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Haas MBA/MPH Program [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2010, 10:46
Haas is definitely my first choice of schools. I'm in biotech in the Bay area. I have 6 years of tech and biotech experience, a BS in engineering, and an MS in biology. I have some questions for the forum about the MBA/MPH program.

Is the MBA/MPH program any harder or easier to get into than the MBA program?
Is the dual degree option more valuable to biotech companies?
Am I going to seem a little ridiculous for getting an MPH after completing an MS in biology? (They're not really the same topics, but I'm more concerned with perceptions.)

I would hate to blow my shot at my first choice school by going for a program that might not want me. I think that I'll be going to b-school regardless in 2011, so I can't really afford to apply to the MBA/MPH program this year, get rejected, and reapply to the main program next year.

Any guidance, forum members?
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Re: Haas MBA/MPH Program [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2010, 17:03
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Typically dual degree candidates need to be accepted into both programs in order to do the dual degree. However, applying for dual degree will not lower your chance in admissions into MPH or MBA. In another word, if you don't get in to MPH and get into MBA, you'll can still go to Haas for the MBA.

I don't know how much value a MPH/MBA adds if you want to go into the biotech sector. MBA should be enough, especially since you have biotech background. One thing you want to verify is that the biotech company's actively recruit out of Haas.

This is going to be a shameless promotion of Duke-Fuqua. Duke has one of the best healthcare MBA programs in the country/world. You can check out the Health Sector Management program on the website. Biotech companies actively recruit here. I hear Wharton also has a healthcare concentration and is well reputed as well.
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Re: Haas MBA/MPH Program [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2010, 20:06
I'm glad to see a thread on MBA/MPH.
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Re: Haas MBA/MPH Program [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2011, 02:01
Hi guys

Great to see this thread. I'm an international applicant from India and Haas' MBA/MPH is my top choice for 2012 fall, but I'm in 2 minds as to what my chances are with this school and have started my research a month back. I'm currently an Analyst with Mckinsey & Co. Some questions for anybody who might know:

What are the other good dual US MBA/MPH programs you guys recommend? I'm only considering about 4 US schools so far and one Indian school, and a friend suggested that number was too little. I have looked into Wharton (will not be applying though), Carnegie Mellon's Tepper (will be applying), Vanderbilt Owen (may apply), Ross which has a "Healthcare focus" (may apply), Duke (not looked in depth, not sure). Any others?

Do they ever question you as to why Haas as opposed to say Wharton's/Duke's dual MBA/MPH? If they do, what are the key differences? I know one is that for those wishing to stay on the west coast, Haas is the way to go, but I'm indifferent.

I have weak social/community service participation on my resume; Haas, like most schools, has an entire essay dedicated to this! I'm guessing this would give me a huge disadvantage as compared to other applicants. Would it make sense for me to get more involved in this post GMAT (this August) and delay my apps to 2013 fall (by which time I'd have 5.5 years work experience, and 3.5 of those years in Mckinsey?)

All in all, I'll have about 4.5 years total work experience in two different industries by fall 2012. I'm rewriting my GMAT on August 3rd to push it to 700+

I'm a Research Analyst with Mckinsey & Co. - New Delhi, India office with currently 1.5 years work ex in this Firm. I work solely on the US Healthcare Payers & Provider (health insurance & hospitals/physicians) practice, working only with US teams. I know that the canadian Analyst I replaced went to Haas for the MBA/MPH (she left before I joined).

I also have ~2 yrs prior work experience in Client Servicing in the advertising industry (completely different). It will be difficult to explain this switch of course, as it had nothing to do with pharma/healthcare! I have a B.Sc. in Biology with 2 minors in Economics/Chem from Windsor, Canada

Any comments or advice that you may have would be extremely helpful. I am also in two minds as to whether I should get professional help in writing essays and selecting schools. So far, I have some peers/family that are in top corporate positions (or are B-school graduates) and I plan to run any future essays by them.


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Re: Haas MBA/MPH Program   [#permalink] 25 Jul 2011, 02:01
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