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Global Public Health

Applicants to this School of Public Health program apply through SOPHAS, a centralized application service for accredited schools and programs in public health.

The master’s program in Global Public Health provides students with rigorous training in methods and practice, including global health theory and interventions, socio-cultural awareness and competence, global health epidemiology and disparities, and international project implementation and evaluation. We aim to train the next generation of global health innovators and leaders by preparing students to understand the major global health challenges of today, complemented with the requisite analytical skills to formulate relevant scientific questions. This student-driven program emphasizes experiential learning and interdisciplinary collaboration across campus and in our global sites. 

Our Global Footprint: We emphasize public health in low- and middle-income countries. Brown faculty members are engaged in active collaborations all over the world.

  • The University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • South African Medical Research Council
  • Moi University, Kenya
  • The University of Ghana
  • The Ministry of Health of Samoa
  • The Department of Health of American Samoa
  • Clinica Condensa, Mexico City
  • Anhui Medical University, China
  • The University of the Philippines

Completion Requirements
As with all educational programs in the School of Public Health, Global Public Health ScM students learn public health by doing public health. Course work comes alive during an international fieldwork experience that fosters deep engagement and understanding of a global public health location. Academic and hands-on experiences culminate with a thesis project. Most full-time students complete the degree in two years, fulfilling the fieldwork requirement during the summer between academic years 1 and 2. The degree may be completed on a part-time basis.

  • 12 courses, including 9 required courses and 3 electives
  • 8-week international fieldwork experience
  • Thesis project

Admission Information
The master’s program is designed to provide rigorous training in methods and practice, including global health theory and interventions, socio-cultural awareness and competence, global health epidemiology and disparities, and international project implementation and evaluation, to students with little or no prior graduate-level training. A specific type of undergraduate degree is not required, and applications are encouraged from students with a variety of academic backgrounds. Applicants to this School of Public Health program should apply through SOPHAS, a centralized application service for accredited schools and programs in public health. 

Results from a recent GRE general test (within five years) are required. Subject tests are not required but may be submitted. MCAT and other related tests for professional schools cannot be substituted for the GRE. Brown University School of Public Health GRE reporting code: 7765.

GRE General: Required
GRE Subject: Not required

Financial Aid: Financial aid is available to master’s students in the form of School of Public Health Program scholarships and research apprenticeships. The scholarship covers roughly 25% of 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. 

Application deadline: May 1