Brown Gateways to Medicine, Health Care, and Research

Convocation 2019 - Gateways Class of 2020Convocation 2019 - Gateways Class of 2020The Gateways Program at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University provides academically promising, motivated students new pathways to careers in the health sciences. Small class sizes and a robust mentoring system mean you’ll get individualized attention as you pursue your academic and career goals.



Through Gateways, you can:

  • Improve your credentials for entry into medical school or other health professional schools;
  • Gain a solid foundation in the basic science coursework typically undertaken by first-year medical students; and
  • Test your aptitude for a variety of careers in health sciences.


Master of Science in Medical Sciences

In this one-year, full-time program, you will complete 8.5 required courses culminating in a Master of Science (ScM) in Medical Sciences from Brown University. Courses include all four of the basic biomedical science courses and two of the three organ system courses undertaken by first-year medical students at Alpert Medical School. 

"When I chose Brown, I knew I was choosing an institution that understood that excellent future health care providers needed to understand much more than just biological foundations of health and medicine."
- J.C.

You’ll also complete a unique seminar course series about pressing issues in today’s health care system, such as social determinants of disease, population health, interdisciplinary teamwork, quality improvement, and health care communication. Integrated into this course series will be a longitudinal service learning experience at a community healthcare site and an associated community-based capstone project.

Learn more about the ScM in Medical Sciences program.



Master of Science (ScM) in Medical Sciences

Courses July
  • Introduction to Medical Science & Patient Care (0.5 course)
Fall (August-December)
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Histology
  • General Pathology
  • Scientific Foundations of Medicine
  • Patient Care in Complex Systems I

Spring (January-May)
  • Brain Science (with Head & Neck Anatomy)
  • Microbiology & Infectious Disease
  • Patient Care in Complex Systems II

Total Courses 8.5
Project Requirement Capstone Project (community-based)
Community/ Research Activities Required (Community)
Time for Independent Activities (e.g., volunteer work, research) Limited**

** Please consult with your program director and advisors prior to planning.

You may also view a PDF of the ScM in Medical Sciences Program Handbook