Public Health

Public Health graduate programs aim to prepare their students for work in the organizational and societal facets of healthcare.  Programs often include interdisciplinary approaches such as epidemiology, biostatistics, public policy, and community health. Successful Public Health Statement of Purpose essays demonstrate an understanding of the goals and functions of Public Health and its role in the larger field of medicine.  Programs do not necessarily look for applicants to have chosen a specialization, or for them to know exactly what they want to do with their degree, but they do look for a continued interest in the field and a grasp of the various options for specialization, and how those specializations might impact a future career.

Unlike other academic fields, Public Health is focused on real world training and implications rather than theory.  Because of this, it is important that applicants have on the ground experience.  This is less true for Masters programs than PhD programs, but regardless of what level of graduate training you are seeking, be sure to include work experience in your Public Health Statement of Purpose.

Public Health Statement of Purpose examples:

1. Crisis Indonesia

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