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  1. MPH or MPP for Health Policy?

    Basically the title. I want to work in health policy, I think in government, and I'm just wondering which will give me the best place to start a career from. I got into the MPH program at George Washington in DC, and the MPP program at CMU with 50% tuition (technically the master of science of healthcare policy and management). is there going to be a career difference between the two? I would imagine an MPH gives you more lateral movement within public health, and the MPP gives you the same in the policy sphere.
  2. Title says most of it, just trying to gather input on deciding between either the CMU MSPPM or MSHCPM (master of science in public policy or health care policy) programs, (I applied to both), got 50% scholarship there, or the MPH program (health policy track) at George Washington. I want to go into health policy, potentially promotion, and just have no idea if the cost of going to GW is worth the networking opportunities offered there or if the skills gained at CMU will put me in a better place.
  3. Hello, I applied to the MPH program with a concentration of Health Promotion at George Washington University (GWU). I haven't heard back from them and the wait is giving me so much anxiety! Has someone already heard back from GWU? If so, how long did it take for them to review your app and send you a decision via email from the time your application was seen as "complete."
  4. I submitted my application back at the early deadline and it was confirmed that all of my supporting materials and fees had come in a couple of weeks later, but I still haven’t heard anything? I applied to the gerontology concentration and they told me it’d only be about 2 to 3 weeks to hear back about a decision, but my admissions status is still listed as pending. I’ve tried to get in contact with someone to no avail lol. So it’d be nice to hear about how long you had to wait! Also, if you have estimates for how long it took to hear back from Georgia State, that’s good too!
  5. MPH admit query

    I have received admits to Columbia, Boston, NYU, Ohio state and Minnesota for MPH in environmental health. While all schools are among the good ones, I was planning to accept Columbia's offer because of the opportunities it has to offer when it comes to experienced faculty and job opportunities being located in NYC. But again, with ivy comes a minimum $90k student debt. Will the degree be worth it? What are the job prospects if I am interested in toxicology? I'd really appreciate any input or feedback from former/ present MPH grads. Thanks!
  6. UAB Public Health

    Evening everyone! I was wondering if anyone knows more about the MPH/ Ph.D. program at UAB (the University of Alabama at Birmingham). How are their programs? I applied to UAB for a different grad program, but did my research and found that SOPH offers an MPH in Health Behavior and Ph.D. in Sociology. Any thoughts on the school?
  7. Hello! I was recently admitted to the CGU MPH program with a concentration of health promotion, education, and evaluation. I would love to chat to anybody else accepted to the program or those who are already attending the institution!
  8. University of Pittsburgh

    Hi- Wanted to start a topic for those accepted to UPitt for this upcoming fall. I was accepted to the PhD in Behavioral And Community Health Sciences. Anyone else accepted and considering this school?
  9. Hi! To those who used the transcript service, how long did SOPHAS take to complete your coursework? Does it really take 10 days? Today is the 9th day and my coursework still hasn't been completed. I'm hoping that something didn't go wrong. Please let me know what you experienced when using this service. Thanks in advance!
  10. Hello! Is there anyone willing to take a look at my personal statement? Preferably someone accepted in an MPH program.
  11. Hi, I just received my notification of admission to the Colorado School of Public Health. I applied because I like the location and their MPH program didn't require prior work experience. The school is a collaboration between UC Boulder, UC Denver, and University of Northern Colorado. I'm from Texas, and therefore don't have any idea of what the general perception of the school is. Is it seen as an advantage to have the resources of three separate schools available, or is it not as widely respected as a degree from one specific university (ex. MPH from the University of Texas)? I'm super excited to be admitted and look forward to potentially attending, but I don't want to get myself into a two year program if it's not a well-respected school. Let me know what you think about CSPH! Thanks, Maddie
  12. Hello! I am recently admitted to the mph program at mailman school of public health, and am exploring this program more in depth. I have a few questions that I would like to ask people who have been to this program. I am wondering if anybody who went to Mailman School of Public Health received merit-based scholarship from the program? If yes, what portion does it cover for your tuition? Also, what is the estimated cost of the whole program(including tuition, living expense, etc.). Based on your post-program job experience, would you say it's worth it? Last, what would you say is the greatest advantage for the program? Or disadvantage? Thank you in advance!
  13. SOP - MPH

    If I post one of my SOP's here? Can I get some comments and feedback please? Writing is not my strong suit so any help would be incredible.
  14. I entered my MPH program as a Community Health concentration (or its equivalent). However, now I'm having doubts about sticking with it because I'm afraid that it's not as marketable as other concentrations (ex. Epi/Biostats). I was considering switching into Epi/Biostats, but community health is a little more interesting in me (though I do appreciate aspects of Epi/Biostats). Has anyone else been in a similar situation and can offer some advice?
  15. I entered my MPH program as a Community Health concentration (or its equivalent). However, now I'm having doubts about sticking with it because I'm afraid that it's not as marketable as other concentrations (ex. Epi/Biostats). I was considering switching into Epi/Biostats, but community health is a little more interesting in me (though I do appreciate aspects of Epi/Biostats). Has anyone else been in a similar situation and can offer some advice?
  16. Low undergrad GPA but high MPH GPA

    I've been thinking about applying to PhD programs but my undergrad GPA still haunts me. I graduated with a whopping 2.8. I honestly don't have a good excuse other than the fact that I wasn't focused and didn't really figure out what I was truly passionate about until the end of my junior year. Luckily, I was able to get into a respectable MPH program and graduated that with a 3.8 GPA. I worked in health services research as a research coordinator throughout my MPH, and I currently work in health policy research at a top consulting firm. My GREs were decent (158 Q, 152 V) but I could retake those if needed. I have a decent amount of publications under my name as well. I'm looking into DrPH and PhD programs both...I'm still undecided. I would like to go into Health Policy and some of the schools I have looked at include GW, UMD, and Hopkins (which is probably way out of my reach but worth trying...?). Am I completely unrealistic for thinking I even have a shot due to my low undergrad GPA?
  17. SLU MPH- Be Wary

    Hi all. I was a frequent reader of MPH-related forums a few years ago and ended up choosing Saint Louis University for my MPH in a dual concentration. I am now a second-year and would not recommend this school to anyone seeking their MPH. I will preface this by saying I am one of the more involved students and am doing quite well in my classes- I don't have some unique grudge against the school that separates me from the typical student. Here are the reasons I strongly urge you against matriculating to SLU, in no particular order: SLU has significant funding problems. This has led to major confusion over who is in charge of basic things such as advising, internships, and graduating. One of my instructors was even laid off midway through the semester. Because of the funding problems and other issues, faculty have been leaving the university in mass quantities. I had an epidemiology professor quit two months into the semester and another quit two weeks before classes start. Additionally, classes are constantly being canceled. My transcript looks nothing like the intended curriculum plan because I had to substitute multiple electives for required classes that were canceled due to low enrollment. There is little transparency given to prospective students. For example, this year the Environmental & Occupational concentration was removed. Despite that this has (unofficially) been SLU's plan for over a year, the College still admitted new students to the EOH program who now have to take all of their EOH classes right now before the department is gone at the end of the year. Online classes are outdated and rarely updated. I just finished a lecture for one class that was recorded in 2012 and referenced 2015 as being 'relatively soon' and heavily cited the Global Burden of Disease report from 2004. The Global Health program offers no funding and little assistance for finding internships, but you are required to do one abroad. Graduate assistants saw their tuition waivers reduced by thousands of dollars this year, and were given no warning that they would have to pay that extra out of pocket. Though the school is currently ranked #23 in the nation, I am confident that this will decrease in the future. If you have any questions please let me know.
  18. UPenn MPH Program

    Hi all, I'm considering applying to the Penn MPH part-time for Fall 2018. I have a full time job and am not planning on relocating for this degree, so I am only considering Philadelphia schools. Penn obviously has a very prestigious name in general, and in the medical world, even though the program itself seems to be unranked. Does the name matter in this case? Or would it be similar to me going to Temple (only enticing because of the price tag). Or is online even a better option? Another benefit for Penn for me is that they waive the GRE if you had another graduate degree, which I do. Any and all advice is appreciated. Thanks!
  19. Low GRE Scores for MPH

    My GRE scores are pretty low, and in my SOPHAS app and personal statement, I didn't explain or mention why I have low scores. The reason for that is because there isn't a specific reason why I did terrible. I studied for months and was getting okay scores on the practice tests but when I really went in for the real deal, I did really bad, and I retook the GRE and did even worse. The only reason I can think of is that I'm a bad standardized test-taker. I did really bad on the SATs as well but still got accepted into UCLA and did fairly well. My question is should I email the admissions addressing my low GRE scores (145 V, 148 Q)? I'm seriously considering directly emailing the admissions that despite my low test scores, I have the capability to succeed in graduate courses, and then I planned on giving them examples of grad school level classes that I took and was successful in my undergrad. I was also going to mention how the SATs didn't indicate my ability to succeed in undergrad, and highlight my upward GPA trend. At the same time, I don't want to come across as desperate or trying to make excuses for my poor performance on the GRE.
  20. Hello Grad Cafe, So I've just been informed I've been offered admission to a DC school to study an online MPH, with an option of becoming a campus student, should I decide later. I'm waiting to hear back from two other programs I've applied for. One is an Ivy league institution, the other is the number one MPH program in the country. All three options are online programs. My question is: Are there any full tuition scholarships/grants for the MPH. The DC school didn't offer me any scholarship whatsoever, hence why I'm still hoping to hear back from the other two school's with something towards tuition. I am a domestic student, due to having dual nationality, and so not considered an international student. I have been researching and saw some scholarships on this site: but I wondered if anyone else may know of any other options for scholarships? Advice, tips, suggestions welcomed.
  21. MPH vs MS and profile review

    Hi guys, I am an international applicant applying for the environmental health science MS/MPH program this year. The unis I've shortlisted are: Columbia Boston University UNC-Chapel Hill NYU USC Ohio State Univ of Minnesota (twin cities) Profile: My undergrad GPA (life sciences) is 3.86 on 4 and I am currently pursuing a post-graduate diploma in clinical research. WES evaluation is still underway and TOEFL iBT is 110. I have one publication and around 5month research experience in computational biology. I have also done an add-on course in medical biotech and interned at a tox lab for 3 months. I have decent LORs from my professors and a research scientist. The low: my GRE score is 313 (155q, 158v). Lack of experience in public health (is it an important factor?) What are my chances with my current status? Could you suggest unis where I have a higher chance of getting in? Should I edit the list? Also, what is the difference between MPH and MS. Which one is preferable for a job in the industry?
  22. Hey guys, I am hoping someone who has attended either Uoft, UWO or McMaster for their MPH program can help provide some insight on the strengths and weaknesses of the program they attended. I am not really looking to do a thesis, but I love the idea of a practicum or cumulative project and a team oriented learning environment So what really sets these programs apart from each other? Thanks
  23. MPH/PhD Combined Programs

    Morning everyone! I was wondering if anyone knows schools that have MPH/PhD combined programs? I'm planning to apply, but I come from a social science background. Looking forward to responses!
  24. MPH Chances and Advice

    Hey all, I was just looking for some candid feedback regarding my application. I am about to apply for the Environmental Health MPH program at Harvard School of Public Health. I will have almost 5 years of international work experience by the time I would enroll next fall. I worked for the Peace Corps in Africa, taught in Asia and have been doing Agriculture research in Latin America. I graduated from small liberal arts college with a degree in Political Science I received a 3.29 GPA. I took the GRE and got a 161V/ 158M/ 3 AW I know that the writing is egregious but the other two scores should be ok. I do not have a ton of full-time experience doing health-related work. I work in the agriculture sector in Peace Corps and did some health education. I did a lot of nutrition based planning regarding farm preparation. With the exception of teaching my work experience has been tangential to health which makes me somewhat nervous about admissions but I think that I pull together my Ag work nicely with Health in my personal statement. My LORs are very strong and I have advanced proficiency in two foreign languages. What are my chances at admissions for Harvard's MPH program? What do you think that I should do to increase my chances if I would reapply next year? Recap: GPA: 3.29 small lib arts GRE: 161V/158M/3AW 5 years work experience; peace corps (agriculture, Africa), teaching private school (English, Asia), research (agriculture, Latin America) program: Harvard MPH Environmental Health Thank you in advance!
  25. I have currently started working on my statement for MPH and while English is not my first language, I'd like to think I have a decent grasp of the language. I'll primarily be applying to Canadian universities and was wondering how I'm supposed to write which streams of mph I want to study in. For example, in the University of Alberta program, they offer several streams such as Epidem, Health Policy and Management, Environmental etc. I want to mention in my statement that I primarily want to study in epi, however wouldn't mind if I got chosen for Health Management either. Now this might sound stupid, but I'm from Bangladesh and have never worked on applying to a university before. I'm assuming I need to select a particular stream which I want to study in and write about it in my statement? I want to write down other streams as a Plan B in case they don't have any more seats in the stream I want. I'm just curious as to how I'm supposed to word it properly. I'm interested in multiple streams with more emphasis on a few particular ones which interests me. On a side note, I'm writing down some fieldwork and volunteer work which I've done here in Bangladesh but that got me thinking. I'm writing down my experiences but have no proof of what I did. How will the University know I'm telling the truth and not just making up false information just to beef up my chances? The information will be written in my CV as well and I'll write down my references as well but even then, is that viable enough? Any feedback would be appreciated to this foreigner!