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Too old to do a PhD? And should it be public health or public policy if I want to get into int'l development?

Too old to do a PhD? And should it be public health or public policy if I want to get into int'l development? Topic: phd writing
June 17, 2019 / By Alen
Question: Hi there - does anyone have some advice? I have an MSc (earned in the UK) in International Politics, and while doing that, realized what I would love to do is get into global health policy, specifically around HIV/AIDS issues. 1) Do I need another degree if I have no developing country experience, but experience in grant writing at int'l development NGOs 2) I don't have a head for science (epidemiology, etc.) - is a public policy degree with a thesis on health policy better for me? 3) Should I go for another masters or would a PhD be better? 4) Do I need to start now on a PhD if I'm going to do that? I'm 28 now, would be 29 if entered next year, but would prefer to wait a year to figure things out, so I would be 30-too old? I don't really want to pursue a tenure-track academic position but would love to teach on an adjunct/associate basis at some point in the future. I also would like to get back to the UK to work in the future, and UK universities are keen to hire Americans...thanks!
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Tamela Tamela | 5 days ago
Your age should not be a problem. Many people work for years before beginning a PhD program. The combination of academics and experience will make you more attractive to employers.
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Tamela Originally Answered: Did the EPA just say that Water is a public health hazard?
Did you skip every single day of high school chemistry? Water is H2O (two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen) The main greenhouse gasses are Carbon dioxide CO2 (one part carbon and two parts oxygen) Methane CH4 (one part carbon and four parts hydrogen) Nitrous Oxide N2O (two parts nitrogen and one part oxygen) Water vapor H2O is a large contributer to the greenhouse effect. Because without a little of the greenhouse effect (and some CO2, CH4, N2O) we would be a freezing planet like Mars. If you actually read the science, you might actually understand the issue. But if you keep supporting oil companies over the health of your children and grandchildren, then oh well... Keep denying 30 years of science when you can't make it to one chemistry class yourself - good luck! ***************** The point of greenhouse gases is that they cause the greenhouse effect and Global Warming. greenhouse gases prevent the infrared energy and heat from escaping the planet. As heat leaves the atmosphere it cools the planet. But, if it doesn't escape the heat stays. Take the example of Mercury and Venus. Mercury has no atmosphere and is 36 million miles from the sun. The lack of atmosphere means that heat readily escapes from the planet. It's average temperature is 178 C. Then look at Mars. Mars is 142 million miles from the sun and has virtually no atmosphere. At that distance, based on the calculations from Mercury, one would assume the temperature to be -124C. But its slight atmosphere (Mars has an atmospheric pressure about 1% of earth's), that is almost all CO2, keeps some of the radiational cooling on the planet and the average temp is around -63C. Venus on the other hand is 67 million miles from the sun. Therefore, all things being equal, its average temperature should be one half of that of Mercury. However, all things are not equal. Venus has an atmosphere. And its atmosphere is 97% carbon dioxide! It has the greenhouse effect and global warming. The average temperature on Venus is 449C - almost triple that of mercury which is half the distance to the sun. Some greenhouse gases keep the planet livable as shown by observations here and on mars. But too much greenhouse gases will trap too much heat - as shown by Venus.
Tamela Originally Answered: Did the EPA just say that Water is a public health hazard?
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Rexanne Rexanne
No -- you are not too old. I started a PhD program in my mid-40s at UC-Berkeley and graduated just before turning 49. I'm not teaching at a major university. You should only get a PhD if you are driven to do research.
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Rexanne Originally Answered: Is an online PhD in Health Education or Public Health program perceived the same as a on campus program?
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Rexanne Originally Answered: Is an online PhD in Health Education or Public Health program perceived the same as a on campus program?
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