Doctoral Program in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences

The PhD program in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences (BSHS) has become the 4th doctoral program offered by the Brown University School of Public Health. We are excited to welcome our second class, which will matriculate in the Fall of 2015.

Doctoral training in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences at Brown University is inherently multidisciplinary. Students learn to employ behavioral and social science theory and methods to understand contemporary health problems.The signatures of Behavioral and Social Sciences training at Brown University include health behavior interventions development and evaluation, and collaboration across disciplines and between researchers and communities.  The program puts substantive focus on behavioral health issues such as diet, physical activity and obesity; alcohol and other drug abuse; smoking and tobacco use; HIV risk behaviors; and behavioral medicine.Students in the Doctoral Program in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences demonstrate mastery of relevant theory and methods, assessed via coursework and examinations, and complete a dissertation that represents original research.

All students admitted to the PhD program receive funding in the form of a fellowship, teaching assistantship, or research assistantship. The funding package includes tuition, health insurance, and an annual stipend.  Four years of financial support is the norm for those entering with a relevant Master’s degree and five years for those entering without such a background.

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The following BSS faculty members are open to taking a BSHS doctoral student for the fall of 2016:

Nancy Barnett 
Abigail Harrison
Don Operario
Sara Becker 
Christopher Kahler
Rochelle Rosen
Katie Biello
Akilah Dulin Keita
Cynthia Rosengard
Beth Bock
Molly Magill
Lori A.J. Scott-Sheldon
Kate Carey
Rosemarie Ann Martin
Tara White
Shira Dunsiger 
Jennifer Merrill
David Williams
Kim Gans
Matthew Mimiaga


Kate Carey, PhD, Graduate Program Director, BSHS
(401) 863-6558

Laura Kallio Joyce, Academic Program Coordinator
(401) 863-6578

Dean of the School of Public Health,  Professor Fox WetleDean of the School of Public Health, Professor Fox Wetle