Your statement of purpose demonstrates to the admissions committee who you are as a person, your achievements thus far and the promise you hold for your future. To help you think about what you should include in your statement of purpose, here are a list of questions you can address in your statement:

Coming Into the Degree

  • Why pursue graduate studies in HPL?
  • How have you prepared for this degree?
  • What are your past achievements and current involvements (academic and/or professional) that are relevant to your studies in the degree?
  • What makes you a good fit for the degree?

Your Capstone Project

  • What are your capstone project interests?
  • How have your academic and/or professional experiences shaped your research interest?
  • What problem or questions would you like to address through your capstone project?
  • Are there specific faculty members with whom you’d like to work? If yes, why?


  • What skills do you wish to achieve through the degree?
  • How do you plan on improving the U.S. health care system, laws, state or local practice after graduating?
  • How will the knowledge you acquire in the degree contribute to your goals or professional aspirations?

You do not need to limit yourself to this list and you do not need to answer all of the questions. Your statement of purpose should be concise yet exciting and unique to who you are as an individual. The format is no more than 10,000 characters. Tip: Make sure to revise your document and have others look it over!

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