With an emphasis on global field experience and integration with social sciences, the Brown University School of Public will offer a global public health master’s degree that combines traditional public health training in population sciences with rigorous social science and international fieldwork experience. The Corporation of Brown University approved the new degree program at its annual fall meeting on Oct. 21.
Graduate program director Abigail Harrison said the University expects to enroll a cohort of 10 domestic and international students in the first year and more in future years. Brown students, she said, have shown a deep and growing interest in gaining the scientific and cross-cultural expertise to address health challenges around the world.
“Reflecting on my experience with students at Brown, who place a very high value on global learning and experience, this is more than a trend — it’s a worldview that reflects younger generations of students who recognize that they live in a globally interconnected world,” said Harrison, an assistant professor of behavioral and social sciences in the School of Public Health. “Global public health at Brown specifically will attract students who want to combine high-quality academic experiences and rigorous training with field experiences and the development of competency in global settings.”
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