Sophas Personal Statement Prompt One

The School of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) simplifies the process of applying to the schools of public health. By using SOPHAS, you are able to complete one application via our online website and send one set of documents to our centralized service. SOPHAS will verify your application for accuracy, calculate your GPA, and send your application to as many public health programs you wish to designate who utilize our service

Before creating an account, determine if you are eligible to apply and ensure you are applying for the correct application cycle. Each program has different requirements and prerequisites for entry. Please contact the schools to which you are applying directly concerning their entry requirements. In addition, the application cycle refers to the time span in which your SOPHAS application is valid, not the academic year in which applicants will be admitted. Each PH program has its own start date; to determine exactly when a school's program will begin and to ensure you are filling out the correct application, we advise contacting the school directly.

The following steps are highly recommended BEFORE applying:

  1. Read through all of SOPHAS's policies, instructions, and Frequently Asked Questions at our site,
  2. Contact your schools to determine what types of references they require and line up references and their contact information
  3. Request student copies of transcripts to be sent to you to aid you in filling out the coursework portion of the SOPHAS application (these can NOT be the same ones later sent to SOPHAS)
  4. Compose your personal statement in a word processor. Please note SOPHAS has a character limit of 1500 characters, including spaces, line breaks, etc. Please note that we have found that Notepad's character count to be more reflective of SOPHAS's than the system employed by Microsoft Word.
  5. Research your school's deadlines and plan ahead to ensure you meet their specific requirements.

The application cycle is the time span in which SOPHAS is open and you are able to create and access your SOPHAS account. The current cycle runs from September 18th, 2012 – August 14th, 2013. Once the application cycle closes, you will NOT be able to create or access your SOPHAS account. Please be sure you are eligible to apply and are creating an account for the correct cycle before creating a new account. Please see the “Before Applying to SOPHAS” section of our instructions for detailed information.

YOU MAY ONLY CREATE ONE ACCOUNT PER APPLICATION CYCLE. Creating more than one account will lead to delays and difficulty in handling the receipt of your transcripts and letters of reference. Any applicant who creates multiple accounts will have their duplicate accounts terminated, including any documents associated with those accounts.

To create an account, click “Create New Account” beneath the login information on the SOPHAS homepage. You will be asked to create a username, password and supply a valid e-mail address. You will also be asked to create a security question to help you retrieve your login information should you forget it. You will then be assigned a SOPHAS ID#. Be sure to retain all of this information. For your own security, do not share your password or account information with anyone.

Once you create an account with SOPHAS, you can access your application frequently in order to complete the required portion of the application. To ensure you complete the application correctly, please read through ALL Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions, as they will help guide you through each section of the application. After you have created and completed your application, you can e-submit it to SOPHAS for processing. Processing times vary, but can take up to FOUR WEEKS from the date your application becomes COMPLETE.

In order for SOPHAS to consider your application COMPLETE and process and mail your application to your schools, the following steps must all be completed:

  1. All U.S. official transcripts must be posted to your SOPHAS account
  2. Two out of your three letters of reference must be completed
  3. You must e-submit your online SOPHAS application
  4. All application fees must be paid to SOPHAS

PLEASE NOTE: Your application cannot be processed unless your initial application fee is paid in full. Applicants who submit multiple times to different schools but fail to pay the initial application fee are not considered complete and cannot be processed by SOPHAS.

  • Use the Transcript Request Form to have all official transcripts sent to SOPHAS.
  • Print your application for your records.
  • Make sure all information is accurate. Refunds cannot be made once your application has been submitted.

We advise all applicants to APPLY EARLY! Submitting your materials early helps ensure timely processing and avoids costly delays. Depending on volume, it can take up to 10 business days for items such as transcripts or money order payments to be marked as received by SOPHAS from the date they are mailed. Remember, once your application is considered COMPLETE, it can take up to FOUR WEEKS for it to be processed and mailed to your programs. Therefore, to ensure your application is mailed on time, ALL MATERIALS should arrive at SOPHAS at least four weeks prior to your earliest deadline.

Once the application is processed, it will be sent to your designated programs. The SOPHAS application will provide your designated programs with your complete biographical information and a detailed description of your academic history.

Once you create an application, you will come to your account homepage. You can now navigate through the application checklist in the middle of the screen, access your account tools and help menus on the left, and monitor your application's status on the right. Your name and SOPHAS ID# appear at the top of the application homepage. You should use this ID# when sending materials to SOPHAS or contacting us via e-mail or phone.

My Application
This button brings you back to your account homepage from any section of the application.
My Profile
Use this section to change Account information (such as your name, e-mail address, and account username), change your password and security question, or include your AAMC ID.
Print Application
You have the ability in this section to print out a hard copy of your application for your own records. Please note that this is a home printer-version layout and is NOT what is sent to your PH programs. It is normal for some sections, such as the narrative, to have unusual formatting.
My Messages
Messages from SOPHAS regarding your application will be sent to both your e-mail address and appear in this application inbox. SOPHAS highly recommends that all applicants monitor this application inbox, as some messages may be filtered as spam by your e-mail address, yet will still appear here.
Application Checklist
The Checklist allows you to navigate to each section of the application. The clear squares to the left of each section will turn yellow when each section is completed. Sections which have a red box to the right are required.
Applicant Information:
Use this section to input your Contact Information and Personal Data.
Additional Information:
This includes the following sections: Additional information, Community and Volunteer Service, Relevant Honors and Awards, Research and Work Experience, and Other Relevant Information.
Academic History:
This section includes Colleges and Universities Attended, where you must list every school you have received college-level credit from, even if the credits were awarded while you were a high school student. You must also list your degree status at each institution, even if the status is “no degree planned.” In the Coursework section, you must enter each course which appears on your official transcripts. This information will be used to calculate your GPA. Tests which vary by institution and Curriculum Vitae/Resume which is uploaded by the applicant.
Statement of Purpose and Objectives:
Your personal essay is intended to give you the opportunity to submit a narrative to each school to which you are applying describing your past education, experience, and current professional career objectives. You are encouraged to comment on any or all of the following: plans you have to use your education and training; the needs and/or challenges you perceive as important in your field of study; and any personal qualities, characteristics, and skills you believe will enable you to be successful in your chosen field of study. Be sure to check with the schools to which you plan to apply to ask whether there are any specific subjects you should address or questions you should answer in your essay(s).
References are completed electronically. References listed here will receive a link to our reference website and personalized login information.
School Designations:
This is where you select which Public Health programs you would like your application to be sent to. Once you submit your application, you cannot remove or substitute programs you have already selected. However, you may still add additional programs to apply to as long as their deadlines have not yet passed.
Status Menu
Use this section to view the overall status of your application, as well as to track the receipt of your transcripts, references, tests, and payments by SOPHAS. Once you have e-submitted your application and your application has been verified, you may also view your GPA calculation and your application's mailing date under “School Designations”.
Help Menu
Use this section to access the FAQs and Instructions for each of the application sections. These sections are in-depth and answer the majority of questions applicants have about the SOPHAS process.
This will close the application site.

The SOPHAS staff does NOT have access to your password information. To retrieve your password, please click “forgot password” under the login prompt. Please note that passwords and security question answers are case sensitive, so try several capital/lower case combinations. Also, please be certain you are attempting to log in to the 2013 portal (it should say 2012–2013 cycle at the top) and not the 2011–2012 portal. If you still cannot log into the portal, please e-mail SOPHAS a request to have your password reset along with your name and SOPHAS ID#. Your password will then be reset to a randomly generated password and your login information e-mailed to you. Once you login with this reset information, you will be able to change your password yourself to whatever you would like.


To date, we have aided dozens of MPH candidates from around the world express their objectives in a well-crafted and personalized Statement of Purpose.  How will you stand out from the thousands of SOPHAS applicants?  Only 1500 words stand between you and your goals!  Our writers are well-versed in current program direction, but also are sympathetic to the unique needs of international applicants.  It would be our honor to aid you in expressing to admission boards your heartfelt desire to amerlioate lives on a large scale, one community or demographic at a time, as well as helping you stand out from the crowds of candidates.

Your MPH SOPHAS Statement will cover:

  • The reasons for your interest in Public Health as a career and a lifetime dedication
  • Your reasons for interest in specific academic departments or concentration
  • Your reasons for interest in a specific school or program
  • Your career goals
  • And if you are applying to a doctoral program, your proposed research topics



And, as always, when you purchase a Statement of Purpose from us, a percentage of your payment goes directly to Wine to Water, a 501(c)(3) non-profit aid organization focused on providing clean water to needy people around the world.



Personal Statement of Purpose for entering into a quality Graduate Public Health Program with a US University

Applicant name: ***** *****


As I write this, thousands of miles from my homeland of , I think on the path that led me to Public Health.  I often wonder when people talk of healthcare disparities, if they can ever truly grasp what it means, what crushing poverty entails, and even what an underdeveloped nation looks like.  I was born and raised in the Niger Delta region of , a place where most people are suffering from one disease or another, conditions that are either unknown in the , or are highly preventable.  I never wondered who would help, or raise awareness; I was that someone.


To my mind, Public Health is the most important aspect of Medicine.  It can help prevent and bring solutions to health issues like no other field. In the delta region of , multinational oil companies have polluted the rivers and stream used by ordinary people for their livelihood.  The situation is dire.  People cannot fish nor do anything due the omnipresent oil polluting the water, choking oxygen and sunlight from sustaining ecosystems.  Compounding the problems are elevated illiteracy rates, and a general lack of preventative medicine and education results in rampant preventable diseases.  The health system needs serious reform and the right management.  Policy makers have failed to think long term and properly.  My people are suffering from neglect in all spheres of their existence as humans, especially in the health sector.  The outside world thinks on the ongoing plague of HIV/AIDS, but this is only one part of our massive set of issues.


currently has one of the highest infection rates of HIV/AIDS infection in the world and the trend continues. This is a result of poor policy and short sightedness. I am adamant that change must come. My studies in public health will go a very long way to helping me grasp the proper concepts and tools needed to work with the government to bring sustainable solutions to problems besieging the Niger Delta. I have lived in [Asia] for over ***** years studying medicine but that has not undermined my love for public health, Diseases like Malaria, microfilaria infection and other preventable diseases affect many people in this region.  Through my active volunteerism, distributing mosquito nets and repellant in Warri South, I have seen tangible success from even these humble efforts.  Change can come, and it need not be with an astronomical “price tag”.


Public health issues touch almost every family in my homeland, and sadly, my family is not an exception.  I come from a large family of ***** children and my ***** is dead today due to HIV/AIDS.  I know that if the health sector was better funded, better equipped and better managed with clear and effective policies, this kind of suffering could been avoided. Due to my love for public health, I am going to be a qualified medical doctor in just *****, but I want to go into public health because I believe strongly that I can contribute not only to my people but also to people all over the world. I have seen, firsthand people dying from typhoid or measles, and it sickens me.  Through proper interventions, planning and implementation of effective policies, I anticipate being able to bring about much-needed change through my work with an NGO or non-profit affiliated with the UN or directly through the Nigerian Ministry of Health.


My passion, academic ability, cultural competency, word travels and multilingual abilities practiced in a myriad of international experiences will contribute to the student body and graduate Public Health program.


I hope and pray my application for admission and financial aid will be given the most serious consideration.




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