Rachel Souza

ScM in Behavioral & Social Health Sciences ’18


Undergraduate Institution: Brown University
Current Role: Medical Scribe, University Emergency Medicine Foundation

Why did you choose the Brown University School of Public Health?
I chose Brown School of Public Health because of the opportunities to support the various vulnerable populations in Providence using targeted interventions.

What made Brown's program different from other programs you considered?
Brown has a wealth of faculty with multiple interests who work collaboratively to cultivate interdisciplinary research and create a culture of support for students' unique research interests.

What did you enjoy most about your program?
I really enjoyed the autonomy of my research project while also having the support when needed. Faculty were invested in my growth as a student, researcher, and individual while I was in the program.

What was your academic area of interest and why?
I was interested in substance use and elucidating neurobehavioral mechanisms underlying substance use and addiction. This field is of particular interest to me as I had a background in neuroscience and was looking to expand my view of behavior from a molecular level to an individual level to fully understand different substance use etiologies.

How did your program prepare you for your current position/next steps?
My program helped familiarize me with working with vulnerable populations, which will be useful as I am currently applying to medical school in the hopes of becoming a primary care physician in an underserved region.

What did you enjoy most about Providence?
I love that Providence is a small enough city that it feels accessible but big enough where you never run out of things to do! There are so many restaurants and breweries in the city you can never run out of a new place to try!

What advice would you give to prospective applicants?
My advice would be to really research the types of projects that are currently underway at the School of Public Health so you can get a sense of what role you might play and what impact you can have on the practice of public health.

Note: The ScM in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences is no longer beginning after the Fall 2020 application cycle.