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MSC Epidemiology Personal Purpose Statement

After completing my Honours B.Sc. in Biochemistry (major) with a minor in Statistics at the University of XXXX in 2012, I was accepted into the Graduate Certificate Program in Population Health Risk Assessment and Management, which I am currently completing at the University of XXXX. Thus, I have a solid academic foundation upon which to begin building a career in epidemiology. This is why I very much hope to continue my studies towards the master's degree in Epidemiology at the University of XXXX.


MSC Epidemiology Personal  Statement
MSC Epidemiology Personal Purpose Statement

In addition to my regular coursework, my electives and my CO-OP placements have also helped me to develop advanced time-management, organizational, communication, and general people skills.


The combination of my academic and professional experience provides me with an excellent background that will allow me to excel in your program. I have long been intrigued with the topic of epidemiology even though it was not an area of study included in my undergraduate major or minor programs. I was ineligible to take the undergraduate epidemiology class, so I sought other avenues and enrolled in a distance education course in Epidemiology offered through Athabasca University, which I completed in December of 2011.


This past fall, I faithfully attended the weekly Epidemiology seminars held by the department, enhancing my exposure to the broad gambit of applications for research in epidemiology. I have also received a grade of ‘A’ in Introductory Epidemiology (EPI 5240) which I took as an elective course. Although I have not yet fully decided in which area of Epidemiology I want to build a specialization, I have a particular passion for both health economics and infectious diseases.


MSC Epidemiology Personal  Statement
MSC Epidemiology Personal Purpose Statement

I see biochemistry and statistics as the two central pillars upon which my career is built. I chose to do a minor in statistics because I saw early on how important this area of study is to the physical scientist dedicated to quantitative research and analysis. I also took an Applied Biostatistics class where I became familiar with issues and challenges for statistics that are related to various biological questions. I received all 'A' in my statistics classes, and I now have hands on experience with specialized software such as SAS and R. I also feel quite competent in the interpretation of advanced statistical techniques such as regression analysis, ANOVA, ANCOVA and time series analysis.


I am particularly pleased to have twice earned a spot on the Dean’s List and to have been awarded three exceptional and one excellent evaluation on my CO-OP placements. The CO-OP program provided me with new research horizons born from real world experiences, including the opportunity to do laboratory research at the National Research Council in addition to three CO-OP placements with Health Canada in various pharmaceutical regulatory groups. I have continued to work at Health Canada on a part-time basis, gaining further invaluable experience in the regulatory pharmaceutical world.


MSC Epidemiology Personal Statement
MSC Epidemiology Personal Purpose Statement

I particularly appreciate the interdisciplinary character of the research taking place and given priority in your program. I keenly look forward to authoring a thesis and I could not feel more confident in the ability of your renowned faculty to guide me in the choice of a subject and its execution. Continuing my studies at the University of XXXX will also enable me to continue to cultivate professional contacts with the many health-related resources of the greater XXXX area, including federal and municipal governments, local hospitals, and a most vibrant academic environment.


My long-term plans include continuing my studies at the doctoral level. I would like to pursue a career as a researcher and/or policy analyst so that I will be able to maximize my contribution to the health and wellness of Canadians. I thank you for considering my application to your program.


MSC Epidemiology Personal Purpose Statement





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