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MPH Degree Personal Statement, Public Health following Medical School

XXXX is the only MPH Program to which I am applying since it is where I completed my undergraduate studies and where I feel most at home, as part of an established academic and civic community. I am currently working towards finishing up my studies towards the MD Degree and I am convinced that earning my MPH Degree at the very outset of my career will enable and inspire me to excel as a physician in such a way that I will be able to make my fullest contribution to my community and my profession. I plan to focus my studies on the Community Services track and excel in this area of your curriculum in particular.

My professional dreams include working at a large hospital in the inpatient setting. I think an MPH would add to my ability to serve the hospital in a holistic fashion, in terms going beyond sheer medicine, including administration, ethical, budgetary, and other similar concerns. I would be able to see and understand my patients more thoroughly, in the context of the medical issue with which they are wrestling, in the light of their lifestyle, life circumstances, and community. I have already taken advanced courses in epidemiology and bio-statistics as an undergraduate student at XXXX and these will count towards my MPH courses completed.

When I was in high school, my mother developed a retinal detachment and required surgery that inadvertently led to soaring intraocular pressure and excruciating pain. We rushed her to XXXX’s XXXX Eye Institute where we were told that she needed immediate surgery. The complexities of health policy and administration were present and haunting us throughout the ordeal. Nevertheless, the experience stayed with me and I continue to think often of that time, my mother’s recovery, and the challenges to which myself and so many other are introduced all at once when a medical crisis arrives in the family. I date this period to the time that I first began seriously to think about studying both Medicine and Public Health. Because of the lengthy and terrifying medical condition of my mother, the trauma for me of thinking that I might lose her, resulted in my investing a lot of time over these years satiating the curiosity that dates from that period, reading about the bureaucratic challenges facing so many patients who find themselves in situations not unlike that endured by my mom.

I became an EMT as an undergraduate student, which allowed me to hone my clinical skills early on and get started helping the underserved areas of Los Angles. This experience also kick-start my Spanish skills and gave me enough motivation to achieve a certain level of competency in the area of medical care. I still struggle in Spanish and hope to improve it during the course of my studies towards the MPH and beyond because of its critical importance for the underserved, many of whom speak little to no English at all, especially here in southern California. My passion for the biomedical sciences also led me to become an ophthalmic clinical assistant at the Jules Stein Eye Institute. I found the epidemiology of ocular disease especially fascinating. The processes of healthcare administration, as I began to learn more about them, also interested me a great deal; but my historical dissatisfaction with this aspect of medicine continued through my undergrad experience and into Medical School, also at XXXX. As an undergraduate researcher at XXXX’s AIDS Institute, I worked to complete a chimeric antigen receptor lentivirus for T cell and stem cell-based HIV gene therapy. part of a collective effort to achieve a functional cure for HIV infection. I learned how to formulate and test a research hypothesis and how to synthesize knowledge gained from clinical trials and animal experiments; and even how to design new therapies that offer hope for improving those currently employed. I was also very much drawn to the epidemiology of HIV, guidelines for prevention and treatment, social determinants, and health policy surrounding this disease fascinated me and I gave as much as I could to this struggle. This was one of the reasons why I took advanced level classes in biostatistics and epidemiology while still an undergraduate at XXXX.

Now a 3rd year medical student at the XXXX school of Medicine, along with epidemiology, I also rank quality improvement, among my favorite subjects taught in our curriculum. Nevertheless, I sense what I want to describe as ‘disconnects’ between the fields of medicine and public health. It is not surprising that medical school must focus on clinical medicine and treatment, leaving what I view as important contributors to patient-health under-emphasized. Still, I find this unfortunate due to the importance of such knowledge for clinicians. Afterall, at the infancy of Public Health Institutions in this country, many attendees were in fact clinicians, underscoring the importance of the link.

I cannot help but get all geared up for studying Public Health as a student of medicine at XXXX because I am a frequent witness to various problems of resource integration. It would be a special honor for me to attend the Fielding School of Public Health at XXXX so that I learn to cultivate and practice a critical, community perspective on medical need and access, utilizing the skills that I acquire and refine as a result of earning the MPH at XXXX. I have extensive experience at the major healthcare centers in the greater Los Angeles Area, including UCLA Health, Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles County Hospitals, VA, and several others. This familiarity will help me to excel in your program as we work side by side in the building and maintaining of cohesive networks of healthcare advocacy.

I have already completed CLERKSHIPS in family, ambulatory, and internal medicine, as well as neurology and, currently psychiatry; after this, I will proceed to OB/GYN, Pediatrics, and Surgery. Hoping to complement the MD with the MPH, my focus will always be on the community, infectious disease and fostering preventive health and access to medical care one patient at a time – in LA.

Thank you for considering my application.

MPH Personal Statement, Indian Doctor

A very hard-working woman doctor from India, since 2015 I have been making a new home for myself in the USA and working hard to restart my career in health here in the USA. While I adore the practice of medicine, for a variety of reasons, I feel that my first career advancement should take place in the area of Public Health. Thus, I hope to earn the MPH Degree in your especially distinguished program at XXXX University.

Public health issues in my native India intrigued me even before I went to medical school and especially after the first year or two of my studies. A compassionate person, I have long grieved for the limitations that exist in India in our public health systems, the impoverished extent to which we are able to offer affordable care to the vast major of our people with the fewest resources. As a medical student, I was dismayed to realize how very little was invested in India in the area of Public Health Education, with little to no academic focus in this area at all except for brief mention as part of medical school curriculums.

I moved with my Family to the USA in 2015 and I have worked alongside numerous physicians in both outpatient and inpatient settings. My work experience in the United States has broadened my horizons and helped me get oriented to the American healthcare system. Presentation of patients, charting and SOAP notes, electronic medical records, and extensive communication with medical and allied health staff have me ready to hit the ground running in your program with fresh experience to draw from. I have done extensive research in past 6 months. one of my projects in my current position on the Rapid Response Team at my hospital is a quality improvement project. A physician with experience treating patients of extremely diverse backgrounds, I have also spent countless hours observing in a variety of clinics since I came to the USA in 2015.

My goal is to serve as part of a core team in hospital management dedicated to bringing about endless improvements in the delivery of healthcare. My past 6 months have been especially enriching serving as an assistant and working alongside my mentor, Dr XXXX at St Francis Hospital, a renowned cardiologist and esteemed academician. Our team has so far worked on 2 major research projects dealing with quality improvement. Projects. With each passing day I better understand the connection between research and practice, bringing it all together to improve global human health. I find myself extremely highly motivated as a result to give my utmost to the fullest possible immersion experience in the study of Public Health.

Great Accomplishments in Public Health

Reductions in Child Mortality

Child mortality, a key measurement of United Nations Millennium Development Goal 4, is defined as deaths in children aged under 5 years old and serves as a major indicator of a nation's health and development, tracking health services and outcomes as well as important social and economic indicators.

Currently, an estimated 8.1 million children die each year before reaching their fifth birthday, a decrease of approximately 2 million in the last ten years. From 77 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2000, the child mortality rate declined to just 62 per 1,000 in 2009. The annual rate of decline in the child mortality rate has increased substantially, from 1.3% per year in the 1990s to 2.2% since the year 2000. Approximately 99% of all childhood deaths occur in low-income and middle-income countries. Exactly 49% occur in sub-Saharan Africa and 33% occur in southern Asia. Approximately 68% of deaths among children aged <5 years are caused by infectious diseases, most notably diarrhea, pneumonia, malaria, and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Under-nutrition contributes to at least one third of all childhood deaths, usually in interaction with infectious causes. The vast majority of gains in child survival have been accomplished through scale-up of interventions like immunization, micronutrient supplementation, access to safe water, insecticide-treated bed-nets, oral rehydration therapy, antibiotics, antimalarial therapy, and antiretroviral therapies.

Increased financial resources, strong partnerships, intensified country support, and innovations in service delivery approaches have made these gains possible, and because of the success in reducing the number of deaths caused by infection, 41% of childhood deaths now occur among neonates. Leading causes of neonatal death are preterm birth complications, birth asphyxia, and sepsis.

Access to Safe Water and Sanitation

Water-related diseases, principally the 2.5 billion cases of diarrhea that occur annually, are the second leading reason for childhood mortality worldwide. Diarrhea, almost 90% of which is related to inadequate water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), kills 1.5 million children aged under 5 years annually—more children than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined. From 2000 to 2008, the world's population increased from 6.1 billion to 6.7 billion. But the proportion of the world's population with access to improved drinking water sources increased from 83% to 87% (covering an additional 800 million people), and the proportion with access to improved sanitation increased from 58% to 61% (covering an additional 570 million people). These gains were made through WASH initiatives to increase water and sanitation coverage and promote hygienic behaviors (e.g., hand washing), as well as through existing services. During the previous century in Europe, North America, and Japan, drinking water treatment almost eliminated waterborne diseases such as cholera and typhoid.

More recently, although improved WASH access resulted in significant progress in controlling water-related disease in certain countries (like Mexico and Chile), neglect of WASH infrastructure has contributed to large, deadly, waterborne outbreaks in others (e.g., cholera in Zimbabwe). Continued improvements in global WASH coverage require intensifying current efforts, including a long-term, multi-sector commitment to building and maintaining water and sanitation systems, behavior change promotion, and WASH-related disease surveillance.

Improved Preparedness and Response to Global Health Threats

Pandemic diseases and emerging diseases like AIDS, severe acute respiratory syndrome, and influenza continue to cause fear, economic instability, severe illness, and premature death. However, the public health community has improved preparedness for and detection of pandemic threats and is now responding more effectively than before.

The 2005 International Health Regulations, which entered into force in 2007, have modernized the international legal framework, improving systematic preparedness and response to pandemic and other emerging public health threats.

In addition, the use of the Internet and other media for public health surveillance has expanded, and the Global Public Health Information Network, CDC's Global Disease Detection Operations Center (GDDOC), additional international influenza response networks, and other systems routinely detect and respond to clusters of unusual diseases earlier than traditional surveillance. Laboratory and epidemiologic capacity also has improved markedly. One example is that since 2006, GDDOC worked with ministries of health to add availability of 185 new diagnostic tests in 59 countries, enabling these countries to conduct tests for pathogens they could not previously perform. Since 2000, a total of 21 new Field Epidemiology Training Programs have been established, three of which are now self-funded. From 2000 to 2010, these new programs graduated approximately 500 epidemiologists, and cooperative agreements with ministries of health, regional training conducted in collaboration with WHO and other international organizations, and vital public health work to reduce transmission at the animal-human interface have also contributed to reducing the risk of influenza pandemics.

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Sample 1st Paragraph for MPH Degree Admission, MD from Pakistan

I am a doctor from Pakistan with almost 10 years of professional experience in health care. While I was still a teenager, my grandmother died of hepatitis C. This was a watershed experience for me and one that launched me upon a course of profound devotion to medicine and a formidable curiosity about everything having to do with public health. While I have very much enjoyed my experiences as a doctor in Pakistan and as a student in pre-residency training here in America, I have long been obsessed with the simple realization that prevention is simply better than cure. For this reason, I want very much to complete the MPH Degree in your cutting-edge program at XXXX University, as I am certain that it will make me a much more creative and efficacious doctor, especially with respect to issues in international medicine.

It is the most profound honor imaginable for me to have the privilege of helping applicants in this field from all over the Developing World, public health professionals the vast majority of whom will return at some point in their career to help design and implement new generations of public health initiatives in their countries of origen in Asia, Africa, Latin America, etc.   I am an old wise man writing your statements and thereby insuring my own immortality in the most meaningful way possible, that my own labor will not have been in vain.

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