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I work to ensure that immigrants, including

I
recognized this moment as the first of many obstacles that not only Canadians
face but also immigrants and the helplessness and confusion that one is to
overcome within an unfamiliar country.

 

My purpose
in undertaking graduate study in the Master of Public Health program at LakeHead
University is to develop my skills and knowledge of epidemiology and population
health in preparation for a career as a field epidemiologist. There are several
career goals I hope to achieve upon successfully pursuing my MPH. I want to
research and implement intervention policies aimed at providing populations,
more specifically rural areas, with direct access to health care services. I
want to be able to link demographic groups, environments, behaviours/lifestyles
and the determinants of health to risk factors and disease as well as other
non-communicable diseases. I also want to infuse health care concepts in individuals
by integrating health awareness in education programs. I want to focus on the
state of the health and wellness of the overall Canadian population. A healthy
population will demand less acute care services caused by preventable chronic
diseases. With my masters, I plan to work to ensure that immigrants, including
those who are undocumented, receive basic health care services.

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Throughout my undergraduate education at UofT, I further developed my existing
interest in health promotion and epidemiology.  Although I began my undergraduate education
majoring solely in biology, my first encounter with the course HLTB22,
Biological Determinants of Health, made me realize that I wanted to focus on
the area where biology and population health overlap. I was able to learn the
origins and development of both infectious and non-infectious diseases in human
populations.

 

The course
HLTB17, Conceptual Models of Health, has prepared me to to use my team work and
critical thinking skills in an assignment which required a team to develop a
conceptual framework for the Ebola outbreak in Guinea in 2014. I chose to
combine the Life Course Health Development approach and Ottawa Charters for
Health Promotion to make the outline of the framework. Something that I learned
from this assignment that I will carry with me in my future career, is the need
to treat health development as a long- term investment and the focus on
building a strong primary health care system.

 

I began to
further explore the concept of health promotion during ANTC68, Deconstructing
Epidemic. It was here that I was introduced to the field of Epidemiology. ANTC68
required us to assess priority action areas required to mitigate the negative effects
of a future influenza pandemic and to develop disaster management programming
and policies. I was able to apply the principles of globalization, social,
economic and ecological factors to develop education and resources for
potential planning prior to an influenza pandemic.

After graduating from UofT, I completed a post- grad certificate program at
Centennial College in Workplace Wellness and Health Promotion. All the courses
I took during this program has prepared me to study a MPH, particularly the
course Program Planning. I have developed the management skills required to
develop, plan, implement and evaluate health programs in any settings. In one
specific assignment, based on an integrated workplace health promotion model we
were to analyze assessment date and create an action plan based on that data,
and then evaluate the resulting workplace wellness program. I am now able to
create logic models which is the core of planning and evaluating program. This
will help me with my career specific goals in creating health education
programs for rural communities to create their overall well-being.

 

 

I also
recognize that strong partnerships equal strong care. Working with the Toronto Central
LHIN fostered my ability to build relationships with multidisciplinary health
care professionals, community and government agencies, and most importantly,
caregivers and families. My time as a program/proposal writing assistant for
the non profit organization, Heritage Skills Development Centre also
contributed to a deeper understanding of the challenges vulnerable groups face
regarding health care access, the importance of social support networks, and
health education. I was able to help in writing a research proposal to get
funding to facilitate healthy lifestyle workshops, which included mental health
and stress management. This helped develop the self-esteem of participants
through social unity.

 

 

This course
STAB22, Statistics, presents the basic statistical methodology used in many
fields of application. It emphasizes concepts and techniques and will be useful
in gaining an understanding of the use of statistics in their own fields. Our
ultimate goal is to gain understanding from data, going from data collection to
analysis to conclusions. The grade I attained was a B+. Another statistic
course I have taken is ANTC67, Foundations in Epidemiology. The grade I
attained was an A-. This course examined such issues as: types of control,
methods of sampling, analysis of data and investigation of epidemics. I was
able to foster my ability with numerical skill building and empirical analysis.
 I have conducted a chi-square analysis
for the research question: Is there a significant relationship between those
who smoke and the odds of developing a child with a low birth weight. I also
used stratified analysis to explore and adjust for a confounding factor,
education. We used a test called the Mantel – Haenszel Odds Ratio to compute
weight average of the estimates of the odds ratios across the strata. I have
acquired problem solving skills, locating and using information effectively and
analytical thinking skills. The grade I attained was an A-.

I would be
privileged to be able to continue my studies at your institution, as a MPH will
be a great extension to my academic interests. With my MPH, I want to fight to
make sure individuals in all underserved communities have equal opportunities
to prosper, and to be part of eliminating any injustices I come across. 

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