bt27 Posted May 29, 2020 Share Posted May 29, 2020 Hi everybody - I'm super new to this site, but have found more than a few helpful posts thus far. I'm planing on applying for biostats / epi programs this cycle with the hope of matriculating in 2021; however, I'm torn between the two fields and simply can't decide what the right path is for me. I believe I'll eventually want a PhD, but I'm aiming for Masters programs initially. Posting my profile below, and would appreciate any thoughts or comments on what seems to be the better and also more realistic fit. Undergrad Institution: Liberal Arts, Top 50Major(s): Natural Sciences (Biostatistics concentration)GPA: 3.82 Type of Student: Domestic, male, two or more racesGRE General Test: Q: 163V: 156W: TBD - thinking 4+ as I think my essays were solid (fingers crossed) Programs Applying: Biostats or Epi (undecided) -- PhD is a stretch for sure but I'll throw a few to second tiers and below just to see what happens; realistically I'll end up at a Masters program, and I'm currently planning on applying to higher tiered schools Research Experience: 1 year of research in global health epi + additional research on supervised learning methods as they apply to sports modelling; epi paper is currently under review for publication and expected to be publishedTeaching Experience: tutored multivariable calculus and intro biology for a year in college Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 2 years in consulting working across life sciences & healthcare; not too relevant, but have done a bit of machine learning work Letters of Recommendation: one from an epidemiologist and another from a statistician (should be good); planning to get others from a manager at my company and my college career advisor Relevant Coursework: differential calculus, integral calculus, multivariable calculus, linear algebra, probability theory, mathematical statistics, normal model inference, nonlinear model inference, biostatistics, epidemiology, global health epidemiology, molecular biology Questions: 1. Is biostats or epi a better route given my profile? I really can't decide and like both fields equally as is. 2. Is it realistic to go for a PhD in biostats given an average quant GRE score and a lack of real analysis? I know that it's almost impossible to gain admittance to public health PhDs off the bat, so not considering that a viable option Appreciate any advice you may have, and thanks for taking the time! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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