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I'm really torn between Emory's bshe program and Columbia's popfam. Anyone else looking at these programs?

So far my thought is that Atlanta is much cheaper to live in, but I'm not sure the program is as strong as Columbia's, especially when it comes to the core. I also wonder where I will have better opportunities for applied experience. I'm not that committed to the CDC, but I also don't think I'll live in NYC after school.

Any thoughts welcome, I'm struggling to decide :/
 
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Hi everyone! Since it is crunch time and I know there are a handful of people who are still deciding or wondering if they made the "right" decision, I wanted to share a quote that I stumbled upon which has really stuck with me and made me feel better with this process and decision making in general:

“If you obsess over whether you are making the right decision, you are basically assuming that the universe will reward you for one thing and punish you for another.The universe has no fixed agenda. Once you make any decision, it works around that decision. There is no right or wrong, only a series of possibilities that shift with each thought, feeling, and action that you experience. If this sounds too mystical, refer again to the body. Every significant vital sign- body temperature, heart rate, oxygen consumption, hormone level, brain activity, and so on- alters the moment you decide to do anything… decisions are signals telling your body, mind, and environment to move in a certain direction.” - Deepak Chopra

Just remember, the right decision is the one that you chose for yourself(for whatever reasons). I am sure you'll all do great and forge your own paths wherever you go! Exciting times ahead :D
 
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Brown and Columbia are very different schools. Feel free to PM me for more info, but here's a basic run down:

Brown: small student body, low student:faculty ratio, flexible curriculum. strong research focus

Columbia: large student and faculty body, resources of NYC, extremely structured curriculum, strong practice focus
Hi. I'm also between brown and columbia. But I wanna do phd in epidemiology.
If brown has strong research focus, will brown be better for transiting into phd program? thanks a lot.
 

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Hi. I'm also between brown and columbia. But I wanna do phd in epidemiology.
If brown has strong research focus, will brown be better for transiting into phd program? thanks a lot.
Yes, I think it would. The flexibility of the Brown curriculum means you can focus more on research during your MPH and hopefully get a few publications on your CV before applying to PhDs.
 
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Yes, I think it would. The flexibility of the Brown curriculum means you can focus more on research during your MPH and hopefully get a few publications on your CV before applying to PhDs.
Soooo appreciated for your answering. Help me a lot!!!!!
 
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Finally hopped off the fence and made my deposit at Harvard! Feels great to finally have the weight of this decision of my shoulders.

:banana::biglove:

I hope some of the funding UNC offered me gets redistributed to those still waiting!
 
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So those of you wondering about financial aid package from Tulane, I was able to call them today and got answers that no one in the school of PH has gotten any financial aid/loan package yet and that they are still processing. Since they don't have a deadline for enrollment, they just said students would get the package as soon as possible.

However, the staff was able to give me the amount of loan including federal direct loan and PLUS loan, and work-study if offered. He said this should be the exact amount of "financial aid" that I should be receiving soon and that there will be no changes unless the school mentioned anything about scholarships in the acceptance letter.

I think this ends my decision making process. I will be attending Emory in the upcoming fall!!
 

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So those of you wondering about financial aid package from Tulane, I was able to call them today and got answers that no one in the school of PH has gotten any financial aid/loan package yet and that they are still processing. Since they don't have a deadline for enrollment, they just said students would get the package as soon as possible.

However, the staff was able to give me the amount of loan including federal direct loan and PLUS loan, and work-study if offered. He said this should be the exact amount of "financial aid" that I should be receiving soon and that there will be no changes unless the school mentioned anything about scholarships in the acceptance letter.

I think this ends my decision making process. I will be attending Emory in the upcoming fall!!
That's awesome to hear! What department are you in?
 

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Epidemiology!
Nice! If you want to discuss Emory among future classes, electives, and living/housing searches you're welcome to DM me! I'm getting nervous yet more excited as the day for my big move to ATL is getting closer! :D
 
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Nice! If you want to discuss Emory among future classes, electives, and living/housing searches you're welcome to DM me! I'm getting nervous yet more excited as the day for my big move to ATL is getting closer! :D
Thank you so much! I will definitely do that. I'm also very excited and scared about my big move because I'm from CA.
 
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Thank you so much! I will definitely do that. I'm also very excited and scared about my big move because I'm from CA.
I'm from California too! :highfive:
 
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I attended Yale's Open House yesterday and completely fell in love.... I'd also love to hear what other attendees thought!?
 
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(Also yay for that SDN update being over!)
 
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I attended Yale's Open House yesterday and completely fell in love.... I'd also love to hear what other attendees thought!?
I was there too and same, I was very impressed. They really know how to sell it! I still have some thinking to do before I make my final decision but I really liked what they had to offer.
 
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I attended Yale's Open House yesterday and completely fell in love.... I'd also love to hear what other attendees thought!?
I really appreciate if you share your experience of the Yale’s Open House. I’m so curious about it :)
 
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I really appreciate if you share your experience of the Yale’s Open House. I’m so curious about it :)
I'm also interested in thoughts on Yale's open house! And - any thoughts on Harvard's??
 
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SelfService portal where you received your decision —> Review My Application —> Fall 2019 —> accept or reject here

When you do that, can you tell me how much the deposit is please? Lol
I waited and waited but Brown never asked for any deposit...
 

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I waited and waited but Brown never asked for any deposit...
I visited brown a few days ago and asked! Good news, there is no deposit!
 
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So my thoughts on Yale's Open House:
- Really, truly clicked with all of the other prospective students I spoke with
- Immediately felt welcome at coffee portion, lots of current students around to chat with
- New Haven was really nice to walk through when I first arrived, Green was beautiful, downtown seems like a very nice area
- Round Tables were great since you could choose what you wanted to hear about- tables were small enough so you could ask as many questions as possible
- Really impressed with Jen Farkas from Financial Aid and that she literally does it all herself and actually cares about you and your finances
- Curriculum seems super flexible and geared towards your own interests/goals (aside from core courses in semester 1)
- EMD lunch was amazing. All of the Professors were extremely down to Earth and you could tell they wanted to hear about you and your background and current research interests
- All other talks were fabulous, especially the keynote
- Happy hour was fun! Again, talked to several other prospective students. Everyone had a really great attitude and I've never felt so comfortable around people at other Open Houses I have attended

That was lots of word vomit but my honest, positive thoughts! What did everyone else think?
 
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Does Columbia give financial aid to international students? I haven't heard back from them about financial aid, and the only thing on the portal is about FAFSA.
 
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any thoughts on LSHTM vs Harvard??

LSHTM would be control of infectious disease. Harvard would be global health & population
 
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Hey guys!

For anyone waiting on BU financial aid, make sure you fill out their supplemental application. I had neglected to see the link in one of their emails and just now filled it out. The financial aid officer says it's not first come first serve, but I'm still worried that I won't hear back before April 15th.

Just wanted to pass on the info in case anyone else missed it.
 
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Has anyone received financial aid info from Berkeley? It's down to Berkeley and UCLA for me, and I want to see both packages before making a final decision. I've gotten information from everywhere else already and am anxious to finalize my decision!
 
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Has anyone received financial aid info from Berkeley? It's down to Berkeley and UCLA for me, and I want to see both packages before making a final decision. I've gotten information from everywhere else already and am anxious to finalize my decision!
Financial aid LOL.....i haven't gotten a decision from Berkeley at all still. This just reminded me to call them and see what's up.
 
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Has anyone received financial aid info from Berkeley? It's down to Berkeley and UCLA for me, and I want to see both packages before making a final decision. I've gotten information from everywhere else already and am anxious to finalize my decision!
I called Berkeley last week and they said that they will not be releasing financial aid information until June.
 

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Financial aid LOL.....i haven't gotten a decision from Berkeley at all still. This just reminded me to call them and see what's up.
Oh my god, still? Something went horribly wrong with their admissions process this year. But hopefully you get good news!
 
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Has anyone received financial aid info from Berkeley? It's down to Berkeley and UCLA for me, and I want to see both packages before making a final decision. I've gotten information from everywhere else already and am anxious to finalize my decision!
I hear you - I've been eagerly awaiting Berkeley's fin aid info as it's one of my choices right now but at the visit day they admitted they might not get that out to us by the April 15th deadline
I'm still going to make my decision based on what feels like the best fit but it's really stressful - I have money coming from other schools and it's weighing on me..
Good luck!!
 
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Does anyone know the FB groups for GW or Berkeley? Or any other resource to chat directly with students about questions on the programs/ housing etc.?

P.S. good luck with decisions everyone, these are all great programs! And to anyone still waiting - lots of spots are sure to open up as choices get finalized so don't lose hope
 
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Thanks for the replies, all! Definitely helpful info, and pretty much seals the deal for UCLA. :)
 
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Still looking for someone to relet my apartment at Emory's preferred grad housing. As y'all are making decisions, feel free to message with any Emory questions and/or if you are interested in taking over my lease! :)

Hey everyone! If any of y'all are going to Emory this fall and are looking for housing starting in June, please message me!
 
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Anyone in Baltimore for the Hopkins admitted student's day??
 
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Just got a $10,000 award from Columbia
 
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Is it rude to ask a school for more money if they gave you a partial scholarship? Columbia feels like the right choice for me, but even with the money I got it is still going to be more expensive than my other choices.
 
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Is it rude to ask a school for more money if they gave you a partial scholarship? Columbia feels like the right choice for me, but even with the money I got it is still going to be more expensive than my other choices.
NO! Ask for what you need, don't worry about feeling bad for these institutions that have tens/hundreds of millions of dollars in disposable funds. The cost of education is so terribly inflated from what it should be, you should never feel rude for asking for more. Go for it!
 
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Still have not heard from UNC and every day I want to die. Who else is waiting to hear back from schools? Called and emailed the woman in charge so much I’m afraid to bug her anymore even though she said I’d have a decision by last week.
 
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NO! Ask for what you need, don't worry about feeling bad for these institutions that have tens/hundreds of millions of dollars in disposable funds. The cost of education is so terribly inflated from what it should be, you should never feel rude for asking for more. Go for it!
Exactly. Why is education so terribly inflated? Why do we live in a world where people are forced to live barely hand to mouth to get a degree, job prospects of which might still take years to pay off the loans and debts accumulated? Really in the bitter barn these days with all the financial hassle. I wish there was no limit for passion because I know so many will not be going to their dream university because the pocket cannot afford it.
 

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i totally agree that we should all be asking for more money from these programs, I just don’t know how! I got a pretty good scholarship and I don’t know how or who to ask for more because I still can’t afford it lol.
 
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I feel the same way. I'm looking at $70,000-$100,000 total debt including undergrad if I go forward with a program. Really don't know if its even feasible to go. I know you are supposed to think about ROI but its so hard to know with such ranging salaries in the field...
I'd love for any thoughts or advice on this.
 
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So this might be a bit of a dumb question, but does anyone know if MPH students often dress relatively professional during classes and such? I'm not going to be having a teaching position, which I assume is something you would definitely dress up for a bit, but I'm very used to seeing PhD students on my campus dressed business casual, so I figured I'd check here to see what yalls thoughts are for MPH students lol
 
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So this might be a bit of a dumb question, but does anyone know if MPH students often dress relatively professional during classes and such? I'm not going to be having a teaching position, which I assume is something you would definitely dress up for a bit, but I'm very used to seeing PhD students on my campus dressed business casual, so I figured I'd check here to see what yalls thoughts are for MPH students lol
Great question!
 
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i totally agree that we should all be asking for more money from these programs, I just don’t know how! I got a pretty good scholarship and I don’t know how or who to ask for more because I still can’t afford it lol.
I've recently sent appeal emails- some just respond saying I need to fill out a form. I would just email saying it's your dream school, but the financial aspect is still a burden. Is there a possibility of more funding? I also asked what I can do to fund my degree- ie external scholarships, TA positions.
 

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NO! Ask for what you need, don't worry about feeling bad for these institutions that have tens/hundreds of millions of dollars in disposable funds. The cost of education is so terribly inflated from what it should be, you should never feel rude for asking for more. Go for it!
Exactly. Why is education so terribly inflated? Why do we live in a world where people are forced to live barely hand to mouth to get a degree, job prospects of which might still take years to pay off the loans and debts accumulated? Really in the bitter barn these days with all the financial hassle. I wish there was no limit for passion because I know so many will not be going to their dream university because the pocket cannot afford it.
I feel the same way. I'm looking at $70,000-$100,000 total debt including undergrad if I go forward with a program. Really don't know if its even feasible to go. I know you are supposed to think about ROI but its so hard to know with such ranging salaries in the field...
I'd love for any thoughts or advice on this.
Last year, Emory's tuition was $16,900 per semester, now it's risen to $17,400. I know they said how Emory is one of the cheapest programs but that's ridiculous! Why the high costs and the surrounding cities' costs of living are continuously rising as well it's scary. Right now I'm working on an excel sheet calculating all of the possible expenses during grad school and I'm looking at graduating with $150k in debt (including undergrad debt)...that's almost as much as a med school student and I have no intentions of being a doctor whatsoever.

I have a strong passion and interest in public health and don't want to simply go with a job because of the high salary, I actually want to enjoy it and look forward to going to work on Mondays! lol In the end, I know I'm making an investment in my future and career goals, and will just focus on paying it down and hopefully be debt free by the time I retire if I'm lucky. :p
 
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Last year, Emory's tuition was $16,900 per semester, now it's risen to $17,400. I know they said how Emory is one of the cheapest programs but that's ridiculous! Why the high costs and the surrounding cities' costs of living are continuously rising as well it's scary. Right now I'm working on an excel sheet calculating all of the possible expenses during grad school and I'm looking at graduating with $150k in debt (including undergrad debt)...that's almost as much as a med school student and I have no intentions of being a doctor whatsoever.

I have a strong passion and interest in public health and don't want to simply go with a job because of the high salary, I actually want to enjoy it and look forward to going to work on Mondays! lol In the end, I know I'm making an investment in my future and career goals, and will just focus on paying it down and hopefully be debt free by the time I retire if I'm lucky. :p
I'm also making an excel sheet for my upcoming expense and I just get so depressed from looking at the cost.. they just don't have enough resources or scholarships for grad students..
 
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I'm also making an excel sheet for my upcoming expense and I just get so depressed from looking at the cost.. they just don't have enough resources or scholarships for grad students..
Same here. :( I cannot agree with you more. I even applied for the additional funding institutional awards and a day or two later they sent me the standard we are unable to offer you funding email. It's very discouraging but I don't want to not go to my dream school and miss out on this seemingly once in a lifetime opportunity.
 
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