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I have been visiting the forum since a few months & reading to other posts, but what brings me today to post is my own miserable state.:scared:

Well ,i introduce myself as a foreign trained dentist, from India.i just got my degree in nov'09 & have applied for mph program in epidemiology in good us universities.
Since past year during my intern, i got attracted to study of oral cancer, did a little preliminary research & interacted with cancer patients both in wards & opds & even participated in cancer awareness camps .I was driven towards the very idea of doing mph first & then go for dds.i thought mph degree will help me improve my gpa for god dental school, but of course the very idea of mph got very late into my mind.:mad:
Igot my wes evaluation which turned out to be just 3.2,but i swear i was not at all a very bad student in my class, but ya marking system was also not that very high.

In month of nov, while other students were busy applying to elite universities, i prepared for gre, & got a GRE score of 1160--440V & 720Q ,awa3.:eek:
its my fault for i overestimated my english & didnot prepare that well.
i submitted my application to sophas in jan & sophas sent to schools in 1st week of feb2010.

The uni to which i applied are:
uni of arizona
uni of minnesota
uni of texas houston
uni of texas a& m
uni os south carolina
umdnj
however, i found out that i got rejected in uni of texas houston,as professor told me with low verbal & gpa i was not that competitive,i agree.but as many members have said, that whole package counts & my sop & lors are very good.i had a little hope, but now its fading.

Besides, from other schools to which i applied, they told me i'll get their response latest by 1st week of may,m getting petrified waiting,that if i get rejected from all the remaining what will i do.:confused:

i wish to ask:
1)with this gpa &gre scores do i have a little hope of getting admitted to any of the above mentioned
2)should i apply to other schools, if yes t,then plz suggest a few

help me ,plzz
 

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hi smldent,

i don't know anything about any of those schools but i would say that both your GPA and GRE scores are pretty decent for most mph programs.

in general, i don't think mph programs are as competitive as some of the other professional schools so if you apply broadly (which you are doing), then you should be in good shape.
 
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Hi,

You seem to be quite motivated, and you certainly still have a chance to be accepted this season. The issue, I guess, is that you decided a bit late to apply and to take the GRE. I imagine you were probably quite busy in school, since you completed your DDS in November, so this is understandable. I don't think your situation is bad at all, and this is why: if you get in this year, thats great. If not, then you have another year to work on your english, retake the GRE (your Q score was impressive), perhaps get some more public health-related experience, and spend a lot of time working on your application essay. Maybe you can practice as a dentist during the year. It seems that with some more time, and some good planning, you can reapply next year, early in the season, as a stronger candidate. There are many paths through a career, and delays and detours are just part of it all. Again, if you get accepted this season that will be fantastic, but if not, it's also a great opportunity. I think you should be optimistic - you've just come through dental school (so, congratulations!), and you have definite goals. You're so much farther ahead than those who don't have a clear direction.

One more point - if you're accepted this year to schools that you're not convinced you'd want to attend, you might still decide to wait a year. You would then be in a better position to gain entry to a school that you really want and that will best prepare you for the career you desire.

Best of luck to you!
 

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hi smldent,

i don't know anything about any of those schools but i would say that both your GPA and GRE scores are pretty decent for most mph programs.

in general, i don't think mph programs are as competitive as some of the other professional schools so if you apply broadly (which you are doing), then you should be in good shape.


thanks a tonsss:) thanx for the optimism, i really needed that, god bless you a lot.................
 

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Hi,

You seem to be quite motivated, and you certainly still have a chance to be accepted this season. The issue, I guess, is that you decided a bit late to apply and to take the GRE. I imagine you were probably quite busy in school, since you completed your DDS in November, so this is understandable. I don't think your situation is bad at all, and this is why: if you get in this year, thats great. If not, then you have another year to work on your english, retake the GRE (your Q score was impressive), perhaps get some more public health-related experience, and spend a lot of time working on your application essay. Maybe you can practice as a dentist during the year. It seems that with some more time, and some good planning, you can reapply next year, early in the season, as a stronger candidate. There are many paths through a career, and delays and detours are just part of it all. Again, if you get accepted this season that will be fantastic, but if not, it's also a great opportunity. I think you should be optimistic - you've just come through dental school (so, congratulations!), and you have definite goals. You're so much farther ahead than those who don't have a clear direction.

One more point - if you're accepted this year to schools that you're not convinced you'd want to attend, you might still decide to wait a year. You would then be in a better position to gain entry to a school that you really want and that will best prepare you for the career you desire.

Best of luck to you!

thanks for the optimism, your post was very nice and good booster too. well, i loved your perception, & i'll keep your view in mind,the second option is also fine, like if i do not get accepted this time ,i'll wait for the next session , by that time i can take gre . oh ya, i forgot to mention i have one year dental assistant in dental clinic in my country ,during my bds degree ,& i've submitted this info to schools .

hoping for the best:xf:
thanx again:)
 
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I think you should be pretty competitive considering you already have a professional degree. Your quant score looks good, and I think all the University of Arizona requires is a combined GRE score of 1000. If you don't get in this year, as others have said, study for and re-take the GRE.

Good luck!
 

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I think you should be pretty competitive considering you already have a professional degree. Your quant score looks good, and I think all the University of Arizona requires is a combined GRE score of 1000. If you don't get in this year, as others have said, study for and re-take the GRE.

Good luck!


yes, you are right gre score for uni of arizona is 1000 combined , just hoping for something to turn up in month of may , thanks a lot for the good luck wish........
 

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yes, you are right gre score for uni of arizona is 1000 combined , just hoping for something to turn up in month of may , thanks a lot for the good luck wish........

Hopefully, you get in this cycle. If you are not succesful, it's probably worth your time to retake the GRE and try to raise your verbal score. If you can hit 1250 or 1300 combined you'll be significantly more competitive. anything over that is gravy.
 

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Hopefully, you get in this cycle. If you are not succesful, it's probably worth your time to retake the GRE and try to raise your verbal score. If you can hit 1250 or 1300 combined you'll be significantly more competitive. anything over that is gravy.








thanx for the info:) sorry for replying late.

but you know what happened i got an acceptance from university of medicine and dentistry ,new jersey ,last week & one from university of north texas....:laugh:
 

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can anyone guide me about
1)which one of the 2 universities to choose from?umdnj or north texas:confused:.
2) umdnj has a dental school too so will it help me in entering into DDS later?
3) how good is uni of north texas MPH epidemiology program wrt north texas mph epi program?
4) which one of the two are good for job prospects if later i think just to continue with MPH part only?
5)is umdnj campus safe for students, someone told me they not so safe

PLZ DO GUIDE ME about which one is good regarding cost of study ,program , safety on aspects for an international student.............
 
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