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    Denver, CO
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    Cycling, running, hiking, genealogy, hockey, literature, indoor house plants
  • Application Season
    2018 Fall
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    Health Behavior/Behavioral Sciences

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  1. PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    I had my in-person interviews at WashU for their Public Health Sciences program last week. They sent out the initial email on January 13th, so it was about a month in advance. That's seemingly a large amount of time though, compared to what I've seen/heard of other programs.
  2. PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    Sometime at the tail end of next week, perhaps. Based off of results from past years, that is.
  3. Colorado School of Public Health-Opinions?

    @maddie.liggett I work for the University of Colorado School of Medicine, which is based on the same campus. I think one of the things to keep in mind is that the CSPH is still a relatively new program (compared to others, at least), given it began in 2008. There are both benefits and pausing points being relatively young, perhaps. Being based on a large medical campus certainly affords plenty of opportunities though, depending on what direction you may want to head with your MPH (Children's Hospital, VA, Type 1 Diabetes Center, Prevention Research Center, etc. all housed here)...You may or may not get that with other programs
  4. PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    Had two interviews via Skype last Thursday and Friday. I'm expecting they'll send out acceptances/rejections some time during the week of the 18th-24th. Perhaps sooner though!
  5. DrPH Applicants Fall 2018

    Always fun to get it over with, that's for sure! How many people were on the other side of the screen? I'm interviewing for their PhD program on Monday and wondering how many faces to expect...
  6. PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    It was my first one with Harvard this afternoon. Apparently, my microphone would just stop transmitting. Had to play the "hang up and call back" game a few times!
  7. PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    Here's to technology issues during Skype interviews! Thankfully we worked it out, but never a fun moment (or two, in my case).
  8. PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    Skype interview request just came through for the Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health program at George Washington University. 3 interviews over 5 days should prove fun! Now just waiting to hear anything at all from UNC's Health Behavior program...
  9. PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    One is with a POI I identified in my SOP. The other has research interests that are moderately in line with my own, but is not somebody I had previously identified. Glad I'm not the only one!
  10. PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    Just got an email from Harvard's PHS program asking me to do a second Skype interview with a different individual the day after my first interview next week. The way I'm looking at it, it's double the opportunity to impress and find out more in-depth details about the program and individual research interests. Has anyone else who applied to Harvard's PHS program had a similar request?
  11. PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    @jjyyg Not who you quoted, but my interview is with my POI that I mentioned in my statement of purpose. For what it's worth, I both emailed and spoke with him over the phone before submitting my application to ensure he would have funding and that I felt the match would be good. Had you spoken to any of your POIs prior to applying? Does the interviewer have any research interests that match up with you at all? Perhaps they are part of the AdComm...
  12. Are you looking at an MPH, PhD, or DrPH? There are some programs that are MPH to PhD programs, more specifically designed for people who haven't completed much employment or coursework in public health previously. That may be your best bet. Having an MA in an unrelated field doesn't reflect poorly, whatsoever...if anything, I would say it is a benefit. You've shown that you are strongly capable of graduate level work (given your GPA and GRE scores), which any admissions committee surely wouldn't be upset about.
  13. PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    Just received the invitation myself for a Skype interview over the next two weeks for Harvard's PHS program, concentrated in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Already had a half hour phone discussion back in November with my POI, so looking to expand on that more! Good luck to you!
  14. PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    Congrats! I'm still waiting to hear back from that program at UNC. As for the interview: Sell yourself! Why are you a good match for the program, and why is the program a good match for you? Why do you want to do a PhD? I put a few links below that may help as well... https://www.reddit.com/r/gradadmissions/comments/4binyr/list_of_questions_i_created_for_my_visits/?st=jc6ol952&sh=4a366feb https://forum.thegradcafe.com/topic/99845-interview-prep/?tab=comments#comment-1058533641 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vP09ltqHSCJNgqcB0NmIGRsW1LjkM_6W_uVehDYeuBk/edit I would think that the strong majority of programs do interviews of some type, whether it be in person or over the phone/Skype. After all, you can only get so much of a feel for a student from what they wrote down and submitted. Perhaps lesser caliber programs don't do interviews as often, but I'd think even then you might find a 50-50 split.