Statement of Purpose (SOP) for Public Health

Statement of Purpose (SOP) for Public Health

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Suman PoudelSun Aug 29 2021

It doesn't matter which country you choose to apply for your student visa, that could be the UK, USA, Canada, Australia or any other country, SOP is a mandatory application requirement.  

A well crafted comprehensive SOP plays a significant role in a successful study visa application for any country. This guide presents to you a Statement of Purpose (SOP) sample for students who are looking to enroll into a MPH degree. 

If you are having a hard time figuring out the statement of purpose for your study abroad process, do check out this SOP guide. 

These are the quick tips you need to follow while composing your SOP for Public Health: 

  • Clearly mention when you developed a passion for your intended course.
  • Present your independent research and reasons behind choosing the course, country and the university.
  • Mention your academic achievements. Also, do not forget to write about your projects, research papers and experiences.
  • Assert your career plans and how the chosen degree will help you in achieving them.
  • Talk about your goals based on your home country.

Statement of purpose (SOP) for Master of Public Health (MPH)

I am [name of the applicant], born on [birth date]. I am a permanent resident of Rajshree Talkies, Dahisar, Mumbai, India with a small sized family consisting of my grandfather, father, mother, elder brother and me.

Regarding my academic qualifications, I completed my Bachelor of Public Health from [name of the University] Pune in 2020 with 87.31%. After that I joined [name of the company] as a junior research officer and have been working there till this time. Similarly, I attended the IELTS exam on [full date] and scored an overall band score of 7.5 with individual band score of listening 6.5, reading 6.5, Writing 7.0 and Speaking 7.5. With this academic and English proficiency, I am planning to pursue my Master of Public Health from [name of the college].

After completing my undergraduate degree with an outstanding grade, I got my first job at [name of the company]. I have been working there as a junior research officer till this time. This project is focusing on sanitation in rural India. Collecting data from the villages, documenting them and making reports are some of my responsibilities. Basically, I am assisting my senior project head. After working nearly 1 year, now I feel that there is so much more to learn and study. Thus I planned for my further study. 

I found out that my home country provides theoretical based studies due to which students are deprived of many opportunities and skills. The education system in India is still based on traditional ways and we still have outdated teaching and learning methods lacking modernization, innovation and creativity. The courses over here are mainly focused on providing theoretical education and the students get a very low amount of practical exposure. Hence, the graduates from my home country lack the skills and experience to apply their knowledge in real life situations and as a result there is difficulty to get employment opportunities in international job markets. When it comes to education I do not want to take a risk so I finally decided for study overseas.

After my decision to study abroad, I started to search for my desired course in various universities in different corners of the world. During my research, I found out about Australia, the USA and the UK and Denmark as the best academic destinations in the world. I did not choose Denmark because of its language barrier and extreme weather conditions. The UK is on the top of the list of world best countries to pursue education. Furthermore, the tuition fees are comparatively lower in the UK than in any of those countries. So, it wasn't a hard decision for me to choose the UK as my destination to continue my education. There are around 130 universities in the UK counting all four countries (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). And out of those universities, University of Oxford and University of Cambridge are in the top two positions in the World University Rankings 2019 published by the Times Higher Education. Students from over 200 different countries choose to study in the UK due to its affordability and high standards of education, which is one of the reasons for me choosing the UK. I can observe that the education system in the UK is more progressive and systematic. With their scientific-based courses and expert professionals as tutors, they enable learners to become creative and practically capable. The UK is the home for many big industries and research centers which helps a student to learn about the dynamics of various fields.

Furthermore, the UK government offers a PSW (post study work) program which will be very helpful for me because I will get a chance to learn new techniques, skills and to get experiences in my related field. Their culture fascinates me a lot. Their lifestyle attracts me like a magnet. I am really fascinated by its health benefits and eco-friendly nature. Besides this, the UK is also one of the safest destinations for International students to study and to live in as well, where students from different parts of the world come to pursue their education. After a lot of research I found that [name of your chosen college] will fit me best and I am willing to pursue my MPH from the University which has international recognition. I got highly impressed by the website itself as I have also watched a lot of testimonials which seems very promising. With 178 years of teaching people from different corners of the world in the heart of London, the university holds the reputation of providing qualitative and world renowned education. This university is among the top 10 universities in the country for teaching quality according to the Sunday Times. The university focuses on practical learning including field trips, projects, group activities and case studies. Furthermore, the university consists of a global family with a network of over 28,000 alumni from across the world. According to the survey by NSS (National Student Survey), one of the biggest student surveys in the world carried out by the Office for Students on behalf of the UK funding and regulatory bodies, [name of your chosen college] is now [ranking] Higher Education Institutions in England for overall student satisfaction. Moreover, the university has been named as the fastest rising university in the North for the second year running as it has been placed in.... position, showing a rise of 21 places, in the 2020 league table for Teaching Quality. Moreover, the course content is perfectly designed to provide practical exposure to the students along with theoretical knowledge which makes the university more appealing.

I wanted to pursue a Master of Public Health in the UK because I have always been interested to learn more about public health and safety. I believe this degree is perfect for me because I will get to learn all the subjects and additionally I will get to learn from the London based organizations as I was always keen to know about the work practices of people in their workplace. This full-time course merges the study of epidemiology, biostatistics and health research methods with public health skills. It will suit those with both medical and non-medical backgrounds who are interested in developing their research skills and public health career. Course lecturers are leaders in academic fields of statistics, epidemiology (chronic diseases and infectious diseases) and health services research. Guest speakers include public health professionals with experience in developing, managing and implementing interventions in public health.

The WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Education and Training offers some opportunities to students on the MPH Course to visit different multilateral agencies and international organisations in Geneva, Switzerland. Further onsite work visits are organised to support quality improvement initiatives in the local NHS Trusts. We will have opportunities to undertake a summer research project with a wide range of NHS and public health organisations, global health institutions, and think-tank groups.

I believe that Education is the most important thing because an uneducated person can see water in the river whereas; an educated person can see electricity in the water. The MPH program which I have chosen has a perfect mixture of theoretical and practical aspects. As I was always keen to know the work ethics and the way people work in a real work environment and with this program I will get an opportunity to live and practice the work life. After the completion of studies I will be eligible to apply for a Post Study Work (PSW) Visa. During the time of PSW, I will try my best to invest all my learning and to be productive to its peak. In India, there is a need for qualified public health experts, so I will use my professional skills, knowledge and the exposure for the development of the public health sector in my community and the whole nation. After graduating from [name of your chosen college], I plan on returning to India and initially work in the [few names of the top ranked health organization of India] as they are the dominant projects at present and the career growth here is also very bright. I am very hopeful that I will get the opportunity to enrol at your University to pursue my post graduation.

Yours Sincerely,

[Name of the applicant]

[E-mail Address] 

[Contact number]

If you are having a hard time developing an SOP, check out this Statement of Purpose Template (SOP) | All you need to know

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