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  1. 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.
  2. 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: https://www.publichealthonline.org/scholarships-and-grants/ but I wondered if anyone else may know of any other options for scholarships? Advice, tips, suggestions welcomed.
  3. 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?
  4. 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
  5. 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!
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. Resume for MPH application

    Is there any specific way my resume should look when applying to a graduate program? Is there a template anyone can share? Does it have to be super professional? Can it be modern? Can it have a little color or a little personality? I'm applying to the MPH at UCLA and other several schools. Please let me know what ya'll think or how you all did your resume when you were applying to grad school. Just wanted some feedback before I start making changes to my resume. Thank you in advance.
  9. Hi All,I am currently applying for a place in an MPH course either at Melbourne or Monash and am seeking advice from anyone who has studied an MPH and/or works in the health industry to help me understand the differences between the two courses. I have attend both Melbourne and Monash graduate expos and read their course guides. I get the feeling that Melbourne has more elective options than Monash. Also according to the many rankings I have reviewed, Melbourne appears to have a higher “prestige” associated with the course and institution as a whole.I have decided to peruse a career change from a 23 year career in corporate and government ICT Project Management and Business Analysis and Architecture to a career in Public Health in a non-clinical area such as policy development, planning, programme management, evaluation or research once I complete the course.I completed 1st year Biology and 2nd year Physiology as part of my Science and Computing degree and have always had a passion and interest in working within the health industry. Over the years, through my volunteer work with Rotary, I have led and contributed to health related projects and initiatives locally and internationally.Several months ago, I had the great opportunity to complete a 6 week secondment with an Aboriginal Controlled Health Service through the Jawun programme. This experience inspired me so much that I have decided to transform my career and take a new turn into health despite having very little professional health experience.I would appreciate any advice, experience and recommendations.Thanks very much.ChilliMonkey
  10. Hi! I'm a first time poster. I am trying to find out what requirements specifically to ask my recommendation letter writers for MPH programs but can't find any information on the specific school websites or SOPHAS. I am applying to MPH programs in the USA, mostly the brand name schools. Any information would be helpful!
  11. MPH

    The Uni of Alberta does not require Statistics or GRE for MPH. But, implying a preference for it. Please, help me with which of these would not require statics; Epidemiology, Food Safety, Global Health, Health Policy and Management, Health Promotion?
  12. MPH Admissions

    Hey all, Thank you in advance for the advice. I am asking a question for my girlfriend. She is applying to MPH programs with a low GPA 3.2 and ok gre scores. 152Q and 159V. She has 5 years of international work experience peace corps, ESL teaching, research in health. What are her chances of getting into Harvard, Columbia, Hopkins, or Yale for their MPH programs??? Also, I am having trouble finding a thread for this year's MPH applicant statistics so feel free to post your stats in the comments: GPA 3.2 GRE: 152Q 159V other relevant factors:
  13. I'm interested in obtaining a MPH in global health, but also considering social behavior / urban health tracks, depending on what the university offers for its programs. I'm specifically looking to study a field that addresses health disparities and social justice for minorities (I have a particular interest working with refugees). Right now I am considering 6 schools based on their program offerings and their locations. I want to pursue a degree where there is an opportunity to work with refugees and establish connections I can leverage once I complete my degree. The schools I have on my list so far are Boston U, Brown, George Washington, Yale, University of Maryland and Rutgers. I'm curious to know thoughts about University of Maryland's program, to see if it's worth applying to two different schools within the DC region. I'd also love to hear thoughts on any other schools in general, either in my list or not! I've read a lot of posts that have been helpful, but I'm always open to hearing some words of advice.
  14. Greetings *waves* I'm new to the forum and just wanted to introduce myself, and maybe get some feedback about my graduate school pursuits. I am currently enrolled in a public health certificate program, completing the core competencies and would like to transfer these credits into an MPH program. My main concern is the employment outlook, both for supporting myself through grad school, and after completing the degree. So before pursuing public health, I got a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Biology. I was always interested in neuroscience but iffy about the kind of career it would entail (i.e. getting a PhD and taking more biology and chemistry classes when I didn't like half the ones I'd already taken; and biology courses keeping by GPA down). I am from NYC (Queens) and the job market is supersaturated and ultra-competitive. Maybe that goes without saying, but being in the eye of the storm I don't know what it looks like from the outside so maybe that isn't common knowledge. Dramatic relocation is on my agenda. It's been fairly evident that my economic worth here is virtually 0. Bit of a catch-22: I was raised here and want to get out, but need the financial means to do so, which seem to lie elsewhere... After graduating, I looked for research assistant jobs (or something similar in the realm of health/medicine) for upwards of a year. Since graduating the only actual job (as in $$) I've had was at the end of 2015, when I worked on two research projects on a temp assignment. Since spring of 2014, I've interned as an online consultant for a company that specializes in health IT. At the advice of others last summer to find something that will give me credentials beyond a Bachelors, in fitting that to my own career goals I decided an MPH might be a good option. I've always been curious about bioinformatics and enjoyed my stats classes (and I'm not math-phobic). Leaning biostats or epidemiology, and also something mental health-related would be cool. I should mention I have other internships now as well that are more public health-relevant, but still leave me part-time availability (in the event I ever find employment before starting an MPH program..) I will be completing the certificate program this spring, basically it's all the core/general competency coursework for an MPH ([email protected] credits). For fall of next year, I'm looking at the Colorado School of Public Health. It is my first choice given that I fell in love with Colorado when I went there before, and the job market both in general and for PH, health, and biotech fields in particular seem promising. Supposedly it is not at all saturated either (or so I just read on another forum, though I think that was said 2-3 years ago). Other programs I'm considering are Rutgers, Drexel, SUNY Buffalo, U. Pittsburgh, and U. Michigan. Don't know if that's too many schools to apply to (I know for PhD programs, that's not a large number of prospects). My primary concern aside from getting into CSPH is being able to find work there to support myself. I know housing is getting pricey there, probably not on par with NYC but still. Is it reasonable to expect I will be able to find work more easily there compared to where I am now? Or am I completely screwed if I don't find anything before next fall? As far as academic stats: Undergrad GPA 3.27 (higher in later semesters, mostly Biology classes kept it down as I got a few C's) Grad courses completed so far: 2 A's; Enrolled this semester: biostats and epidemiology core Undergrad mathy/sciencey courses: 1 year of calculus, 1 year of statistics within the psychology dept, 1 semester being upper division, 1 year of chemistry (yes, my school required this amt of "hard science" for a Psych BS), and the biology minor. i.e. minimum requirements met for many MPH-biostats programs. If I have to go back and take linear alegbra, retake calculus so it's more recent, or whatever else before actually starting the Master's, at this point I don't think it's worth it. I mean I do have to eat and pay rent.. 2 professional conference presentations and 3 publication co-authorships w/ the company mentioned above GRE: N/A, will be taking in a few months most likely
  15. Hello! I'm looking to see what ideal GRE scores are for MSW applicants? I'm planning on applying to UNC- Chapel Hill, UGA, UT-Austin, UMichigan, UI-Chicago, and FSU as of now. I know ideal score may vary from school to school but just trying to get and some insight to what scores admissions are looking for, I would really appreciate it! Also, if anyone has any other school suggestions that offer Dual Degree Programs with an MSW and an MPH or MPA please let me know as well!
  16. Hey y'all I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis lately and I was hoping someone might have some tips. I'm going into my senior year of undergrad (but I have 3 semesters left because I started mid-year) and I know that I want to apply to MPH programs and possibly do some combination of Public Health and Med. Anthropology. My problem is my undergrad is in Medieval Lit. with a minor in Global Health (no major offered) and I'm worried that I have no chance of getting into a program right out of school. My school is pretty big name and my GPA is 3.8. I have taken the basic science courses (full year each of Bio. and Chem) and I'm planning on doing either Microbio. or Biochem. in the spring. I also have three years of volunteering at a birth center attached to a hospital. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I could do in the time between now and applying to make myself a more attractive candidate? Do you think I have any chance of getting in without taking time off?
  17. Hi everyone! I was accepted into the University of Victoria's MPH program in late April. Since then, I've been trying to gain more information about the program and the school but not much information is online. If anyone has any advice on the program, the school or even any thoughts about the city, I'd greatly appreciate it! I'd really like to know what the program is like and what your experience with online learning is (since I don't have much experience with an online environment). I've also tried to look for stats to see how the program compares to other MPH schools in Canada, how many people apply, etc...but again, not much information is available. Any help would be appreciated!
  18. Hey! So I'm trying to decide between Boston University and Drexel University for a MPH. I am looking for opinions on the epidemiology programs in particular. I'm pretty sure I will be heading that route. Also, I will be focusing on the LGBT+ community. So if there are any current students that can attest to the quality of education, opportunities for community involvement and real work experience, job outlook, LGBT-friendliness, networking, general satisfaction with the areas.. umm etc. Any and all opinions are welcome : ]
  19. How does NYU's Master of Public Health program compare to that of BU's? Also, is New York a better city to study public health or Boston?
  20. What do people think about NYU's Master of Public Health Program?
  21. UNC Gillings?

    Hi everyone, I'm considering applying to a Masters' program in public health in the future (probably the cycle after next). As I live in North Carolina, UNC seems like a good choice solely for financial reasons, not to mention it is ranked #2 in the US. However, I don't see too much about UNC mentioned on these threads (especially in comparison to other schools). Is there a reason why it's not as popular on here? I am interested in learning more about the pros and cons of the School and would greatly appreciate any insight you all may have! Right off the bat, I'm interested in global health and policy, and it seems that a DC-area school may be better suited to someone with policy interests, but I'm not sure if that's a valid concern. Thanks!
  22. MPH in Canada or Australia?

    Hi, I have completed my undergrad in dentistry from India. I am interested in doing MPH. But I am unable to decide where to pursue it. I have read about unis, both in Canada and Australia. I know that the quality of education is similar in both countries. So can anyone tell me which country is a better choice to do mph, in terms of job prospects, salary and getting a pr? Further does an Australian education give you good job prospects in Canada? And is the vice versa true? I'm really confused about where to apply and appreciate any valuable insight.
  23. Boston University MPH 2017

    I was admitted to the Boston University Master of Public Health program! Just out of curiosity, are any of you still uncertain about the concentration you've chosen? Do you think you might change your concentration after completing some course work? I'm just wondering if anybody else is in the same situation as I am. Should I be pursuing a Master of Public Health degree if I'm not entirely sure where I want to be in public health? Would it be an issue to enter the program and then explore where I want to be in the program? Is it a common occurrence, or do people usually know what they're doing 100% when they enter the Master of Public Health program?
  24. Which school has a better MPH program, George Washington University or Boston University? Specifically which school has better Community Health and Global Health programs? Thanks!
  25. Hi everyone! If you have decided to attend Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in Fall 2017 (like me) then feel free to join the Facebook group I just created so we can connect with each other, ask questions, etc. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1527643387247818/ This group is intended to promote connectivity between students admitted to a Master of Public Health, Master of Science, or Master of Healthcare Administration degree programs at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health beginning in September 2017.