I hold a bachelor degree in Health Science with an emphasis on Global Health and am a certified Health Education Specialist. Since acquiring my degree, I spent 3 years working for a neurologist assisting with the education and guidance to patients and families about their conditions, symptoms and prognoses. I have spent a further 3 years in the medical device field and am currently a Principal Clinical Education Specialist leading a team developing courses for the hemorrhagic stroke portfolio, leading hands-on, didactic and observational courses.
I have found significant satisfaction in several roles in my career to date but I look back to my voluntary activity in the US and also in Mexico and the Philippines and feel that they provided a greater measure of fulfillment. I now seek to acquire the skills and knowledge that will enable me to make a greater difference in the world by improving the health education, health and outcomes in deprived, rural communities both in the US and globally. I have made no final decision as to how my goals might be best achieved but will, most probably, seek employment with an international organization who will want to maximize my utility to the underserved in the direct delivery of programs to local communities and will make the fullest use of the advanced knowledge and skills that George Washington Master of Public Health program will provide. I feel that this program will provide me an excellent foundation to make an impact in our world.
I am realistic enough to appreciate that the difference one person can make in the face of so many economic, social and cultural barriers to a general improvement in health is strictly limited. However, I am also convinced that the more truly dedicated and determined people who are involved in the field, the more progress can be achieved and the faster it will occur. I am genuinely passionate in wanting to design, deliver and facilitate truly effective health education to those in greatest need of it. I am also aware that people in need can easily become mere statistics which is why my goal is to work, as far as possible, directly with real people with unique hopes and needs who make up the ‘numbers’ in reports.
One project in which I was involved in the Philippines required me to assist in seeking to reduce the incidence of hypertension and diabetes in collaboration with Rural Health Units. We worked closely with health workers and rural health unit midwives and nurses doing house-to-house visits taking glucose levels, BP monitoring, pre-natal check-ups and overall health exams. In addition, I was able to bring my knowledge of neurovascular diseases to the communities and created a stroke signs and symptoms program to be implemented during my volunteer time and to be carried on after I departed. The dedication, commitment and skills of the professionals involved was truly inspiring and it was clear that real benefits were being achieved. It is this kind of direct involvement with affected communities that I seek.
I was awarded promotions by my current employer after a short period of employment which reflects their confidence in my abilities and most especially my commitment, professional competence, communication skills and my management potential. The role has enabled me to exercise and develop leadership skills which will clearly be vital in the roles to which I aspire. The ability to plan, to organize, to delegate effectively, to share a vision, to share skills and knowledge, to listen and, most of all, to inspire others are among those that I have sought to develop and exercise. Management education is always a ‘work in progress’ but I am keen to acquire and to develop a wide range of leadership and management skills as far as I am able.
I have happily worked, studied and socialized with people of many cultural and social backgrounds. I understand that cultural awareness and sensitivity is vital in Public Health. I have had the opportunity to travel fairly extensively. I studied in the UK for several months and have visited several other European and Asian countries. My professional experience includes working and collaborating with international team members on the facilitation and execution of physician training programs across the world. I am fascinated by cultural contrasts and greatly enjoy exposure to other cultures. I am a native English speaker with a grasp of basic Spanish and intend, when time permits, to extend my knowledge of it.
I am seeking a challenging but supportive academic environment and am confident that George Washington University Master of Public Health program will provide me that from the program feedback that I have read. I also see that the curriculum closely matches my areas of interest and am drawn by the impressive online program combined with a prestigious faculty. I also note the successful alumni career outcomes which provides confidence that I shall be enabled to achieve my personal goals and fulfill my potential.
To summarize: I hold a directly relevant bachelor degree and a professional background in health education design and provision; I have volunteer experience in three contrasting countries and in a variety of projects; I have leadership/management experience and some, admittedly limited, experience of assisting in research. However, my main recommendation is a genuine passion to improve the health of rural and deprived communities. I can assure the reader that I shall apply myself with exceptional diligence and enthusiasm to the program, if selected.
Thank you for considering my application.