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Johns Hopkins Bioinformatics
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I recently got accepted for MS in bioinformatics at JHU. Can anyone guide me how good is the bioinformatics program at Johns Hopkins and the reputation of JHU AAP. Also how would you rank the programs of these 3 universities - Carnegie Mellon(MS computational biology), Georgia Tech (MS bioinformatics) and Johns Hopkins(MS bioinformatics).
02-13-2017 05:05 PM
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The JHU AAP program is almost a part-time with some of the courses online. I say, AVOID - at any cost!

GT's Bioinformatics is a mainstream grad program with PhD as a possibility, if one wishes.

The CMU program is also a terminal degree; no option for further studies. If you just wish to join companies, that could work.

Do your numbers on GT and CMU. I suspect GT will have a better ROI; CMU is crazy expensive.

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I can pitch in with views on CMU's computational biology -

CMU has a huge bias to CS stuff. Computational biology, as you might know, falls under CS department. If you're looking for a job after graduation, you cannot go wrong graduating from CMU's school of computer science. Check previous post graduation job/salary stats for your program here. It's especially good if you're planning to get into ML/data related stuff. Lots of profs in ML department work on computational biology. It might be possible to get funded too (not sure how common that is though).

It does have its negatives
- It's expensive
- The CS bias is bad if you're planning to work on core bio- stuff

If you have specific questions, post them here and I can try and reach out to friends who graduated from the program.

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Tag me for questions/discussions related to Deep Learning and computer vision!
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I am getting mixed reviews so far. The graduates of JHU AAP are pretty satisfied and say they get a lot of oppurtunities to work in Hopkins labs and hospitals. The overall ranking of JHU is better than CMU and Gatech but my concern is the value/ranking of JHU AAP programs as compared to other JHU programs. Definitely, CMU and Gatech courses are CS and maths heavy which will broaden my job prospects, but its a tough decision to drop university with such great ranking. I am worried whether to go with university ranking or course structure.
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I have also got accepted at NYU school of medicine for MS in biomedical Informatics( more data science focused). The program comes directly under NYU school of medicine which has a great ranking. Now the choice is really between JHU, NYU and Georgia Tech. From my research, I have found that :

- JHU leads in the overall university ranking but AAP courses are okish. But if one gets to work in one of hopkins labs, then its really worth it

- Gatech has the oldest bioinformatics program. Its maths and CS heavy and would broaden my job prospects.

- NYU's program comes directly under the school of medicine, which has a great ranking. Also the program is more data science focused and NYC has good job opportunities.


I am pretty confused and its a big decision to make. Please help me decide.
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Hello,

Have you made decision?

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Until you understand this thread, keep reading it. Unless, and until you understand it, please try avoiding to apply to US.
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