-- I'm still considering it as an option. First of all, do you live in the suites or the dorm rooms?

If you live in the dorms, what do you do for cooking??
Also, do you have a car on campus? If you don't, do you wish you did?
 

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I have a few questions about living there-- I'm still considering it as an option. First of all, do you live in the suites or the dorm rooms?

If you live in the dorms, what do you do for cooking??
Also, do you have a car on campus? If you don't, do you wish you did?
I am not living there at the moment - I will be moving down in August, when I start classes. I am living in a dorm room, which I hear is not preferable to the suites. There isn't any sort of meal plan like you might have had in college, so I think you need to make optimal use of your mini-fridge. I am bringing a car to campus - I don't know enough about Baltimore transportation at the moment to feel comfortable without one.
 

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I am not living there at the moment - I will be moving down in August, when I start classes. I am living in a dorm room, which I hear is not preferable to the suites. There isn't any sort of meal plan like you might have had in college, so I think you need to make optimal use of your mini-fridge. I am bringing a car to campus - I don't know enough about Baltimore transportation at the moment to feel comfortable without one.
Generals: This is what a friend who is doing her PhD at Hopkins had to say bout Reed Hall:

"As far as residence goes... we have a few friends who live in Reed Hall. It seems that there are two wings; one in which the rooms have access to a kitchen, and the other, there are no kitchens. I would NOT recommend that latter! Living in Reed Hall has its benefits, it is essentially inside the campus, and its very easy to walk over to the school of public health. It does have the "rez" feeling so you can get to know the people you're living with. However, I think it's not too luxurious, not to mention the fact that the area around the Hopkins campus is really not very safe. You really cannot walk around there at night, so walking back from the SPH to Reed Hall building after dark is really not a good idea. The Hopkins medical campus is located in East Baltimore, one of the rougher areas of Baltimore. Don't get me wrong though; the campus is highly secure, its essentially a fortress. Every 30 feet theres a security booth that has an armed guard in it :)"
 

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Generals: This is what a friend who is doing her PhD at Hopkins had to say bout Reed Hall:

"As far as residence goes... we have a few friends who live in Reed Hall. It seems that there are two wings; one in which the rooms have access to a kitchen, and the other, there are no kitchens. I would NOT recommend that latter! Living in Reed Hall has its benefits, it is essentially inside the campus, and its very easy to walk over to the school of public health. It does have the "rez" feeling so you can get to know the people you're living with. However, I think it's not too luxurious, not to mention the fact that the area around the Hopkins campus is really not very safe. You really cannot walk around there at night, so walking back from the SPH to Reed Hall building after dark is really not a good idea. The Hopkins medical campus is located in East Baltimore, one of the rougher areas of Baltimore. Don't get me wrong though; the campus is highly secure, its essentially a fortress. Every 30 feet theres a security booth that has an armed guard in it :)"
Thanks so much for the information!
 

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Do you mind sharing what your GPA and GRE scores were? I/m really interested in JH so I wanted to get an idea of what to expect.
 

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Do you mind sharing what your GPA and GRE scores were? I/m really interested in JH so I wanted to get an idea of what to expect.
Accepted to JHU for MHS: Health, Behavior & Society

UNC-Chapel Hill undergrad

Major 1: Public Health (SPH) - 3.8
Major 2: Spanish - 3.5

GRE: +1300
 

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Sorry to jump in here, but saw this thread and got excited. I graduated with an MHS from Hopkins back in 2006 (HBS was called Social and Behavioral Interventions back then) ... it was the best decision I ever made. I was a JHU undergrad up at Homewood and moved south to Mount Vernon right after graduation. I NEVER had a car in Bmore and never felt I needed one. The Hopkins shuttle route goes from Homewood to the SPH making several stops along the way. Yes, Bmore is ghetto, but it is also charming. Was up there a few weeks ago to meet my old advisor and share the good news (I start med school in a month!) and was amazed by the revitalization efforts underway. Other great/convenient/nice areas to live: Fells Point, Federal Hill, Charles Village. To give you an idea of cost: I lived in a 2500 square foot place in Mt. Vernon with 20 foot ceilings, 2 working fireplaces, 3 bedrooms, and 3 baths that cost under $1000 ... total! The program is amazing and I still bump into my old professors when I'm traveling throughout the Middle East and Africa. All in all, this program completely changed my life - best money I've ever spent. period.
PM me if you have specific questions. Oh, and be sure to hit up Brewer's Art. Mmmmm, Resurrection ...