Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.
Whether in a remote village in the mountains of India or in my own home, exposure to the world of health care was commonplace in my childhood. I was always fascinated by my mother’s job and thought that someday I too would be a physician. However, as I explored my future career options, I felt that dentistry would be a better fit for me. It was the ideal combination of my love for design, hands on work, and was like medicine. Dentistry is not an undergraduate major though, so I decided to study Public Health. I began to see the ways in which Public Health was actually a unique part of health care and in the end, the courses I have taken throughout my undergraduate career, coupled with my various experiences outside of college, have inspired me to continue to graduate school instead.
In pursuing a Master of Public Health, I hope to study Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation, with a focus in Health Communication. I want to learn the skills to develop and improve upon effective, culturally competent interventions that reduce health inequities on a global scale. This would allow me to utilize my aptitude for design to not only plan and monitor health programs, but also campaigns to promote the messages behind them. I hope that one day I can use the skills I learn in graduate school to make a tangible impact that changes the lives of people around the world.
Sarah from Massachusetts