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Hi everyone,
Since i have just decided that i will be moving to Texas.. Houston and starting my MPH there, I thought i'ld tart a thread to meet others who will be starting in the fall with me.
What are you gonna be doing for housing? Anyone coming from out-of-state?
When are you planning on arriving there?
Any advice, tips, deals on housing, living, shopping etc will be appreciated :)
Looking forward to meeting everyone in here !!!
H- town stand up!!!:)
 

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i havent either.. just decided on houston yesterday so i am in the process of getting everything together..
 
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I actually haven't decided on Houston yet. I'm going to visit this Friday though. They did grant me an extension so I will have made my decision by next week.
 
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i picked Houston .. just waiting for the University letter for so long.. international student.. so i have no idea about housing etc...:)
 

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Any advice, tips, deals on housing, living, shopping etc will be appreciated :)
I won't be attending UTH, but am a Houston native and will be happy to answer any questions regarding living in the city.
 

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I won't be attending UTH, but am a Houston native and will be happy to answer any questions regarding living in the city.


I heard its best to live near the medcenter as a newbie in the city. Which places would you recommend? Do you know much about the univ. student housing? also how far is the MD Anderson center from UTSPH? which other hospitals are closeby? as I intend to apply for jobs for the summer?
 

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For living in Houston: I can't speak on university housing but I know Houston. Yes, it is nice to live near the med center. Houston is very spread out, but this area has a lot of different neighborhoods nearby so you are kind of in the middle of all the action. You'd be near the light rail which runs through the med center and can take you to class...Hermann Park which has concerts throughout the summer... Rice University which has a very popular jogging trail, a village full of great restaurants and shopping, and a farmers market..the Museum District.. All of these neighborhoods are within a couple miles of each other.

Midtown is also a popular neighborhood with young people, full of nightlife, restaurants, coffee shops to study...and very walkable which is rare in Houston. But it is generally more expensive.

The Heights is a really cool, unique area. It's quickly becoming the place to be...but farther away from the med center.

I'd stay away from the Galleria area, just because the traffic is horrible, but it's a matter of taste..it generally has the best shopping and eating in Houston.

For the med center: Yes-MD Anderson is close by..It's right across the street from the school (and has really great free lunch lectures btw :)). Everything is close in the med center...I think it is all walkable, but there is also the light rail and Med Center shuttle which takes you to the front door of many places. Texas Children's, Methodist, St. Luke's, Baylor and UT Med school, Memorial Hermann, Ben Taub..i could go on...they are all within blocks of each other. If you want a job here, you won't be lacking resources.

Hope that helps..
 
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For living in Houston: I can't speak on university housing but I know Houston. Yes, it is nice to live near the med center. Houston is very spread out, but this area has a lot of different neighborhoods nearby so you are kind of in the middle of all the action. You'd be near the light rail which runs through the med center and can take you to class...Hermann Park which has concerts throughout the summer... Rice University which has a very popular jogging trail, a village full of great restaurants and shopping, and a farmers market..the Museum District.. All of these neighborhoods are within a couple miles of each other.

Midtown is also a popular neighborhood with young people, full of nightlife, restaurants, coffee shops to study...and very walkable which is rare in Houston. But it is generally more expensive.

The Heights is a really cool, unique area. It's quickly becoming the place to be...but farther away from the med center.

I'd stay away from the Galleria area, just because the traffic is horrible, but it's a matter of taste..it generally has the best shopping and eating in Houston.

For the med center: Yes-MD Anderson is close by..It's right across the street from the school (and has really great free lunch lectures btw :)). Everything is close in the med center...I think it is all walkable, but there is also the light rail and Med Center shuttle which takes you to the front door of many places. Texas Children's, Methodist, St. Luke's, Baylor and UT Med school, Memorial Hermann, Ben Taub..i could go on...they are all within blocks of each other. If you want a job here, you won't be lacking resources.

Hope that helps..
thanks utph very helpful
 

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For living in Houston: I can't speak on university housing but I know Houston. Yes, it is nice to live near the med center. Houston is very spread out, but this area has a lot of different neighborhoods nearby so you are kind of in the middle of all the action. You'd be near the light rail which runs through the med center and can take you to class...Hermann Park which has concerts throughout the summer... Rice University which has a very popular jogging trail, a village full of great restaurants and shopping, and a farmers market..the Museum District.. All of these neighborhoods are within a couple miles of each other.

Midtown is also a popular neighborhood with young people, full of nightlife, restaurants, coffee shops to study...and very walkable which is rare in Houston. But it is generally more expensive.

The Heights is a really cool, unique area. It's quickly becoming the place to be...but farther away from the med center.

I'd stay away from the Galleria area, just because the traffic is horrible, but it's a matter of taste..it generally has the best shopping and eating in Houston.

For the med center: Yes-MD Anderson is close by..It's right across the street from the school (and has really great free lunch lectures btw :)). Everything is close in the med center...I think it is all walkable, but there is also the light rail and Med Center shuttle which takes you to the front door of many places. Texas Children's, Methodist, St. Luke's, Baylor and UT Med school, Memorial Hermann, Ben Taub..i could go on...they are all within blocks of each other. If you want a job here, you won't be lacking resources.

Hope that helps..

Thanks utph!! Very helpful info
 
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can any body plz state how much is the tuition fee for Resident and for Non resident students/international students..I couldn't understand the tuition fee table !!
 
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I have a pretty irritating problem. I have received the offer letter from the University Department but NOT from the University itself. The deadline is April 1st for the application. Are they waiting for the deadline to get over before sending the offer letters. My SOPHAS profile shows admitted but i have not got any proper reply from the University for my mails either...any thoughts on this. am an international student
 
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haven't yet decided on a school, but was wondering what the roommate situation was.. Is there a facebook group for the class? Do many students find a roommate within their class?
 

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there is a facebook group for the class.
Check in the admission email. the link is there.
I am currently looking for a roommate too.
 
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I visited UT last week. Overall, I was very impressed with Texas Medical Center as a whole and the program at UT SPH. The faculty and students that I interacted with were very intelligent, friendly, and helpful. :thumbup:

However, (no offense to anyone) I personally thought that the "city" of Houston itself was very unappealing. It was sprawling, full of highways, and reminded me a lot of LA (minus the smog). :thumbdown: Driving around town, the only place I could see myself living would be near Hermann Park or in Midtown.
 

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I visited UT last week. Overall, I was very impressed with Texas Medical Center as a whole and the program at UT SPH. The faculty and students that I interacted with were very intelligent, friendly, and helpful. :thumbup:

However, (no offense to anyone) I personally thought that the "city" of Houston itself was very unappealing. It was sprawling, full of highways, and reminded me a lot of LA (minus the smog). :thumbdown: Driving around town, the only place I could see myself living would be near Hermann Park or in Midtown.
thanks for the awesome review sblax 18. I don't have any problems with the city as its just like any other big city in America. Where will you be going?
 
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thanks for the awesome review sblax 18. I don't have any problems with the city as its just like any other big city in America. Where will you be going?
I actually haven't ruled out UT yet, as it is very hard to turn down the scholarship for in-state tuition plus money on top of that. I was accepted to Emory, UT, UIC, Ohio St, BU, UFlorida. But I am currently deciding between BU, UT, and UF, and am hoping to make my decision by the end of this week (as I visited both BU and UT last week).
 
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I also decided to go to UTH in epi~ and trying to look for the information about house too. But my email didn't have the facebook address, can u post the address?

there is a facebook group for the class.
Check in the admission email. the link is there.
I am currently looking for a roommate too.
 

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I also decided to go to UTH in epi~ and trying to look for the information about house too. But my email didn't have the facebook address, can u post the address?

I sure can.. here it is
http://www.facebook.com/pages/UTSPH-Entering-Class-Fall-2010/215682518141?ref=sgm

About Housing.. there is student housing provided through auxiliary enterprises which you have to get on the waitlist for but there are also lots of other housing options around school.. see posts above..
 
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I visited UT last week. Overall, I was very impressed with Texas Medical Center as a whole and the program at UT SPH. The faculty and students that I interacted with were very intelligent, friendly, and helpful. :thumbup:

However, (no offense to anyone) I personally thought that the "city" of Houston itself was very unappealing. It was sprawling, full of highways, and reminded me a lot of LA (minus the smog). :thumbdown: Driving around town, the only place I could see myself living would be near Hermann Park or in Midtown.

as a person who lived near hermann park for two years (macgregor @ almeda if it means anything to you), it kind of sucks. seriously. its a food desert (literally). the closest grocery store is what we call "scary kroger" where a med student was shot last year. it is completely uninteresting. definitely pick midtown over that.
 

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as a person who lived near hermann park for two years (macgregor @ almeda if it means anything to you), it kind of sucks. seriously. its a food desert (literally). the closest grocery store is what we call "scary kroger" where a med student was shot last year. it is completely uninteresting. definitely pick midtown over that.
As a person who has lived near Hermann Park for many years, and Houston all their life..I'm just going to have to disagree with you on that. There are so many great restaurants nearby in the village and Montrose area. There is a really nice Randalls on Holcombe and a Rice Epicurean. Further north is a Whole Foods and other stores. They aren't within walking distance for sure, but they are no more than a 10 minute drive. It's Houston. You're going to drive everywhere anyway. I've been to both Krogers near the med center, not sure which one you are referring to but I'm not scared going to either one. But maybe if you're not used to an urban environment, it can intimidate you.

If you want scary, Midtown is right by Main st where a large homeless population lives..where the greyhound station is and lots of rehab centers, etc. I wouldn't ever walk in that area alone.
 
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As a person who has lived near Hermann Park for many years, and Houston all their life..I'm just going to have to disagree with you on that. There are so many great restaurants nearby in the village and Montrose area. There is a really nice Randalls on Holcombe and a Rice Epicurean. Further north is a Whole Foods and other stores. They aren't within walking distance for sure, but they are no more than a 10 minute drive. It's Houston. You're going to drive everywhere anyway. I've been to both Krogers near the med center, not sure which one you are referring to but I'm not scared going to either one. But maybe if you're not used to an urban environment, it can intimidate you.

If you want scary, Midtown is right by Main st where a large homeless population lives..where the greyhound station is and lots of rehab centers, etc. I wouldn't ever walk in that area alone.
eh. at least midtown is on the upswing...gentrification and all. and i've lived in the city since august 04 (and yes, houston all my life), so i'm not intimidated. just saying its a lot nicer to be on the good side of hermann park (river oaks, west u, montrose) than the 288/almeda side. and scary kroger is the one on cambridge near UT housing. i'm not sure how brave you are, but med students getting mugged/shot is generally going to be intimidating to anyone. the crappy thing about houston is that there are no zoning laws. so unless you're in a good area, its kind of this mix and match of scary and nice.
 
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FINALLY...the offer letter came..
 

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Yayy!! So u will be coming in the fall? see u then :)
 

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I have decided on UTHouston and will be there in June. Is any female here looking for a roommate. I have looked at a couple of apartments and now I need to find a roommate.
 
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any of you got any campus pics of UT
 

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Anyone know of other places near the medical center NOT ut housing that is great for students? Can you give names of the complex?
I read reviews of apartments on apartmentratings and me no likey what i saw about most of the units reviewed:scared::(
 
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Hi guys!

I'm a senior MLS (medical technology) student expecting to graduate in August. I'm interested in pursuing an MPH in the future and have a few questions about the program at UT-Houston:

1. Is the program competitive, especially Epidemiology? I would venture to guess that it is, considering the UTPH is (I think) in the top 15 Public Health programs in the US. On a personal level, how hard was the process for you? What qualifications (GPA, GRE scores, previous work experience, etc.) do you think made you stand out from the competition? What was your motivation (personal and careerwise) to go into Public Health?

2. If you're a current Public Health student at UT, how would you rate the program? What do you think are the weaknesses/strengths of the program? Are the classes hard? Do you get a lot of support/mentorship from faculty?

3. I would like to find out more about Epidemiology. I would love to hear from epidemiologist who went to UT-Houston and get some career advice. I'm interested in becoming a Infection Control Specialist in a clinical setting, that's why I want to go into Public Health and get an MPH in Epidemiology. Do you think it's a viable career path? What other career options are out there for epidemiologists? How's the job market? Salary range (entry-level and experienced)?

Any med techs out there who went into public health? I would love to hear from you!

But really, any advice/input will be much appreciated! Thanks! :)
 

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I am admitted to UT-houston in epi and am looking t move there in august 2010. I am looking for roomate to share room with me near SPH. I havenot received my admittance letter..and things seem irritatingly slow in houston
 

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I am admitted to UT-houston in epi and am looking t move there in august 2010. I am looking for roomate to share room with me near SPH. I havenot received my admittance letter..and things seem irritatingly slow in houston
Have you called the school and also figured out when/if they have sent your packet and ensure that it didnt get lost in the mail. You can always start your registration process by downloading the attached mails in the email they sent you. There is also a group on fcbk for our class.
HTH
 
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I am attending MPH in fall in UT.. looking for rooms as well as roommate to share cost..
Looking for guys planning t live in minimal expenses.. and close to SPH
 
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I am attending MPH in fall in UT.. looking for rooms as well as roommate to share cost..
Looking for guys planning t live in minimal expenses.. and close to SPH
Hi i am planning to study in UTH too. do u have any place in mind or will u be searching for it latr
 
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Hi everyone...i needed help to start my enrollment process but I am without a clue...how much money do we have to deposit to reserve our seat...?
After we submit our response form and confirm that we our coming..what forms do the universities send ?
Also since i am an international student how much money do we have to show as financial verification to obtain a I-20 form for F1 visa..
people with information plz let me know as soon as possible...
 
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<p>people who have already received I-20 forms please tell me how long does it take to receive the I-20 after the international office receive our financial and biographical documents...
 
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I have had some questions about how much it costs to attend UTSPH. I would like to post it here in the public arena so that all who are interested can know as well

UTSPH bases tuition and fees on the number of credit hours you take. The fewer hours per semester you take, the lower the cost. The cost is spelled out exactly here:
http://registrar.uth.tmc.edu/Registration/Acad_Fees_SPH_F09Sp10.html#SPH

Look at the last two columns, titled "Tuition and SSF"
I am a resident of Texas and if I took 9 credit hours last semester, so I look under the next to last column titled "Resident." The tuition I paid for 9 credit hours was $1,677.84. So if I took 6 credit hours it would be $1,142.99 instead.

So if I took 9 credit hours in the Fall, 9 credit hours in the Spring, and 6 credit hours in the Summer, the total tuition for that School Year would be: $1,677.84 + $1,677.84 + $1,142.99 = $4498.67. The school's calculation of $5000 for annual tuition for Residents assumes only 9 credit hours per semester, plus 6 in the summer.

This is very clear and explicit from the website. If you do not have insurance, you will have to pay for that per semester as well, which adds about $400.00 per semester.

Of course this is tuition only, you have living costs to factor in to the equation to reflect how much you spend. The school has a reasonable cost of $1934.00 per month for room and board. It is found here: http://sfs.uth.tmc.edu/fa_docs/living_expense_budget_1011.pdf

So let's put this all together to find the cost of an MPH at UTSPH.
Let's assume a 2 year program, with 9 credit hours in the Fall and Spring, and 6 in the summer. That brings us to 48 credit hours, which is just over the required number of hours.
So the tuition paid would be $1,677.84 + $1,677.84 + $1,142.99 + $1,677.84 + $1,677.84 + $1,142.99 = $8997.34
6 semester of student insurance assuming about $400/ semester (2 Fall semesters, 2 spring semesters, 2 summer semesters) = approx $2400.00
living costs for 24 months @ $1934.00/month = $46,416.00

Adding it all up shows: 8997.34 (tuition+fees) + 2400.00(insurance) + 46,416.00(room & board) = $57,813.34

So under 60 grand total including all living expenses for an MPH at UTSPH.

These calculations were done with numbers given by the school, your mileage may vary. I find it very easy to stay under $1934 per month for expenses, so that keeps living costs down. Many of you receive grants. scholarships, etc. For me, I basically have a free ride, so I only work to pay for rent and board. The faster you finish, the lower it will cost you, I plan on finishing my MPH in a year by doubling up on class load, all of which have made my MPH at UTSPH one of the cheapest masters program I have seen. I hope this is informative to those of you who have been confused by how much it will cost and that huge matrix of fees on the UT Houston website
 
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another follow up question to cocobobo
How are the classess like is it intensive i.e. 5 days a week from morning to evening ..since I am an international student do people usually find jobs to pay of their bills like GA/TA/RA etc and is the pay enough to pay for living expenses....

before I forget..congrats to u for getting a scholarship at UT...awesome...!
 
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intensiveness is all relative and is relative to your class load. Taking 5-6 classes a semester puts me on campus pretty much every day. A good rule of thumb here at UTSPH is that the number of credit hours is equal to the number of "contact hours," meaning the number of hours per week you are in direct, mandated contact with your professor. So if a class is worth 3 credit hours, then the class is three hours per week, usually in one 3-hour session. The rest of the time is yours to do as you see fit, studying, playing, working, whatever. There are opportunities for students to become TA/GA/involved in research. Student services has some contacts, and you also have to be proactive in communicating with your professors, or professors whose research topics/interests align with yours.
 
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is their any indian student association in houston campus.. if so please let me know their link..thanks