Statement of Purpose
“Master of Public health”
Student: KIEC Student
Introduction & Educational Background:
I’m Full Name, born on DOB in Permanent address. My Passport No. is ********. I’m future-oriented from my childhood. The day I realized that education is the main key to have a successful career, I decided to have my academicals journey a rewarding journey. I belong from a very simple and sober family. My father’s name is a Father Name and my mother’s name is Mother Name. My father is a retired officer from Rashtriya Banijya Bank Ltd. and my mother is a social activist. I have a younger sister and her name is sister name. She is a BBA graduate and currently working as an Accountant at Company Name. I got married in accordance with the Nepali social customs to Husband Name on 4th March 2017, a permanent resident of address. My husband is a registered pharmacist of Nepal and working in a Pharmaceutical Industry. My grandfather-in-law Name is at an older age. My father-in-law Name is in government service as a teacher. My mother-in-law Name is a housewife. My father-in-law and mother-in-law are also the owners of a private boarding school named School Name. My brother-in-law Name works as an accountant and an extra-class tutor in the same school. My sister-in-law Name is a student of class 9.
About My Education Journey, I did my 10th standard (S.L.C.) from School name and address in 2009 with Academic % and 12th Standard from Institution name and address in 2011 with Academic %. Since my childhood, I love to care people for their well-being and I was determined to become a competent nurse. For gaining quality education and rigid training in nursing, I took admission in Bachelor of Nursing from Institution name and address. Our final year examination was held during September 2015 and I passed out my BSC Nursing degree with Academic %. I conducted research work during the 4th year of the B.Sc Nursing program entitled “A study to access the knowledge regarding health hazards of junk food among adolescents in the selected urban community, Bangalore”.
About My Work Experience, I Worked as a Staff Nurse-Trainee in General Ward from 26.11.2015 to 31.08.2016 in company name and address. I returned back to my home country Nepal and prepared for the National Licensure Examination for Nurses. I qualified the examination held on 12.11.2016 and became a Registered Nurse of Nepal with registration no. *****. Then I started searching for a suitable job for my professional development. Currently, I am working as a Staff Nurse in the Company Name since 22.01.2017 at Nobel Medical College Teaching Hospital, Biratnagar-4, Nepal. My work experience letters are enclosed.
About My Clinical Training and Seminars, I attended the PALS (Paediatric Advanced Life Support) & BLS (Basic Life Support Course) conducted at People Tree Hospitals, Bangalore, India on 02.03.2016. I also participated in the nursing activities in the e-learning tool for nursing tasks on 01.09.2016. Further on I Completed the ACNS (Asian Congress of Neurological Surgeons) Nursing Fellowship and passed the exam held in March 2018. I also participated in the Critical Care Nursing Symposium at Birat Medical College & Teaching Hospital Tankisinuwari-2, Nepal held on 26.05.2018.
About My Spouse Qualification, My spouse Name has pursued his Masters in Pharmacy from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, India. He is a registered pharmacist of Nepal and has about 3.5 years of professional experience with AMTECH MED (P.) Ltd., Katahari – 04, Morang, Nepal, a WHO-GMP & ISO 9001/14001 Certified Pharmaceutical Industry. His D.O.B and his Passport No. is *******.
During my job I realized that I should upgrade my qualification for my better career development. I generated an idea to continue my further studies from abroad so that I can get an international education, experience, and exposure. I discussed this educational goal with my husband, parents and my in-laws. As everyone liked my career uplifting decision and they further agreed to support me, I firmly decided to achieve my higher degree from abroad. As my parents and my in-laws family are finically sound, they will be taking care of all the funds and fees during my living and studying in Australia. During my visit to Australia my husband Mr. Chiranjibi Adhikari will be giving me company and moral support by going with me as a dependent. Finally, I took my 1st step towards an international degree and I gave my IELTS exams on 11th Oct’ 2018 and scored overall 6.5 bands with 7.5 in the Listening module (IELTS Score-sheet enclosed)
I choose Masters in Public Health as I’m interested in public health issues, health policy and management. MPH is the best relevant course for me with the help of which I will have ample career opportunities. Later on, my reach started to which country and College/University I should go for. I choose Australia as an Australian degree is well recognized in Nepal and it is fast becoming a preferred destination in terms of education among Nepalese students. Australian Universities are of high standards and offers an educational experience that makes a real difference. Australian unique kind of education and a learning style encourages one to be innovative, creative and think independently. Degrees from Australia are very successful in finding jobs and hold prominent positions worldwide. Later on, I choose to get enrolled in Central Queensland University for my international studies as I was impressed by overall feedback from present and pass-out students on the website and facebook official page of this university. I found that CQ University is ranked in the top two percent of universities worldwide and awarded five-stars for full-time employment and starting salary. I was further pleased to know that recently two CQ University researchers have a prestigious grant worth over $1 million to access whether health service integration is the key to Indigenous children’s resilience and mental health.
Why not in my home country (Nepal)?
In my home country, Master of Public Health is offered by Tribhuwan University, Pokhara University, Purbanchal University and B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences. According to my research, I found the Master of Public Health course in Nepalese Universities of outdated coursework. The course and curricula are not designed in accordance with the standard of higher education of the present day. For me, the coursework is not designed well to fit the need of the Public Health post-graduates, and they are not practically based. Nepalese Universities also lack the quality of academic resources, adequate research facilities and competitive teaching pedagogy. In Nepal, I couldn’t find such a setting that will provide me a theoretical and practical platform in Public Health with experienced teaching professionals.
Furthermore, Nepali degree lacks the actual universally accepted public health matters even in theoretical concern and hardly open up my connections and prospect in my professional career. For a proper understanding of the global Public Health issues, policies and management, I’ve chosen International MPH Degree over Nepalese Degree.
Comparison between Australia and other countries:
I also compared Australia with other English speaking countries such as the USA, the UK, Canada, and New Zealand. I ruled out Canada and New Zealand due to its weather conditions. Canada is extremely cold an even temperature falls below minus during winter. Coming from Nepal, I believe that it will be easier to adjust to the weather condition of Australia and parts of the USA. The tropical weather in Australia is very similar to what we have in Nepal. I ruled out the USA and the UK due to the security reasons. The USA has always been in news due to its Gun policy and numerous shoot out events every now and then. Further, the UK and the US are always under some or the other terrorist threat. We never hear of such security issues in Australia. For my parents, safety is the first criteria for my overseas studies. Also, the cost of living and studying in the UK and the USA is higher as compared to Australia. These are the main reasons which pulled me back from choosing other countries for my study destination.
I found Australia to be the best choice for my higher studies for various reasons. Australia is currently the third most popular destination for international students in the English-speaking world, behind the United States and the UK. Many international students choose to study there because of cultural diversity, friendly natives, and a high quality of education. Australia is a beautiful country with almost the same or better weather conditions as compared to Nepal. Australia has a low crime rate and strict gun control law makes it a safe place to live.
Graduates from Australian schools are highly sought after due to the impressive international reputation of the Australian education system. This system is carefully regulated by the Australian government in order to maintain the high standards of education associated with the country. Diversity in Institutions in Australia offer a wide variety of courses and degrees, so international students can easily find the school and field that are right for them. Technology in Australia one of the most appealing aspects of the country for international students is the quality of scientific research. Australia is at the forefront of new technology and innovations.
International Students visiting the country are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week while they are studying in Australia. This is a great opportunity for students who want to earn their living costs, and for students who want to gain work experience in their field of interest while they study. There is also the possibility of scholarships, which can help to lower the cost of studying in Australia for international students.
Most importantly, the Australian government has shown initiatives to help and facilitate international students by adapting Education Services for the Overseas Students (ESOS) Act to protect the rights of international students while studying in Australia and Tuition Protection Service (TPS) which ensures the safety of student’s tuition fees. On the other hand, the Post Study Work (PSW) allows international students to work temporarily in Australia which helps to widen the knowledge and gain experience that we can utilize after returning to our home country. Australia also has special health insurance coverage called Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC) which covers doctor’s appointments, hospital costs, emergency ambulance and prescription medicines so that we can focus on our studies without facing a financial burden in case of unexpected illness.
In Australia, I have chosen Melbourne, as it is one of the best cities in Australia and well known worldwide. It is home to many international students. The city of Melbourne is a dynamic business and education hub. It has many innovative businesses that increase Melbourne’s business diversity and boost the city’s capability in many industry sectors. Melbourne is the start-up capital of Australia, with over 83 percent of all businesses in the City of Melbourne. Melbourne is the food and arts capital of Australia. It is also known for Melbourne Cup, The Australian Cup, Grand Prix and Cricket at Melbourne Cricket Ground. It has picturesque beaches around, several tourist destinations and many restaurants of different cuisine. Melbourne is the capital of Victoria and the second most populated city of Australia. It regularly features in the top 10 cities worldwide for its living standards. Melbourne also has a very good public transport system making traveling easy and convenient. It also has a lower living cost compared to Sydney. Melbourne has very good weather. It is not extremely hot or cold with ample rain. Other cities such as Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Adelaide are also very beautiful cities with all facilities available for international students. I have however chosen Melbourne as I found it be the best city in Australia with many opportunities. All the above-mentioned reasons made it easy for me to decide on Melbourne, Australia to be the preferred destination for my higher studies.
Why I choose the Master of Public Health?
Public health is a division of the health field that focuses on populations, and prevention and health promotion rather than individuals and treatment of medical conditions. Public health professionals work to prevent health conditions from occurring or re-occurring by implementing educational programs, creating policies, providing services, regulating health systems, and performing rigorous research. The main goal is to both prevent illness and disease and help individuals adopt healthy behaviors.
I’m interested in learning the social perspective of public health skills, knowledge and practice and I want to pursue a career in public health. Masters of Public Health is an innovative course that will offer an array of career opportunities. Since the population is growing exponentially, high demand is expected for public health professionals. Also, public health professionals make a difference in the community as a whole.
When I will complete my degree in Master of Public Health I will find myself a better skilled professional person. I will have different options after doing this course. They are as below:
- Public health is a broad field, so job opportunities are diverse and plentiful. Public health professionals work in many different areas, such as communicable diseases, biostatistics, epidemiology, health education, health policy and management, and environmental health. They also work in varied settings, like governmental organizations, community-based agencies, non-profit entities, schools, and medical facilities. Public health professionals come from an array of backgrounds and can specialize in many different fields. Examples of possible career titles include environmental health specialize, public health policy advisor, public health teacher, social worker, and biostatistician.
- Public health has a positive job outlook. Employment of public health professionals is expected to grow significantly due to the need to reduce healthcare costs and response to global issues, such as potential pandemics, bioterrorism, and air and water pollution. Additionally, increased public awareness of public health and wellness has sparked corporate and government support for a variety of prevention and education efforts, like tobacco use, obesity, diabetes, diet, and workplace safety.
- Opportunities in various other public health career fields are also expected to increase significantly in the next decade. As the costs of health care continue to increase significantly, many organizations are looking for ways to reduce expenditures, and public health efforts to provide education and resources are a favorable way to prevent illness and disease.
Public health professionals are key individuals essential for improving the health of all members of local, national, and international communities. Public health is an ideal field for individuals wanting to make a difference in the community and strive to look at the big-picture to address current and emerging complex health issues. These are few reasons which made me interested in pursuing my further studies in the Master of Public Health.
During the MPH Program at CQ University, I need to complete 16 units, which includes 10 core units and a choice of electives or of undertaking the project stream. The core public health units are compulsory and include Understanding Public Health, Systems Thinking in Public Health, Social Epidemiology, Public Health Action and Evaluation, Global Public Health, Participatory Health Research, Cultural Immersion and Lived Experience, and three cross-cultural communities units. I will have the opportunity to shape my degree to my own needs by either selecting from the list of electives or by undertaking the project stream.
Why Central Queensland University?
Central Queensland University is among the top two percentages of universities worldwide according to Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2017–2018) and its health-related courses have been recognized among the best in the world. Times Higher Education also recognized CQ University as one of the world’s best young universities, ranking at 90th place out of 200 institutions under 50 years of age in 2017. Moreover, CQ University has been awarded five-stars for full-time employment and starting salary by the Good University Guide 2018. CQ University is recognized as Australia’s largest regional university with its 25 campuses in 13 locations Australia wide.
CQ University mainly aims to develop the leadership skills of all students and encourage them to participate in activities that will build these skills. Further, CQ University has introduced an internship program to ensure the graduate are work ready by equipping them with real-world skills and up to date industry knowledge. I am really fascinated about CQ University’s partnership which permits the students to benefit from work integrated learning. In addition to these, for the assistance to the overseas students, CQ University has been promoting welfare support services such as advice on airport pickup, accommodation assistance, religious service, student’s mentor and leadership programs.
CQ University offers the best campus-based delivery as well as work-based learning. By choosing to study at this University, I will have the practical, academic and professional experience and shall be capable enough to enter in this competitive world. This University has earned global recognition in providing quality education and training to the students which help in making a better career. CQU hosts award-winning and widely experienced teaching professionals. This University is an innovative place to study.
Moreover, I was impressed by the Fees Structure offered by CQ University for MPH as the fees for 2yrs is AUD$ 57769.00 including Overseas Health Insurance cover. Whereas fees in the University of Melbourne for the same course and the same year duration is AUD$ 86000.00, in La Trobe University is AUD$ 80000.00, in Monash University it is AUD$ 66000.00 and in Deakin University it is AUD$ 60000.00. In addition, CQ University has provided me a 20% reduction on tuition charges at a minimum for the first year and potentially the duration of my studies. So, CQ University is affordable for me.
Overall, CQU recognition, quality education, accessibility and affordability, graduate employability rate along with its student support services helped me choose the university. I’m confident that MPH from CQU will prepare me for a bright career ahead. I will feel proud to carry back home a reputed International Degree and to be alumni of CQ University.
Immediately after I completed my MPH, I will apply for Post Study Work (PSW) visa which will help me to apply my theoretical knowledge into practice. Then, I will be returning back to my home country Nepal and look forward the opportunity to join health promotion jobs in various NGOs and INGOs aiming with different strategies and plans in Nepal. I will also try for the health service administration jobs in the Nepal government to secure my career. Through proper interventions, planning and implementation of effective policies, my passion is to bring fruitful change to the Nepalese health sector and promote people’s health.
Master of Public Health from CQ University will help me to develop the knowledge and skills to address public health challenges and understanding of current global and environmental health issues, thus broadening my employment opportunities in various INGOs, NGOs, governmental and private hospitals, colleges and other research centers. Moreover, I can also work as a Lecturer or coordinator in one of the reputed organizations such as Nobel Medical College Teaching Hospital, Birat Health College, Nursing Campus, B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Sailaja Acharya Memorial Polytechnic, and Maharajgunj Teaching Campus among others. In the long term, I dream to be an entrepreneur. I have a future plan to start my own development project and a health college to boost up my career graph.
On the accomplishment of an MPH degree from Australian University, I can get appointed in reputed organizations with a starting monthly salary package of around NPR 60,000 to NPR 80,000 in my home country. As I work hard and gain experience in a related field, I can raise my salary to more than NPR 1,00,000 per month. So with a time frame of 5 to 6 years, my job would help me to get the returns of my MPH degree cost. Further, I will have accumulated all the required experiences to hold the government job in the post of a senior officer to secure my future.
Reason to come back home country
I will have ample opportunities in Nepal after being an MPH graduate and will feel contented. Besides my professional career plans in my motherland, I also have certain family ties and responsibilities. As I and my husband are the elder children of my parents and in-laws respectively, we have responsibilities to look after them and support them physically and emotionally in their old age. We strongly believe in living together sharing happiness and sorrows together.
The total value of my family and in-laws property is NPR 62,888,000/- an annual source of income is NPR 31.23 Lakhs.
Patriotism is in my blood. I have realized that in this developing phase of my country, my contribution is important. With strong determinations, I will aid in uplifting the Nepalese public health sector and promote people’s health. I have already seen my future career in my home country.
I, therefore, want to assure that after the completion of my study, I will return back to my home country Nepal to handle my personal as well as professional responsibilities.
Being an overseas student in Australia, there are certain rules and regulations that must be followed, else will be legally punished according to the Australian Government. I am aware of the student visa conditions belonging to the subclass 500. Some of the student visa conditions are listed below:
I am allowed to work only 40 hours per fortnight when my course is in session. During the recognized vacation offered by the education provider, I can work more than 40 hours per fortnight. There must be adequate maintenance of satisfactory attendance in the course i.e. 80 % attendance should be maintained and course progress for each study period as required by the education provider. I must remain enrolled in a registered course. I cannot change University before 6 months, independent case-dependent cannot study for more than three months. I must maintain adequate arrangements for health insurance during my stay in Australia under the policy of OSHC. I must inform my education provider about the address where I live in Australia within 7 days of arriving in Australia. If I change the living place, I must inform the education provider immediately. I must not be involved in activities that are disruptive to, or in violence threatening harm to, the Australian community or a group within the Australian community. Further, the subclass also includes that students should have maintained sufficient money to pay for travel, tuition and living expenses for the period of stay in Australia.
I would like to assure you that I will be under the rules of visa subclass 500 and I will give my best effort in learning and developing knowledge and skills regarding my subject matter. I will finish my intended course in exact time with good grades and will return back to my home country for achieving my future goal. With full honesty and due respect, I have put forward my intentions & plans.
Now may I request your esteemed highness to grant me a visa to proudly carry back home an international Degree.