I see the ScM Program in Epidemiology at the XXXX School of Public Health as the ideal platform to launch a career in international public health. I appreciate that Public Health in the Developing World occupies a top priority in your curriculum, keeping with your global focus and appreciation for diversity. A very hard-working scientist from India, I am a woman who could not be more passionate about global health issues. Earning the ScM at Johns Hopkins will be the finest preparation possible for going on to doctoral studies and, afterward, a career in international public health. My ideal position would be working with United Nations-based organizations or others concerned with promoting public health in the Global South.
I have been traveling to different parts of my native India for years. In addition to India, I completed one of my Master’s Degrees in the UK and have also spent long periods in Korea for work and research. I earned several graduate credits studying at the Ph.D. level in Korea. In addition to English, Bengali, Hindi, Assamese, and some Kannada, I speak, read, and write basic Korean. I have had several long and intensive research experiences in cancer and bioinformatics. I have also completed extensive research in the area of Diabetes.
India, the land of unity in great diversity, represents a vast plethora of public health challenges that serve as important examples of what needs to be studied and dealt with in other parts of the Developing World. My travels and my study in the area of Epidemiology worldwide, along with my unique, intensive experience with public health issues in the complex Indian context, will help me to hit the ground running and excel at XXXX. India faces many challenges in public health as diseases and demographics alike are constantly evolving. New challenges emerge frequently, with non-communicable and communicable diseases alike. Part of this is due to India’s success since many more are now fortunate enough to have risen into the middle classes, which has brought about a rise in longevity in India. Therefore, more resources must be directed to meet the aging population's needs. India is still at war with HIV, progress has been modest at best, and the struggle will last for some time barring radical advancement toward a cure. Even if a vaccine were to be found and produced, an enormous amount of work would need to be done to successfully implement such a mammoth undertaking.
There are various reasons why I have my heart set on studying at the XXXX School, mainly the sheer excellence of your program in every area, especially Cancer Epidemiology. Thus, the XXXX Comprehensive Cancer Center is a major draw. I especially admire the work dealing with how periodontitis is a source of aggravation for lung and colorectal cancers. I read heavily in this area out of deep and sustained concern, coming from India with some of the highest oral cancer rates in the world. I also very much appreciate the research of Dr. XXXX concerning targeting proper etiology and Dr. G. Dsouza‘s work on HPV. I am well-read in the area of HPV, and I have experience with patients with HPV and cervical carcinoma, collecting samples of different grades of cancer and OT and studying the molecules that play crucial roles in propagating the disease. I live to combat their activities using herbal or the best medical approaches. Being a female from India, where cancer wreaks such maximum devastation, singling out women as victims in bizarre ways, I could not be more fully inspired to give my professional life to research in this area. Earning my ScM in Epidemiology at the XXXX School will serve as the optimal platform upon which I can make my maximum contribution to science and global health.
I have a longstanding interest in the welfare of adolescent mothers through the preadult stage, particularly those with frequent childbirths. At this stage of life, the teenage female who becomes a mother invites enormous health distress and potential for problems later; very young mothers and their children alike are vulnerable to complications, especially in India’s rural areas. Public health awareness initiatives in this area need to be part of more general and comprehensive initiatives. Since its Independence, India has focused on controlling infectious and vector-borne diseases and ensuring maternal and child health. While about 70,000 deaths a year in India are due to breast cancer, less than 50,000 women die yearly as a result of maternity. But India spends much more money on mother and child healthcare than it does on cancer. There has been insufficient attention paid to cancer and other chronic diseases in India. Now faced with increasing life span and population growth, changing lifestyles, and degraded environments, India needs to create effective strategies for cancer control. With nearly a million new cancer cases yearly and around 7 million cancer deaths a year with the number increasing rapidly, India can no longer afford to overlook cancer control via screening and early detection.
I hope that my passion for cancer research and its different dimensions, along with my global experience, will complement the diversity of the XXXX School and enable me to bring honor to your institution and contribute something unique of value to the academic community.
I thank you for considering my application to Epidemiology at XXXX.