Student writingThe personal statement is one of the most important components of your application. Many of our departments do not incorporate any type of interview in their decision making process, so your personal statement is your chance to tell YOUR unique story. 

A few dos and don’ts

Explain why you chose the program you’re applying to. The Bloomberg School offers nine degrees from ten academic departments, as well as fellowships, certificates and institute classes. You should explain why you think the specific program you selected is a good fit and how the Bloomberg School will advance and help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

Discuss how your professional background/research/academic training relates to your public health goals. Address the evolution of your interest in public health and your hopes and aspirations within the field.     

Simply list your experience. Keep in mind that your application is reviewed holistically, so the committee can see where you went to school and what jobs you’ve held by your transcripts and resume. Tell them how your experience has made you passionate about public health.

Practical matters

Keep your statement to less than three pages and make sure your name is at the top of each page.

Beyond that, we don’t have any formatting requirements. Use your best judgment. Maybe consider using an easy to read font sized between 10 and 12 pts. Also think about double-spacing your statement.

THINK CLEAR AND CONCISE.  Your reviewers will enjoy reading focused and legible statements.