Welcome to the Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice

The Department of Health Services, Policy & Practice (HSPP) includes 25 full-time faculty based at 121 South Main Street in Providence, 73 faculty from other Brown University Departments that have secondary appointments and other affiliated faculty. Our mission, vision and values are as follows:

Mission:  We develop and disseminate new knowledge that helps to deliver effective, efficient, continuously-improving and just public health and health care services. We accomplish this through innovative research, engaged teaching, creative training and mentoring and collaborative engagement with policy makers and service providers.

Vision:  Catalyze the delivery of higher quality and more cost-effective public health and health care services.


  • Excellence
  • Innovation
  • Creativity
  • Multidisciplinary collaboration
  • Promotion of diversity
  • Community engagement

 Partners and collaborators: We have developed relationships with a wide variety of partners and collaborators. Within Brown University these include the Departments of Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry and OB/Gyn at the Medical School, and the Departments of Economics, Sociology and Computer Science on campus. We have a strong and long-standing relationship with the Providence Veteran’s Administration (VA) Hospital. In addition, we have relationships with a number of important Rhode Island state agencies including the Department of Health, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) and the RI Medicaid Program. These and other partners and collaborators allow our faculty and trainees to participate in multidisciplinary collaboration in a variety of academic and policy settings. 

We welcome inquiries regarding our PhD program. Our outstanding - and growing - faculty are leaders in the field of health services research and their collaborations with our students have produced the next generation of world-class health services researchers. 

Ira Wilson, MD, MSc, FACP
Professor and Chair