Jessica DʾSilva

Jessica D'Silva


Undergraduate Institution: Canadian University Dubai

Why did you choose the Brown University School of Public Health?
I was immediately drawn to the school’s wide platform for research opportunities, and its nationally renowned research centers and institutes assured me of the promising opportunity to gain strong research experience while pursuing my degree.

What made Brown's program different from other programs you considered?
Brown's School of Public Health offers smaller class sizes and student-professor ratio that facilitates better communication and a stronger learning environment which immediately appealed to me. The MPH degree also has an exceptional program structure and curriculum, which provides a perfect combination of the essential skills required in the field of Public Health while also allowing students to choose from the different specialty tracks offered.

What did you enjoy most about your program?
I enjoyed being able to acquire a mixture of essential quantitative and qualitative research skills while pursuing my MPH degree, and the ability to practice and reinforce them through the applied research experience.

What was your academic area of interest and why?
I'm most interested in working in the areas of obesity and diabetes prevention and effective nutrition and physical activity promotion; my aim is to reduce the nature in which these diseases persist globally, ultimately impacting the health and quality of life among individuals of several developed and developing nations around the world.

Why Providence?
Providence has a great cultural appeal, with several diverse restaurants, activities and festivals to chose from according to your liking whenever you want to unwind and take time off from busy schedules. Being a smaller city, everything around feels walkable and it's easier to adjust and feel a sense of belonging in the community especially when you're new to the city!

What advice would you give to prospective applicants?
It always helps to identify and think about the academic areas of interest that you are most drawn to and would like to pursue early on, so you can take advantage of identifying the best professors and researchers whom you would like to work with and learn from.

Learn more about Brown's MPH program