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MPH at SDSU or go for gold?

Discussion in 'Public Health Degrees (Masters and Doctoral)' started by dmbaile2, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. dmbaile2

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    I am finishing up a B.S. Health Management degree in May and I am thinking about graduate school. I am currently a student at Excelsior which is an online school with a current GPA of 3.3.

    I work in Healthcare, and I love it. I would like to get a degree more geared toward public health; however I don’t want to completely rule out other sectors of industry. At this point I would like to go to a graduate school that overshadows my online undergrad. Perhaps I feel like I have something to prove, and don’t want to be judged by employers for having an online degree.

    I would like to get an MPH degree with a focus in management, or an MPH/MBA dual degree.

    I am basically considering two routes, either applying for graduate school right away. Or taking a couple of years to study and ace the GMAT, and build some more experience so I can apply to a prestigious school.

    For the first option I am considering SDSU, mostly because I would love to live on the coast, it won’t cost very much money, and the program is CAHME accredited.

    If I pursue the second option I would be looking at dual MPH/MBA degrees at places like Berkley, Emory, Boston ect…

    Does anyone have any experience with the SDSU MPH program? Is it a respected program?

    Any and all advice appreciated.
     
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  3. Veggie Monster

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    Don't confine your full potential.

    Go for gold! :thumbup:
     
  4. mystal

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    Why not an MHA?
     
  5. dmbaile2

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    I lean toward an MPH because I am reluctant to dedicate myself to private healthcare. An MPH seems to keep doors open for non-profit, government, and international job opportunities. And in combination with an MBA, I feel like I would have the best of both worlds if I want to merge back into the private sector later on.

    At SDSU I would have to get my MBA separately from the MPH because you aren’t allowed to dual enroll in two graduate programs unfortunately.
     
  6. RAMPA

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    an MHA won't limit you to private and an MPH in health administration/mgt won't limit you to non-profit. An MHA would open up doors for all those sectors you mentioned as well.
     
  7. dmbaile2

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    How does one weight the options between an MHA, MPH/MBA, and MBA with a focus on health management?
     
  8. RAMPA

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    I'd choose the BEST program you can get into.

    (Straight out of undergrad this would rule out top MBA programs)
     

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