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  1. Hey all, I am applying in fall 2017 for a PhD program in Epidemiology to a couple of institutions. I am aware that PH schools in the US use (prefer) the centralized application portal, SOPHAS. I am an international applicant attending graduate school in Europe, and applying as an international student requires more time and financial resources, with additional tests such as TOEFL and transcript evaluations via WES (requiring approximately $200). I know some schools have their own internal applications systems for SPH applicants (e.g Berkeley), while others (e,g Rutgers) only accept applications through SOPHAS. And there comes the fees for SOPHAS ($135 for the first school and $50 for every additional applications). :-( So, come September, which one would be the best option to pursue? A SOPHAS application or a direct application to the schools? Is SOPHAS really worth it, considering I am applying to a PhD? Would applying to individual schools be a better option? Any advice immensely appreciated :-)
  2. Hello all! I thought I'd start a thread to discuss the funding situation at some of these PhD Public Health programs. I've definitely been feeling overwhelmed in making a decision regardless, and have found that many programs haven't yet provided transparent funding packages, so thought this could serve as a venue for us to discuss our experiences and share insight/advice with one another. I'm currently deciding between the following three programs, all Epidemiology PhD, with the funding (as understood by me currently) described below: Columbia: I haven't heard anything about funding yet, but heard during the interview that they generally have students on training grants or funded with specific professors. Berkeley: Some students are funded through departmental fellowships, or part or full-time work at other institutions (health departments, UCSF, etc.) or with Berkeley professors. I currently work at an institution that I think would be my source of funding. University of Washington: Most students are funded through research assistant or TA positions. If you work at least 20 hours per week, then your UW tuition is waived and you get a general PhD stipend. Most of these positions are acquired through persistence (lots of e-mails!) and applying to posted positions. I don't currently have a position lined up, so am nervous at this point! Any insight or shared experiences would be much appreciated! Congrats to all on getting (almost!) through this year's application cycle.
  3. I had an interview in February. Still haven't heard from them. It is getting late so I am losing hope. Anyone hear?
  4. I'm a current junior in college. I'm very interested in infectious disease epidemiology at both the MPH and PhD level. I have some questions about undergrad preparation and the infectious diseases in general: (1) I'm currently an Anthropology Major and Biology and Mathematics Minor. Should I switch biology to my major? I'm particularly interested in disease dynamics and modeling. I'm actually also interested in the kind of work that would be done on the more computational side of a ecology and evolutionary biology lab working on pathogens and disease dynamics, if that gives any indication. But I'm also interested in the social side, especially mapping and modeling slum health and infectious diseases in developing urban countries. (2) If I want to do extensive fieldwork in other countries (see above for slum health interests), is academia the only way to do this? Do I need a clinical degree as well (MD?) in order to do extensive field work?
  5. Hi everyone! I am currently a senior studying anthropology and am currently looking into grad schools but having a bit of trouble finding a lot of schools/POI that fit what I want to study. My interests: biocultural medical anthropology public health infectious diseases (particularly HIV/AIDS and STIs) epidemiology community/population health international fieldwork/study abroad options possibly MPH/PhD or MPH/MA programs I've looked a lot at University of Washington (Seattle), University of Pittsburgh, Case Western, University of Southern Florida (which doesn't have a whole lot of focus on STIs/HIV but I like their dual degree options and study abroads). I'm also considering getting my MPH first and then going on for a PhD in anthro, since some schools like seeing a master's degree first. This option would also broaden my scope of schools. But my main question here is what other schools do you recommend for me to research? Any advice or tips from people studying similar things? Anyone out there with a PhD in anth work for the CDC or something similar? Thank you all in advance!
  6. I'm gonna apply for PhD program in Epidemiology. However, I haven't got a master's degree yet. My profile: Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, GPA: top 5%, GRE: 317 (V 150, Q 167), Research experience: MedChem (undergrad level), 1st/2nd prizes in national research competitions (irrelevant). LOR from a Epi Professor in Emory Rollin SOPH. Do I have any chance to got fully funded PhD program? Any advice's welcome...
  7. Hi guys. So my GPA is pretty low. It's 2.6-2.7 overall. I want to apply for the MPH program but do I have a chance? I haven't taken my GRE yet. But I know I'll definitely have to ace it. I'm graduating next year. Is there anyone who got accepted with low gpa? I need advice and comfort. I read in some online forum that some schools actually accept 2.5 GPA. Is it true? What school did you guys apply to and got accepted? Is it true that if you have experiences, you have more chance to be accepted even though you have low GPA?
  8. Hi all, Starting this fall, I will be applying to Genetic Counseling programs. Eventually, I would like to go for my DrPH. I'm highly interested in integrating public health and genetics together and doing research based on community genetics, screening programs, and the like. I know that I don't want a Ph.D. I feel that the DrPH is much more aligned with my goals. That being said, I don't think I would be applying to DrPH programs with an MPH, just my MS in genetic counseling. Would programs still consider me?
  9. I have been agonizing over this decision for the past few months, and I'm completely torn apart and exhausted. I've received offers of admission from U of T's Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health for the MPH in Epidemiology program, but I cannot decide between the two. Columbia PROS- brand name, ivy league, amazing network, living in nyc, better job opportunities (?) if i choose to pursue a career right after my degree, better support from career services, program has a thesis project which will be good if i choose to pursue a phd afterwards, independence/learning how to live by myself Columbia CONS- costs $150k CAD over two years including living expenses, the exchange rate USD/CAD is horrible so everything will be more expensive, higher cost of living, being away from home, cost of plane tickets to and from parents' place, no $$$ left to enjoy nyc after spending money on tuition, no $$$ left if i want to do law afterwards (i've recently been attracted to law because i've been paying more attention to my options), new country and school system will take time to get used to, program has only one practicum U of T PROS- costs 50k canadian, close to home, family support, easy to get used to because i did my undergrad at uoft too, saving $$$ so will be able to do unpaid internships and pursue law afterwards, program has an option to do one practicum or two practica, best mph program in canada U of T CONS- did my undergrad at uoft too, no master's thesis project (bad if i wanna do a phd afterwards), fewer support services from university, worse job opportunities (?) upon graduation, the thought that i might regret turning down columbia for the rest of my life I'm not sure which program will open more doors for me, or provide better job prospects upon graduation, and I don't know if I'm using the right metrics to judge the two schools, and regardless of the aforementioned issue, I'm not sure which to pick. HELP?!
  10. Just was accepted into both programs. From Colorado and interested in Epidemiology. Wondering if a big name program will make a big difference for jobs even though it comes with a higher price tag. Also, wondering if I would get the same education from Colorado even though its a newer program. Any advice is appreciated! Cheers.
  11. Hey guys! I saw lots of MPH forums but not one specific for epidemiology. As far as I know UofT is the only Ontario epi program that's an MPH rather than MSc, so I thought I'd make us our own discussion. I'm a fourth year Biomedical Science undergrad from University of Guelph, applying for epi programs next year. I included the schools & statuses below. My stats are a 2 year GPA of about ~3.71, experience in academic epidemiology (undergraduate thesis in population medicine), work experience in public health epi (position was health data analyst), and good reference letters (coordinator of Guelph's MPH program and a medical officer of health). However, I haven't been published yet and haven't presented at any major conferences, which I'm worried about. Toronto's MPH (epi stream) is my top choice, but judging from last year's forums I'm not expecting to hear until late april or early may, which sucks Any other epi applicants in here?? I'm getting antsy waiting to hear back. Good luck everyone! Toronto MPH Epidemiology: Under Review Western MSc Epidemiology and Biostatistics: had interview on Feb 29th, still waiting to hear back but I'm not optimistic (they wanted me to have OGS funding...) Ottawa MSc Epidemiology: Under Review Guelph MSc Epidemiology: my prof has agreed to work with me again
  12. Hi guys! I'm a fourth year BSc Psychology student with a 3.85/4.0 GPA in my last two years. I have 2 years worth of experience working on a large Epidemiological study, as well as 3 years of experience working as a Manager at a hospital. I received an A+ in all my Statistics courses in my undergrad. Here are my status' for the universities I have applied to so far, and I'm getting kinda worried since it's May and I still haven't heard news from Queen's yet. MSc Epidemiology Ottawa- Rejected MPH Epidemiology Toronto- Waitlisted MSc Epidemiology Queen's- No news Anyone hear back from MSc Epi Queen's yet?
  13. I'm an undergrad senior and applying for MPH Epidemiology programs in about 6 schools but I'm afraid I'm not good enough, so I'm turning to you all for some realistic advice. My GRE's are 460V/730Q/4.5W and my GPA is 3.42 (math is 3.67 and psych is 3.76). I'm a research assistant in one of the psychology labs at my university. This is new but I like working here. I've volunteered in 3 different department of a hospital over the course of 2 years, one of which matches my research interest. Do you think my odds are good? I really want to get into Hunter College. Any input is greatly appreciated.
  14. I would like to ask for advice, sentiment, etc. I have been admitted to 2 public health PhD programs for Fall 2012. Both are good programs and I could see myself going to either one. The problem is... The 1st school has admitted me with tuition paid for, while the 2nd has admitted me with the possibility of funding. The 1st had requested that I give them my answer by March 1st (I have since asked for an extension and they granted me until March 6th), or run the risk of losing funding. There is no way the second school is going to be able to tell me about funding by next tuesday (the 6th). From what I can tell, this contradicts the Council of Graduate School's (not legally binding) agreement... (http://www.myacpa.or...ionJune2005.pdf) I think my hand has been forced and I will accept to the 1st, knowing I may recind my acceptance. I really don't want to do this, but I don't think I have a choice. What do you think? Is anyone else in this situation?
  15. Hi everyone! I just began my MPH this semester and I love learning, but I think I would like to finish next December instead of the following May if possible. My only concern is that this will be a lot of work to cram in. I would have to take 14 hours this Spring and next Fall as well as 6 hours (hopefully online) over the Summer while doing a Practicum. Has anyone done this before? Is it doable? I searched the forums and didn't find anything like this. If someone could help me out, I would really appreciate it. Thanks!
  16. HI, I am going to be entering my last year as an undergrad and am trying to decide which programs to apply for for fall 2012. I am getting my BS in biochemistry and have a strong GPA and GRE scores. I also have a year of genetics research at my university. The problem is I absolutely hate doing research and find it terribly boring. I really want a career where I can interact with people more often and still use my science degree. I recently thought of doing an MPH program in epidemiology instead of pursing a PhD in some science field. Will an MPH serve me better for a career than a PhD if I am not interested in doing research?