PhD in Public Health Sciences

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The Brown School’s PhD program in Public Health Sciences prepares students to think critically as public health scientists, succeed as independent investigators, and understand and address public health challenges for the nation and the world. It provides hands-on research experiences and mentoring from day one in the program; a curriculum that builds methodological and analytical skills and deep knowledge of the field’s theoretical and conceptual underpinnings, philosophy and history; and professional acculturation and network building.

Our doctoral program involves intense training in population and social science research methods and personalized mentoring by some of the leading scholars in the field. We provide a diversity of experience and faculty with a cross-section of interests that enhance transdisciplinary learning. Our faculty are on the forefront of research in health disparities, epidemiology and biostatistics, global health, health policy, urban design and the built environment, violence and injury prevention, and mental health. The curriculum prepares students for research leadership in a rapidly changing society. Our collaborative and entrepreneurial community is committed to conducting research that will have social impact. 

A completed master's degree in public health, social work, or related social or health science is required of all applicants for admission. The deadline for applications to the PhD in Public Health Sciences is December 1 of the year preceding enrollment.

For additional information, please refer to the Doctoral Programs Viewbook and the PhD in Public Health Sciences Program Overview.