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MPH Question

Discussion in 'Public Health Degrees (Masters and Doctoral)' started by Doctor Grim, Apr 27, 2007.

  1. Doctor Grim

    10+ Year Member

    Apr 14, 2007
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    I'm a MD who is about to finish my residency. I'm considering earning a MPH. I know it will help me if I want a career in academic medicine. But my question is, how much more will a MPH help me if I want a career outside of academia?

    I'm looking into the research fellowships for MDs offered by 1. Univ. of Maryland with a MPH from JHU, 2. Univ. of WA (Seattle), 3. Harvard.

    Which one would you pick and why?

    Thanks in advance.
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  2. namazu

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    Apr 17, 2005
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    What kind of "outside academia" are you thinking? Pharmaceutical research? Health policy? Hospital administration? International NGO? Other?

    For any of those, an MPH would be a strong asset; for entering a group practice in suburbia, probably not so much (even if the ideas might be valuable). If you are looking into research fellowships, though, that would seem to imply you're thinking of going a research route...

    All three of those programs are top-notch, so if you can identify a subject of research (e.g. clinical trials, cancer, environmental health, policy, whatever...) maybe one school or another will have an edge. Prestige-wise, not so much difference. Also, it's not completely unreasonable to decide based on where you like to live and how quickly you will be able to pay off your loans...

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