Our History


1917 The Brown Corporation recommends Public Health Program
1971 Department of Community Health created
1982 First Public Health Research Center founded
1995 Brown Corporation approves Program in Public Health
2002 Master of Public Health program receives CEPH accreditation
2004 School of Public Health expansion plan approved
2005 Public Health building purchased by University  
2011 Academic Departments developed  
2013 School of Public Health launched  
2013 Terrie Fox Wetle, MS, Ph.D., named Inaugural Dean for the School of Public Health
2016 CEPH Accreditation
2016 Launch of Continuum, the official magazine for the Brown University School of Public Health
2017 Bess H. Marcus, Ph.D. succeeds Fox Wetle as the second Dean for the School of Public Health
2019 Launch of Advancing Well-Being for All, the School's 2019-2024 strategic plan

Founding Dean

Terrie Fox Wetle arrived at Brown in 2000 and worked over the following decade and a half to create and lead the School of Public Health. Learn more about our founding dean and the development of the School of Public Health.