Personal Statement SOPHAS

Discussion in 'Public Health Degrees (Masters and Doctoral)' started by aqua_skies95, Oct 11, 2017.

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  1. aqua_skies95

    aqua_skies95

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    Do we have to have a separate personal statement for each school we apply to? Would each of the personal statements be under "Program Materials" in SOPHAS?
     
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  3. ConfusedAsUsual

    ConfusedAsUsual

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    Yes, in the Program Materials--Documents section. The personal statement has to be unique to each school, following their SOP guidelines.
     
  4. aqua_skies95

    aqua_skies95

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    Thank you for getting back to me so quickly! Do you think it's fine to use the same personal statement and edit it slightly for each program?
     
  5. ConfusedAsUsual

    ConfusedAsUsual

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    I used the same beginning essentially for each one, and then tweaked phrases here and there to reflect the specific department. When I spoke about why I wanted to go to XYZ/why I'm a perfect fit there, that is when I made it completely different and highlighted the things I liked about the specific program.

    I looked at 10 different SOP prompts and this is how I summarized the guidelines (the bolded ones are what changed for me with each essay to each school):

    1. Reason for interest in public health (why?)
    2. Formative experiences in public health (area of interest/public health issue should be clear)
    3. Why a particular department/concentration (introduce research interests)
    4. Why the university/program - how would you be a good fit

    5. How you will use your degree to achieve career goals/what skills or experiences do you hope to gain as you complete your MPH coursework at XYZ, that will help propel your career in public health?
     

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