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Hi, 

Thought I'd start this topic for 2018 fall applicants specifically for Public Health.

I realise there is a general one for all applicants, but thought it might be useful to have one for just a Public Health field (in the most broad sense). I apologise if this post is redundant.

I just wanted comments on whether my choice of universities were too strong. Although these were the only programmes which matched my interests.

Feel free to comment/share your experience so far.

 

Undergrad Institution: Imperial College London, UK (Top for science in UK)
Major(s): Biomedical Sciences
Minor(s): n/a
GPA in Major: no GPA system in UK (Upper 2nd class)
Overall GPA: n/a
Position in Class: 
Type of Student: International female

Postgrad: MSc in Public Health (GPA 3.88) at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

GRE Scores (revised/old version):
Q: 160 (76%)
V: 167 (98%)
W: 4.5 (82%)
B:


TOEFL Total: n/a

Research Experience: 2 years in health services research

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: some teaching assistance

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points:

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where:

Harvard, John Hopkins, UNC, UCLA, UCSF, Northwestern, Brown, Ohio State, Iowa, Standford

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Okay I'm going to jump in as I'm preparing to apply for Fall 2018 as well. 

Edit: I don't know why this shows up so large! Sorry!

Undergrad Institution: CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies at Hunter College
Major(s): Public Health & Human Rights
Minor(s): n/a
GPA in Major: 4.0
Overall GPA: 4.0
Position in Class: Top 5%
Type of Student: Native American, older (40+), veteran

Postgrad: None

GRE Scores (revised/old version):
Q: 150 (38%)
V: 159 (83%)
W: 3.5 (42%)
They sucks, but I plan to retake them in a couple months.

TOEFL Total: n/a

Research Experience: 2 semesters research assistant, 1 1/2 years in independent research in East Africa
Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
External honors:

  • Fulbright Scholar, Kenya Student Research Grantee 2017-2018
  • Fund for Education Abroad, Rainbow Scholar Fall 2016
  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar Fall 2016
  • World Learning, SIT Access Africa Grantee Fall 2016
  • US Army, 3-Yr ROTC Scholarship Spring 1992

Internal honors:

  • CUNY Baccalaureate, Lesley F. Hughes Health Sciences Grantee Spring 2017
  • CUNY Baccalaureate, Thomas W. Smith Academic Fellow 2016-2017
  • CUNY Baccalaureate, Ketchum Memorial Scholar Spring 2016
  • CUNY Baccalaureate, S. Suthiana Impact Award Spring 2016
  • CUNY Hunter College, Dean’s List 

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Currently volunteer at a queer immigrant organization in NYC helping to improve health outcomes, and serve on the board of a sex-worker health organization in Uganda; previously Combat Medic in US Army Reserves, sexual health educator, and health and wellness coach specializing in clients with chronic disease (HIV, diabetes, fibromyalgia).

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: 

  • My first paper on is being reviewed for publication. 
  • My area of research is focusing on sexual minority stress, stigma and forced migration.
  • I've presented at a couple conferences

Special Bonus Points: My academic mentor is a highly respected academic in the field of sexual minority stress and LGBT health
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I don't know this will matter but I have a very popular twitter account that focuses on LGBTQ health with over 53k followers so I know that will show up when they google me.  

Applying to Where:

Harvard (PhD in Population Health Sciences, Social and behavioral sciences);

Columbia (PhD in Sociomedical Sciences);

NYU (PhD in Social & Behavioral Sciences);

Rutgers (PhD in Health Education & Behavioral Science);

CUNY SPH (MPH in Community Health Education) or (DPH in Community, Society and Health) 

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On 10/09/2017 at 8:25 PM, Embee said:

Okay I'm going to jump in as I'm preparing to apply for Fall 2018 as well. 

Edit: I don't know why this shows up so large! Sorry!

Undergrad Institution: CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies at Hunter College
Major(s): Public Health & Human Rights
Minor(s): n/a
GPA in Major: 4.0
Overall GPA: 4.0
Position in Class: Top 5%
Type of Student: Native American, older (40+), veteran

Postgrad: None

GRE Scores (revised/old version):
Q: 150 (38%)
V: 159 (83%)
W: 3.5 (42%)
They sucks, but I plan to retake them in a couple months.

TOEFL Total: n/a

Research Experience: 2 semesters research assistant, 1 1/2 years in independent research in East Africa
Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
External honors:

  • Fulbright Scholar, Kenya Student Research Grantee 2017-2018
  • Fund for Education Abroad, Rainbow Scholar Fall 2016
  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar Fall 2016
  • World Learning, SIT Access Africa Grantee Fall 2016
  • US Army, 3-Yr ROTC Scholarship Spring 1992

Internal honors:

  • CUNY Baccalaureate, Lesley F. Hughes Health Sciences Grantee Spring 2017
  • CUNY Baccalaureate, Thomas W. Smith Academic Fellow 2016-2017
  • CUNY Baccalaureate, Ketchum Memorial Scholar Spring 2016
  • CUNY Baccalaureate, S. Suthiana Impact Award Spring 2016
  • CUNY Hunter College, Dean’s List 

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Currently volunteer at a queer immigrant organization in NYC helping to improve health outcomes, and serve on the board of a sex-worker health organization in Uganda; previously Combat Medic in US Army Reserves, sexual health educator, and health and wellness coach specializing in clients with chronic disease (HIV, diabetes, fibromyalgia).

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: 

  • My first paper on is being reviewed for publication. 
  • My area of research is focusing on sexual minority stress, stigma and forced migration.
  • I've presented at a couple conferences

Special Bonus Points: My academic mentor is a highly respected academic in the field of sexual minority stress and LGBT health
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I don't know this will matter but I have a very popular twitter account that focuses on LGBTQ health with over 53k followers so I know that will show up when they google me.  

Applying to Where:

Harvard (PhD in Population Health Sciences, Social and behavioral sciences);

Columbia (PhD in Sociomedical Sciences);

NYU (PhD in Social & Behavioral Sciences);

Rutgers (PhD in Health Education & Behavioral Science);

CUNY SPH (MPH in Community Health Education) or (DPH in Community, Society and Health) 

Hi!

Thanks for the reply! A similar post like this was really popular last year, but I'm not sure why it's so quiet this year! You have such extensive experience I don't think your GRE scores will actually matter, but obviously higher scores will help too.

I didn't go into any detail above, but my research interest are in the elderly, and am hoping to study frailty, comorbidities, and polypharmacy, using electronic health records. My list of universities is continually changing at the moment, as I'm still unfamiliar with US universities, being mostly UK based. I assume your focus in New York is because you are already based there?

I wish you all the best in your application.

Best,

Dani 

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Hi All,

I recently submitted my applications and have been lurking these forums for a while, so I thought I would introduce myself. Can't wait to hear back from these schools and am super excited about entering the public health field. The waiting game is torture! Who's with me on this?

In a nutshell, I am interested in studying medication use in inpatients. Drugs can be very expensive, very harmful, but also life-saving. Consequently, there is much work to be done on optimizing their use in hospitals. Here are my basic stats:

Undergrad Institution: Big state school

Major(s): Biology

Minor(s): n/a

Undergrad GPA: 3.4

Overall GPA: 3.6
 

Graduate Studies: PharmD (GPA 3.98) 

GRE Scores (revised/old version):
Q: 160 (76%)
V: 158 (80%)
W: 4 (60%)

Research Experience: Competitive summer internship at prestigious academic medical center (4 months; paid), several research projects throughout school with mentors (~1 year; unpaid), claims data analysis (~4 months; paid); 2 publications (1 I am first author)

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: a few scholarships & awards given throughout graduate program

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: none, other than those stated above

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: a bunch of extracurriculars, including president of student organization and appointments to several school committees

Special Bonus Points: probably really good LOR's (but don't know for certain); two are from graduates of the programs I am applying to, which happen to be my top choices

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Know how to program in Stata and am teaching myself R currently. R is great!

Applying to Where: Hopkins (PhD, HPM-HSR & Policy Track), Harvard (SM1, Pharmacoepi), BU SPH (MS, Epi), Brown (PhD, HSPP, Pharm. Health Services Track), UNC (DPOP PhD), UPenn (MSCE - Pharmacoepi)

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Undergradaute: N.E. private university
Major(s): History
Minor(s): Philosophy 
GPA in Major: 3.9 something
Overall GPA:3.85
Position in Class:
  Not sure? Top 10%?
Type of Student: International female

Postgrad: MPH in Biostatistics and Epidemiology (GPA 3.85ish so far) at Johns Hopkins University

GRE Scores (revised/old version):
Q: 162 (90%)
V: 159 (73%)
W: 5.0 (90 something...Idk lol)


Research Experience/Pertinent Activities: several years total in academic public health research as well as disease surveillance for the CDC and state/local health departments. Also worked briefly at NIH and the Smithsonian. Currently RA in Global Epidemiology (vector borne diseases) and working with CBOS on climate change issues in Baltimore. 

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Fulbright scholar, various scholarships  in undergrad, Summa Cum Laude, High Honors in History, a few publications and conference presentations etc.

Applying to Where: UMD (Toxicology and Environmental Health),  Oregon State (Environmental Health), Pittsburgh (Environmental Epidemiology), UMN (Environmental Health), Michigan (Environmental Health), maybe Columbia (Climate and Health), JHU (Environmental Epi and Exposure Sciences)

I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed honestly-and REALLY behind. I've selected my schools and have started to contact references but I need to flush out my statement of purpose! AH. I think a large part of my procrastination is due to the assumption I won't get in anywhere haha. Anyone else scared of this?

 

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On 9/21/2017 at 3:22 PM, eek_ said:

I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed honestly-and REALLY behind. I've selected my schools and have started to contact references but I need to flush out my statement of purpose! AH. I think a large part of my procrastination is due to the assumption I won't get in anywhere haha. Anyone else scared of this?

 

Absolutely! It's only natural to feel this way--whenever we put ourselves out there, we risk rejection. You seem to have some really excellent, distinguishing experiences, though. I think these will count for a lot and set you apart from other applicants. Plus, your test scores and academic history are both stellar.

Just crank out that statement and get those letters in. You're almost at the finish line!

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On 21/09/2017 at 8:22 PM, eek_ said:

I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed honestly-and REALLY behind. I've selected my schools and have started to contact references but I need to flush out my statement of purpose! AH. I think a large part of my procrastination is due to the assumption I won't get in anywhere haha. Anyone else scared of this?

 

Feeling EXACTLY the same here. I have even changed the list of unis since my first post, so I will probably update it after I have submitted all my applications. Good luck to you applications.

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Thanks all!

Have you all had much luck reaching out to professors you'd like to work with our department heads? I'm not quite sure what to expect or the etiquette/protocol that it entails. Is this something you HAVE to do? Is it encouraged? Does it not really matter? I hear mixed things!

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Over the span of my career, my vision is to become an independent researcher focusing on the dissemination and implementation of pragmatic programs designed to prevent chronic disease and enhance quality of life in at-risk/underserved populations through physical activity and lifestyle behavior changes.

Undergrad Institution: Adelphi University
Major(s): Exercise Science
Overall GPA: 3.65
Type of Student: White male, late 20s
Graduate Institution: Northeastern University
Major(s): Exercise Science
Concentration(s): Physical Activity & Public Health
Overall GPA: 3.78


GRE Scores
Q: 164 (87%)
V: 163 (93%)
W: 4.5 (82%)

Research Experience: Research assistant for all 4 semesters during graduate program, 3+ years as a senior research assistant at the University of Colorado School of Medicine

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Poster presentations and published work (co-primary author) related to my field of interest

Special Bonus Points: LOR coming from well-known name in my field, as he has been co-author on multiple works I’ve been involved with

Applying to Where:
These are all subject to change depending on mentor availability. Still waiting on a few responses…
Harvard, Population Health Sciences PhD

Emory, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education PhD

UNC Chapel Hill, Health Behavior PhD

Washington University in St. Louis, Public Health Sciences PhD

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On 9/28/2017 at 6:59 PM, eek_ said:

Thanks all!

Have you all had much luck reaching out to professors you'd like to work with our department heads? I'm not quite sure what to expect or the etiquette/protocol that it entails. Is this something you HAVE to do? Is it encouraged? Does it not really matter? I hear mixed things!

Typically, most programs will stipulate if you need to reach out beforehand or not. Even if they don't require it, most will still recommend you do so. After all, you don't want to end up at a program where you don't have a good mentor match. 

I've gotten a few responses so far, still waiting on some. If you don't hear back, it's okay to send a small note off about 2-3 weeks later. Professors are often busy and miss/forget about some emails.

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On 9/28/2017 at 8:59 PM, eek_ said:

Thanks all!

Have you all had much luck reaching out to professors you'd like to work with our department heads? I'm not quite sure what to expect or the etiquette/protocol that it entails. Is this something you HAVE to do? Is it encouraged? Does it not really matter? I hear mixed things!

This really depends on the program. For some, prospective students are required to contact a mentor and establish whether there is a good fit. The UNC HPM department, for example, won't admit a student unless a potential faculty advisor has been identified beforehand and that professor is willing to work with the student. On the other extreme, communication with faculty is discouraged until students are selected for consideration in later stages of the admissions cycle. Oftentimes, this aspect of applying is unclear on program websites. I would suggest reaching out to each school that you're planning on applying to.

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2 hours ago, pharmah said:

This really depends on the program. For some, prospective students are required to contact a mentor and establish whether there is a good fit. The UNC HPM department, for example, won't admit a student unless a potential faculty advisor has been identified beforehand and that professor is willing to work with the student. On the other extreme, communication with faculty is discouraged until students are selected for consideration in later stages of the admissions cycle. Oftentimes, this aspect of applying is unclear on program websites. I would suggest reaching out to each school that you're planning on applying to.

Yes-that's what I've been noticing as well! I wish it were more clear. I've actually been contacting the department/program coordinator first to get a sense of what is appropriate for their program and what is not. So far, I think that strategy is working OK.  Plus, they are less intimidating ha!

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On 29/09/2017 at 1:59 AM, eek_ said:

Thanks all!

Have you all had much luck reaching out to professors you'd like to work with our department heads? I'm not quite sure what to expect or the etiquette/protocol that it entails. Is this something you HAVE to do? Is it encouraged? Does it not really matter? I hear mixed things!

Just to jump in on this.

I decided to contact professors only 2 weeks ago, and overall, it has been useful. I've chatted informally with a professor regarding research fit, whilst others have replied with short emails saying they'd consider me once I am accepted onto the course. I've also had several replies saying that they do not supervise PhD and directed me to another professor/department with potential research fit. A soft reminder after 2 weeks definitely helped with response rates. All in all, I would say there is no harm in reaching out.

On a separate note, I was wondering what everyone's plans were for funding arrangements? As an international student, I am a little worried about the lack of secure funding opportunities...

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On 28/08/2017 at 5:38 PM, jjj02027 said:

Applying to Where:

Harvard, John Hopkins, UNC, UCLA, UCSF, Northwestern, Brown, Ohio State, Iowa, Standford

Ended up applying to the following:

Harvard, JH, UNC, UCSF, Columbia, NYU (All Epidemiology PhD) & UCLA (HPM PhD)

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