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JHSPH EPI PhD Program Presentation - Shared screen with speaker view
Laura Camarata (she/her)
23:20
I think I called Ellen and Carrie co-presidents, I meant to say doctoral representatives!
Breanna De Leon (she/her)
25:43
Is the Epi-IDEAS program only for general epi students?
Ellen Howerton (she/her)
26:07
Any track can join! Carrie and I are in it too
Laura Camarata (she/her)
26:16
Great question Breanna!
Mine M
26:20
Sorry if I missed this, when was the Epi-IDEAS group established?
Laura Camarata (she/her)
26:34
It is not, it is Dept-wide. It has students, fellows, faculty, and staff on the workgroup
Laura Camarata (she/her)
27:11
Students can indicate interest in joining each fall for the Academic Year
Laura Camarata (she/her)
28:02
The Epi IDEAS workgroup was established in 2017
Breanna De Leon (she/her)
30:01
How many students are accepted to the Epi program? Are there a certain number of students per concentration?
Melody Kellar
32:25
Even though I am submitting my application by December 1, will I have a higher chance if I submit it now versus closer to the deadline since the review process already started?
Fran Burman (she/her/hers)
35:46
Hi, Melody - no, there is no need to apply now but no need to wait until December 1 either.
Breanna De Leon (she/her)
37:23
How many applications do you typically receive?
Melody Kellar
37:35
How many applicants do you get on average a year?
Min Kyung Kim
37:36
I heard that SOPHAS takes some time to process, do you advice us to apply earlier than Dec 1st?
Mine M
37:44
I have been trying to speak with faculty and staff, s for the tracks I am interested in. Its been hit or miss on responsiveness, is it ok if we don't speak with anyone and apply any way?
Basma Mansour
38:44
I did try to reach out as well and received no reply from faculty
Sonny Hoang
40:11
With COVID-19, have students been able to adapt to the online teaching/research format? As a graduate student, a lot of us much prefer being in-person and the transition has been rough.
Abirami Balajee
40:21
So would you say that getting responses from faculty would have no effect on our likelihood of being admitted? I have seen other applications where faculty we have spoken to should be named in our statement of purpose.
Fran Burman (she/her/hers)
40:51
FranBurman@jhu.edu or lcamarata@jhu.edu can help you reach the faculty
Fran Burman (she/her/hers)
41:41
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Mine M
43:02
Are all faculty eligible for taking on doctoral students? If we find a faculty member we want to work with but they are not available, or have the capacity to take on new doctoral students, how can we assess that? Should that be something we look into in advance?
Sunny Siddique
46:00
I noticed in the SOPHAS application that in addition to the personal statement, there are two questions: 1) Why you wish to pursue this track 2) How does epi fit into the broader field of public health. So in our personal statement, should we try to avoid touching on those two questions (since we have already answered these questions in the other section?)
Madhavi Gavini
46:22
Within a specific track, would you please clarify if a student allowed to work in a project(s) where interests overlap
Madhavi Gavini
51:02
Thank you. I meant within a specific track, there are many sub-tracks for eg. within Cardiovascular and clinical epidemiology- Health equity, Obesity, Diabetes & CV disease prevention etc.
Nancy Choon Si NG
52:03
Hello, I would like to know if CPH or/and CHES certification gives the candidate any better standing / advantage in applying into the doctoral programme?
Julaine King
52:34
Can you address the process for transferring credits/classes from a MPH in epidemiology from another school to the JHSPH PhD program and/or the waiver or exempting testing. Thank you.
Alex Buben (he/him)
53:26
The distinction between the master's thesis and doctoral dissertation is pretty clear. But how does the department conceptually separate "master's coursework" vs. "doctoral coursework?" Or is this something that varies heavily by track?
Fran Burman (she/her/hers)
53:46
We do like to see your dedication to the field through the CPH or CHES certifications but these are not required.
Basma Mansour
54:43
is it ok not to have a clear research topic? I know which track I would like to apply to though
Fran Burman (she/her/hers)
54:55
Julaine- Hi. The JHU as a whole does not accept transfer credits but we may be able to waive certain individual classes We require the students to complete our Epid and Biostats required methods courses, though.
Laura Camarata (she/her)
55:41
@Julaine, credits from other schools do not transfer to our program. All the students take the doctoral required coursework in the track. The exception is if a students has taken that specific JHSPH within the past three years prior to matriculation.
Laura Camarata (she/her)
56:00
FRAN! CHAT CHICKEN!
Fran Burman (she/her/hers)
56:05
Alex - hi. Our program makes the PhD and masters distinction in courses really in the level of advanced methods and through the doc sem 2year courses.
Tiange Liu
57:14
What do you say are some of the unique features that JHU Epi PhD program has as compared with programs offered by other schools?
Daniel Chang
58:01
Hi, quick question (I joined a bit late so I’m not sure if this was addressed), but I’ve heard that at some institutions, PhD students are funded by the department/graduate program for the 1-2 years before funding transitions to grants/PI/etc. How are the first few years of students in the Epi department at JHSPH funded?
Fran Burman (she/her/hers)
58:39
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Anne Rositch
59:19
@Basma--yes, you don't need a specific research/thesis topic at this point! If you know your general interests/tracks, your interests can be further developed here!
Joanna Marroquin
59:24
What is your graduation rate? And what mental health services do you provide students?
Anne Rositch
59:42
But, it's important to have a clear vision/understanding of a PhD in Epi!
Fran Burman (she/her/hers)
01:00:02
Great questions Joanna - I can answer out loud to everyone but we do have services and resources.
Anne Rositch
01:00:40
@Fran or @ Laura, want to comment on funding?
Laura Camarata (she/her)
01:01:51
Fran mentions: https://jhsap.org/
Breanna De Leon (she/her)
01:02:02
How racially diverse are your student cohorts?
Meredith Wang
01:03:20
Hi - I came across this guideline for writing statement of purpose, would you confirm it is current and represents what you are looking for? For example, it mentioned to be brief on what you’ve accomplished in past (less than half of space), and be very specific about your training plans at Hopkins and research interest etc. Thank you!
Meredith Wang
01:03:22
https://www.jhsph.edu/departments/epidemiology/_pdf/Statement%20of%20Objective%20Guidelines.pdf
Marsida Domi
01:04:17
Q re the General Epi and Methods track: how is this different from the other tracks? Is it the case of taking different classes in different departments altogether (i.e. Biostats)? Also related, does Social Epi fall in this track? Sorry if you already covered this and I missed it.
Fran Burman (she/her/hers)
01:05:52
Hi, Breanna - we are trying to recruit as diverse a class as possible. The Gates Millennial Scholars and the McNair Scholars join us annually. We have usually been able to gain a Brown Scholarshp for one of our incoming students each year as well.
Fran Burman (she/her/hers)
01:07:50
Meredith - yes that is exactly the guidance we suggest for crafting the statement of objectives.
Fran Burman (she/her/hers)
01:10:32
HI, Marsida - yes Social Epi is part of general epi and also a key component within many other tracks.
Fran Burman (she/her/hers)
01:12:47
Pleasea feel free to contact us if you have additional questions: FranBurman@jhu.edu or lcamarata@jhu.edu
Laura Camarata (she/her)
01:13:59
Good point Anne! We may see even more variety with Epidemiology being a household name!
AK254
01:14:30
thank you. helpful responses
Marsida Domi
01:14:33
Thank you so much, this was very helpful!
Laura Camarata (she/her)
01:14:37
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Alyson Singleton (she/her)
01:14:37
Thank you so much! This was so helpful!
Abirami Balajee
01:14:43
Thanks so much!
Mine M
01:14:46
Thanks everyone
Yin Zhang
01:14:47
Thank you so much!
Cara Bayer
01:14:50
Thank you! Much appreciated.
Nita Mukand (she/her)
01:14:54
Thank you so much!
LaToya Forrester
01:15:13
Thank you!
Aishwarya Rao
01:15:14
thank you so much
Gopinath
01:15:18
thank you