Doctoral Degree in International Health

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I am pursuing a doctoral degree in international health because I believe it is the next important step in my career in public health research. I have a passion for research, I enjoy the disease detective work, and I think there are still many important public health problems that are yet unsolved. I have been working at the Centers for Disease Control for 7 years, and my experiences have provided hands-on application of public health research conducted in often challenging, resource-limited settings. My recent work in epidemiological surveillance in particular has solidified my interest in international health and infectious disease epidemiology. I am applying to the doctoral program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health because the strong international health research and curriculum, together with the active affiliation of world-renowned public health agencies will provide me with the best foundation for developing as a public health scholar. Additionally, the global disease epidemiology and control program will allow me to combine my interest in international health with the focus of epidemiology. Given my interests and career goals, I want my doctoral training to have the advantage of the broad curriculum offered at Hopkins, but also the opportunity to work with top researchers in international health. I have been privileged to work with some Hopkins scholars all over the world already – in Moçambique as well as domestically in both a surveillance project and a disease outbreak investigation. Their excellent public health work and continued enthusiasm for their alma mater has demonstrated to me that Hopkins has exactly what I need to succeed in the next stage of ... ... middle of paper ... ... laboratory chief whose laboratory did not have a working refrigerator or telephone, and an epidemiologist who did not have a working computer and instead calculated disease trends with a pencil and paper. These challenges, though often overwhelming, left me with a deep desire for improved public health. My cumulative research experience, education, and commitment to advancing health standards among the underprivileged, combined with a deep desire to learn make me an excellent candidate for Johns Hopkins University’s doctoral program. I am confident that I will receive the training and experience necessary to be at the forefront of the field of epidemiology. There are important problems in public health today, and I believe we can make some amazing achievements in my lifetime. I thank the committee for your consideration of my application.

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