I say go to Johns Hopkins! I am assuming you left that out in your post, too.I've been fortunate to have gained acceptances to: BU, UPitt and GWU and I'm having a heck of a time deciding where I want to go. Any insight, thoughts, and/or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thank you
Thank you so much Stories, your reply was really very helpful. Actually, I saw previous posts where you mention doubling up w/ another specialty in addition to global/international health and I think it's a brilliant point, I will probably do that with policy. Thank you for thatIf it helps at all, Boston is a cheaper place to live than DC. But the quality of housing in DC is better, but more expensive. Weather in both places is horrible (Boston for the extreme winters/DC for the extreme summers). The T in Boston shuts down early, the Metro in DC always has track maintenance. Both cities have its share of crime and rough neighborhoods.
I have two friends who are at GW (one got a MPH, another in the psychology department). My MPH friend switched from global health into epi because she didn't realize what global health actually meant. She wanted more quantitative skills, which is why she switched into it. I had two friends at BU (I was a BU Epi person) who also made the same switch after initially starting in international health. And I have quite a few friends who added an additional area of study on top of their global/international studies.
That said, I don't know what makes a good versus average global health program, but from what most friends have told me, doubling up in another area with global/international health is a good idea.
The main reason I suggested doubling up is because you never know what specialty skill you need. And adding more specialties never hurts. Particularly if you end up not being able to find international work for a little while, you have some domestic skills to fall back on. As we all know, international work is very desirable by many people, so it ends up being fairly competitive.Thank you so much Stories, your reply was really very helpful. Actually, I saw previous posts where you mention doubling up w/ another specialty in addition to global/international health and I think it's a brilliant point, I will probably do that with policy. Thank you for that
It's also really nice to hear from an actual BU alum with friends at both BU and other schools. General statements like "BU is just a feeder school" or "That school sucks" aren't very helpful. I'm sorry, a "feeder school" that generally "sucks" would not be so close to making the top 10 in the rankings, it just doesn't make any sense. I'm really interested in finding out what the negativity is based on.
It's too bad that the T shuts down early, bummer. Do you recommend a car in Boston? I'm moving from the West Coast and I've been debating over whether or not I should have my car shipped there. Also, do you know anything about campus housing?
Finally, have your friends given you any insight on the quality of the GW program?
Thanks again for all of your informed, insightful posts, I appreciate it.
Such statements should never be taken seriously. Boston U is respected not only on the East Coast, but throughout the nation/world. I think it is also important to remember the "posters" on SDN may not be an equal representation of what majority of incoming MPHers believe. This is an online website with no repercussions, so people say whatever they want.General statements like "BU is just a feeder school" or "That school sucks" aren't very helpful. I'm sorry, a "feeder school" that generally "sucks" would not be so close to making the top 10 in the rankings, it just doesn't make any sense. I'm really interested in finding out what the negativity is based on.
I did a comparison of BU vs Tulane during my decision-making and found that BU had much more interesting opportunities to take advantage of than Tulane offers. Financially, both universities are expensive and you're stuck with unsubsidized direct loans either way, so as you seem to be implying, the networking/job opportunities are major factors. Again, Boston certainly wins this hands down because New Orleans does not have the jobs like Boston, which also has opportunities in NYC and better links to DC.Hi! I got accepted in BU, Tulane and University of South Carolina. But I am so confused now which one to decide finally.
I am trying to decide between BU and Tulane. My concentration is Epidemiology. In BU I can complete it within 3 semesters but Tulane is an excellent option as well. I need to care the university's alumni and networking with Washington based NGOs and other working opportunities.
Also the tuition matters. Received a small merit scholarship at BU while Tulane doesn't offer it at masters level. But then again, does the tuition vary much between BU and Tulane?
USC is considerable on financial savings I guess.
Will be glad to receive your feedback!
Global health-wise, Tulane, GWU and BU are probably pretty similar reputation wise, though I would rank Tulane a notch higher when it comes to global health. There are a lot of opportunities in Boston, but you have to remember that there are at least four other public health schools in the area, plus the whole eastern seaboard is super-saturated with public health schools, I think in New Orleans, Tulane is the only accredited school for probably 400 miles around (there is a non-accredited school somewhere in NOLA), so you definitely have options. Tulane as a public health school has great recognition worldwide, as well as good connections, and it sort of has it own special identity, like Emory. BU has a reputation as being a feeder school, and one student I met only had mediocre things to say, like it was sorta just a school where she happened to wind up rather than any place special. The rankings are determined on factors that often have little to do with how well a school prepares its students and provides worthwhile experiences. YMMVAlso, it appears that from the global health end, GWU is a little ahead of BU. If you have any insight on this, please help.
For reference, I have also been accepted to Tulane.