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  1. Yes, 60-70 applicants to HSR, with 3 availabilities due to limited funding. Was told by adcom recently that there are 13 people waitlisted, with no formal "ranking" of those waitlisted.
  2. I wouldn't jump to that conclusion just yet. If you look at years prior in the grad cafe results survey, some people didn't receive a waitlist response until later in February. Also, if you had a really positive talk with a professor that is a good sign. Hang in there!!
  3. Just got waitlisted at Hopkins - hoping for the best! They are my number 1 choice.
  4. Thanks for the info. Yes, it seems they are still making decisions on the HSR track. Was told there were 70 applicants this year, with only 3 positions available due to the limited number of training grants in the department.
  5. Has anyone heard back from Hopkins' HPM Health Services Research Track (PhD)? Saw some HPM rejections in the grad cafe results, but not sure which track they pertained to. The admissions committee has me on the edge of my seat!
  6. This really depends on the program. For some, prospective students are required to contact a mentor and establish whether there is a good fit. The UNC HPM department, for example, won't admit a student unless a potential faculty advisor has been identified beforehand and that professor is willing to work with the student. On the other extreme, communication with faculty is discouraged until students are selected for consideration in later stages of the admissions cycle. Oftentimes, this aspect of applying is unclear on program websites. I would suggest reaching out to each school that you're planning on applying to.
  7. Absolutely! It's only natural to feel this way--whenever we put ourselves out there, we risk rejection. You seem to have some really excellent, distinguishing experiences, though. I think these will count for a lot and set you apart from other applicants. Plus, your test scores and academic history are both stellar. Just crank out that statement and get those letters in. You're almost at the finish line!
  8. Hi All, I recently submitted my applications and have been lurking these forums for a while, so I thought I would introduce myself. Can't wait to hear back from these schools and am super excited about entering the public health field. The waiting game is torture! Who's with me on this? In a nutshell, I am interested in studying medication use in inpatients. Drugs can be very expensive, very harmful, but also life-saving. Consequently, there is much work to be done on optimizing their use in hospitals. Here are my basic stats: Undergrad Institution: Big state school Major(s): Biology Minor(s): n/a Undergrad GPA: 3.4 Overall GPA: 3.6 Graduate Studies: PharmD (GPA 3.98) GRE Scores (revised/old version):Q: 160 (76%)V: 158 (80%)W: 4 (60%)Research Experience: Competitive summer internship at prestigious academic medical center (4 months; paid), several research projects throughout school with mentors (~1 year; unpaid), claims data analysis (~4 months; paid); 2 publications (1 I am first author)Awards/Honors/Recognitions: a few scholarships & awards given throughout graduate programPertinent Activities or Jobs: none, other than those stated aboveAny Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: a bunch of extracurriculars, including president of student organization and appointments to several school committeesSpecial Bonus Points: probably really good LOR's (but don't know for certain); two are from graduates of the programs I am applying to, which happen to be my top choicesAny Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Know how to program in Stata and am teaching myself R currently. R is great!Applying to Where: Hopkins (PhD, HPM-HSR & Policy Track), Harvard (SM1, Pharmacoepi), BU SPH (MS, Epi), Brown (PhD, HSPP, Pharm. Health Services Track), UNC (DPOP PhD), UPenn (MSCE - Pharmacoepi)
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