Why has my application been rejected?
Although you are, no doubt, disappointed with the decision on your application, we appreciate your interest in learning more about the admissions process.
Our admissions process considers the following areas of the application very strongly: your past academic performance, your GRE scores, your past work experience and its relevance to epidemiology, your letters of reference, and your personal statement and motivation for a career in epidemiology. These areas are generally viewed equally in the assessment, and no one area is weighted more than another.
Thus, all of the information provided by the applicant in these areas is used to assess the potential for success in our department. An applicant is considered not only for the ability to succeed academically in coursework , but also for the ability to successfully complete a thesis (MS students), essay (MPH students) or dissertation (doctoral students) in our department. Applicants to the doctoral program are also assessed on their potential to be independent thinkers.
In your circumstance, your application was evaluated as representing an experience where there may be a lower likelihood for achieving success in our department. Unfortunately, because of our assessment process, it is not possible to pinpoint one reason that underlies such a decision. The evaluation was based upon how all of the areas fit together, and how they fit into our goals as a department.
Also, please keep in mind that not all departments of epidemiology have a similar philosophy for what they want to achieve in their training programs. As an example, consider that some departments have very strong research training programs and some have very strong public health practice training programs. Thus, applications will be viewed differently by different departments, because they have different approaches to training in epidemiology at both the master’s and doctoral level.
How many students do you accept?
Our doctoral program usually enrolls 10 – 12 new students each academic year.