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Behavioral and Social Health Sciences

The interdisciplinary master’s program in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences (BSHS) in the Brown University School of Public Health trains graduate students who are interested in analyzing the complex behavioral and social determinants of public health, and in developing interventions to change behaviors and improve social contexts related to public health. 

The BSHS program is ideal for students who are interested in working in health program evaluation, program management, community-based organizations and other non-profit services, managed care, treatment intervention research, clinical trials, and many other fields. The BSHS program is also ideal for those interested in pursuing doctoral-level training in public health, psychology (e.g., clinical or counseling psychology, health or social psychology, community psychology), public policy, and social welfare. 

Our internationally respected faculty members are experts in the fields of alcohol and addiction, substance use, exercise and physical activity, diet and nutrition, cancer control, and HIV/AIDS, among other areas. We conduct research with diverse communities in Providence, Boston, other urban settings in the United States, and in international settings. We value diversity and are committed to addressing health disparities associated with race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and other forms of social inequality.

Completion Requirements
The master's program in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences (BSHS) is terminal degree program designed to be completed within two years or on a part-time basis. Students must take a total of eight courses: five required core courses, two elective courses, and one capstone/thesis research course. This program is an ScM Master’s degree with a required thesis.

Admission Information
GRE General: Required, except for medical school graduates who may substitute the MCAT. GRE subject scores will be considered if submitted.
GRE Subject: Not required
Offers of Admission Deadline: March 31
Late Offers of Admission Deadline (if capacity allows admission of qualified applicants): May 31

Financial Aid
Limited financial aid is available to master’s students in the form of School of Public Health Program scholarships and research apprenticeships. The PHP scholarship grants roughly 25% tuition. Research apprenticeships cover a larger portion of tuition and provide a monthly stipend. These awards are based on merit and qualifications; student loans also are available through the Financial Aid Office.