Public Health Statement of Purpose

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8 March 2010
Statement of Purpose (PUBLIC HEALTH)

Since early childhood, I always believed I would choose a career in the medical field. When I was five years old, I was asked: “What do you want to be when you grow up”? I always responded by saying: “I want to become a dentist”. I began to pursue my lifelong goal of becoming a dentist or doctor after enrolling at the University of Georgia majoring in biology. I interviewed and shadowed many doctors, all of whom specialized in different areas. I learned about the education process of becoming a doctor, daily tasks, their lifestyle, and the hours they worked. However, the more time I spent shadowing and working with people in those fields; the less I believed that a career as a doctor was right for me. I became more interested with why a certain patient had got the disease, how it was spreading, and what could be done to prevent the next person from getting the disease. Although I once thought the idea of becoming a doctor seemed fantastic, I knew it did not fit the criteria I was looking for. This led to an interest in the study of public health. Throughout my undergraduate education, I was exposed to a wide range of classes; however, I was most interested in the science classes. After deciding dental school was not for me, I knew I wanted to continue my science education by enrolling in a graduate school program. I remained uncertain which program would be right for me until the end of my senior year. My first introduction to public health was during a biology seminar for students interested in becoming a doctor. A guest lecturer from the school of public health gave a presentation over attending the graduate program. The idea of finding out what causes a disease and how it spreads and then using that information to save lives and money convinced me to look further into the M.P.H program. I attended more seminars and met with public health leaders at many events. These activities confirmed...
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