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Public Health & Public Affairs (dual degree)

The School of Public Health and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs offer a Master's of Public Health (MPH) and Master's of Public Affairs (MPA) dual degree program. The MPH/MPA Dual-Degree Program is a highly rigorous program for students who are intellectually curious, highly motivated, and committed to the study of public health and public policy. Students from a variety of backgrounds and fields of study are encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed by the MPH Program Admissions Committee and by the MPA Admissions Committee.

Completion Requirements
The dual-degree degree program begins in the summer and includes 20 courses (13 full courses and 7 half courses) as well as an internship, a Global Policy Experience and a Master's level thesis. The courses include 14 core courses (7 full and 7 half courses), five concentration courses, and one MPH/MPA elective. Students will benefit from the rich academic resources at the Watson Institute and the School of Public Health, as well as their extensive applied learning programs in Rhode Island, as well as throughout the United States and the world. The program can be completed in two years, though students can extend the program over a longer period of time.  All degree requirements must be met within a five-year period.

Admission Information
Applicants to the MPH/MPA Dual Degree Program should apply through SOPHAS, a centralized application service for accredited schools and programs in public health. The application opens in mid-August each year. Applications will be reviewed by the MPH Program Admissions Committee and by the MPA Admissions Committee. Brown University School of Public Health GRE reporting code: 7765.

Admission requirements: 

  • A personal statement outlining professional goals and supporting background
  • GRE General test; MCATs may be substituted
  • Resume
  • Transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one academic)
  • TOEFL: Required for any international applicant whose undergraduate curriculum was not taught in English

Financial aid: Merit-based scholarships are awarded to qualified, eligible candidates. Student loans are available through the Office of Financial Aid to eligible applicants who submit the FAFSA.

Application deadline: April 1