Doctoral Program in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences

The PhD program in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences (BSHS) has become the 4th doctoral program offered by the Brown University School of Public Health. 

Doctoral training in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences at Brown University is inherently multidisciplinary. Students learn to employ behavioral and social science theory and methods to understand contemporary health problems.The signatures of Behavioral and Social Sciences training at Brown University include health behavior interventions development and evaluation, and collaboration across disciplines and between researchers and communities.  The program puts substantive focus on behavioral health issues such as diet, physical activity and obesity; alcohol and other drug abuse; smoking and tobacco use; HIV risk behaviors; and behavioral medicine.Students in the Doctoral Program in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences demonstrate mastery of relevant theory and methods, assessed via coursework and examinations, and complete a dissertation that represents original research.

All students admitted to the PhD program receive funding in the form of a fellowship, teaching assistantship, or research assistantship. The funding package includes tuition, health insurance, and an annual stipend.  Four years of financial support is the norm for those entering with a relevant Master’s degree and five years for those entering without such a background.

The application deadline is December 15.

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How to apply: The Brown University School of Public Health has adopted the SOPHAS application system for the 2017 admissions cycle. SOPHAS is a centralized application service used by many of the accredited schools and programs in public health. You will only need to apply to SOPHAS; there is no need to also submit an application directly with Brown Univerity's Graduate School.

GRE: Code 7765 has been assigned to the Brown University School of Public Health for reporting GRE scores. Please indicate this code when you take the test so that we are sent your scores automatically. 

TOEFL: Official test scores should be sent to both SOPHAS (reporting code 5688) and Brown University Graduate School (reporting code 3094).

International transcripts: SOPHAS will only accept evaluations obtained from World Education Services (WES ICAP). SOPHAS cannot accept any documents other than the WES ICAP evaluation. For more information on applying as an international applicant, visit

The following BSS faculty members are open to taking a BSHS doctoral student for the fall of 2018:

Jasjit Ahluwalia
Christopher Kahler
Cynthia Rosengard
Sara Becker
Caroline Kuo
Lori A.J. Scott-Sheldon
Katie Biello
Molly Magill
Tara White
Beth Bock
Rosemarie Ann Martin
David Williams

Kate Carey
Matthew Mimiaga
Tyler Wray
Akilah Dulin
Peter Monti

Shira Dunsiger
Don Operario



Kate Carey, PhD, Graduate Program Director, BSHS
(401) 863-6558

Linda Angela, Academic Program Coordinator
(401) 863-6578

Dean of the School of Public Health,  Professor Fox WetleDean of the School of Public Health, Professor Fox Wetle