Victoria Long

ScM in Behavioral & Social Health Sciences ’19


Undergraduate Institution: Providence College
Current Role: Institutional Research Analyst, Springfield College

Why did you choose the Brown University School of Public Health?
I really enjoy the academic environment and the cross talk within departments and centers, everyone knows each other and is always willing to lend a helping hand. I also like the small class sizes and the ability to really get to know other students (in your own program and in other graduate programs) in addition to making connections with professors.

What made Brown's program different from other programs you considered?
It was a great mix of all of my general interests - psychology, statistics, clinical research, and health sciences, and I was been able to explore and enhance my knowledge in all of these fields, both in the classroom and in the labs that I worked in. With this program I didn't have to narrow my interests down to one; it was a very multi-disciplinary learning experience that I would not have received at other schools.

What did you enjoy most about your program?
I enjoyed my master's program because it was a perfect fit for me, allowing me to be a full-time student with the flexibility of also working full-time simultaneously. I got to do many of the same classes as MPH students without the full commitment of an MPH. The structure and layout of the program was very feasible and all of the faculty and staff were amazing and so helpful!

What was your academic area of interest and why?
I really enjoy statistics and research design and analysis, specifically for behavioral and social sciences. I was able to expand my knowledge of these interests extensively during my first year of my program. I was then able to apply the skills and knowledge to my job as a research assistant at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies.

How did your program prepare you for your current position/next steps?
The BSHS program taught me a lot skills to be able to think critically and use research methods to answer bigger picture questions. It also taught me about the importance of presenting data appropriately and feasibly for a variety of audiences. Both of these components are huge parts of my new position.

What did you enjoy most about Providence?
Being in Providence for both undergraduate and graduate school, I was here for almost 7 years and absolutely loved it. It's a great size, it's affordable, and and there is always so much to do. Overall, it's just a great community. There are so many different neighborhoods, colleges, and other places within Rhode Island to explore; it is the best second home!

What advice would you give to prospective applicants?
Research the School of Public Health fairly extensively and also the types of research and projects that are going on (all centers, departments, etc.) to make sure that the school is a good fit for you and your interests. Make it very clear in your application that you see yourself as a good fit for the school and why.

Note: The ScM in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences will no longer be offered beginning with the Fall 2020 application cycle.