Dan Harris

MPH ’18


Undergraduate Institution: University of Massachusetts Boston
Current Role: PhD Student, University of Toronto

Why did you choose the Brown University School of Public Health?
I chose Brown University School of Public Health for its commitment to student-led research, small class size, and the opportunity to connect with community stakeholders like Healthcentric Advisors.

What made Brown's program different from other programs you considered?
Brown's program is substantially smaller than other programs. With such small class sizes, students are able to develop lasting professional relationships with faculty.

What did you enjoy most about your program?
I truly enjoyed working with Drs. Kali Thomas, Greg Wellenius, and Eric Jutcowitz. They are all passionate and motivated mentors with a vested interest in their mentee's success and future goals.

What was your academic area of interest and why?
My research focuses on the cognitive and mental health of older adults. Early human development often garners substantial research attention. Although our earliest moments of life are certainly critical, they do not reflect the full human experience. As medical and public health advances continue to prolong life, we need the basic and applied sciences to explore aging in an effort to promote continued quality of life.

How did your program prepare you for your current position/next steps?
I acquired a number of new statistical and scientific writing skills that I will certainly be applying during my PhD!

What did you enjoy most about Providence?
There a number of excellent restaurants in and around Providence.

What advice would you give to prospective applicants?
Prospective students do not necessarily need to know what they want to research or do at the start of their MPH. I entered my master's with a completely different plan than what I ended up pursuing. In fact, I think being open to various possibilities can be both professionally and personally advantageous!

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