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 will be adopting the SOPHAS application system for the 2017 admissions cycle opening on August 18, 2016. SOPHAS is a centralized application service used by many of the accredited schools and programs in public health. 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. Official TOEFL scores should be sent to both SOPHAS (reporting code  7765) and Brown University Graduate School (reporting code 3094).

The following BSS faculty members are open to taking a BSHS doctoral student for the fall of 2017:

Sara Becker 
Molly Magill
Lori A.J. Scott-Sheldon
Katie Biello
Rosemarie Ann Martin
Tara White
Beth Bock
Jennifer Merrill
David Williams
Kate Carey
Matthew Mimiaga
Tyler Wray
Shira Dunsiger 
Don Operario

Abigail Harrison
Rochelle Rosen

Christopher Kahler
Cynthia Rosengard


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