I'm a complete N00b with regards studying in the USA - esp at PhD level.
So I'm asking several questions at once and I'm just looking for general advice/opinions. I'm wondering about the feasability of doing a PhD at any one of these universities, what my chances are (is it worth applying), what I need to do to make a competitive application, your opinions on whether its worthwhile and any other practical concerns. What do I need to do to make a successful application?
I graduated from Cambridge with a 2.1 (veterinary and pathology) and I am currently studying for an MSc in 'Modern Epidemiology' - with the possibility of an internship at a thinktank, PR consultancy or embassy (just had interviews and waiting for replies) in the coming weeks. I also did a research internship in India. I'm a UK citizen and am fluent in French and Spanish and use them for freelance work (along with Italian sometimes). My extra-curriculars at university were mediocre. Also I dont have my own money so it will need to be fully funded.
My research interest would be in disease control in low/middle income countries and I'll be doing a research project in that area from June.
Unis I hope to apply to (any opinions on the universities - eg others I havent considered - very welcome):
1st Tier - Harvard, John Hopkins, Cornell, Stanford, Yale, Berkeley, Columbia
2nd Tier - UPenn, Dartmouth, North Western, Toronto, McGill
European Unis I'm considering
Oxford (failed last time but I have a decent chance this time around), Imperial, Copenhagen, Zurich, Munich.
Help me!! Chance me!! Any comments/input very much appreciated and rep for the best advice!
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- Thread Starter
- 10-04-2011 14:13
- 10-04-2011 14:42
All phDs in America are funded, if you get an offer with minimal funding it usually means the committee doesn't really want you but you are better than the other applicants. For Bloomberg at least try to get some experience in a developing nation, it will help alot.
- 10-04-2011 23:54
A much more pertinent question is whether you need to do a PhD at all. The usual terminal degree is the MPH, though many professionals working in public health have PhDs, MDs, and even DVMs. Work/lab experience is more important for MPH admissions; research experience is more important for PhD admissions.
I'd be interested in learning how you formulated that list. The absence of UNC Chapel Hill and especially Emory -- which has the Centers for Disease Control virtually on campus -- seem glaringly obvious, while the inclusion of some of the others not traditionally known for public health (e.g. Dartmouth, Cornell) seems a little questionable.Last edited by devil09; 10-04-2011 at 23:56.
- Thread Starter
- 11-04-2011 00:07
The list is just off the top of my head - I just used a japanese journal article about health research and the World News Rankings. They're big names (which Chapel-Hill, Urbana-Champaign, Univ. Washington, although great public health schools, aren't) and produce good research - but I need to look into what they do exactly and whether they fit my interests - of course.
As I say I'm open to suggestions and I'll look into them.
Doing a PhD at all - It's what I want to do. Yes, my masters will be enough to work in public health, but my long-term objective is to work for the WHO. If I applied with just my masters I'd need 2 years experience.
I also really want to travel and study in another country - something the Oxford PhD would let me do (the group I'm looking at is in Thailand).
When I asked whether it was worthwhile, I meant whether going to the USA was worth it - considering the fact that their PhDs are longer etc. tbh im not a HUGE fann of going to the USA in terms of living there too long-term (no way would I consider living there for the rest of my life) - I'm looking into it for the career opportunities, the prestige factor, level of research, networking (and I'm not averse to the general ed. opportunities either) etc - rather than an 'American' student experience on a remote campus. As I say I would like to do work about low/middle income countries.