Kaitlyn Rabb

Five-Year UG/MPH program


Undergraduate Institution: Brown University
Current Position: Health Policy Analyst at RI Kids Count

Why did you choose the Brown University School of Public Health?
Coming into college, I did not even know what Public Health was. However, during my time at Brown, I found myself drawn to the Public Health courses and concentration. I went through my time at Brown, I found myself wanting to go deeper into the topic and learn more about the application and importance of public health. I think one of the main reasons why I applied to the Brown UG/MPH program was because it is a very unique opportunity to get my master’s of Public Health. This 5th year program is an extremely valuable experience that I am grateful Brown offers.

What is your favorite thing about Brown SPH
I think one of the main things I like about Brown is the community. Throughout my time here in undergraduate and graduate school, I have collaborated with many fellow students in and outside of the classroom. Brown has a good support system that includes students, faculty, and staff in the school. I have also enjoyed learning from and working with professors in the school. I think Brown gives us the opportunity for hands-on learning, or how they would describe it as, “learning public health by doing public health.” I enjoyed my Applied Public Health Experience, in which I got to work with researchers on a childhood behavioral weight management intervention.

Academic Interest and Post Grad Plans
I am concentrating in Maternal and Child Health and am interested in social determinants of health and the disparities in healthcare outcomes and quality. Some of my specific interests include childhood obesity and eating disorders, Black maternal mortality, and prenatal care. After graduation, I plan to work for a few years doing research on something relating to maternal and child health. During this time, I’ll be applying to Medical School. After my training is done I hope to be a physician that focuses on health disparities within rural communities. I hope to incorporate research into improving quality of care for patients.

Why Providence?
Providence is a true community. For me, Providence is a big enough city so that there is enough to do, but not too much so that it is overwhelming. I have been here for five years and I am still finding new places to explore in the city. There is still a sense of community within everyone. I also like that it is small enough so that you could potentially walk everywhere if you want to (as long as the weather is nice!).

What advice would you give to prospective applicants?
I would advise applicants to do research on what specific centers and research Brown has to offer. There are many different centers that might fit in with your area of interest. So it might be beneficial to see what is already out there and what you could potentially be working on. For example, the Hassenfeld Institute focuses on Maternal and Child Health and has amazing resources and opportunities that were relevant to my interests.