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MPH 2019: Applied, Waitlisted, Accepted!

Discussion in 'Public Health Degrees (Masters and Doctoral)' started by el.mo19, Jul 16, 2018.

  1. dubbz09

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    Hi everyone! I'm a bit late to the conversation but looking for some guidance please!

    Undergrad School:
    International MBBS
    Undergrad GPA/Major GPA: 3.55 (WES Evaluated 3.62)
    Major/Minor: Bachelors of Medicine, Surgery (Hons.)
    GRE (including date taken) or Other Test (if applicable): V 160, Q 160, Writing 4.0 taken on 9/17
    Experience/Research (please, be brief):

    - Medical Dr x 2y
    - Community outreach projects
    - Director of marketing at local health centre
    - Assist on >2 research projects

    Letter of Recommendations:
    HOD of dept I worked in, supervisor at local health centre, supervisor for elective at US hospital, Dean of med school (pending)

    Interested in: Health Policy and Mgmt
    Applied/Applying (include the date of application): BU, JHU (MPH/MBA), Yale (mph/mba), Emory (mph/mba), Columbia (all sent 11/2, verified 11/6)
    Accepted:
    Rejected:
    Waitlisted:

    So far I've only received confirmation of receipt of application from JHU - is this normal? Or do I have to call? I know it's only been 2 days but they responded so quickly so I'm worried.
    Also, to bolster my chances I'm wondering if I should broaden my reach. Considering GW, U Pitt, Brown and USF.

    Any thoughts? Advice?
    Please help!!!
     
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  3. athaw1

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    Undergrad School: U of Washington
    Undergrad GPA: 3.19 (Not verified, upward trend, about 3.5 in the final year)
    Major: Biology/Physiology
    GRE: V: 158 (80%), Q: 163 (83%) W: 3.0 (17%) (Will retake on the 20th, is it too late?)

    Experience/Research (please, be brief):
    - Volunteered at a special education center in rural China, teaching children how to write and read. (2 years)
    - Co-founder of a student organization focuses on helping international students getting familiar with living and studying abroad. (3 years)
    - Member of a non-profit organization helping children with disabilities in Kenya (1 year)
    - Peer teaching assistant (2 quarters ~5 months in total)
    - Worked as barista and cashier (8 months)
    - Cancer care wig fitter in a nation's top 10 cancer care hospital (started this July)
    - Patient escort at a local hospital (started this September)

    LOR: Two from my professors in the Biology department that I've known quite well and one from my supervisor at the cancer care hospital.

    Interests
    : MPH in Epi or Community Health, chronic diseases in specific

    Applying: UCLA (community health or epi), Emory (health policy and management), JHU (epi), GWU and UBC still haven't decided yet...

    My biggest concerns are my low GPA and lack of research experience especially when I'm going for Epi programs. I feel like most of the school I'm currently applying are a bit of reach. I was wondering if you guys can give me some feedback on what my chances are, and should I change my focus to community health? I feel like my experience is more fit to that program.

    Thanks!
     
  4. Dmohr21

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    It took Yale a month to give me confirmation and Emory took a while too. You should be fine!
     
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  5. dubbz09

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    Thanks a mil! Do you think I need to broaden my reach given my stats? Just need to make sure I get in somewhere lol
     
  6. el.mo19

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    I reached out to BU because I was verified on 10/08, received an email on 10/10 with a supplemental application and was told that in 7-10 days I would receive a confirmation email. I haven't still haven't gotten my official confirmation email, and finally reached out on 11/2. They said they are still processing Spring 2019 apps and haven't started fully processing Fall 2019.

    When I reached out to Emory (verified 10/14) on 10/25 and was told "if I had receive an email from SOPHAS, that I would receive one from the admissions team in the coming weeks".

    I feel like your stats are pretty strong and as long as your SOP and letters are strong you should stand a good chance! I'm not too familiar with dual degree stats, but I don't think it would hurt to add another school if you could see yourself attending there/are really nervous!
     
  7. el.mo19

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    I think your application is definitely stronger than you're giving yourself credit! Your upward trend will totally be noticed, and you have great GRE scores! Your experience is public health related, and as long as your SOP demonstrates your interest in Epi, I think you'll be fine! This forum does a great job at intimidating people (myself included) but my biggest take away from reaching out to schools is that they truly are holistic and want people who are genuinely interested in PH.
     
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    This has been super helpful! Thanks so much! Crossing my fingers!
    Hope you hear from them soon as well!
     
  9. JDGBruin1317

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    I had similar scores when applying to schools last year but I got into 3 out of the 4 schools I applied to, including my top choice! Don't lose hope! DM me if you have more questions!
     
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  10. athaw1

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    Thanks a lot! definitely feel more relieved now.
     
  11. el.mo19

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    omg I just noticed I meant to say "it wouldn't hurt to add more schools if it makes you feel better!" not that it WOULD hurt.

    thank you though! hopefully you get into a few (if not all) your programs!
     
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    Hi everyone! Quick question, I see the achievements and experiences sections are optional. Is it worth adding anything if all the information is already on my resume? Just wondering if there are any benefits to filling out these sections or if it's okay to not add any information.
     
  13. mrmeseeks

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    Undergrad School: small liberal arts college- graduated May 2017
    Undergrad GPA/Major GPA: 3.92/4.0
    Major/Minor: Biology/ Latin American Studies
    GRE: V: 168 (98%), Q: 159 (72%), W: 4.0 (59%)
    Experience/Research (please, be brief):
    -started undergrad research sophomore year- neuroscience, continued junior and senior year with biology research
    -completed an anthropology research project summer between freshman and sophomore year
    -NSF REU program in an ecotoxicology lab between junior and senior year
    -tutored and TA'd for neuroscience and biology labs sophomore through senior year
    -volunteer for a domestic violence organization
    -mentored a group of college freshman as a senior
    -e-board of a nutrition/food culture/food justice group sophomore-junior year
    -2 publications, 2 presentations (1 oral, 1 poster) at conferences
    -currently an RA in a cancer genetics lab (will be about 2 years by the time I matriculate)

    LOR: My current boss/PI, undergraduate adviser/PI/ biology professor, another undergrad biology professor/boss for TAing labs, and a Latin American Studies professor
    Very close with all undergrad professors, get along with current boss, so all should be strong

    Interests: Global health/ maternal and child health/ women's health

    Applying: Rutgers (11/2), Boston University (11/2), Yale (11/6), Emory (11/6), Johns Hopkins (11/9)
    my coursework was verified on 11/6- I've received confirmation from Rutgers but none of the other schools
    Accepted: Rutgers Global Health (11/14)


    Would have been happier with higher GRE scores but hopefully my GPA will make up for it. Good luck everyone! Submitted my final app today and now I'm super anxious to hear back! :dead:
     
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    You seem like you’re also from the NYC region :) give Mt Sinai a shot. I was torn between NYMC, NYU, and Sinai and i ended up falling in love with the curriculum, the school, and the idea that the school is under the largest healthcare system in NYC
     
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    SOPHAS question: I retook the GRE last week so my official scores will not be available for a while. However, I am planning to submit my applications to schools with 12/1 deadlines this weekend. In the GRE section of SOPHAS, should I just list that I have taken the test and the test date and then wait for them to receive the score reports directly from ETS? Or should I put in the unofficial quant and verbal scores even though I don't have the official percentiles or the AW scores yet?
     
  16. Vslyph

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    Current Columbia MPH student here:

    Let me start off by saying that there are many things that are great about the program: the people, the city, the learning opportunities. However, just a fair warning about the following before you apply:

    1) there is a lot of busy work that doesn’t necessarily further your understanding of the material

    2) you will be swamped during the Core. Very few students manage to hold down jobs (though you are not supposed to), abd professors don’t seem to coordinate assignments. You’ll be hit with a lot all at once throughout the semester.

    3) No one holds your hand. There are a lot of us, and you need to actively look out for yourself

    4) The medical campus lacks variety of food options and you will be better off packing and bringing lunch most days.

    5) There are hardly any opportunities through the program to experience NYC. This will have to be done on your own.

    I remember thinking when I visited last October that a lot of the students in the class I sat in on seemed disengaged and disinterested in the lecture, and rushed out as soon as they could. Now I know why: they had a million other deliverables on their minds. There are times I wish I had gone to Yale or U Washington instead: the students seemed happy and not as rushed. Not to say that people aren’t happy at Columbia, but I think that for me personally I would have been happier and not as stressed in a smaller program. As you all apply to schools, don’t underestimate your first impressions and the environment you experience during your visits. Your happiness and school/life balance matters.
     
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  17. Cassatrass

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    Hey all! I'll chime in with this from the Emory point of view, since I was deciding between a lot of programs before making my decision.

    There is also a lot of homework/group work for classes at Emory, but most of it is very targeted and helps with your learning. I spend 4-10 hours weekly on biostatistics homework alone, but it has helped me build a very strong foundation of understanding and succeed on quizzes/exams. The curriculum isn't built to allow a lot of time for work + a lot of personal time, but I've been working 2 part-time jobs for the past month and just have to commit a lot of my weekend to schoolwork. Classes are quite hard, but manageable if you're focused and motivated. Overall, TAs and faculty are very approachable and your departmental ADAP is a great resource. They do try to help you find jobs/practicums-- but you need to put yourself out there and ask. Beware though, a lot of the CDC jobs prefer second year students or students with extensive prior work experience. You also will not be able to get the full $2500 of your REAL award in your first fall semester if you decide to take a CDC position, since it is incredibly unlikely that you will be approved to work before late Oct/early Nov.

    Overall, I love it here. I am so glad that I went with my gut and chose Emory after my visit. I've gotten a fantastic internship (at the CDC), we have tons of fun social events (with free alcohol!), and the student organizations are fantastic. The culture is great. Some of the student organizations actually partner with the CDC, so if you're offered a spot (yes, you have to apply to these clubs), then you're getting useful skills and building a strong network.

    Please feel free to PM me with any specific questions!
     
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  18. wwmmkk

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    Brown is significantly less popular on these forums than Emory and Columbia, but I thought I'd chime in anyway since @Cassatrass and @Vslyph made such helpful posts. I'm a second year student.

    Don't come here if:
    - You need a lot of structure to learn and have difficulty managing a flexible schedule.
    - You are unsure of what you want to do and learn while in an MPH program and of your post-graduation goals.
    - You struggle to make decisions independently and benefit from a lot of hands-on mentoring and guidance.
    - There are no faculty doing what you're interested in, especially if you are interested in a particular setting or population.
    - A strong community and school culture is important to you.
    - You default to doing only what is required.

    Do come here if:
    - You have a strong sense of initiative, take opportunities available to you without much prompting, and create new opportunities for yourself.
    - You are looking for a curriculum that's heavy on quantitative and research skills in every track. It's certainly possible to have a more practice-based experience here, but the majority of people are focused on developing analytic skills in the context of research.
    - You're an independent person who enjoys forging their own path and setting high expectations for yourself.
    - You learn best in smaller programs/classes/settings.
    - You're good at forming peer relationships that help you learn.

    Overall, I have really enjoyed my experience at Brown. It has been more challenging than I expected both in terms of what is required academically/intellectually and what is required logistically, but I have benefited from the challenge. I don't think this is a school/MPH program for everyone, but I do think that a lot of people overlook Brown because it is unranked and because it is in Providence. Both are mistakes, in my opinion. I think Brown has one of the more rigorous curricula for MPH programs (there's little I'd call "busywork"), and the overall reputation of Brown SPH in the field is quite good. Also, while living in Providence is certainly a different experience than living in big cities like NYC/LA/Boston/etc., the public health opportunities here are not limited by the city's size or location.

    I'm always open to PMs! Good luck everyone.
     
  19. EnviroJusticeWarrior

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    Accepted into Tulane's MSPH and GW's MPH programs! Got my acceptance email within 2 weeks of my application getting reviewed. For everyone with a relatively low GPA or applying straight out of undergrad, DO NOT FRET! Experience and letters of recs are key. I got mine from a professor who is well known as several public health programs and have been interning with him for a couple years now.

    Quick stats overview for comparison:

    Overall GPA: 3.13, Major GPA: 3.85 (I guess my freshmen year dooming me really showed here since I switched to public health after my 1st year of college)
    GRE V: 155 Q: 160 W: 4.0

    Experience:

    1 poster recognized by the national public health honorary society in graduate studies
    2 Publications
    Several Environmental Justice related projects within my internship at my undergraduate department
    Former executive board positions for 2 student organizations, with one being president

    Still waiting on Cornell though. Good luck everyone and remember, the holidays are coming soon!
     
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    congrats!! what programs at tulane and GWU?
     
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    I have a random question, does anyone know about St. George's University in Grenada's MPH reputation? I was looking at their site, and from what I can see they are cutting their tuition cost in half next year, making it one of the most affordable MPH programs.... But I don't know if it's looked down upon in the job market to get your MPH from a Caribbean institution.

    Obviously it's not a top program by any means, but I want to know if it's considered worse than other non-ranked US programs. I can't find much in the way of feedback from online searches. Anyone have any insight?
     
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    I just received an email from the University of Michigan asking me to create my student portal. It said that they will begin to review my application once it is complete in the portal (which it is). Does this mean I will hear back about a decision soon? Those of you who have applied in previous years, what did the timeline look like from here on out?

    Thanks!
     
  23. Cassatrass

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    I have no idea how their program is, but many people in public health came originally from medical backgrounds. As such, I believe there could be a negative stigma associated. Plus, do they follow the same accreditation standards? That's another major factor to consider. Public Health is an oversaturated field, so you need to take into consideration how much risk you're willing to take.
     
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    I received the same email! Which program did you apply too? I applied HBHE! Hopefully we do start hearing back soon!
     
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    Tulane's MSPH in Global Environmental Health Sciences and GWU's MPH in Environmental Health Science and Policy

    A lot of my undergrad research revolved around air quality and exposure assessments so I think it would be pretty awesome to explore the policy side of environmental justice (hence why GW's program appeals to me). But Tulane gives me a chance to expand my horizons, since I've lived in the Maryland/DC region my entire life and they have a plethora of risk assessment and sampling coursework so I'm sure the research opportunities there are endless as well, not to mention they have a strong partnership with the hurricane center which could be another avenue for me to explore!

    It's a very hard choice, I guess I need to wait for GWU to get back to me regarding funding. They said they will assess my application and let me know by early February. Still waiting on a couple schools so it's just that time of year!

    Once again, wish everyone the best of luck and when we do figure out where we attending, hopefully I get to run into some of y'all!
     
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    Is anyone applying to the University of Maryland by the way? I can try and answer some questions about the school or campus in general
     
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    Congrats! Both programs sound amazing! Tulane's research centers are super extensive! Definitely do a visit and see how you like New Orleans :)
     
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    I applied to both the Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology, and General Epidemiology programs! I have looked in past threads and looks like some found out about acceptance to UofM in November!
     
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    Hey everyone! I'm so happy to finally be able to post on a thread like this! I've got a couple questions too so I hope you guys can help me out :)

    Undergrad School: UA (graduated Dec 2017)
    Undergrad GPA/Major GPA: 3.43/3.86
    Major/Minor: Public Health/Women's Studies/Creative Writing
    GRE: V: 154 Q: 145 (I just finished my test this morning so the scores aren't official haha!)
    Experience/Research (please, be brief):
    - summer internship abroad in South Korea assisting North Korean refugees
    -recipient of Gilman International Scholarship
    - internship at school's Women and Gender Resource Center
    -three years of experience as office assistant

    LOR: one from current employer, one from academic mentor, two from undergrad professors (we're very close!)
    Special Factors: WOC (Black), LGBT, hometown is in under-served community

    Interests: Sexual/Reproductive health, Women's Health, LGBT Health, Healthcare in rural areas

    Applying: UAB,Tulane, UT-Houston, Emory, Columbia


    I'm really nervous about my GRE score as it's not as good as I hope it would be, but I'm hoping that my LORs and my personal statement will make up for me. I also don't have much research experience outside class as I had a job all through undergraduate.

    Question! Should I still apply for these schools right now? My GRE scores are low as I've mentioned before, and I could probably wait to take it again in February. However, the last two are my reach schools, but I'd honestly like to apply to them by January 5th so I can possibly be considered for Emory's merit scholarships. What do you guys think? Could I make it with my personal statement, GPA, etc. to make up for my lackluster score?
     

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