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  1. Completely agree - I was equally frustrated when the Harvard application asked how many professors I reached out to and spoke to. Programs need to be more clear - I think within schools programs differ too! Also, with most professors that I spoke to, their current projects were not really going to be relevant anymore for Fall 2020 matriculation because they were wrapping up. And we spend the first 1-2 years taking classes. They had other projects in the works, but with funding being unpredictable it was hard to say. I also tried not to push on speaking with a professor, because they get so many emails and I really didn't want to bother with a "hi i'm applying and I need positive reinforcement/confirmation" type of discussion (which is the case with some of these conversations/programs). BUT I did have several Hopkins graduates strongly encourage me to speak with professors, because in the International Health/Family Health departments this seems to help a lot. For Harvard, on the other hand, it is not going to affect you whatsoever. What I've observed looking at their past applicants and based on my discussion with professors, your numbers help a lot - that's their first cut. So i'm not even hopeful anymore given my undergrad gpa was low (3.2) although my grad was 4. I think they also prefer younger applicants. The average age of students (that I stalked) at Harvard PHS is lower (mid 20s?) than the average at Hopkins (late 20s/early 30s). Harvard really stresses quant training and research track, so younger applicants have more years to publish, I guess?
  2. I did, although some FAQ pages said not needed. I still wanted to get a sense of fit with POIs. I focused my efforts on my priority schools - LSHTM, Harvard, and Hopkins, and spoke to at least 2 professors from each. Professors were all so encouraging, and gave me a lot of pointers on what to mention in my personal statement. I had an interesting interaction with Harvard professors. They were all very nice and approachable, but one professor said that there's no need to reach out to professors before applying to gauge fit because they are not part of the selection committee, whereas the other professor disagreed. The latter mentioned that some professors do get asked to review applications and provide feedback. I don't think not having a conversation with professors is going to affect your application. I think it's more useful for interviews and having already spoken with your interviewers beforehand (they usually match you with professors you mention in your PS).
  3. PopFam. Early right? I've been anxiously looking through old gradcafe results to see if this is the norm. But looks like most emails for interviews were received early-mid Jan, especially from Harvard and Hopkins. I didn't know Harvard also held interviews. Their FAQ clearly state that they don't, but previous threads show otherwise.
  4. A colleague of mine already heard from Hopkins about scheduling an interview in early Feb. Anyone else heard? Getting anxious. Thought we’d only hear back in January!
  5. good lord, what great stats! crushing my hopes haha I got an email from them 4 days ago saying that they've received my application and it has been sent to the program for review. I applied to popfam.
  6. sharing your anxiety as well, but so nice to see activity in the thread! good luck folks! harvard/hopkins applicants, care to share your stats? trying to see where I stand. the anxiety is killing me.
  7. Hi folks, wanted to get your input on something. I have an old supervisor who wrote me a great recommendation letter (probably the best of my life!) when I applied to my masters program 8 years ago. I'm thinking of asking him to be one of my PhD recommenders again, but I worked with him so long ago. I don't think any of my newer recommenders can write a letter as well as he has, and the content of his letter highlights my research skills and capabilities very well. Do you think the admissions committee won't even consider his letter because he's a supervisor from a while back? Is it better to stick with my newer recommenders?
  8. JHSPH sent an email this year notifying that they're only accepting funded students, and I just spoke to a professor who said that the school (not just her department) is only accepting students that they can fund. Do double check when you speak to professors from the department that you're interested in.
  9. hi all! joining the roster of PhD applicants this year. Looking at Population Health programs. Definitely applying to: Harvard PHS, JHSPH PopFam, UNC Maybe: Tulane, UCSF Some stats: undergrad gpa 3.17, masters 4.0, GRE 159V/163Q, 5 years experience with iNGO
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