Sylvia Haigh



Undergraduate Institution: Vassar College
Current Role: Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research at Brown

Why did you choose the Brown University School of Public Health?
I was drawn to the Brown University School of Public Health due to its supportive and close-knit community. After my first visit to campus and meeting with students and faculty, I could tell that Brown's cohesive and supportive academic environment would be one in which I could grow and thrive as a student. Brown has incredible opportunities for research and scholarly activity as well, which certainly played a role in my decision to attend. 

What makes Brown's program different from other programs you considered?
Brown's program is unique. It has all the advantages of a small program: highly-individualized attention, available professors, small classes, and also has the advantages of being part of a large institution: amazing research and internship opportunities and access to an incredible alumni network.

What do you enjoy most about your program?
I appreciate that the skills I am learning in all my classes have real-word applicability, and that I can use these skills to conduct my own primary research and explore questions that I am passionate about. 

What is your academic area of interest and why?
My research interests include mental health, LGBT+ health, and women's health. I aim to contribute new research to these understudied areas and use this research to reduce health disparities among sexual minority populations.

What are your postgraduate goals/plans?
To take part in carrying out impactful and disparity-reducing public health interventions both nationally and internationally. 

Why Providence?
Providence is a dynamic and vibrant city that offers a range of opportunities for students to get involved in front-line public health work, whether at the Department of Health, with an NGO, or through research with faculty.

What advice would you give to prospective applicants?
Stay open to new interests and topics that pique your curiosity, and say yes to as many different opportunities as you can.

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