MPH Overview of Degree Requirements
All students in the program take core courses designed to develop analytical skills and knowledge in key areas of public health. In addition, each student works with an advisor to plan electives, an internship placement, and the development of a thesis. Rather than following tracks in specific public health areas, students are encouraged to tailor their academic experience to their individual interests and educational goals.
To receive the MPH degree at Brown, students are required to successfully complete thirteen courses (this includes an internship) and complete a thesis. Full-time students generally take three courses per semester over two years, in addition to the Public Health/Community Service Internship. Students may request that up to four graduate/medical courses, taken previously or concurrently with their Brown MPH enrollment, be counted toward the thirteen course requirement. No more than two courses taken as part of an undergraduate program will be allowed to count toward the MPH. All students are required to complete a thesis.
Students in our program learn public health by doing public health. The internship provides a practical, real-world setting in which to see the theoretical concepts learned in class being applied. We strive to place students in settings related to issues about which they are passionate – be it a community organization for the elderly, the Department of Health’s lead poisoning prevention task force, or one of Brown’s nationally recognized public health research centers.