I remember applying to grad school and struggling with the personal statement. With the resume and transcript providing my educational and experiential history, I struggled with how to write about myself without repeating information that was already present in the application. Here are some framing tips that will hopefully help those of you experiencing the same thing.
The field of Public Health is aspirational. It’s not just about helping individuals, it’s about changing society to help millions. The Bloomberg School’s vision of “Protecting Health, Saving Lives—Millions at a Time” is exactly what the field asks of you. With that in mind, try answering these questions:
- Where do you see yourself falling into that vision?
- In a single, and very specific statement, can you express why you desire to work in public health?
- What sparked your interest?
- What continues to motivate you?
- What excites you about the field?
- Why did you chose the specific program you are applying to?
- What will you do after coming to Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health?
- What will be your contribution to the field of Public Health?
Some other helpful tips:
- Keep your personal statement 2-3 pages, double spaced (SOPHAS allows 18,000 characters for the Schoolwide MPH Application, however we ask you to be more concise.)
- We encourage using legible size font such as 11-12pt
- Most departments don’t conduct interviews, so share with the faculty what you’d want them to know after an interview.
- Proof read! Proof read! Proof read!
Happy writing, and don’t forget to ask us if you have further questions!