According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. However, as a human right, healthcare is still one of the areas with more inequalities and disparities among people worldwide. Some of these disparities are well-known while others are still hidden. For instance, there is a huge gap in life expectancy between people in Europa and those in Sub-Saharan Africa. Moreover, some communities within a same country have less access to healthcare than others based on social determinants like race, sex, color, ethnicity language, economic status among others.
Since my early age, I could not see anyone suffer without doing anything I could to assist him/her. This is one of the reasons that drive me to study Medicine. Once graduated, I devoted my entire life on the ground saving thousands of lives. After almost four years of service as Chief Medical Officer at Fort-Saint Michel Hospital, Northern Haiti, I realized that I could have done more if I were public health specialist. Therefore, based on my leadership capacity and philanthropic background, in 2011, I have been awarded a scholarship by the US embassy for a 10-month non-degree program at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPHTM). During that program, I had the privilege to receive classes, seminars, workshops and individualized insight from subject matter experts and eminent senior public health leaders who inspired my goals. Furthermore, my internship at the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) has greatly fostered my interest and dream to becoming a Public health leader who is up to the stakes and challenges ahead. Being aware about the emerging and constantly evolving health challenges, I was looking ways to foster my education pursuing an MPH degree so I might be more adaptive to navigate through them.
I think to improve people lives and health outcomes requires new skills, knowledge and competencies long with strong and sound scientific policies and practices. Although, I need advanced principles of epidemiology to better conduct research, leadership and management skills for a better capacity to design and implement programs addressing these issues, being able to develop evidence-based policy and programs from the findings is crucial. I believe that the department of policy will greatly contribute in helping me reach my personal and professional goals.
Since I am a full-time worker, I believe that the UNC Gillings School online Master of Public Health (MPH) program is a perfect fit. This way of learning still allows me to grow in my professional life and implement what Im learning into my daily work. Moreover, who would not be proud to be at the No. 1-ranked public school on U.S. News & World Reports 2015 list as the nations best schools of public health? During my MPH, I intend to bring my language skills to help translating learning materials. My over 10-year experience along with my research skills will also be a great plus for the Gillings community.
Finally, the new skills, competencies and knowledge that I will gain at the Gilling online program will enable me better fight for health equity, social justice and advocacy to contribute in making the world a better place to live.