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17 hours ago, Anik_91 said:

Can't speak for all schools, but usually tuition waivers and other support is tied to FTE%. At UW, for example, they wouldn't give you all that support unless you are at 50% FTE, i.e. 20 hrs per week. Your department should be able to answer this question with certainty.

This is my experience also from my Master's program. Possibility of a tuition waiver is contingent on being classified as full-time RA (likely to be a different threshold at different schools). 

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On 3/19/2020 at 6:44 AM, FurtureDrPH said:

Thank you! From your experience, does it take roughly two months? What was your process if you don’t mind me asking. I applied in February. 
 

Did anyone hear from VCU?

Heylo! Are you still inquiring about the UMD process? I applied in December, had a Skype interview with the department in February, and then heard back fairly quickly about the decision (within a couple weeks). Hope this helps!

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2 hours ago, HealthPolicyMgmtPhD said:

Heylo! Are you still inquiring about the UMD process? I applied in December, had a Skype interview with the department in February, and then heard back fairly quickly about the decision (within a couple weeks). Hope this helps!

Thank you for your response. It’s very helpful. I applied in February and have not heard anything yet. I know it’s still fairly recent and the current situation probably does not help things either just a little nervous. I didn’t realize that interviews were part of the process. What department did you apply to?

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On 3/20/2020 at 5:24 PM, NotaBene said:

Hey there, I didn't apply to UW but did get into Pitt (not going there, decided on somewhere else). I would caution you to read your offer letter carefully -- does it explicitly mention tuition remission, insurance, fees, etc. as being covered? If not, I would call and write them and clarify and get answers in writing. When I was considering Pitt I called to ask about funding since it seemed so uncertain, and it is absolutely possible at Pitt to get admitted, get a GRA, and be expected to cover your own tuition, insurance, and fees.

As far as usual funding packages - I am fully funded under fellowship at the school to which I decided to go, and that includes full tuition remission and health insurance. It is year-long funding and includes summers (I am expected to work 20 hours/week during the summer). 

As far as duration of funding, there is a wide range. My fellowship is for 2 years, and my school's model is to then fund the remainder of the PhD by hiring 3rd and 4th year students as TAs (and at that point you are not taking classes anymore so it is less expensive to pay your tuition). Your offer letter should also state the conditions for continued funding (mine states that it is 2 years and that I will be reviewed at the end of year 1 to make sure I am making satisfactory progress before it is renewed). 

I had another offer that included tuition remission, stipend, but no fees or insurance, and another offer that included only partial funding. Always good to ask specific questions and get documentation in writing. Also worth considering how you will be paid (W-2? 1099? Other tax form?) so you know what you need to do in terms of your tax responsibilities for your stipend. The school should be able to answer all of your questions, so don't be afraid to ask them and to follow up if you are not 100% clear on what you would be getting. 

Good luck and congrats!

Thanks for sharing the stipulations that are outlined in your funding offers. It's helpful to have a comparison.

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7 hours ago, MmphD2020 said:

Has anyone heard back from CUNY Epi program? 

I interviewed with them about a month ago and have not heard a peep.

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On 3/25/2020 at 3:45 AM, MmphD2020 said:

Has anyone heard back from CUNY Epi program? 

Heard back today, did not get in. Was waitlisted last year. I'm assuming if you haven't received an interview, probably no go.

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On 2/18/2020 at 3:21 PM, 0102030405 said:

My POI literally just emailed me to say I should expect to hear from UC Irvine “very soon” within the next few Days. This was for the Public Health PhD program not the Épi one. Sorry just realised you mentioned Epidemiology, so this might not be as helpful as intended 

Have you heard back from UCI? I assume they need to let us know before April 1st at least.

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3 hours ago, CVD_EPI said:

Have you heard back from UCI? I assume they need to let us know before April 1st at least.

Are you asking about the Epidemiology or Public Health PHD program? I haven't heard anything back from the Epi program yet. 

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19 minutes ago, EpiApp20 said:

Are you asking about the Epidemiology or Public Health PHD program? I haven't heard anything back from the Epi program yet. 

Public Health PhD program. I think most, if not all UC's already sent admission decisions

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Hi- has anybody (that was waitlisted for interviews or waitlisted generally) heard from Northwestern's HSIP?  I called 4 wks ago and somebody explained it'd be about 3 wks until I heard a decision.  So I sent an email a wk ago asking about the status of my app, with no response, and called yesterday too.  I figured there wouldn't be a response in office due to the covid-19 pandemic and that the office is likely working as hard as they can.  But, with April 15th approaching, I have narrowed my decision down to either a PhD program under another medical school or the program at Northwestern, but its hard to gauge how to plan my future (or know when/if I should accept the other schools offer or how long (or if) I should wait).  If anybody has experience with this for another school too, it'd be awesome to hear your perspective. :)

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On 3/30/2020 at 7:22 PM, CVD_EPI said:

Have you heard back from UCI? I assume they need to let us know before April 1st at least.

Yes I heard back late February. I think they let people know right up to the deadline of April 15th depending on how many responses they get and whether they go to their ‘waitlist’ 

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On 3/21/2020 at 11:40 PM, FurtureDrPH said:

Thank you for your response. It’s very helpful. I applied in February and have not heard anything yet. I know it’s still fairly recent and the current situation probably does not help things either just a little nervous. I didn’t realize that interviews were part of the process. What department did you apply to?

I applied to the Department of Health Policy and Management. Best wishes on your application! Since you applied in February, it’s likely it’ll still be a few more weeks (or more), given everything going on. 

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On 4/3/2020 at 10:01 AM, 0102030405 said:

Yes I heard back late February. I think they let people know right up to the deadline of April 15th depending on how many responses they get and whether they go to their ‘waitlist’ 

Congrats! I assume you've accepted UCI?

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Anyone still making their final decision? I'm debating between a mid-tier program in the midwest vs. OHSU. I haven't received any funding and the programs I've been offered are out of state. Is it typical that programs will send out offers past 4/15? Or I guess how likely is that. Still waiting on UCI. Thanks!

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53 minutes ago, CVD_EPI said:

Anyone still making their final decision? I'm debating between a mid-tier program in the midwest vs. OHSU. I haven't received any funding and the programs I've been offered are out of state. Is it typical that programs will send out offers past 4/15? Or I guess how likely is that. Still waiting on UCI. Thanks!

Also still waiting UCI Epi. I emailed them today and they said they will try their best to make final decisions due to COVID-19 pandemic. I also have other programs which need me to make decision before April 15th. I am struggling for whether I should still wait not. So weird.😶

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13 hours ago, CVD_EPI said:

Congrats! I assume you've accepted UCI?

I haven’t sent my formal acceptance yet still taking this weekend to decide. I’m trying to decide between the Public Health program or a social science PhD, leaning more strongly to the former though. 

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On 4/10/2020 at 8:04 PM, PhD2020EPID said:

Also still waiting UCI Epi. I emailed them today and they said they will try their best to make final decisions due to COVID-19 pandemic. I also have other programs which need me to make decision before April 15th. I am struggling for whether I should still wait not. So weird.😶

Same here! UCI is my top choice school right now but I'm still waiting on their decision. But another school wants my response bye the 21st.

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17 hours ago, EpiApp20 said:

Same here! UCI is my top choice school right now but I'm still waiting on their decision. But another school wants my response bye the 21st.

Have you told UCI that you have a deadline you need to respond to? I was told by a professor at UCI (not Epi) that if I needed a quicker decision from them because of other places then to let them know. Don’t know if it would work but maybe worth a try?

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Has anybody else not yet heard anything from Columbia Public Health? I applied in December and was contacted to submit the supplemental questions in February but haven't heard anything since. 

 

Any idea at all what this means?

 

Best of luck to everyone making these final decisions!

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Hi everyone!! I got locked out of my account for a minute following my last post but a huge THANK YOU to everyone who weighed in! Your shared experience and insight meant a lot to me!

Unfortunately, I'm still sitting here trying to decide between a social science PhD program (ok match), a public health PhD program (okish match), and an MPH/ try again next time (wonderful match).

Like most of you, I did not get to visit any of these programs and I was counting on that gut feeling. However, I'm sure I will get struck with a lightening bolt of wisdom in the next 48 hours. That's how it works, right??

I wish you all the best and know you will do incredible things!!! If you haven't shared your plans yet, please do! I'm rooting for you all!!! :)

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57 minutes ago, LisaNucar said:

Hi everyone!! I got locked out of my account for a minute following my last post but a huge THANK YOU to everyone who weighed in! Your shared experience and insight meant a lot to me!

Unfortunately, I'm still sitting here trying to decide between a social science PhD program (ok match), a public health PhD program (okish match), and an MPH/ try again next time (wonderful match).

Like most of you, I did not get to visit any of these programs and I was counting on that gut feeling. However, I'm sure I will get struck with a lightening bolt of wisdom in the next 48 hours. That's how it works, right??

I wish you all the best and know you will do incredible things!!! If you haven't shared your plans yet, please do! I'm rooting for you all!!! :)

Hi, I just wanted to offer a boost of encouragement as someone who opted for the "try again next time" route during the 2018-2019 admissions cycle. I had an offer from a program that I wasn't 100% sold on in terms of research fit and location, and I turned the offer down, which I found to be a stressful and somewhat scary choice at the time. This cycle, I refined my articulation of my interests, applied to more schools, ended up with 4 great offers, and am sitting here 48 hours before the deadline trying to choose between the two options I've narrowed down to. So, don't be afraid to take that route, especially if the MPH option might set you up with good connections to research opportunities of interest.

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Did anybody go to the Open House/Day event at UCI for Public Health? I have some questions about whether you think the program/people/department is sociable/conducive to socialisation/friendships? I was able to attend (I know UCI well though) and my biggest hesitation about committing to this program over a social science PhD is that it might not be as sociable. 

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