I’ve mentioned before, public health admissions is based on fit. Test scores and grades are important, but so are effective writing skills, research interests, and future goals.
Where can you show off the last three?
Your Personal Statement
All Bloomberg School degree applicants are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application.
Departmental Master’s and Doctoral Applicants
If you’re applying to a departmental master’s or doctoral degree, upload your statement to the Bloomberg Application. The application will accept a number of file formats including .doc, .wpd, .pdf, and .txt.
There are no formal word-count or formatting requirements, but we encourage you to use a legible font (Arial, Helvetica, Times Roman, etc. at 11-12 pts) and double-space. Be concise – two to three pages (no more than three).
Schoolwide MPH Applicants
If you’re applying to the Schoolwide MPH through SOPHAS, compose your statement in a text only processor (e.g. Notepad). When you have a final version, cut and paste your statement to SOPHAS. Additional instructions may be found within the application.
SOPHAS limits statements to 18,000 characters. We ask you to be more concise - two to three pages (no more than three).
What Should You Address?
Most of our departments do not conduct interviews, so your personal statement is your chance to tell your story.
Explain why the program you selected is a good fit and how the Bloomberg School will help you achieve your academic and professional goals.
Don’t just list your experience and education – that’s what your resume and transcripts are for - but highlight those experiences (in the classroom and out) that made you passionate about public health.
Maybe most important: share your hopes and aspirations within the field. What are your goals? Where do you see this degree taking you?
Take your time, proof read and provide your reviewers an accurate picture of yourself and how you plan to Protect Health, Save Lives--Millions at a Time.