jball2 Posted March 27, 2014 Share Posted March 27, 2014 I've been accepted to Tulane GHSD for a PhD where I would work with their malaria group on projects related to intervention and health systems evaluation. They do not have funding to offer me a tuition waiver, but do have funds for a stipend to cover living expenses. I love the work that they do and I think I can see myself doing program evaluation work for a career. I did my undergraduate degree at Tulane, I love New Orleans, and I would be working with the professor who got me interested in public health in the first place I've also been accepted for University of Florida for a PhD in Epidemiology. I have funding (tuition and stipend) for at least another 2 years (I am already a graduate student here, not in th College of Public Health and Health Professions), and it is likely renewable. I wouldn't likely be doing applied research. I'm getting involved with multiple projects here, including getting written in on a grant. I'm interning at an NIH NIAID lab this summer to foster a collaboration between my boss at UF (who would be my PhD advisor) and the PI at NIAID, which could also turn into a dissertation topic. I'm sure that if I were to go to Tulane that I could still work on this, but it has nothing to do with malaria and would not be a viable dissertation topic for GHSD. Benefits of Tulane: Working directly with the people whose careers I wanted to have when I was in undergrad--can be easily re-integrated into the department I would be working towards a professional niche Moving back to New Orleans Strong and highly ranked program Lots of opportunities for field work in Africa and other countries Doing an applied, program evaluation dissertation project Drawbacks of Tulane: No tuition waiver, only funding for a stipend (not sure how much that would be)--> Loans I could probably not continue with the projects that I am currently getting involved with at UF, except maybe the NIH project Program is in Global Health, not as marketable of a degree as Epidemiology Few teaching opportunities (though I am not looking for a job in academia after I graduate) Comparatively very small, with few research centers. Less grant money brought in than UF purely because of numbers Benefits of UF: Tuition and stipend Working on 2 grant proposals right now--already have a professional network Possibilities of NIH project Epi is a more marketable degree UF is hiring a bunch of prominent faculty in infectious disease dynamics other areas that I'm interested in Cost of living is lower than NOLA Major major research university with tons of resources and research centers on campus Drawbacks of UF: Gainesville, FL is a small college town, and I miss living in a city The public health school at UF is not at all highly ranked, though I would be working with good people in their respective fields My research would be less applied, though still interesting. And I would learn new methods--don't know how I could translate this into an applied public health career I'm afraid that I won't become an expert on anything because I'll be involved with a bunch of diverse projects I know that I will get unbelievable training in either program, but one puts me in a niche for careers, and the other could have me spread thin with different projects (which is not necessarily a bad thing). Thoughts??? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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