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Thebest medicine of all is to teach how not to need it. The prime factors thatdetermine the quality of our life, in today’s fast paced world are health andwell-being of an individual. Dr.

Pani Shankar BDS, Hewas my inspiration to become a Dentist; The numerous dental camps he conductedin my locality, the concern he had on our society’s Oral health is what becamedeep seated in my heart and mind to become a Dentist. My wish became true; Ibecame a dentist for which I am very grateful because I gained immenseknowledge about the health field through the course curriculum. And now myyearning for specialization in this field compels me to do Masters in Publichealth where the possibility for innovation and research is immeasurable.My undergraduate course was well framed and includeda lot of interesting subjects like biochemistry,microbiology, physiology, oral and general pathology; clinical subjects likeperiodontics, endodontics, and prosthodontics, etc. apart from the generaland clinical subjects I was truly fascinated with public health dentistry, Iwas inspired and motivated with the subject because I got to meet a communityof people from rural/urban area help educate and prevent them from diseases.

Ibelieve gaining insight from this program will help me set my career pathright.During my third year of college education, I had theopportunity to present a paper on Theprevalence of periodontal disease among smokers and non-smokers in generalpopulation under the department of public health dentistry at my college 9thannual symposium conducted by the department for which my paper was judged asthe best paper presented, this really enhanced my confidence and also theability to put my thoughts into action and words in a coherent manner; which Ibelieve is a vital quality for a public health professional.I happened to organize my first dental screeningcamp in conjunction with a medical camp during my third year. I was veryfortunate to get this chance and took it as a huge opportunity. Since then Ihave attended 30 Dental camps and I have organized 15 Dental camps. Thisincident had thrown open the doors to a whole new world; where I observed thelack of awareness and prevalence of oral diseases in the community.

Thisaroused my interest in epidemiology.I joined as a clinical instructor at my universitylater after graduation under the department of public health dentistry; I wouldconsider my strengths as a sense of team work, integrity and ability to put insustained quality efforts consistently and efficiently. My role as a clinicalinstructor was to plan and organize community activities and awareness programsperiodically. Prevention is always betterthan cure; My short term goal is to assess and evaluate the community needand serve as a Health Education Resource person, my long term goal is to becomean Epidemiologist; to investigate patterns and causes of diseases and toprevent them. My motive is always to work towards it.

For which I believe thatthis course will be a tremendous platform to advance my knowledge and showcasemy talent through ideas and input.I have the inclination to take up socialresponsibility, and hence I enrolled myself in Chennai volunteers, a nonprofit organization, where we worktowards the welfare of the society. This gave me the confidence in what Ibelieve; to up bring my community through my contribution, for which I amtrained.I visited the United States of America for aninternational conference the IADR(International Association for Dental Research) 2017. During my trip I hada chance to visit your university; I should say, I was deeply impressed by thecollege’s distinguished faculty, an environment charged with academicactivities, flexibility of the graduate program and a gripping curriculum andmost of all a program with high quality course work and cutting edge researchfacilities for every sub-division of the field. It seemed to me that this wouldbe the right place to foster my goal of doing a master’s in public health; andalso it would be an enormous pride for me to be a part of your esteemeduniversity.

Coming from a developing country like India; withthe knowledge that I acquire from the university, I desire to benefit mycountry by solving problems pertaining to public health thereby making sure tocontrol possible diseases and many other factors associated with health;through my contribution in research field. I am anticipating that my academiccredentials with my profound interests and potential for enhancing my knowledgewould aid me to achieve my aspiration and goal.

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