hiphopapotamous

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Research isn't important as clinical experiences, but it's almost as important for research heavy schools (ie: all top 20 schools and many others). MPH would stay on your resume forever though.
 

ElChamaco

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How do you get an MPH without research?
 

Perrotfish

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Research would strengthen your application for the med school application process.
As would an MPH. Also an MPH would strengthen your application for residencies, who will not care in any way about your undergraduate research experience.

OP, my advice is not to structure your life around what looks best to medical schols. If you have an interest in epidemilogy, infectious diseases, or healthcare management get an MPH. If you think you might one day want to be a researcher do research. If you don't want either and are just trying to game the game do neither and do something you are interested in instead.
 

LizzyM

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Make sure your MPH is from a school on the list published by the Council on Education in Public Health (www.ceph.org), that is to say "accredited".
 
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UGA? Holy crap I'm doing the exact same thing as you. Don't tell me you're a freshman in Myers.
 

gravitywave

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As would an MPH. Also an MPH would strengthen your application for residencies, who will not care in any way about your undergraduate research experience.

OP, my advice is not to structure your life around what looks best to medical schols. If you have an interest in epidemilogy, infectious diseases, or healthcare management get an MPH. If you think you might one day want to be a researcher do research. If you don't want either and are just trying to game the game do neither and do something you are interested in instead.
this. i suspect the reason OP is torn over this is because s/he doesn't have enough background in either to make an informed choice. so, leave both options open as long as possible until the preference becomes clearer. take classes for the MPH; if it isn't right, get out.