Hello, I'm applying this fall for MPH and PhD programs in Public Health (Health Policy and MCH) for the Fall 2016 cycle. I would love your advice on the following: (1) qualities of an outstanding statement of purpose/personal statement (2) key experiences or personal qualities to highlight (3) how to describe non-research work experiences in public health (or public health nutrition when I don't want to focus specifically on nutrition in a PhD program) From what I understand, a good essay (especially for doctoral programs) should demonstrate understanding of the field and where your research interests fit in, your experiences in public health research and instances that show your potential as a researcher (proof of academic excellence, motivation, past awards/grants), and a description of how your research interests fit in with the university and specific faculty members/research groups. Aside from my PH research experience, I'm not sure which of the following should make it into my essay. I want my essay to be focused, but there were many non-research experiences that shaped my interest in research. -->Professional development training related to organizations/management for PhD programs in health policy and management? --> Public health work experiences: statewide school nutrition and wellness programs, community-based work, etc.? -->Work as a teaching assistant for a health-focused journalism course in college? --> Specific coursework in Public Health and Public Policy in college? -->Leadership experiences in college related to public health? I'd greatly appreciate any advice you can offer me!