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Any Graduate, MPH
123 Main Street Decatur, GA 30030 (H) 555.555.5555 (C) 555.555.5555
February 15, 2005
Attn: Hiring Manager
Center for Health Policy
XYZ University
456 Township Road, Box 789
Decatur, GA 30030
Dear Hiring Manager,
I am writing to express my interest in the Research Assistant Position in the Health Inequalities
Program within XYZ University’s Center for Health Policy. I was referred to you by Jessica
Lowy, a Career Counselor at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, as she believes
that my background and your requirements are a good match.
While much of my previous experience has been domestically focused, I have a strong interest in
global public health issues and health disparities. In addition to having lived in Japan for two
years, I have also traveled to rural areas of Thailand and the Philippines on a regular basis to stay
with family for extended periods of time, and I have witnessed the effects of health inequities and
the widening poverty gap in these developing countries.
While my time at the Rollins’ School of Public Health focused heavily on health policy and
management, my undergraduate studies emphasized anthropological work and a community-based
approach. During my study abroad experience in Khon Kaen, Thailand, I spent six weeks living
beside and learning from displaced people, slum dwellers, commercial sex workers, and others to
discover what defined their health needs and Thai identity. In 2002, as part of a medical mission, I
performed an informal data collection from health workers and social workers to uncover hidden
sexual and gender health issues to create a relevant class for nursing students in Naga City,
Philippines. As a teachers assistant in Osaka, Japan, I learned to communicate with students about
how they learned English most efficiently. Currently, in the summer of 2007, I plan to travel to
Bangkok, Thailand to assist CARE Raks Thai in integrating avian influenza preparedness into
emergency preparedness planning, which will require interviewing CARE faculty, public health
authorities, as well as affected communities in high-risk areas of bird flu outbreaks.
My previous experiences have helped to develop my skills in areas such as writing, research, and
forming effective collaborations with both individuals and groups with different agendas and
different perspectives in order to complete projects and address program needs. My writing
experience has included classroom policy memos, reports for CARE USAs internal offices and
donors, updates to country offices, web “blog” entries for avian influenza materials, and
guidelines for program practices. I am eager to put these skills to work as a Research Assistant
with the Center for Health Policy, and I believe the additional experience I would gain from
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