Alec Hilton

Alec Hilton


Undergraduate Institution: Washington University in St. Louis

Why did you choose the Brown University School of Public Health?
One of the main reasons I chose the Brown SPH was because of the faculty to student ratio. Having that ability to form close relationships for academics and thesis advising was important to me. The School of Public Health also helps form these collaborations through monthly advising meetings and concentration meetings for the MPH program.

What makes Brown's program different from other programs you considered?
From the beginning of my search and throughout orientation it was obvious that the SPH embodies the mantra of learning public health by doing public health. This was especially important to me since I am concentrating in global health, and I recognize the importance of actually doing global health rather than simply studying the topic.

What do you enjoy most about your program?
I have enjoyed my small seminar classes the most and being acle to fully get to know bot my classmates and the professors in the small setting. Despite only haven taken classes during the pandemic online through zoom, I still feel like I was able to form meaningful connections.

What is your academic area of interest and why?
My academic area of interest is health in Latinx communities along with the intersections of health and culture. I am particularly interested in understanding illness narratives and the impact of living with diabetes in Mexico. These topics are interesting to me due to my qualitative undergraduate background and affinity for anthropology.

What are your postgraduate goals/plans?
My plans are not set in stone right now, but after finishing the MPH program, I would like to work closely with communities regarding health programs and interventions. I would love to not be in an office all day but rather spend time in the community to have community driven health programs.

Why Providence?
Providence has so much to do despite being a smaller city. The city is very walkable and there is a great food scene, especially Federal Hill for Italian food. It is also very easy to take short day trips to the many beaches in the state, Cape Cod, Boston, and New York City, or get lost in nature for a weekend in the mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire.

What advice would you give to prospective applicants?
Do not hesitate to reach out to current students and professors if you have any questions. The professors are extremely approachable and love to talk to students about prospective thesis work as well. Especially if you are planning on the global health concentration, talking to professors and having a plan as early as possible is key.