Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.

The Johns Hopkins MPH/MBA dual degree program is the ideal program to build on my healthcare work experience and undergraduate education in economics. As my perspective has evolved with exposure to public health issues seen in college and beyond, my undergraduate education, relevant work experience, and courses completed at the Bloomberg School of Public Health have helped shape my goal to transition into a role which focuses specifically on healthcare mergers and acquisitions (M&A).

As a member of the WFU Rugby Club, I joined my teammates as a potential candidate for a concussion medication trial. If a member of the team became concussed during practice or a competitive match, they could opt-in to try this new treatment. Seeing this new opportunity, I understood our participation could help a study with the potential to not only help our players but shape the future of concussion treatment.

In the summer of 2013, through WFU’s study abroad office, I lived in Madrid while working as an intern at a non-profit organization called Proyecto Solidario that supported welfare programs for impoverished women and children primarily in Spanish speaking countries. The organization also executed welfare programs in response to natural disasters such as the 2010 Haiti earthquake. There, I began to more deeply understand the importance of supporting public health programs, especially for those who need them most.

The portion of my work experience that I enjoy most and have received the most positive feedback for involves projects in healthcare M&A, where I am able to connect principles learned in economics courses at WFU and the potential for each deal to put a product in the hands of a company with the intent of improving lives.

The MPH/MBA program is a perfect fit for my goal to work in healthcare M&A full-time, because the program will give me opportunities to focus on both business and public health during the same academic period.

Scott from District of Columbia
Johns Hopkins University