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Applicants to this School of Public Health program apply through SOPHAS, a centralized application service for accredited schools and programs in public health. The application opens August 16.

The Master of Public Health program is dedicated to developing skilled professionals who are committed to improving the health of communities by translating rigorous scientific research into sound, evidence-based public health policy and practice.

Brown is an internationally recognized leader in public health research, and the University is home to nine nationally renowned public health research centers. The MPH program has an unusually high faculty-to-student ratio. Students have a great deal of interaction with faculty, who are accessible, approachable, and encouraging of student involvement in critical projects. Innovative curriculum requirements, such as community and analytic internships, make the program academically rigorous while providing unparalleled access to ongoing research and immersion in public health practice.

Additional resources: The Master of Public Health Program enjoys a privileged relationship with the Rhode Island Department of Health. This partnership affords students exceptional research opportunities and participation in community service and data analytic internships through the Department of Health and other state and community agencies.

Completion Requirements
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 typically take 6 courses in their first year, and 7 courses in the second year (this includes the Public Health/Community Service Internship). Students who have taken graduate level health related courses prior to enrolling in the MPH may be eligible to reduce the number of required electives to be taken at Brown by 4. Requests for reduced course loads, including the syllabus and transcript for the courses taken, must be made by June 15 prior to enrolling in the MPH Program. Courses taken as part of an undergraduate program will not be considered. Requests will also be subject to Brown University rules and Registrar approval.

Admission Information
Applicants to this School of Public Health program should apply through SOPHAS, a centralized application service for accredited schools and programs in public health. The application opens August 16.

For Brown undergraduates in the Public Health concentration: Application to the AB/MPH is done through SOPHAS Express. More information about the process can be found on the MPH Program website.

Admission requirements: 
GRE general test is required. GRE subject scores will be considered if submitted. MCAT scores can be substituted for the GRE. Brown University School of Public Health GRE reporting code: 7765.

Personal statement of understanding of public health and commitment to pursuing a career in public health. Statement should explain the relevance of education and/or experience to pursue a career in public health.

GRE General: Required
GRE Subject: Not required

Financial aid: Applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid should submit completed applications by February 1. A limited number of partial scholarships and MPH assistantships are available. Assistantships provide a stipend and partial scholarship. Students can also apply for loans through the Financial Aid Office.

Application deadline: The priority deadline for applying to the MPH Program is Feb 1. After Feb 1, applications will be reviewed on a rolling, space-available basis until April 1. Prospective students who are in fellowships at Brown University or the hospitals should contact Diane Schlacter for additional information about deadlines.