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    South Africa
  • Application Season
    2018 Fall
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    Epidemiology/Global Health

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  1. I'm not sure if any of them are exactly "American friendly" per se, I think its honestly a case-by-case basis. I interviewed for one PhD at University of Oslo that dragged me through the process, called my references, then ended up choosing some Norwegian that already worked at the department. Same happened to me when I interviewed for an Epi PhD at University of Copenhagen. So after those two disappointments, I started emailing the professors listed in the contact info of the call and asked if they had someone in mind before I applied or wrote a proposal to them. Often, the professors we
  2. Hi all, I recently was accepted to the University of Gothenburg in Sweden for a joint PhD project between there and UCLA Fielding School. I HIGHLY encourage you all if you are unsuccessful or do not get the stipend you want to consider European/Scandinavian schools. Although the process is a bit different, I'm going to Gothenburg with all tuition and fees paid and $40,000/yr salary. In most Scandinavian schools PhD students are considered more of junior researchers/junior faculty rather than students, so you get a lot more benefits and opportunities for growth, research abroad, etc.
  3. Hi, I am not so sure about BU, but as a GW Global Health MPH alum, I really enjoyed it and can't say enough positive things about it. I think one of the most important things to consider with grad schools, especially global health, is the wealth of opportunities for students while they are completing their degree and after. GW offers a lot of internships and fellowships with really prestigious international organizations.. I got fully funded scholarship to do my practicum at the World Food Programme in Rome. I don't know of TOO Many other schools that have links like this (and more, fellow stu
  4. If you haven't taken the GRE yet, I strongly recommend the Kaplan books. I reviewed the books cover to cover both times I studied for the GRE (for masters in 2010 and now PhD this year) and was extremely pleased with my scores both times. Let me know if you have any questions. You seem super nervous so feel free to PM me - as someone who has been through the agonizing masters application process before, I'm happy to help any way I can
  5. Hey there, probably still has a pretty decent shot. When I applied to my MPH I sort of regret not applying to better programs as I saw a lot of my friends with lower stats and less experience get into much better programs than me. When I applied to my MPH I was right out of undergrad with a 3.2 GPA, GRE was different back then but equated to 65% verbal, 75% quant, like 50% writing or something like that. I got into Tulane, GW, and South Florida and was rejected from Emory (who basically required 2 years of international work experience to apply for their program). Also, tell her not
  6. I'm sure you'll be fine! I wish these applications deadlines would pass so we can know where we are headed next year!
  7. Honestly, I haven't been hearing much back from people I've contacted. I've identified a few (usually 2) in each application that I feel would be good matches, but identifying and getting them to contact you back are a completely different thing. There are a few schools I've ended up taking off my original list (Emory and Rutgers, for exactly the reason you mentioned), but from people I've talked to (like my mentor right now), they've encouraged me to apply to a lot of programs for exactly that reason: you never know who will accept you, and you never know where the funding is, so apply ever
  8. I don't know.. I mention a research topic and what I'd want to do, and even a slight bit of methodology behind it, but the whole bit is less than a paragraph. I feel like they just want to see that you've identified something you'd like to study. Just my thoughts though, not sure if anyone else has an idea.
  9. Are any of you finding it hard to complete the Personal History Statement required for some schools? I'm just finding it difficult to differentiate it from my Statement of Purpose and Objectives.
  10. A bunch of the schools I've looked into say they won't even start looking at the applications until after the deadline. So I think you're fine no matter when you apply! It takes the stress off doing them early, but I wouldn't freak out too much and rush just to get them in a month early.
  11. Would help if you were a bit more specific about stuff but I mean your scores are awesome so I feel like that's a good start! Did you not get in last time around? Or just not into a good program?
  12. RE: typos in SOPs - get your computer to read your SOP to you. I caught like, 10 typos in mine (example: moment instead of momentum, addition instead of addiction) that way that I didn't catch after reading the bloody thing 100 times.
  13. Wow! I think you're super impressive with all you've done outside the classroom. I think your non-traditional background makes you super competitive. I think the GRE will hurt less than your not having a Masters - schools like Harvard and Columbia explicitly say on their websites that a masters is not required but "highly preferred." Still, I think with your background it seems like you have a good shot? I have no idea what people were like last year who got into these programs. Does anyone have the link to the thread last year? Best of luck!
  14. Hey there, Sorry I'm just seeing it now. I'm having real bad sticker shock too at how much it costs to send GRE scores, transcripts, and applications. Typically there are application fees even for schools that use their own application system. Berkeley has also joined SOPHAS this year. It's definitely worth it just to do SOPHAS if you want those schools. In some ways it's even easier as your recommenders just have to send a letter to one place that serves as many schools as you designate, rather than having them write several and send to all different schools. I'm also applying
  15. Hi everyone, Just trying to see what you all think of my profile and whatnot. My GPA isn't great from undergrad or masters, but you tell me what you think. I'm applying to 11 programs with the hope that someone will accept me! I haven't submitted my applications as I was waiting to hear back from professors but think I may submit in the next week or so anyway. Undergrad Institution: Rutgers Major(s): Public HealthGPA in Major: 3.7Overall GPA: 3.128 Type of Student: female late 20s Postgrad: MPH from GW in Global Health - 3.4 GPA GRE Sco
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