Sample Personal Statement for Master in Public Health
Picking shells on a local beach as a ten-year-old girl one beautiful summer afternoon, I saw a crowd of people gathering some distance away. When I managed to squeeze inside the crowd, I saw two drowned boys lying on the beach. They had just been salvaged from the sea. Doctors in a nearby seaside clinic were immediately sent for but on that particular day only one was on duty. She applied first-aid measures to one of the boys and asked a young man, an on-looker in the crowd, to follow what she was doing to save the other boy. Whereas the professionally-trained doctor save her patient with her expertise, the inexperienced young man did not really know how to proceed. By the time the doctor took over, the other boy was already dead.
That was my first experience of witnessing how proper medical treatment could miraculously save a person’s life out of impending danger and this experience was defining. I was determined to become an “angel in white” who could be equipped to contribute to the physical welfare of the people. This determination prompted me, by the time I completed my junior middle school, to seize the first opportunity to realize my aspiration—an education in nursing specialty at a local polytechnic school.
When I completed my studies three years later, I was employed by XX Hospital, XX Province, and I worked as a clinical nurse for three years. At that time, a secondary education in nursing at a polytechnic school was the highest academic education one could obtain in China. Yet I was convinced that, with the social and economic development of China, nurses were bound to receive higher levels of academic training. Therefore I made persistent efforts to improve my English proficiency and taught myself all the advanced courses in senior middle school. Being fully prepared, I succeeded in entering the Junior College of XX Medical University when it administered the province’s and also the country’s unprecedented entrance examination in 1988.
For three years I underwent more rigorous and systematic training in nursing and I was the sole “Outstanding Graduate of XX Province” in my class. Upon graduation, I returned to my former hospital and as its first nurse with a junior college degree I worked as nursing instructor, responsible for training all the nurses of the hospital. Meanwhile I continued to accumulate clinical nursing experience and further improve my English proficiency (in 1993 I scored 610 in my TOEFL test, which was a rare achievement among Chinese nurses at that time).
My seven-year professional experience as a nurse and my sound command of English theretofore ushered in the golden period of my career. In 1994, I wrote a job-application letter to the American president of the newly-established XXX Hospital, which is jointed administrated by XX Medical University and the Medical Center of XX University. My impressive qualifications resulted in my exceptional recruitment by the hospital and ever since then I have been working in a predominantly American hospital culture and in a English-speaking environment under the leadership of the American vice president in charge of nursing. For nearly a decade by now, I have undergone several major transformations in my career, from a clinical nurse to an administrator—first as Nurse Manager, then as Medical-Surgical Nursing Director, and finally as Director of XXOffice.
As Nurse Manager from 1994 to 1997, I introduced into my management the American Performance Evaluation System of Nurse Positions, which significantly standardized nurse conduct and improved nurse performance. Demonstrating distinguished professional performance and potential, I was promoted to work as Medical-Surgical Nursing Director from 1997 to 2002, supervising the nurses and their managers on a dozen of floors. I also directed various departments in their ward management, documentation of medical records, disinfection and quarantine, nursing and continued education. I continued to introduce advanced American nursing concepts and procedures and offer regular vocational training to nurses as the hospital leading nursing specialist. I emphasized on the total nursing concept and on the quality improvement of patient-oriented nursing services
My greatest challenge and achievement at this hospital so far is working as Director of XX Office. In November 2002, the top management decided that our hospital was to participate in the XX certification project administered by the United States’ XX, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The project is extremely challenging because XX certification is totally unprecedented in China(so far only two Asian hospitals have passed this certification), all the certification materials are in English and extensive contacts must be made with many experts based in the United States. The project encompasses all the fields of hospital management ranging from medical therapy, medical technology, nursing, administration and even logistics. I was appointed as Director of XX Office for my professional knowledge as well as leadership caliber.
Under my leadership, the XX Office translated two thick volumes on XX Standards and Certification Inspection Process, modified the existing system and work flow in accordance with the system and work flow of the Medical Center of XX University, formulated both the short-term and the long-term work objectives, and established a highly efficient organizational framework. I organized the overall professional training and proposed and implemented the sustained quality improvement. My diligent execution of my responsibilities have paved the way for the hospital’s final passing of the certification early next year.
Over the past decade, I have developed a full international perspective. In 1994, I paid a week-long visit to the XX Hospital in XX. From April to July 1996 I studied nursing management at the Medical Center of XX University and again in 2003 I studied hospital quality management there. In addition, I attended the International Summer Practicum on Quality Improvement and Accreditation at XX’s headquarters in XX and the 2003 Healthcare Quality Overview and Certification Workshop sponsored by XX for Healthcare Quality. Domestically, I have participated in nearly ten workshops, seminars and programs in XX, XXand elsewhere.
In terms of research, I have published about 10 research papers in leading technical journals of the country and co-edited a book XX. Since 1999, I have been serving as member of the Surgical Academic Committee of XX Provincial Nursing Society and as such launched two national surgical general nursing workshops. Among countless honors and awards, I have won the Award for Innovation in Medical Science and Technology of XXProvince for my contributions to the project XX. Another project I have participated in XX is applying for sponsorship from the Provincial Education Commission as a major research project. What’s more, I completed my on-job undergraduate program (1998-2001) in the specialty of Executive Administration, obtaining a B.A. degree in jurisprudence.
In China it used to be supposed that the construction of a well-developed public health system is not so important and that only economic development is paramount. The SARS epidemic last year has exposed the fragile condition of China’s public health system. My involvement in XX certification made me realize earlier than others that China sorely needs to make drastic efforts to perfect its public health system. An examination of my own academic background in nursing, my academic and professional background in administration, my exposure to American medical system and practices, makes it apparent to me that a Master’s program in Public Health is most appropriate for me in further facilitating my career development. For this reason, I would like to apply for a MPH program from XX School of Public Health, concentrating on Health Policy and Management.
I am interested in studying at XX School of Public Health because I believe it can give me an unparalleled education on public health on the policy and management level. Founded in 1922, your school has long enjoyed a prestigious academic position and has been doing pioneering work in improving the health service system and reducing health risks in the United States and throughout the world. I hope to be exposed to innovative research and high-level academic training to acquire effective management skills and scientific decision-making techniques.
A systematic education at Harvard will be vital for my future career as a senior public health administrator in that it will allow me to incorporate American administrative patterns of public health with China’s realities. I will be able to perform some creative work in reforming China’s existing public health system and make it serve a greater multitude of people. In this regard, I deem my proposed study as a very meaningful part of my career pursuit.
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Personal Statement of Purpose for entering into a quality Graduate Public Health Program with a US University
Applicant name: ***** *****
As I write this, thousands of miles from my homeland of , I think on the path that led me to Public Health. I often wonder when people talk of healthcare disparities, if they can ever truly grasp what it means, what crushing poverty entails, and even what an underdeveloped nation looks like. I was born and raised in the Niger Delta region of , a place where most people are suffering from one disease or another, conditions that are either unknown in the , or are highly preventable. I never wondered who would help, or raise awareness; I was that someone.
To my mind, Public Health is the most important aspect of Medicine. It can help prevent and bring solutions to health issues like no other field. In the delta region of , multinational oil companies have polluted the rivers and stream used by ordinary people for their livelihood. The situation is dire. People cannot fish nor do anything due the omnipresent oil polluting the water, choking oxygen and sunlight from sustaining ecosystems. Compounding the problems are elevated illiteracy rates, and a general lack of preventative medicine and education results in rampant preventable diseases. The health system needs serious reform and the right management. Policy makers have failed to think long term and properly. My people are suffering from neglect in all spheres of their existence as humans, especially in the health sector. The outside world thinks on the ongoing plague of HIV/AIDS, but this is only one part of our massive set of issues.
currently has one of the highest infection rates of HIV/AIDS infection in the world and the trend continues. This is a result of poor policy and short sightedness. I am adamant that change must come. My studies in public health will go a very long way to helping me grasp the proper concepts and tools needed to work with the government to bring sustainable solutions to problems besieging the Niger Delta. I have lived in [Asia] for over ***** years studying medicine but that has not undermined my love for public health, Diseases like Malaria, microfilaria infection and other preventable diseases affect many people in this region. Through my active volunteerism, distributing mosquito nets and repellant in Warri South, I have seen tangible success from even these humble efforts. Change can come, and it need not be with an astronomical “price tag”.
Public health issues touch almost every family in my homeland, and sadly, my family is not an exception. I come from a large family of ***** children and my ***** is dead today due to HIV/AIDS. I know that if the health sector was better funded, better equipped and better managed with clear and effective policies, this kind of suffering could been avoided. Due to my love for public health, I am going to be a qualified medical doctor in just *****, but I want to go into public health because I believe strongly that I can contribute not only to my people but also to people all over the world. I have seen, firsthand people dying from typhoid or measles, and it sickens me. Through proper interventions, planning and implementation of effective policies, I anticipate being able to bring about much-needed change through my work with an NGO or non-profit affiliated with the UN or directly through the Nigerian Ministry of Health.
My passion, academic ability, cultural competency, word travels and multilingual abilities practiced in a myriad of international experiences will contribute to the student body and graduate Public Health program.
I hope and pray my application for admission and financial aid will be given the most serious consideration.
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