MPH Fall 2018: Applied, Accepted, Waitlisted, Rejected!

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  1. MarcusAureliusAntoninus

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    Thank you both for the advice, you've definitely given me more to think about! Good to know it's not as hopeless as I thought (always the pessimist haha).

     
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  3. phaspirant

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    Got into BU (undecided)! The mail came soon after Michigan's. What a day! :D
     
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    That's what I was thinking. My guess is that not many people wanted to pother because most of their program applications are not on SOPHAS so it's more trouble and more money. But it's one of my top choices, too!
     
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    OMG. UPENN!! Im crying!! :soexcited::soexcited:
     
  6. Lady MacBeth

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    I know that a few other people said something along these lines already, but I didn't apply to UNC because I didn't want to do the combined master's/doctorate and they didn't have just an MPH for students without prior doctorates.
     
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    Just accepted to BU :) Good to have a home town option, though will likely decline their acceptance unless they show me the $$$
     
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    Thanks for the reply! By weather, I meant that I come from Southern California where it never snows, barely rains, and is almost always warm. So, I am worried about how it will be to deal with regular cold and snow. I’m used to exercising outdoors, going for walks every night, etc., so I’m thinking of how I’ll have to adjust.
    For the car situation, I meant that I don’t have a 4x4 car and the tires on my car tires are pretty small, so I’m concerned about driving in snowy winter conditions with my car. I don’t want to put myself in danger. I can’t afford a new car and although I do want to try to walk/take the bus a lot, I still need a car for grocery shopping and stuff.
     
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  9. MarcusAureliusAntoninus

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    Got into BU today with some sort of scholarship! Congrats to everyone on their acceptances. I'm really wishing it was March already so more finnacial aid packages could come out and help me finally make a decision :( The wait is killing me!
     
  10. maph

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    How do you know about the scholarship? My letter said that I will get a welcome package with "details of my merit scholarship" but I thought that was just a generic addition to the welcome letter...
     
  11. MarcusAureliusAntoninus

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    My email said:

    "Congratulations! You have been accepted to the Master of Public Health program at Boston University School of Public Health. Faculty and staff agree; we want you to join our community. In addition, you have been selected for one of our merit based scholarships!"

    Then it said that I'd receive the actual details in the package they're mailing. (Not getting my hopes too high tbh haha).
     
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    When you don't actually read the whole e-mail:oops: My email said the same but reading above I'm thinking it will only be a few thousand...
     
  13. MarcusAureliusAntoninus

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    Honestly sometimes I feel like these public health schools give you the token amounts like that just to get your attention, but the initial tuition amount is kinda inflated at most schools :( The discrepancy between the debt load and starting salaries is something that's always confused me. At least a doctor makes 6 figures to justify his debt load but I feel more and more the sticker price of most master's programs are just not worth it. Here's hoping we both get lucky and receive enough aid to make it doable!

    Speaking of aid, for any of my fellow Emory hopefuls, do any of you know how the merit scholarship selection works? Emory's website is a bit sparse on the details. I understand that the admission committee of each department chooses the recipients, but is there any info on how they do so? Is it like Columbia and just based on hard stats cutoffs like GPA and GRE? Do they take your statement of purpose into account or your personal background?
     
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    I'm in the same boat. Even though I wont get in state tuition I am seriously considering Berkeley. They haven't been the most communicative people though but hopefully attending the visit day will give me more information. I have heard that you can get instate tuition your second year (I don't know how true this is but if so would definitely make it more affordable). The thing I am struggling with is being from the west coast I don't want to get boxed in one area. Would going to the east coast or atlanta expose me to a bigger network?
     
  15. ladybug55

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    For out-of-state students, I would suggest assuming that you will pay out-of-state tuition for both years. I went to UC for undergrad and their system has barriers in place to minimize this (it is different, however, as a PhD student). They are have a monetary incentive to keep students paying the higher tuition rates. The full details on establishing residency are on their website, but basically you need to prove CA residency and intent to stay in CA via multiple measures and submit an appeal which can be rejected.
     
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    Strangely enough, Columbia never made an admitted students Facebook page for MPH students last year. There was one for HPM and that was it. I called admissions and asked last year and they said they only set them up for HPM. I really do not understand why.
     
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  18. tmae1126

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    No, I got the BU ID in a separate email. A couple of days after the initial acceptance email
     
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    Accepted today to Drexel EHS w/ a Deans scholarship! With my stats, I was definitely not expecting scholarships from anywhere.

    Also, I didn't make the official post yet but I was rejected by Michigan EHS. Although they're not my alma mater, I do currently work here....awkkkkkward :laugh:
    I've lived in Ann Arbor for over 5 years now/in Michigan my entire so if anyone wants any location information, I'm happy to provide it! I noticed there were quite a few alumni from Umich on here and they would probably be better able to answer academically based questions.
     
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  20. grapesandstrawberries

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    Dead silence from Yale and Columbia which are the schools that have sent out acceptances AND rejections already.... o_O
     
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  21. Cici A

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    That's true, However, is an MSPH not a desirable option for students without prior doctorates? For instance, I applied to the HPM MSPH.
     
  22. MarcusAureliusAntoninus

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    Just got into UC Berkeley for Epi/Biostats MPH! Makes my choice between schools even harder!
     
  23. corndoggedly

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    There's no option to complete a master's level degree in epidemiology at UNC without a doctorate, which is what many of us are seeking.
     
  24. grapesandstrawberries

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    Email or portal??
     
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  25. MarcusAureliusAntoninus

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    Email with a PDF of my acceptance letter!
     
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  26. grapesandstrawberries

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    Congrats! Omg when am I gonna hear back ugh :mad:
     
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    Same...but did you apply later? I'm trying to think that no news is just no news...neither good or bad...
     
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  28. grapesandstrawberries

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    I applied late nov/early dec approximately
     
  29. Cici A

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    Ah, I see what you are saying. That sucks.
     
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    Just got into UC Berkeley for Epi/Biostats!! Got an email and I applied back in October. Good luck to everyone waiting!!
     
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    I completed my app in late dec and they didnt get my GRE scores til first week in jan...Still havent heard anything either :dead:
     
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    @grapesandstrawberries @tmalho1 I'm waiting on Yale as well...I didn't get the "application complete" e-mail until about 2 weeks ago so hoping to hear soon
     
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    I know that MPH is a terminal professional degree but does anyone know if you can go from MPH to PhD? Or is it just MS or MSPH?
     
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    You absolutely can. That's my plan, though it wasn't when I applied. Some MPH programs prepare people better than other for a PhD because they have more research and methods focused courses and opportunities.
     
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    Very confusing! I hope we find out soon.
     
  36. pusheen323

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    Of course you can! That’s what I’m doing. Just make sure your MPH program has plenty of opportunities to conduct research because that’s what PhD programs look for. But I know plenty of people that have done an MPH and then a PhD.
     
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    I know this is kind of a not too popular thing to say considering how many people would wish to be in my shoes with all these schools acceptances, and I'm grateful for them, but looking back I can't help regretting sending out so many applications and spending so much on app/GRE fees lol. I was so afraid of the whole thing I feel like I kinda over compensated by applying to so many schools...
     
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    Its so weird and ironic that this is what i was trying to avoid... but the opposite. I was afraid of under compensating. I'm not sure if I'm making sense, but in other words i was afraid of applying to so many schools and getting rejected by most of them, mainly because of my test scores, and wasting my money on applications and score send outs. I already wasted money on test prep and i wasn't ready to do the same with applying to schools. In the end, i was very careful of where i applied and ended up with a few satisfying choices. Don't regret a thing! :)

    Congrats by the way! You have a big decision ahead of you, but good luck and I'm sure you'll succeed no matter where you go!
     
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    I had this exact same philosophy when I was applying. I only applied to five schools because I was afraid with my 3.0 G.P.A. that I would get rejected everywhere. Who would have thought that I would get into 4/5 (could possibly even have been all 5 if UC Davis hadn't lost my transcript, twice).
     
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    I got in 3/4 of the schools I applied to, which is more than what I expected! lol I would have applied to Berkeley's HPM program but they require a minimum 2 years professional work experience. :/
     
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    So glad other people are considering this as well!! When I was doing my research this summer my mentor said not many people go from a MPH to a PhD but it seems things are changing!
     
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    I only applied to 3 schools and so far have been accepted to 2. However, because of little funding I received from Columbia I’m worried that I should have applied to more in hopes of a better financial aid package somewhere. I know some schools are still accepting applications so I’m wondering if I should apply to more schools? Or is it a waste of money?


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    I feel the same way. I applied to 12 schools and to some, I wouldn’t even want to go at all. However, the hindsight bias is strong in this situation and we can’t be blamed for fearing a process that everyone makes seem so crazy and hard! In a few years, we probably won’t even sweat how much money we spent on this because it will be worth it :)
     
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    I feel the same way. Like, that UMich application was expensive and in retrospect I didn't really need to apply there. I didn't apply to as many schools as you, but still...
     
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    I feel the same way! I applied to 12 and have heard back from 9. Most of them are off the table at this point unless they come back with a fantastic last-minute scholarship. But I'm super indecisive so I'll still want to visit a lot of them, which is $$$.

    I guess I thought my hard science background with limited PH/no international experience would make me a weaker candidate-- but I guess not!
     
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    Same! I was terrified that I wouldn't get in anywhere so I applied to 14 programs and I've only gotten yes's so far.
     
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    Hey guys. Any idea about University of Minnesota MPH? I am thinking of applying there now. Anyone recently got accepted?
     
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    I am still waiting on Columbia as well!! I’m super nervous about it. I didn’t receive anything today so hopefully it’s not over for me just yet.
     
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    I was accepted in December and at the moment it's probably my top choice!
     
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    @Teets4Tots that’s great! Congratulations. Which program did you got accepted in? I actually have emailed the program director of Epidemiology program expressing my interest in the program with CV. But in retrospect I should have just applied. They have preferred 70th percentile requirement for quant which made me hesitant as I am in 66th percentile. :(
     
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    Agreed! I applied to seven and in hindsight even that feels like a lot. But I think in the end I have no regrets. For each school I applied to, I made sure to ask myself: would I really go to this place if I was accepted. Also, financial support is a big consideration for me. Because aid is kind of a crap shoot as we all know, I think it makes sense to apply to a decent number of schools just to see what they are willing to offer you. Who knows; maybe the school you weren't going to apply to is the one that offers you the most aid. And practically that could make all the difference.
     
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    I didn't know anyone else applying this cycle so this thread has been helpful to me as moral support throughout the last few months! Here's my stats for future applicants' reference - I applied to programs in both epi and HPM. Good luck to everyone still hearing back!

    Undergrad School: Respected large public university
    Undergrad GPA/Major GPA: 3.38 / 3.2
    Major/Minor: General Biology
    GRE: 170 V, 168 Q, 5 W
    Experience/Research:
    - 1 year working in a local health department doing both epidemiological research and program management.
    - 2 years as a surgery tech
    - 1 year (part-time) as a dental assistant
    - Lots of volunteer experience as a HIV test counselor, as a insurance enrollment counselor, in vaccine advocacy, clinical services at FQHCs, etc.

    Interested in: Health policy, health economics, access to care, healthcare payment models, comparative health systems, process improvement, metrics, epidemiology, immigrant health, infectious disease.
    Applied: ALL MPH Programs: UCLA (HPM 12/1), Berkeley (Epi/Biostat 12/1), Columbia (Epi 12/1), Minnesota (PHAP 12/1), UW (Health Services 12/3), Michigan (Epi 12/5), Emory (Epi 12/8)
    Accepted: UCLA (1/25), Berkeley (2/13), Columbia+half-tuition (1/22), Minnesota+in-state tuition (12/22), UW (1/31), Michigan+half-tuition (1/15), Emory (1/29)
     
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