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    apex45 got a reaction from 1010120110 in PHD Applicants: Fall 2019   
    Just found a note on my computer with this information all in one place and thought future applicants might find it useful: 
    Brown BSHS
    Contacted POIs prior to application: yes Interview invite: January 11 Interview: January 25, all day in person, met with 2 POIs and another prof individually  Decision: accepted February 11, portal changed before email came Funding: full Pitt BCHS
    Contacted POIs prior to application: no Interview invite: February 4 Interview: February 8, hour long phone interview with 2 POIs Decision: accepted February 20 via email Funding: none, said they would find full funding if I accepted offer Yale SBS
    Contacted POIs prior to application: no Interview invite: January 22 Interview: February 11, all day in person, met with every professor in the department individually  Decision: waitlisted February 28, portal changed before email came  Harvard PHS SBS:
    Contacted POIs prior to application: no Decision: rejected February 7, email to login and receive rejection, no other contact with school Michigan HBHE:
    Contacted POIs prior to application: yes Interview invite: January 22 Interview: February 4, 30 min video chat interview with 3 professors on adcom (not POIs) Decision: accepted February 8 via email Funding: full Minnesota Epi:
    Contacted POIs prior to application: yes No interview  Decision: first round acceptance January 15; formal acceptance March 27 Funding: partial
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    apex45 got a reaction from Pubhealth101 in PHD Applicants: Fall 2019   
    Just found a note on my computer with this information all in one place and thought future applicants might find it useful: 
    Brown BSHS
    Contacted POIs prior to application: yes Interview invite: January 11 Interview: January 25, all day in person, met with 2 POIs and another prof individually  Decision: accepted February 11, portal changed before email came Funding: full Pitt BCHS
    Contacted POIs prior to application: no Interview invite: February 4 Interview: February 8, hour long phone interview with 2 POIs Decision: accepted February 20 via email Funding: none, said they would find full funding if I accepted offer Yale SBS
    Contacted POIs prior to application: no Interview invite: January 22 Interview: February 11, all day in person, met with every professor in the department individually  Decision: waitlisted February 28, portal changed before email came  Harvard PHS SBS:
    Contacted POIs prior to application: no Decision: rejected February 7, email to login and receive rejection, no other contact with school Michigan HBHE:
    Contacted POIs prior to application: yes Interview invite: January 22 Interview: February 4, 30 min video chat interview with 3 professors on adcom (not POIs) Decision: accepted February 8 via email Funding: full Minnesota Epi:
    Contacted POIs prior to application: yes No interview  Decision: first round acceptance January 15; formal acceptance March 27 Funding: partial
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    apex45 got a reaction from robert_and_richard in PHD Applicants: Fall 2019   
    Just found a note on my computer with this information all in one place and thought future applicants might find it useful: 
    Brown BSHS
    Contacted POIs prior to application: yes Interview invite: January 11 Interview: January 25, all day in person, met with 2 POIs and another prof individually  Decision: accepted February 11, portal changed before email came Funding: full Pitt BCHS
    Contacted POIs prior to application: no Interview invite: February 4 Interview: February 8, hour long phone interview with 2 POIs Decision: accepted February 20 via email Funding: none, said they would find full funding if I accepted offer Yale SBS
    Contacted POIs prior to application: no Interview invite: January 22 Interview: February 11, all day in person, met with every professor in the department individually  Decision: waitlisted February 28, portal changed before email came  Harvard PHS SBS:
    Contacted POIs prior to application: no Decision: rejected February 7, email to login and receive rejection, no other contact with school Michigan HBHE:
    Contacted POIs prior to application: yes Interview invite: January 22 Interview: February 4, 30 min video chat interview with 3 professors on adcom (not POIs) Decision: accepted February 8 via email Funding: full Minnesota Epi:
    Contacted POIs prior to application: yes No interview  Decision: first round acceptance January 15; formal acceptance March 27 Funding: partial
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    apex45 reacted to sbsapplicant2019 in PhD Applicants Fall 2019: Accepted Offers   
    Accepted Yale's SBS PhD offer -- anyone else heading to New Haven?
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    apex45 reacted to hopingforahailmary in PHD Applicants: Fall 2019   
    After 3 applications cycles, 14 applications, and 12 rejections, I am FINALLY going to my dream program! I got a call from JHU GDEC Friday afternoon and I received my acceptance letter/saw portal changes a few hours later. DREAMS COME TRUE LADIES AND GENTS YOU CAN MAKE IT OFF THE WAITLIST!
    Seriously though, thank you to this forum for all of the support and well wishes. Congrats to all!!!
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    apex45 reacted to Pubhealth101 in PhD Applicants Fall 2019: Accepted Offers   
    Just accepted Brown's BSHS Ph.D. offer! 
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    apex45 got a reaction from Pubhealth101 in PhD Applicants Fall 2019: Accepted Offers   
    Committed to Michigan. Cheers for the support on this forum, all, I'm out!
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    apex45 got a reaction from worldpeace in PhD Applicants Fall 2019: Accepted Offers   
    Committed to Michigan. Cheers for the support on this forum, all, I'm out!
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    apex45 got a reaction from epi_hopeful19 in PhD Applicants Fall 2019: Accepted Offers   
    Committed to Michigan. Cheers for the support on this forum, all, I'm out!
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    apex45 got a reaction from hopingforahailmary in PhD Applicants Fall 2019: Accepted Offers   
    Committed to Michigan. Cheers for the support on this forum, all, I'm out!
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    apex45 got a reaction from theonewiththePhDapp in PhD Applicants Fall 2019: Accepted Offers   
    Committed to Michigan. Cheers for the support on this forum, all, I'm out!
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    apex45 got a reaction from epi_hopeful19 in PhD Applicants Fall 2019: Accepted Offers   
    Minnesota isn't exactly a waitlist, but even if they admit me with full funding at this point, I'd choose UM or Brown. Getting into Yale would be great, and I do plan to stay on the waitlist until I decide on UM vs. Brown. But I'm not optimistic since I was directly competing with 1-2 others for a T32 and am pretty sure that whoever their first pick was would accept it. The funding/benefits at Yale are amazing but my research interests align better at UM and Brown. 
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    apex45 got a reaction from hopingforahailmary in PhD Applicants Fall 2019: Accepted Offers   
    Declined my offer to Pitt. Deciding between Michigan and Brown now. I'm hoping I make up my mind by April 15, but it's a really hard decision.
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    apex45 reacted to kertu in PHD Applicants: Fall 2019   
    Wait what, I’m just curious about JHU. I was thinking of applying for PhD in International Health but never did. 
    They seriously don’t offer full funding? Do they cover tuition but not living costs? Or how is it exactly?
    I find it insane that a #1 public health school doesn’t offer full funding for PhD students, wow!
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    apex45 reacted to Akee in PHD Applicants: Fall 2019   
    What was your MPH concentration and what department is the MS from Columbia coming from, Epi? If the MPH and MS are smiliar then it wouldn't be helpful to spend the money on another degree. The main pro about Columbia is that attending a school in NYC would mean more opportunities to work on research. That said, you could do this without actually attending classes. It seems like you need more research experience, not more classroom learning. Full-time research experience can substantially strengthen your application if you decide to apply again - esp if you get the opportunity to work on multiple projects. 
    Small midwest program: Radio silent doesn't necessarily mean a bad sign but you should contact the Director of the program or the Head of the department - they would be able to tell you more definitively how funding works after the first year. 
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    apex45 got a reaction from epi3333 in PHD Applicants: Fall 2019   
    Nope! I know my research doesn't align very well with what they do, so their silence isn't surprising to me. I don't expect to be fully admitted.
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    apex45 got a reaction from Aowusuda in PHD Applicants: Fall 2019   
    I've got a whole spreadsheet of factors with weighted averages based on how important they are to me. I made it for MPH programs two years ago but updated the categories. I wish it were helping more... 3 schools are within a tenth of a point of each other. 
    Anyway, here's the categories in it:
    Research alignment with content interests alignment with methods interests PI's mentorship secondary sources of support (other faculty with interest overlap, basically) student/alumni opinions productivity (# of papers students graduate with) Program/School curriculum aligned with my interests ranking/prestige  time/completion rate student/alumni opinions cohort size likelihood I'll make real friends  Financial funding amount funding model cost of living perks (spousal insurance, moving stipend, etc.) Location ability to escape interesting stuff to do diversity/integration  political climate partner's opinion 
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    apex45 reacted to CancerBiology in Favorite Rejection Quotes from the Results Page   
    Princeton University Computer Science, PhD (F19) Rejected via E-mail on 1 Feb 2019 I 25 Feb 2019 Was my safe school To anyone that gets a rejection from an Ivy League and says it was his/her safety school: we could never, in a million years, be friends.
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    apex45 reacted to CherryBlossom_ in Favorite Rejection Quotes from the Results Page   
    HAHAHA omg, I shouldn’t be laughing but this is the best reaction ever! 
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    apex45 got a reaction from pubhealth2019 in Help! What to ask your potential PhD adviser?   
    All the conversations I've had like this have been pretty casual and flow naturally. I wouldn't stress about coming in with lots prepared since you're already accepted. But here's some stuff you might consider asking: 
    - Where does she see her research going over the next few years? 
    - What data does she have access to/have banked for future student projects? 
    - What does she expect of you in your first year? 
    - Does she advise current students that you could talk to? (You definitely want to talk to them to get their honest opinion on her mentoring abilities)
    - Will you get 1:1 attention or does she prefer a team meeting structure? 
    - Where does your funding come from? Are you required to TA or RA, or are you on a fellowship that allows you to work on your own projects? 
    Good luck! You're already in, the hard part is over.
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    apex45 reacted to theonewiththePhDapp in PHD Applicants: Fall 2019   
    I would definitely make sure you have a good sense of the type of research she does. Beyond looking at your profile on the schools website, you want to read past manuscripts, or at least the abstracts given the time crunch. 
    You are going to want to ask where your advisor sees their research going in the future, and how the PhD student would fit in that projected plan. Some advisors have specific hypotheses that they want their students to answer, while others want you to come up with their own. Are they advising any other PhD students, and would you guys work together or separately. They might also want to see what your end goals are. Are you looking to go into academia, or do governmental work, etc. This would help to mold directions your advisor wants you to take.
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    apex45 reacted to Epidemiology19 in PHD Applicants: Fall 2019   
    I heard directly from my department as well. It sounds like they’re gradually churning them out, so there’s definitely still a lot of hope! 
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    apex45 reacted to sbsapplicant2019 in PHD Applicants: Fall 2019   
    I heard back from Yale’s SBS program today via email from my POI and fellowship director. Official funding packages/formal letters are still being prepared by the graduate school, so I’m guessing everything should be updated on the applicant portal in the next few days. 
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