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Hi everyone! This page has been a massive help to me in tempering my expectations and understanding when certain schools release decisions. I want to make sure that my experience can be used for reference like others' that I have relied on so heavily-- especially regarding when students anxiously apply as early as I am. A huge thank you to all of the MPH students and graduates that still come on here to help guide applicants. I'm really excited to see where I end up in this process!

Undergraduate School/School type: Big Ten
Undergrad GPA/Major GPA: 3.48/3.97
Major/minor: Healthcare Administration; minors in Neuroscience and Public Policy
GRE(including date taken): 9/5 V: 163 (92%), Q: 159 (69%), AW: 5.5 (98%)

Experience/research:
  • EMT: 2 years
  • Medical Assistant at an urban walk-in clinic for public insurance beneficiaries: 2 years
  • Developmental Disabilities Policy and Data Analysis Intern: 1 year and ongoing
  • Hospital Administration Intern: 1 year
  • University Tour Guide: 3 years
  • A service organization, musical organization, and student-alumni association: 4 years (on exec of each for 2 of the 4 years)
  • Operations leader in a COVID-related nationwide emergency public health program: 3 months (with ~1000 hours committed to it)
  • Research publication comparing the governmental approaches to healthcare in 7 countries: looking at public opinion, access to care, cost control, and quality measures

Letters of Rec:
  • Lead of the emergency public health program- worked closely with her- also an Emory MPH grad and current health policy analyst
  • Director of policy for the developmental disabilities state agency I interned at
  • Director of my major- Had multiple classes with her that I got A's in- Have grown very close to her professionally
  • Academic Advisor/professor- Have grown incredibly close to her through my program as well- Earned 2 A's in her classes

    Interests:
    Healthcare financing reform, health economics, cost-access barriers to care, policy analysis, ACA and Medicaid expansion evaluations, cost control, sustainability of the US healthcare financing and delivery systems, global health systems comparison

    Applied:
    The dates in parentheses are when the app was verified
  • JHU MSPH-Health Policy (9/23)
  • Yale MPH- Health Policy (9/21)
  • Emory MSPH- Health Policy and Health Systems Research (9/27)
  • University of Washington MPH- Health Services and Policy (Pending)
  • Columbia MPH- Health Policy and Management (Pending)
  • Boston University MPH- Health Policy and Law (9/21)
  • UNC MPH- Health Policy (9/27)
  • George Washington MPH- Health Policy (9/21)
  • University of Minnesota MPH- Public Health Administration and Policy (9/21)
  • Colorado SPH MPH- Health Systems, Management and Policy (9/27)
Accepted:
Rejected:
Waitlisted:
Attending:


I definitely recognize that my list is VERY top heavy, especially considering my lower GPA. The way I began to look at it was that I want to go to a school I'm really excited about. It just so happened that out of the many schools I researched, I loved the work done in health economics and public insurance reform at these schools. I am not sure yet if I want to do policy analysis work or go into academia and do economics and policy research, but I know that the focuses of faculty at those schools set me up well for both, and I am HYPE about them. If it doesn't work out for me with admittance or finances, then I guess I was just meant to work in a job less specifically catered to my interests for a little bit and reapply in 2-3 years *shrug.* I'm really nervous and excited to see how it all turns out.

Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated!

Good luck to everyone applying! It's definitely a wild time to be applying for grad school in public health
I think you'll definitely get in several places! I think your gpa is average, or slightly below average for most accepted students at these schools, if not all, of these schools, but your experience and good GRE scores will balance that out. I think that with COVID there are simply less applicants to MPH programs, overall MPH programs aren't super competitive, as you are interested in federal policy levels, definitely makes sense to apply to George Washington, they are conveniently located, brand name schools like JHU make sense, might as well add Harvard as they do policy. Colorado and BU are sort of outliers that I don't associate with being strong policy wise and I'm on the fence about Yale which I feel is more about research. Cost is definitely an issue, look at tuition and living costs if it comes down to a handful of schools.
 
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how long is it taking SOPHAS to verify applications?
I really want to know this as well, because I submitted my application pretty late (on 09/30) for Winter 2021 admission, and am still over here sweating. Aware that it can take 4 weeks to verify but, based on discussions in previous threads, noticed that my application may be considered as meeting the deadline. I mean, technically, I clicked submit before the deadline... right...?! :dead:

So, I applied to the #1 ranked school of public health, though my app wasn't verified. Seems that using the transcript entry service was a big blunder, and I really just want to crawl into a hole right now... very worried that the program may auto-reject me on October 15th all because I couldn't submit earlier!
 
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I really want to know this as well, because I submitted my application pretty late (on 09/30) for Winter 2021 admission, and am still over here sweating. Aware that it can take 4 weeks to verify but, based on discussions in previous threads, noticed that my application may be considered as meeting the deadline. I mean, technically, I clicked submit before the deadline... right...?! :dead:

So, I applied to the #1 ranked school of public health, though my app wasn't verified. Seems that using the transcript entry service was a big blunder, and I really just want to crawl into a hole right now... very worried that the program may auto-reject me on October 15th all because I couldn't submit earlier!
My application was verified in 4 days (which I really did not expect). The first group of my applications was sent on a Thursday night. They were all verified on the following Monday. After that, every application I sent was almost immediately verified. Hopefully yours gets through quickly as well!
 
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Hello everyone!! super excited for what is ahead for us.

Undergraduate School/School type: Large State University
Undergrad GPA/Major GPA: 3.4 (upward trend since freshman year until covid hit :/ )
Major/minor: Public Health/ Black Studies
GRE(including date taken): not going to take bc waived

Experience:
  • Research Assistant- started in August regarding prenatal and pregnancy exposures and awareness. (in public health)
  • Research Assistant- started in January regarding self-care, research currently in submission where I am a co-author. (in public health)
  • Black student Union Vice president- started in June
  • 1 year working in University's women's center as peer facilitator for 2 clubs.
  • 2 years as student employee on campus until laid off bc of Covid
  • 3 years as volunteer at stem community center that help kids develop skills in stem as after-school program. helped tutor, plan events, etc

Letters of Rec:
1 from undergrad PH professor/ research advisor
1 from undergrad Black studies professor
1 from mentor/ advisor from volunteer experience (I believe all of them know me pretty well)

Interests: Epi, health disparities, social determinants of health, maternal/child health, infectious disease

Applied: Berkeley, UCLA, Emory, Columbia, San Diego State (all in epi) Submitted 10/4
Accepted:
Rejected:
Waitlisted:
Attending:


I am super nervous about if I'll get accepted. I spent so much time on my personal statement/state of purpose and other application questions. I also told Berkeley they are my top choice in my statement and funding question. (CAL advisor on webinar said to if it is true)

Any advice if I should apply to another school?
 
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Do you have quant skills from courses or your research?
 
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Undergraduate School/School type: Big 10
Undergrad GPA/Major GPA: 3.61 (verified; upward trend)
Major/minor: Public Health Science, Minor in Statistics
GRE(including date taken): 1/25/19 V: 153/59%, Q: 164/83%, AWA: 5.5/98% (I am submitting even though it is optional)

Experience/research:
  • Summer internship at international public health non-profit doing survey design
  • 3 years at undergraduate research center performing quantitative research
  • 2 years full time at public health non-profit performing program evaluation
  • Board member of undergraduate global public health organization

Letters of Rec:
  • Undergraduate public health professor and faculty advisor of global public health program
  • Director of undergraduate research center
  • Current supervisor

Interests: Epidemiology, environmental health, exposure science, global health, maternal and child health

Applied: Submitted 10/10, verified 10/14 - Emory (MPH EH-Epi); Harvard (SM-80 Epi), JHU (ScM Epi), GWU (Ms Epi), Brown (MPH Epi), Columbia (MPH Epi)
Accepted: GWU 10/30
Rejected:
Waitlisted:
Attending:


Obviously super anxious, especially with the schools I've chosen to apply to. I think my letters of recommendation will be very strong and I've spent countless hours on my personal statements. Just wish I had a publication to showcase, but I do have a few poster presentations at conferences. Best of luck to everyone!
 
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Hey everyone, I've decided to apply to a few programs and see how it goes. I'm definitely hoping to defer, anyway, but we'll see. Here's my info, I'd appreciate your comments and observations regarding my odds.

Undergraduate School/School type: International
Undergrad GPA/Major GPA: 3.30 (waiting for WES to verify)
Major/minor: Sociology
GRE(including date taken): Not submitting

Experience/research:
  • 1 year volunteer at LGBT and HIV center
  • 1.5 years working in public health (mainly community health + occupation health) research at a major latin american research center called Flacso.
  • 1 year working with an organization designing and implementing training workshops on LGBT health and health disparities for health professionals (therapists, M.Ds, nurses, etc).
  • 1.5 years working as lead researcher at an HIV non profit, plus overseeing the education programs as well (plus other things). I've engaged with many international organizations and networks, trained 300+ health and educational professionals and worked along the Ministry of Health, UNAIDS and PAHO.
  • 3 years (2 as President) - President of another non-profit working on educating and promoting sexual rights. Just this year I've hosted the first online seminar on sexual pleasure (with international speakers), actively worked on sexual and reproductive needs during quarantine (like assisting people with condoms, lube and contraceptives) and have worked towards generating a comprehensive sex ed law in Chile.
Letters of Rec:
  • Former boss who used to work with WHO at Geneva and who made the current model of Social Determinants of Health.
  • Current boss at HIV non profit.
  • Former professor of mine whom I TA'd for and who is currently the faculty chair at my University.
Other:
  • I was a TA for 3 courses during undergrad (though, none of them were PH related).
  • Speak 3 languages (native in spanish; fluent in english; B2 DELF in French)
  • LGBT
  • I have extensive training in sexual health and LGBT health topics (from training workshops but I also hold a "degree" in sexuality from a training program which lasted 9 months and covered different topics in sexuality).
  • My class ranking was 3 out of 81 and I have several courses (including stat and math courses (calc; algebra; economics) where I've ranked top of the class).
Interests: Sexuality, sexual and reproductive health; Human Rights and health; LGBT health.

Applying: Columbia, UCLA, BU and Yale.
Accepted:
Rejected:
Waitlisted:
Attending:


So, what do y'all think? Am I reaching? I really want to get into either Columbia or UCLA because their programs are very much what I'm looking for.
 
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Hey guys. International applicant here. Just got round to figuring out the application procedure. I wanted to ask that if i apply after this Mid-october date then will i not be considered for funding opportunities? Please help your girl out. Feeling anxious that I've gotten late..
 

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Hey guys. International applicant here. Just got round to figuring out the application procedure. I wanted to ask that if i apply after this Mid-october date then will i not be considered for funding opportunities? Please help your girl out. Feeling anxious that I've gotten late..
In general, you should submit before a school's priority deadline to be considered for funding. I think those tend to be about ~December 1, but it varies school to school. I'd also recommend Americans fill out the FAFSA and have it submitted to each school they are interested in to maximize the funding they are considered for, but only Americans can fill out FAFSA.

However, (1) funding is rare at the masters level in public health and (2) international students aren't eligible for many types of funding at many American schools. Have you contacted the schools you are interested in and asked whether international students are eligible for any kind of funding at the masters level?
 

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when do schools usually start notifying for Fall 2021 admissions ?
This very much depends on the school. For example, GW sometimes notifies within 10 days and other schools don’t notify until February/March or even later, no matter when you apply.
 
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In general, you should submit before a school's priority deadline to be considered for funding. I think those tend to be about ~December 1, but it varies school to school. I'd also recommend Americans fill out the FAFSA and have it submitted to each school they are interested in to maximize the funding they are considered for, but only Americans can fill out FAFSA.

However, (1) funding is rare at the masters level in public health and (2) international students aren't eligible for many types of funding at many American schools. Have you contacted the schools you are interested in and asked whether international students are eligible for any kind of funding at the masters level?
I have just started exploring and emailing the institutes that i am interested in. I guess i will be applying in a later cycle after having done my research on funding options/scholarships for international students. Thank you so much for replying to my query.
 
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I've heard a lot of comments about MPH programs receiving fewer applications this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, is this just speculation or does anyone have any info on this? Pretty much every info session Zoom I've been on has had fewer than 15-20 prospective students which I've found strange.
 

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I've heard a lot of comments about MPH programs receiving fewer applications this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, is this just speculation or does anyone have any info on this? Pretty much every info session Zoom I've been on has had fewer than 15-20 prospective students which I've found strange.
Overall, undergraduate applications appear to be down, which makes sense as part of the college experience is being able to go to a physical campus, meet students and teachers, and enjoy college life, with covid you don't get the same experience.

A lot of graduate school applications are up, this is more the crowd of people who want to up their skills in order to get a job, not necessarily go to a nice college campus and enjoy getting a masters. I would have thought that fewer people apply for the MPH as part of that degree is making connections and learning from teachers and students as you might not get a lot of hard skills so you have to make the most of it connection wise.
 
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International student

Undergrad GPA: 3.64 (WES)
Major: Dentist
GRE(including date taken): Took online GRE but faced a technical issue during quant section; unhappy with the result and hence not submitting scores.

Experience/research:
  • 1 year independent community health project
  • 2 years of clinical experience in home country and USA
  • Currently working for a non profit organisation
  • 1 publication and 2 presentations related to public health

    Letters of Rec:
    2-clinical professors from undergrad, 1-supervisor of the community health project

    Interests:
    Epidemiology

    Applied:
    NYU, Emory, UCLA
    Accepted:
    Rejected:
    Waitlisted:
    Attending:
 
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Undergraduate School/School type: Private College, NY [graduated spring 2020]
Undergrad GPA/Major GPA: 3.36 / 3.18 (minors were 3.68 and 3.61)
Major/minor: Biology / minors in bioethics & history
Grad GPA (if applicable): -
Grad studies (if applicable): -
GRE(including date taken):
January 2020 (157 V, 153 Q , 5.0 AWA) - retaking in a few weeks & will decide from there if scores will get sent since they are optional at the moment

Experience/research:
  • Currently working in healthcare admin with a large IGO
  • 2 years as lead & mentor on a research project in a cancer virology lab during undergrad
  • 4 years on my undergrad's interdisciplinary research journal (2 as a writer, 1 as business manager, 1 on editorial board)
  • 2 years with my uni's Partners in Health chapter
  • 3 years as a university ambassador
Other:
  • Certified in Biomedical research
  • Presented my research poster & received a grant for funding
  • part of honors societies for history and science research

Letters of Rec:
  • my research mentor who I have a good bond with
  • a professor from one of my minors
  • hopefully 1 from my current supervisor

Interests: ethics in healthcare delivery, improving doctor & patient safety, healthcare quality, effects of social/political/economic histories on current realities on the healthcare field

Applying: Columbia (HPM), NYU (HPM), JHU (HPM), Rutgers, CUNY(HPM), Icahn and still deciding if maybe NYMC, GW, and Tufts
Accepted:
Rejected:
Waitlisted:
Attending:

Question 1:
does anyone know the difference between Columbia's MPH and MHA for HPM? Can't find anything on their website I just get directed to each of their pages but the difference isn't quite that apparent

Question 2: SOPHAS doesn't allow me to add my second minor of bioethics, it's not even offered on the drop down list. Is there something I can do about this?
 
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Undergraduate School/School type: Large research university in Virginia

Undergrad GPA/Major GPA: 3.65 (Honors College Scholar and Magna Cum Laude)

Major/minor: Exercise Science/Integrative Health and Wellness


Experience/research:

  • School specialist for NYS COVID-19 Initiative (September-Present)
  • Contact tracer for NYS COVID-19 Initiative (May-September)
  • 4 years sports medicine aide for division I athletic team (~1500 patient care hours)
  • 3 years leadership (secretary/vice president) for ~150 person club
  • 1 year basic science research focused on cardiometabolic disease
  • 1 year clinical biomechanics research focused on injury prevention in collegiate athletes
  • Translational Obesity research fellowship through NIH (grant award winner)
  • Emergency Medical Technician (VA and NY)—looking to use this for COVID-19 testing job
  • 1 year teaching assistant for exercise physiology
  • 1 year review board advocate for students with disabilities department
  • 3 years special olympics first aid volunteer


Letters of Rec: Current Supervisor (Deputy Regional Manager for NYS Contact Tracing Initiative), Cardiometabolic Lab PI, NIH Fellowship Director (Implementation Scientist), Clinical supervisor for sports medicine


Interests: Epidemiology


Applied: Buffalo, Vanderbilt, UNC, GW, Harvard (verified 10/14)
Accepted:
Rejected:
Waitlisted:
Attending:
 
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For those who have submitted their applications, have you received confirmation from schools that your application has been received? I submitted on 10/10 and my applications were verified on 10/14. I've heard from Hopkins, Brown, and Columbia, but have yet to hear from Emory, Harvard, or GWU. Thanks!

Edit: For those who might be interested, I will track this so others in a similar situation can compare :)
  • Submitted: 10/10
  • Application verified by SOPHAS: 10/14
    • Hopkins: confirmation email 10/12
    • Brown: confirmation email 10/14
    • Columbia: confirmation email 10/15
    • GWU: confirmation email 10/21
    • Harvard: TBD
    • Emory: TBD (emailed admissions and learned they don't begin downloading applications until November)
 
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For those who have submitted their applications, have you received confirmation from schools that your application has been received? I submitted on 10/10 and my applications were verified on 10/14. I've heard from Hopkins and Columbia, but have yet to hear from Brown, Emory, Harvard, or GWU. Thanks!
GW emailed me saying my application was received last week, about 3 weeks after my application was verified. Emory still hasn't said anything, and I've heard that it's just due to the timeline of their application cycle. It seems like some schools just take a while to acknowledge completion of your application.
 
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For those who have submitted their applications, have you received confirmation from schools that your application has been received? I submitted on 10/10 and my applications were verified on 10/14. I've heard from Hopkins and Columbia, but have yet to hear from Brown, Emory, Harvard, or GWU. Thanks!

I submitted to Yale, Brown, and Tufts on 10/9 and was verified about a week later, received confirmation from all three in the following week.
 
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I submitted to Yale, Brown, and Tufts on 10/9 and was verified about a week later, received confirmation from all three in the following week.
That timeline made no sense my bad. Submitted 10/9, SOPHAS verified 10/15, verification from these schools 10/16-10/19.
 
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Has anyone ever had to interview for the MSPH program at Hopkins? I submitted my application last week and I was asked to interview with the directors next week. Any idea what they are going to ask me?
 
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Undergraduate School/School type: Large SEC university
Undergrad GPA/Major GPA: 3.82 (Summa Cum Laude)
Major/minor: Major in Economics (Honors), minor in English
Grad GPA (if applicable): N/A
Grad studies (if applicable): N/A
GRE(including date taken): July 27 (I had bad testing circumstances - broke my toe immediately prior to the test, had construction going on next door while testing, and was scheduled to work late the evening before despite requesting otherwise..... that was a rough day.) (Also don't believe that the GRE is required for the programs I'm applying to, so this might be irrelevant) V 158 (79%), Q 152 (44%), A 5.0 (92%)

Experience/research: (Not all super relevant, but I've got to hype myself up somehow!)
- Senior thesis on health economics
- Undergraduate research project on public health/genocide
- Inductee of Phi Beta Kappa honors society
- Volunteer for a harm reduction agency (opioid crisis work)
- Volunteer seminar leader for Upward Bound (led different seminars on both college readiness and economics)
- Volunteer train conductor
- Multiple certificates from Darkness into Light (sexual abuse prevention)
- Undergraduate campus ambassador
- Treasurer of Russian Language & Culture Club
- Founder of a tutoring club
- Professional development chair and fundraising committee member of Pre-Law and Government professional fraternity
- Studied Russian for two years ~ currently studying German
- Held multiple part-time jobs (one at a bakery, one at a bar, one as a content creator/editor/marketing specialist for a travel company)
- Published author (fiction and poetry)

Letters of Rec: My thesis advisor/professor, a second professor, and two former supervisors

Interests: Comparative public health, health policy, global health, health equity, health economics

Applied: Boston University (Health Policy and Law) (submitted 10/22), Drexel University (Health Policy and Management) (10/22), Temple University (Health Policy and Management) (10/22), George Washington University (Health Policy) (10/29), Brown University (Global Health) (10/29), University of Pennsylvania (Global Health) (10/30)
Accepted: Temple University (10/30)
Rejected: N/A
Waitlisted: N/A
Attending: TBD

I graduated in May in the middle of the COVID-19 chaos and I've had trouble getting relevant experience in the field since then. I'm somewhat worried that I'll be hurt by this, but we shall see!
 
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Undergraduate School/School type: CSU/state school in California
Undergrad GPA/Major GPA: 3.45/3.55(finishing up my final semester and hoping that my gpa will be closer or at 3.5)
Major/minor: Interdisciplinary Studies: Concentration in Biology, Chemistry, and Criminal Justice
Grad GPA (if applicable):
N/A
Grad studies (if applicable):
N/A
GRE(including date taken):
N/A

Experience/research:

-2 years of Clinical Research
-1 year as Co-founder and Vice President of women leadership club on campus
-Summer Internship in the Reproductive Oncofertility Department of hospital
-3 years part-time work on-campus
-Research poster on women's reproductive health
-1 year as a volunteer in the NICU
-1 year as Criminal Justice Peer Advisor
-Semester abroad in Italy
-1 year content creator for non profit women org
-Certified in Biomedical Research, Human Subjects Research, Information Privacy Security, and Good Clinical Practice

Letters of Rec:
Research PI, Criminal Justice Advisor, CFO Advisor, Mentor who is a Hospice and Palliative Care Fellow(MD)

Interests: Health policy, health equity, women's health, global health

Applied: Emory MPH-Health Policy, JHU MSPH-Health Policy, Columbia MPH-HPM, Tulane MPH-Health Policy, GWU MPH-Global Health Policy, Colorado SPH MPH-HPM emphasis-Global Health, BU MPH-Health Policy and Law (verified 10/23)
Accepted:
Rejected:
Waitlisted:
Attending:


I know my list is pretty top heavy, but I only wanted to apply to schools that I would be 100% happy with attending. Additionally, I have extenuating circumstances that I think will describe my below average GPA. Can someone chance me please!!
 
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Hi All,
Background:
Indian Dentist applying as an International Student.
GPA: 3.31 (WES). Surprisingly low. WES Canada gave me a GPA of 3.75

Work experience: 4 years. Includes:
1) Established a cleft center
2) Worked in COVID-19 for developing a smart out patient department and an affordable powered air purifying respirator
3) Worked with the state government to implement CPR training for the police
4) Working in a large public hospital and digitized operations
5) Head of admin for a corporate dental chain
6) 3D printing research collaboration with IIT Mumbai

I did a leadership course from Harvard Dental in 2016. I can relate all my experiences with the specific courses in the leadership course.

Request your honest advice on my chances for a Harvard MPH in Health Management Acceptance.
 
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Hi All,
Background:
Indian Dentist applying as an International Student.
GPA: 3.31 (WES). Surprisingly low. WES Canada gave me a GPA of 3.75

Work experience: 4 years. Includes:
1) Established a cleft center
2) Worked in COVID-19 for developing a smart out patient department and an affordable powered air purifying respirator
3) Worked with the state government to implement CPR training for the police
4) Working in a large public hospital and digitized operations
5) Head of admin for a corporate dental chain
6) 3D printing research collaboration with IIT Mumbai

I did a leadership course from Harvard Dental in 2016. I can relate all my experiences with the specific courses in the leadership course.

Request your honest advice on my chances for a Harvard MPH in Health Management Acceptance.
I think you have very relevant work experience along with an international exposure at Harvard itself which makes your profile pretty solid. Do you have GRE requirement? Just thought in case that might help you to overcome GPA. Frankly, in case it is really a holistic review of applicants during the admission process, you definitely stand a good chance. Do focus on your personal statement and write it well.
 

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Undergraduate School/School type: Large SEC university
Undergrad GPA/Major GPA: 3.82 (Summa Cum Laude)
Major/minor: Major in Economics (Honors), minor in English
Grad GPA (if applicable): N/A
Grad studies (if applicable): N/A
GRE(including date taken): July 27 (I had bad testing circumstances - broke my toe immediately prior to the test, had construction going on next door while testing, and was scheduled to work late the evening before despite requesting otherwise..... that was a rough day.) (Also don't believe that the GRE is required for the programs I'm applying to, so this might be irrelevant) V 158 (79%), Q 152 (44%), A 5.0 (92%)

Experience/research: (Not all super relevant, but I've got to hype myself up somehow!)
- Senior thesis on health economics
- Undergraduate research project on public health/genocide
- Inductee of Phi Beta Kappa honors society
- Volunteer for a harm reduction agency (opioid crisis work)
- Volunteer seminar leader for Upward Bound (led different seminars on both college readiness and economics)
- Volunteer train conductor
- Multiple certificates from Darkness into Light (sexual abuse prevention)
- Undergraduate campus ambassador
- Treasurer of Russian Language & Culture Club
- Founder of a tutoring club
- Professional development chair and fundraising committee member of Pre-Law and Government professional fraternity
- Studied Russian for two years ~ currently studying German
- Held multiple part-time jobs (one at a bakery, one at a bar, one as a content creator/editor for a travel company)
- Published author (fiction and poetry)

Letters of Rec: My thesis advisor/professor, a second professor, and two former supervisors

Interests: Comparative public health, health policy, global health, health equity, health economics

Applied: Boston University (Health Policy and Law), Drexel University (Health Policy and Management), Temple University (Health Policy and Management), George Washington University (Health Policy), San Diego State University (Health Policy and Management), UCLA (Health Policy and Management)
Accepted: N/A
Rejected: N/A
Waitlisted: N/A
Attending: TBD

I graduated in May in the middle of the COVID-19 chaos and I've had trouble getting relevant experience in the field since then. I'm somewhat worried that I'll be hurt by this, but we shall see!
I think your application looks better than you think! You've got a pretty diverse set of experiences for sure and excellent gpa so you will get in, just a question of picking the right school. I'd add schools like Harvard, JHU, Emory, Brown and Tulane just because they are quite good for global health.
 
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I think you have very relevant work experience along with an international exposure at Harvard itself which makes your profile pretty solid. Do you have GRE requirement? Just thought in case that might help you to overcome GPA. Frankly, in case it is really a holistic review of applicants during the admission process, you definitely stand a good chance. Do focus on your personal statement and write it well.
There is no GRE requirement this year. At least, they say that on the website.
 
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Hi everyone! I've appreciated SDN since I was pre-med and have found it helpful through the MPH application process, so I wanted to share my information in case it could help any current or future applicants! Thank you to everyone who uses this forum to share information on the application process and good luck to everyone applying this cycle!

Undergraduate School/School type: UMich/Large public research institution
Undergrad GPA/Major GPA: 3.65/3.91 (pre-med courses dropped my GPA, but will improve after fall semester; earned University Honors twice)
Major/minor:
Public Health Sciences
GRE(including date taken):
166 V (97%), 162 Q (78%), 5.5 AW (98%) taken 7/25; I've always been lucky to be a good test-taker and someone who really enjoys reading/writing, so that and studying for the entire summer helped. I don't like math and have only taken stats for my major, so mostly tried to study the basics to not bomb the quant section. I went through the Super Power Pack books almost in their entirety (didn't do the paper tests since I was taking the computer version) and did the two ETS PowerPrep tests online to prep (161 V, ~154 Q [can't quite remember, but mid 50's I think] on first exam in June and 163 V, 159 Q one exam week before actual GRE).

Experience/research:

- Four years in a drugs of abuse wet lab working on fentanyl research (presented research at on-campus conferences twice and am third author on a publication)
- Interned on a congressional campaign for a Senate candidate in my home state and within a month was the Director of Research/Executive Assistant to the candidate and senior staff/Scheduler
- Four years as a student ambassador for the office of undergrad admissions
- Three years as a member of the programming board through our LGBTQ+ office on campus (earned a scholarship through this)
- Two years as Communications Chair of a program started by students at UMich to teach marginalized high school students about public health and empower them to be leaders in their communities (program was planned to be rolled out to other schools, including Columbia, pre-COVID)
- Two years volunteering at the university hospital system in the emergency department and trauma-burn ICU
- Two years on the undergraduate student advisory board for my program
- Two years in a research program/course (UROP, Research Scholars)
- One year in a pre-health learning/living community and on the alumni & student outreach committee
- One year on the executive board for BiLateral+ (student org for fluid sexualities)
- Collaborated with an LGBTQ+ organization in Zambia to provide health education materials on IPV
- Certified pharmacy technician since 2017

Letters of Rec:
Research lab supervisor, director of the undergraduate SPH program (had her for a professor two semesters and is in the department I'm applying to at UMich), former director of the undergraduate program (had him as a professor for two semesters and he's also in the department I'm applying to at UMich)

Interests:
advocating for human rights and social justice. There's a lot of populations I want to work with, so I'm not yet sure if I will stick with one for my entire career, but I want flexibility in my path since we don't know what will happen down the road.

Applied:
BU (MPH - human rights & social justice), Columbia (MPH - SMS), UMich (MPH - HBHE), & UMN (MHR, not an MPH but a Master in Human Rights); all submitted 10/15 and verified 10/20
Accepted:
Rejected:
Waitlisted:
Attending:


Right now I'm trying to stay patient and just wait to start hearing back from programs but it's super hard! I know BU is usually about 3 weeks but that Columbia won't send first rounds until late January, so I'm trying to not think about it too much (these are my top two choices). Once I do start getting admissions decisions, I'll be back to update and get help deciding! The finances of grad school are already stressing me out :nailbiting:
 
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Hi everyone! I've appreciated SDN since I was pre-med and have found it helpful through the MPH application process, so I wanted to share my information in case it could help any current or future applicants! Thank you to everyone who uses this forum to share information on the application process and good luck to everyone applying this cycle!

Undergraduate School/School type: UMich/Large public research institution
Undergrad GPA/Major GPA: 3.65/3.91 (pre-med courses dropped my GPA, but will improve after fall semester; earned University Honors twice)
Major/minor: Public Health Sciences
GRE(including date taken): 166 V (97%), 162 Q (78%), 5.5 AW (98%) taken 7/25; I've always been lucky to be a good test-taker and someone who really enjoys reading/writing, so that and studying for the entire summer helped. I don't like math and have only taken stats for my major, so mostly tried to study the basics to not bomb the quant section. I went through the Super Power Pack books almost in their entirety (didn't do the paper tests since I was taking the computer version) and did the two ETS PowerPrep tests online to prep (161 V, ~154 Q [can't quite remember, but mid 50's I think] on first exam in June and 163 V, 159 Q one exam week before actual GRE).

Experience/research:
- Four years in a drugs of abuse wet lab working on fentanyl research (presented research at on-campus conferences twice and am third author on a publication)
- Interned on a congressional campaign for a Senate candidate in my home state and within a month was the Director of Research/Executive Assistant to the candidate and senior staff/Scheduler
- Four years as a student ambassador for the office of undergrad admissions
- Three years as a member of the programming board through our LGBTQ+ office on campus (earned a scholarship through this)
- Two years as Communications Chair of a program started by students at UMich to teach marginalized high school students about public health and empower them to be leaders in their communities (program was planned to be rolled out to other schools, including Columbia, pre-COVID)
- Two years volunteering at the university hospital system in the emergency department and trauma-burn ICU
- Two years on the undergraduate student advisory board for my program
- Two years in a research program/course (UROP, Research Scholars)
- One year in a pre-health learning/living community and on the alumni & student outreach committee
- One year on the executive board for BiLateral+ (student org for fluid sexualities)
- Collaborated with an LGBTQ+ organization in Zambia to provide health education materials on IPV
- Certified pharmacy technician since 2017

Letters of Rec: Research lab supervisor, director of the undergraduate SPH program (had her for a professor two semesters and is in the department I'm applying to at UMich), former director of the undergraduate program (had him as a professor for two semesters and he's also in the department I'm applying to at UMich)

Interests: advocating for human rights and social justice. There's a lot of populations I want to work with, so I'm not yet sure if I will stick with one for my entire career, but I want flexibility in my path since we don't know what will happen down the road.

Applied: BU (MPH - human rights & social justice), Columbia (MPH - SMS), UMich (MPH - HBHE), & UMN (MHR, not an MPH but a Master in Human Rights); all submitted 10/15 and verified 10/20
Accepted:
Rejected:
Waitlisted:
Attending:


Right now I'm trying to stay patient and just wait to start hearing back from programs but it's super hard! I know BU is usually about 3 weeks but that Columbia won't send first rounds until late January, so I'm trying to not think about it too much (these are my top two choices). Once I do start getting admissions decisions, I'll be back to update and get help deciding! The finances of grad school are already stressing me out :nailbiting:
I'd apply to more places if I were you as your application is pretty strong, look at places like Harvard, UNC, JHU, Tulane, GWU, Emory and others, frankly BU and Columbia are pretty expensive schools that if you starting with building up your 'soft' skills, I think it makes sense to network at other schools and keep some flexibility by not going to overly expensive schools, probably you need to apply to around 10 schools that you'd be happy with, and then ask the schools you interested in to make offers in terms of scholarships and tuition reduction, 3-4 schools is not enough in my opinion!
 
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I'd apply to more places if I were you as your application is pretty strong, look at places like Harvard, UNC, JHU, Tulane, GWU, Emory and others, frankly BU and Columbia are pretty expensive schools that if you starting with building up your 'soft' skills, I think it makes sense to network at other schools and keep some flexibility by not going to overly expensive schools, probably you need to apply to around 10 schools that you'd be happy with, and then ask the schools you interested in to make offers in terms of scholarships and tuition reduction, 3-4 schools is not enough in my opinion!
Do you have any advice on asking about scholarships/tuition reduction once accepted? Perhaps a premature question as I have not yet received any acceptances but would I contact the financial aid department, admissions, faculty? Would I try to mention/leverage aid I've received from other schools?
 
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I'd apply to more places if I were you as your application is pretty strong, look at places like Harvard, UNC, JHU, Tulane, GWU, Emory and others, frankly BU and Columbia are pretty expensive schools that if you starting with building up your 'soft' skills, I think it makes sense to network at other schools and keep some flexibility by not going to overly expensive schools, probably you need to apply to around 10 schools that you'd be happy with, and then ask the schools you interested in to make offers in terms of scholarships and tuition reduction, 3-4 schools is not enough in my opinion!
Thank you! I looked at a lot of schools when I was first picking programs to apply to, but very few schools offer programs of interest to me. Since there are programs that specialize so much in advocacy/human rights/social justice, I didn't see the point in spending money to apply to programs knowing that if I get into BU or Columbia I'd definitely take their programs over any others that aren't as specialized in my area of interest.
 

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Hello! I see someone above had some regrets using professional transcript entry (PTE). I'll be submitting my apps next week on 11/2 to make my 12/1 deadlines. I had planned to use PTE because I have several complicated transcripts (post-bacc work at three different schools) and would rather not make an entry mistake that would delay verification. Also, I think PTE would save me some time as my GRE is around the corner lol D:

I've scoured some threads and have seen mixed reviews about PTE. Can anyone share their experience with PTE if used for this cycle? Thank you!
 

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Do you have any advice on asking about scholarships/tuition reduction once accepted? Perhaps a premature question as I have not yet received any acceptances but would I contact the financial aid department, admissions, faculty? Would I try to mention/leverage aid I've received from other schools?
It depends in part on what the funding situation and the applicant pool is like, but definitely treat the tuition as something that can be negotiated if you get into places that are equivalent on the academics side, but tuition is off at some of them. I haven't done it myself, but I sure know people who have, I'd say write a thoughtful and polite letter to the more expensive place, school A, stating that you find their curriculum to be in sync with what you want from a school, but that school B offered you a reduced tuition, or some other perk, and that you were wondering if such opportunities are available at school A. If you're polite it can't hurt to ask, I'm not sure the best contact person, but definitely admissions and financial aid would have a say, less so some faculty member removed from how things get funded I would think.
 
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Thank you! I looked at a lot of schools when I was first picking programs to apply to, but very few schools offer programs of interest to me. Since there are programs that specialize so much in advocacy/human rights/social justice, I didn't see the point in spending money to apply to programs knowing that if I get into BU or Columbia I'd definitely take their programs over any others that aren't as specialized in my area of interest.
You definitely know your preferences better than anybody else and that's what important.

A lot of school weave themes of social justice, human rights and health equity into their programs, definitely JHU and Harvard do stuff like that, I know UMN is good with that, and it is on your list. These are all worthy "lens" for looking at public health issues, but they're also buzz words that schools like BU add-on to the marketing of their curriculum in order to attract students. Big corporations undertake marketing activism for marketing purposes too.

My two cents is that in the end you'll get a job that will allow you to work on these issues, in part, but getting the job and making the connections and getting the hard skills is pretty important too and it might help to look at it from a hard skills perspective and look at higher notch schools like Harvard, Tulane, Emory, etc . . . believe me, at ALL of these schools they have faculty and students working hard on the issues that interest you!
 
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Has anyone ever had to interview for the MSPH program at Hopkins? I submitted my application last week and I was asked to interview with the directors next week. Any idea what they are going to ask me?
I‘ve spoken to alumni who said that they weren’t interviewed. Had no idea that interviews were even part of the process!
 

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Hello! I see someone above had some regrets using professional transcript entry (PTE). I'll be submitting my apps next week on 11/2 to make my 12/1 deadlines. I had planned to use PTE because I have several complicated transcripts (post-bacc work at three different schools) and would rather not make an entry mistake that would delay verification. Also, I think PTE would save me some time as my GRE is around the corner lol D:

I've scoured some threads and have seen mixed reviews about PTE. Can anyone share their experience with PTE if used for this cycle? Thank you!
Initially, I had some regrets because I was concerned about not meeting my program’s deadline, but it ended up being okay. Everything was submitted in a timely fashion. It would’ve been quite painstaking for me to enter three transcripts worth of info into the app and to have no context as to the categorization of courses, etc. I think you have ample time for PTE!
 
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Initially, I had some regrets because I was concerned about not meeting my program’s deadline, but it ended up being okay. Everything was submitted in a timely fashion. It would’ve been quite painstaking for me to enter three transcripts worth of info into the app and to have no context as to the categorization of courses, etc. I think you have ample time for PTE!
Thanks so much for sharing! Just put in my request to utilize professional transcript entry :)
 
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I completed my SOPHAS application for all programs on 10/14 and was verified on 10/15. How long does it usually take for grad schools to respond about a decision? (I applied to UNC, GW, Hopkins, Colorado, Tulane and Harvard via SOPHAS) and Tufts through their Friedman MS app portal. I wasn't sure if some schools waited until the first deadline to send out decisions or if it was more on a rolling basis.
 
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I've been keeping up with this thread and have been meaning to post my stats / plans for a while. I'm not really sure how many programs to apply to - especially since I've heard things might be a bit more competitive this year with COVID (people deferring from last year and more people applying because lack of jobs and increased interest in public health). Right now I am planning on applying to 6-10 programs (listed at end).

Undergraduate School/School type: Ivy League
Undergrad GPA/Major GPA: 3.69 (undergrad) or 3.72 (cumulative with 2 post-bacc courses) / 3.80 (major)
Major/minor: Human Development / health policy minor
GRE(including date taken): 164 V (94%), 167 Q (89%), 4.5 AW (80%), taken Nov. 2018

Experience/research:
Undergrad:
- 2.5 years (incl. summer before senior year) as a research assistant (for credit) in memory and neuroscience lab
- Summer internship with neuropsychologist (before junior year)
- 2 years in psychology honors society, with 1 semester as treasurer
Post-grad:
- 2 years (by summer 2021) as a research assistant in Harvard Med dept. of health care policy
- First-authored one published paper, have a few non-first-authored papers in the works
- Took introductory economics and a biostatistics course to boost my quantitative background (and got gpa above 3.7)

Letters of Rec.:
- My undergrad lab professor who also taught my very small seminar senior year (he will focus on academics since my other two are professional/research)
- My current PI/boss (health policy assoc. professor and MD)
- Co-author (assoc. professor and MD) of current papers who I have meetings with weekly

Interests:
Health policy with a focus in reproductive health (hoping to have a concentration/certificate in reproductive/sexual health where available)

Planning to apply: Harvard (HP), Columbia (HPM), UNC (HP), UC Berkeley (HPM), GW (HP), and Emory (HPM).
I'm also considering adding Johns Hopkins (though not super into the 11-month intensive format), BU, Brown, and Yale to the mix.
Applied:
Accepted:
Rejected:
Waitlisted:
Attending:
 
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