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    XXXXXXphd2021 reacted to spatial_epi in PhD/DrPH Applicants: Fall 2021   
    First acceptance y'all! University of Minnesota Epi PhD program, social/behavioral epidemiology track
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    XXXXXXphd2021 got a reaction from mr444 in PhD/DrPH Applicants: Fall 2021   
    Received reply from the director, it's more about able/unable to secure funding for me, which comes no surprise as I'm an international student. I don't have my hopes up as other domestic students declining offers are probably not that relevant to my funding mechanism. 
    Really love the program. Willing to reapply next year. After that reply I feel much better ?
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    XXXXXXphd2021 got a reaction from asn621 in PhD/DrPH Applicants: Fall 2021   
    Some of us are international students, I need to attend an university with international recognition otherwise many people would perceive me as a rich kid going to a random school if I decide to return to my home country. I might be less competitive compared to someone who went to a local but reputable university in my home country, and it is not about skillsets or training. Of course, this is an over-generalization but I'm sure many international students would resonate with me. Also by the time I graduate from my PhD, I will be over the age limit for some universities' post doc positions back in my country (cut-off age limit for many positions are 35, ageism is real and clearly stated in recruitment postings), which does not help at all. And oftentimes it's not up to me if I need to return to my country or not due to visa constraints. 
    I know you are just trolling. But still offering my perspectives and experiences. There are many less overall ranked university that have great programs and great mentors, but unfortunately I can't pick them. It is actually my loss and very unfortunate. 
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    XXXXXXphd2021 reacted to ASA15 in PhD/DrPH Applicants: Fall 2021   
    You seem happy with Program A. How is the funding? How is the research match? Will you be working with an advisor you’re excited about?
    If the answer to all the above is positive, I’m not sure why you’d delay. 
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    XXXXXXphd2021 reacted to CommunityHealth21 in PhD/DrPH Applicants: Fall 2021   
    Update: I just heard back from them I got into the program! 
     
    Also this morning I got waitlisted for JHU Population and Family Health 
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    XXXXXXphd2021 reacted to HP_2021 in PhD/DrPH Applicants: Fall 2021   
    Congrats! I just got into Tulane too for the HPM PHD program! Super excited!
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    XXXXXXphd2021 reacted to ProspectivePhD in PhD/DrPH Applicants: Fall 2021   
    I just accepted to Tulane's SBPS PhD Program!!!
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    XXXXXXphd2021 reacted to MCH_Hopeful_2021 in PhD/DrPH Applicants: Fall 2021   
    Ya'll I've been waitlisted at JHU for their Population, Family, and Reproductive Health program! I feel really good about this, since it was a good fit but not THE FIT, which to me means someone else deserves the slot.
    If any of ya'll are headed to the beach/Tampa Bay (or as my husband says "Champa Bay"), please DM me. I'm excited to connect! 
     
    PS. Because I trust the universe and really dig what it has to say, I took my name off of JHU’s waitlist. I’m hoping that bumps up one of our GradCafe folks!
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    XXXXXXphd2021 got a reaction from epijustice in PhD/DrPH Applicants: Fall 2021   
    Great idea! The 2020 thread has a compiled list of funding for different schools, and that certainly helped me decide on programs to apply to, unfortunately that whole thread is gone. 
    Re. preferences for internal applicants, because the committee might already know you and your advisor wants to continue working with you, that will give you some leverage in a lot of programs if not all of them. Harvard PHS enrolls 40ish applicants/yr, on average if I remember it correctly about 12 of them had Harvard masters (source: info session), which isn't that bad (given that they have so many master students). 
    Sometimes it really depends on luck and the applicant pool, e.g. if the POI has a student/staff who worked with them for years is applying this cycle, the chance of me getting accepted might be very slim, but next year it might be a different story. 
    Re. reaching out to faculty, it might not help but would never hurt unless it specifically stated somewhere that do not do so. At least some POIs will let you know if they are not taking advisees, then that helps save some application fees :). 
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    XXXXXXphd2021 got a reaction from DrPH21 in PhD/DrPH Applicants: Fall 2021   
    Great idea! The 2020 thread has a compiled list of funding for different schools, and that certainly helped me decide on programs to apply to, unfortunately that whole thread is gone. 
    Re. preferences for internal applicants, because the committee might already know you and your advisor wants to continue working with you, that will give you some leverage in a lot of programs if not all of them. Harvard PHS enrolls 40ish applicants/yr, on average if I remember it correctly about 12 of them had Harvard masters (source: info session), which isn't that bad (given that they have so many master students). 
    Sometimes it really depends on luck and the applicant pool, e.g. if the POI has a student/staff who worked with them for years is applying this cycle, the chance of me getting accepted might be very slim, but next year it might be a different story. 
    Re. reaching out to faculty, it might not help but would never hurt unless it specifically stated somewhere that do not do so. At least some POIs will let you know if they are not taking advisees, then that helps save some application fees :). 
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    XXXXXXphd2021 reacted to teabunny in PhD/DrPH Applicants: Fall 2021   
    Got a yes from Hopkins (International Health, Human Nutrition) and I'm in SHOCK. It took me so long to even admit to myself that I liked the program (to avoid getting disappointed lol) so hearing back so positively is absolutely mind boggling. Eek!
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    XXXXXXphd2021 reacted to mr444 in PhD/DrPH Applicants: Fall 2021   
    Hi everyone, I don't know how to process emotions well and I am still in shock but I just received notice of my acceptance from Johns Hopkins into their Mental Health PhD program. For the past week I have been feeling so much anxiety waiting for their response to the point where each time I slept, I had a dream that I received a response (both good and bad) from them. I'm happy to say I can finally sleep in peace after this! Lol Anyways, before I tell the rest of my friends, I felt the need to come on here and share this news with you all. I just want you all to know how grateful I am to have found a community as supportive as yourselves. You have all been so encouraging through this process and it made it easer for me to handle each rejection I faced (UWashington, Boston, Michigan, and Brown). You all taught me to handle rejection as a redirection, and I was beginning to come to terms that if this year wasn't my year then I would simply have to try again. This is my second time applying to doctoral programs btw. Nonetheless, I appreciate you all and hope you all receive great news soon. May the universe bless you during this time. 
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    XXXXXXphd2021 reacted to Littlefastpenguin in PhD/DrPH Applicants: Fall 2021   
    Hi! As a matter of fact, I was accepted to UNC epi today! 
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    XXXXXXphd2021 got a reaction from skp_ in PhD/DrPH Applicants: Fall 2021   
    Some of us are international students, I need to attend an university with international recognition otherwise many people would perceive me as a rich kid going to a random school if I decide to return to my home country. I might be less competitive compared to someone who went to a local but reputable university in my home country, and it is not about skillsets or training. Of course, this is an over-generalization but I'm sure many international students would resonate with me. Also by the time I graduate from my PhD, I will be over the age limit for some universities' post doc positions back in my country (cut-off age limit for many positions are 35, ageism is real and clearly stated in recruitment postings), which does not help at all. And oftentimes it's not up to me if I need to return to my country or not due to visa constraints. 
    I know you are just trolling. But still offering my perspectives and experiences. There are many less overall ranked university that have great programs and great mentors, but unfortunately I can't pick them. It is actually my loss and very unfortunate. 
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    XXXXXXphd2021 reacted to fingazntoescrossd in PhD/DrPH Applicants: Fall 2021   
    I appreciate how warm and encouraging folks in this forum are! Last year, I was devastated when I was rejected from Every.Single. Program that I applied to. I just wanted to share my experience with everyone, especially those who have not heard from any of the programs they applied to.
    After receiving all the rejections, I took some time to reflect on ways to improve my application while pursuing other public health opportunities that I was interested in. I ended up consulting for two local organizations in my country on some really cool projects. And fortunately for me, things picked up at work due to COVID, and I ended up gaining more responsibilities and experience (I work in International development btw).
    Last year, I applied to 6 schools. This time around, I applied to 7. I thoroughly researched the schools I was interested in and spoke to numerous faculty and current students. I typed up every answer they gave to my questions and read through them when I was writing my personal statement. This was extremely helpful to tailor my statement to each of the schools that I applied to. I revised my personal statement from last year and wove the past year's experience in the essay. I also understood what I wanted to research better, and I believe the time I spent reflecting on how to improve my applications was the cause. I listened to podcasts, watched YouTube videos, and stalked the faculty members' Twitter accounts I was interested in. It also helped to see what they were interested in and really understand their areas of expertise.
    So far, I have been accepted to two programs without interviews (Temple University & OHSU). And I have also been interviewed for UMD, Duke and Vanderbilt. This is all to say, hang in there! Don't give up! If a PhD is what you want, and you didn't get into any programs this year, remember the wise words of Aaliyah: 
    If at first you don't succeed
    (First you don't succeed)
    Then dust yourself off and try again
    You can dust if off and try again, try again
    Also, if y'all have "academic" Twitter accounts, I'd love to follow you. It would be nice to have this community when pursuing my PhD studies, and I would also love to help folks when they submit new applications. My Twitter handle is @nana_add0 ?.
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    XXXXXXphd2021 got a reaction from DrPH21 in PhD/DrPH Applicants: Fall 2021   
    Congratulations!!!! Sounds like a very interesting career path! I would definitely want to be your classmate!!!!?
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    XXXXXXphd2021 got a reaction from Jbirdphd in PhD/DrPH Applicants: Fall 2021   
    Congratulations!!!! Sounds like a very interesting career path! I would definitely want to be your classmate!!!!?
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    XXXXXXphd2021 reacted to Jbirdphd in PhD/DrPH Applicants: Fall 2021   
    Got accepted into the UC Irvine, Public Health PhD, Disease Prevention through an informal email from the admissions committee chair tonight.  Had a group interview last Friday. 
     
    It's a nice relief after hearing how tough it is.  I was very worried.  I am 44 year old classical musician with a decent performing and college teaching career, teen age kids and bills.  A few years ago a I met a retired epi/biostatician from Johns Hopkins/Harvard selling some furniture on Facebook.  We became friends and then he hired me for research.  Never thought I would be doing this! 
    I have three more to hear back from, but good luck to everyone.  
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    XXXXXXphd2021 reacted to DrPH21 in PhD/DrPH Applicants: Fall 2021   
    just got accepted to U Albany DrPH (Health Policy & Management) !
    school verified complete application 12/14; although website said an interview is "required", I was not contacted to interview; got email today 2/17 to check portal
     
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    XXXXXXphd2021 reacted to ArtistinHealth in PhD/DrPH Applicants: Fall 2021   
    Hello! My prospective mentor emailed me to let me know on February 5th that UMass faculty had "just met" to discuss applicants to CHE. Today, I received an acceptance by way of a fellowship award letter. All others, may be coming out veeeery soon! Ironically, my SPIRES account still says "Application Under Review."
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    XXXXXXphd2021 got a reaction from moosepup in PhD/DrPH Applicants: Fall 2021   
    Some of us are international students, I need to attend an university with international recognition otherwise many people would perceive me as a rich kid going to a random school if I decide to return to my home country. I might be less competitive compared to someone who went to a local but reputable university in my home country, and it is not about skillsets or training. Of course, this is an over-generalization but I'm sure many international students would resonate with me. Also by the time I graduate from my PhD, I will be over the age limit for some universities' post doc positions back in my country (cut-off age limit for many positions are 35, ageism is real and clearly stated in recruitment postings), which does not help at all. And oftentimes it's not up to me if I need to return to my country or not due to visa constraints. 
    I know you are just trolling. But still offering my perspectives and experiences. There are many less overall ranked university that have great programs and great mentors, but unfortunately I can't pick them. It is actually my loss and very unfortunate. 
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    XXXXXXphd2021 got a reaction from CatMeow1234 in PhD/DrPH Applicants: Fall 2021   
    Some of us are international students, I need to attend an university with international recognition otherwise many people would perceive me as a rich kid going to a random school if I decide to return to my home country. I might be less competitive compared to someone who went to a local but reputable university in my home country, and it is not about skillsets or training. Of course, this is an over-generalization but I'm sure many international students would resonate with me. Also by the time I graduate from my PhD, I will be over the age limit for some universities' post doc positions back in my country (cut-off age limit for many positions are 35, ageism is real and clearly stated in recruitment postings), which does not help at all. And oftentimes it's not up to me if I need to return to my country or not due to visa constraints. 
    I know you are just trolling. But still offering my perspectives and experiences. There are many less overall ranked university that have great programs and great mentors, but unfortunately I can't pick them. It is actually my loss and very unfortunate. 
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    XXXXXXphd2021 got a reaction from mr444 in PhD/DrPH Applicants: Fall 2021   
    Some of us are international students, I need to attend an university with international recognition otherwise many people would perceive me as a rich kid going to a random school if I decide to return to my home country. I might be less competitive compared to someone who went to a local but reputable university in my home country, and it is not about skillsets or training. Of course, this is an over-generalization but I'm sure many international students would resonate with me. Also by the time I graduate from my PhD, I will be over the age limit for some universities' post doc positions back in my country (cut-off age limit for many positions are 35, ageism is real and clearly stated in recruitment postings), which does not help at all. And oftentimes it's not up to me if I need to return to my country or not due to visa constraints. 
    I know you are just trolling. But still offering my perspectives and experiences. There are many less overall ranked university that have great programs and great mentors, but unfortunately I can't pick them. It is actually my loss and very unfortunate. 
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    XXXXXXphd2021 got a reaction from drunkenduck in PhD/DrPH Applicants: Fall 2021   
    Some of us are international students, I need to attend an university with international recognition otherwise many people would perceive me as a rich kid going to a random school if I decide to return to my home country. I might be less competitive compared to someone who went to a local but reputable university in my home country, and it is not about skillsets or training. Of course, this is an over-generalization but I'm sure many international students would resonate with me. Also by the time I graduate from my PhD, I will be over the age limit for some universities' post doc positions back in my country (cut-off age limit for many positions are 35, ageism is real and clearly stated in recruitment postings), which does not help at all. And oftentimes it's not up to me if I need to return to my country or not due to visa constraints. 
    I know you are just trolling. But still offering my perspectives and experiences. There are many less overall ranked university that have great programs and great mentors, but unfortunately I can't pick them. It is actually my loss and very unfortunate. 
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    XXXXXXphd2021 got a reaction from PhDEpixxx in PhD/DrPH Applicants: Fall 2021   
    Some of us are international students, I need to attend an university with international recognition otherwise many people would perceive me as a rich kid going to a random school if I decide to return to my home country. I might be less competitive compared to someone who went to a local but reputable university in my home country, and it is not about skillsets or training. Of course, this is an over-generalization but I'm sure many international students would resonate with me. Also by the time I graduate from my PhD, I will be over the age limit for some universities' post doc positions back in my country (cut-off age limit for many positions are 35, ageism is real and clearly stated in recruitment postings), which does not help at all. And oftentimes it's not up to me if I need to return to my country or not due to visa constraints. 
    I know you are just trolling. But still offering my perspectives and experiences. There are many less overall ranked university that have great programs and great mentors, but unfortunately I can't pick them. It is actually my loss and very unfortunate. 
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