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Discussion in 'Public Health Degrees (Masters and Doctoral)' started by ConfusedAsUsual, Aug 15, 2017.
Thank you!! I wish you much success as well within your future endeavor as well!
Thank you for taking the time to write a detailed reply to my post! I appreciate it. Also, sorry it took me a little while to reply. I wanted to have the chance to read through the post you shared before replying. That post also had some good pointers.
My research interest is obesity in America. I'm pretty open to the school's location (although somewhere not super-cold is always nice haha). I have't had the chance to visit the schools, except for Emory, since it offered me a travel stipend to do so. I also haven't spoken to students who attend the schools I've been accepted to. It would probably be a good idea to connect with them.
I am in the same boat as many others. Lack of funding, with a dash of location thrown in the mix.
wait where is the Net ID for NYU? i'm tryna view my financial aid but I can't find the Net ID in any previous emails
I literally couldn't find mine when I was trying to decline admission so I had to email Zach Maggio and ask.
ok just did the same. thanks!!
Has anyone committed to GW/Harvard or visited the campuses?? I'm an international so I couldn't visit any of the schools...
Hey all. I'll be attending JHU's Admitted Students Day tomorrow. I applied to two MSPH programs. Got accepted into one but waitlisted for the other, which was my first choice. The Program Coordinator for my preferred/waitlisted department saw that I'd be going tomorrow and emailed me asking to attend one of the info sessions for her department and to meet with her. Not for an interview or anything but just a quick "hello this is me" type of thing, I'm assuming. Does anyone have an idea as to what she may ask or what I should make known to her? Should I give her my resume although she has already seen my app? Any thoughts help!!!
Yes! It's better to be prepared than not! If it's your top program, go talk to her and let her know!
Have y'all seen anyone get off the waitlist for a school before the April 15th deadline in previous threads? I'm really hoping to find out whether I'm in or not before submitting a deposit for another school.
Try requesting an extension beyond the 4/15 deposit deadline. I was awarded a 4-week extension to buy some time before committing.
I've been considering that. Which school did you request an extension from? I'm anxious they are just going to take away my acceptance if I do that but that's probably just an irrational fear of mine.
I did it. Finally did it. Committed to Emory GLEPI!!!!!!
I was really afraid to go on the portal and do it though. Like what if you check the wrong box and decline your offer instead of accept? Certainly someone has made that mistake before.
The worst they will do is deny your request for an extension.
Yay!! We will both be scholars in the same program.
Schools cannot revoke your acceptance for asking for an extension, so don't worry about that! I would recommend asking ASAP. You will need to make the request and receive a yes or no from the school BEFORE the deadline so you do not miss it. From what I have seen, schools are more likely to grant extensions when you ask in advance and do not wait until the last minute. I would send that email out as soon as possible if you want to be considered for the extension.
YAYYYY! Let's be friends!
I just visited Tulane this week! I had never been to New Orleans before and loved the city (anywhere to the west of the French Quarter.. too touristy/expensive to live in). I met with a current student, the program director, some faculty, and sat in on a class. Everyone was really nice and gave a good impression, but it's going to come down to cost for me. It seems like it could be affordable to live in New Orleans, especially without a car, however the school doesn't offer much in terms of aid. Students have research positions but they only pay $12 per hour and do not give a break on tuition. That would mean that I'd still have to hold a solid job in order to cover living expenses. It sounds like most people get out of NO during the crazy hot months in the summer.
On the other hand, I just visited Minnesota and they really impressed me. They offered me in state tuition while I was there, everyone was very friendly, and their research positions seem more attainable (gives a break on tuition and pays $19/hr). This makes the program MUCH more affordable, especially if I can get a research position for the 2nd year. They've also got a sweet tunnel system so you barely have to go outside when it's cold out.
I'm visiting Michigan tomorrow. I'll be really interested to see what I think - they've been my top choice since I started this process.
I also was accepted to Emory, which I think I'd probably like, but I don't think I can justify spending that much on the school.
I've turned down my spots at Berkeley, GW, NYU, Tulane, and Emory - hopefully that helps someone out!
I thought I was pretty set on Hopkins, but Yale's turned out to be kind of a dark horse for me. Anyone here deciding between Hopkins (GDEC) and Yale (EMD)?
Hey everyone, haven't posted in a while but just thought I should post my decision in case new applicants see this in the future.
After A LOT of (over)thinking I've decided on Berkeley's epi/biostats MPH. It ultimately came down to three factors: cost, location, and employment opportunities. Berkeley ended up only being around $40000, making it cheaper than many of the other programs (almost 40k cheaper in some cases). Additionally being a teaching assistant or research assistant makes you eligible for tuition remission, something some other schools seem to not offer, potentially making it even cheaper. I absolutely love the bay area and the size of my cohort (only around 20). The faculty are super friendly and the intimate class size make networking a breeze. The school has great connections with local employers and their classes are so small that I feel theres little risk of jobs being crazy competitive to get.
Looking back at the process I definitely over applied, but in the end I think it was worth it!
Anyone here planning on GW's MPH?
So far, that school is my cheapest option since they gave me substantial scholarship (it's like 30K total for me), and I don't need to worry about housing costs. I want to be debt free obviously, but I am worried that GW's name might not be high enough in the public health world. It's ranked 14 I think, but will not going to one of the top schools limit my options down the road?
I didn't apply to Harvard, but I got into GW and went to their orientation. I liked the program and campus is right in the middle of DC in the midst of the govt. public health organizations. From what I saw, it seems like going to GW makes it easier to land the desired practicum placements and get a federal job.
I was also accepted to the MS Global at UCSF. But from my understanding, they do not offer any scholarships right other than need-based aid? Are you planning on joining their program?
I don't think you should worry about the rank of the program limiting your options. I think it's been said before on the forum, but any school that is CEPH certified will provide you with skills and opportunities that will make you prepared to enter the workforce or a doctoral program. With GW's location, you'll definitely be able to make a lot of connections that might not be possible outside of DC. Personally, I highly doubt ranking into account when looking at your resume because unless you've proven you have actually used the education you earned, the name of the institution won't get you the job. So if GW is the best fit for you right now, go for it!!
A decent amount of students go for more education after their MPH (publichealth.yale.3DU/admissions/value/careers.aspx). That being said, cost is a pretty big factor.
Hey! I'm deciding between Hopkins' MSPH and Yale's MPH in Health Policy. Hopefully, I'll be able to make up my mind after tomorrow's admitted students day at Hopkins.
From what I know, your work experience and skills are just as, if not more important than where you got your degree. That matters because that'll help build up a network of connections where you can find work, but I don't think GW's name will hold you back as long as you pursue your opportunities there and do the right networking. Quick note that this may also be affected by what your future plans are (i.e. do you want to work in private vs. public sector, pursuing a PhD, etc).
Just secured my place for the MPH: Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan? Anyone else?
Just submitted my deposit for San Diego State!!!!! You all have been a huge part of helping me remain somewhat sane during this process. After I saw my GRE quant score in December, this point in time felt infinitely far away. So proud of us all-we are going to change the world for the better
Turning down my other offers this weekend! Seriously huge congratulations everyone, you deserve to celebrate yourself!
A berkeley alum told mye the same. He said the older professors who kept Berkeley high in the rankings are retiring and the new crew aint well organized. He added that Berkeley MPH aint the Berkeley MPH it used to be
I just paid my deposit at UNC for the PhD in Epidemiology!! My boyfriend was finally accepted to the university too, so we will be attending together this fall. I chose this program because it’s already a PhD (which I want to do no matter what) and we both like the Chapel Hill area and we can both get good degrees. Thanks to everyone for your help throughout this process. Best of luck to you all!
Officially will be attending BU next year!! The support from this forum throughout the whole process has been amazing and I’m so excited for everyone to begin this next step!
If anyone went to Columbia's 4/6 visit, would love to hear your thoughts!
Just wanted to thank the people of this forum! You all were a great help throughout the process. I'll be attending Columbia in the Fall hope to see some of you there! Good luck everyone.
I was wondering if those who have been accepted to UIC (University of Illinois at Chicago) could share any reasons why they did or did not accept their offer for admission? I am deciding between UIC and Emory and like many others right now, am having a tough time deciding which decision will be better for me in the long run. Thanks!
If anyone who went to the Colorado visit day wants to share their thoughts I would love to here about it!!
Does anyone have familiarity with wait lists? Do you guys think it is likely to get accepted off of it? I was put on the WL for NYU and I am wondering if anyone knows if people can get accepted at all?
I am surprised Arizona put you on the wait list! But congratulations on making a decision!
Hi everyone! I was hoping to pick everyone's mind regarding MPH programs. So I am currently a full-time athletics coach and absolutely love my job. I also got into Emory's BSHE program and going to Emory/working in proximity of the CDC are my dream from undergrad. I'm having such a hard time making a decision. Unfortunately, doing both are not a choice as I am currently located in Iowa. I was hoping to hear from people who have had to choose between full time employment doing something they're really passionate about and following their dream? I feel like it's going to be a win-lose regardless, which could be a super negative way to look at it and I do know that I'm very fortunate right now, but I'm just stuck. Halpppppp pleaseee
Columbia it is! Best of luck to all!
So happy to hear of everyone's acceptances. I am new to site and have enjoyed reading about all of the different experiences. I am coming down to the wire and trying to decide between Rutgers (NJ), Drexel, and NYU. I had a chance to meet with the new Dean at Rutgers, and he is really doing some great things, but I also love the city and all that NYU has to offer. It is going to be a tough decision. Feels like senior year in high school all over again.
I think it’s definitely possible, but you’re more likely to find out after April 15th, once they’ve accessed how many spots they have left.
And I think the waitlist is much more usable at NYU then at a place like JHU where people who get accepted are more likely to go.
Is anyone else having a mini or major "what am I doing?" moment a week from the deadline? In the last week, I've questioned EVERYTHING. Why I'm getting degree, if I actually need one, if an MPH is the right one, and if I applied to the right schools. I'm guessing this is part of the process and will only make me all that more certain when I finally decide, hopefully. I'm deciding between Harvard and UNC but now worrying that I focused my program search on research-heavy schools rather than practice-based. I love learning new things research but I really need professional skills out of a degree. Thoughts and opinions welcome.
Thank you so much, and that is what I assume, too. I feel good things are going to happen but just a little scared!
So I always get stuck with this. I think it comes down to following your dream because the more you keep waiting and waiting to go for your dream to happen, the more you're pushing away what could make you happy and life is short. For me, I just got a huge promotion at work and it is everything I had ever wanted but Ive been also waiting to study abroad for so long and found programs that can cater to this and I was stuck, but my gut/my heart says to follow my dream. Go with your gut and follow your dreams!!
Re: the research vs. practice part, you'll be fine at either Harvard or UNC. While they are both research heavy, they're also well-resourced schools with plenty of other opportunities too. Just keep focused on your particular goals rather than what the program/your peers might be pushing-- take a part time job at a community-based organization instead of going for research assistantships; choose classes that focus on professional skills (data analysis, program evaluation, communications, etc.) instead of research skills; get a good summer internship, etc. I feel like getting professional skills at a research focused institution is easier than the other way around so long as you put a little effort into finding the opportunities.
I always get stuck with it too. I'm one of the people that feels like I might be making a mistake by making a major decision. Thank you for your help! After thinking it over last night, I think that I know what would be best for my own future, even if I let a few people down in the process.
Oh wow u still waitin on nyu? Contact Zack Maggio. He’s the assistant director of admissions. Maybe he could help
I’m not going to UIC because I’m from Chicago and need to get away. But the program is very well-respected and connected in the city. From what I’ve heard, no one is going to hold your hand there, so you’ve got to come in with a hustle mentality, but there is no lack of opportunities to get involved. Chicago is also a great place to get all sorts of public health jobs, and the city itself is a fantastic place to live if you’re thinking about sticking around after graduation.
I got waitlisted April 4 so maybe wait a bit?