Master's in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences

The interdisciplinary Master’s program in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences (BSHS) in the Brown University School of Public Health trains graduate students who are interested in analyzing the complex behavioral and social determinants of public health, and in developing interventions to change behaviors and improve social contexts related to public health.

The Master’s program is an eight-unit, terminal degree program in which students are required to complete a written Thesis. The Master’s program is designed to be completed on a full- or part-time basis. 

The BSHS Master's degree program is ideal for students interested in working in health program evaluation, program management, community-based organizations and other non-profit services, managed care, treatment intervention research, and clinical trials, among other fields. The BSHS program is also a good fit for those interested in pursuing doctoral-level training in public health, psychology, public policy, and social welfare.

Our internationally respected faculty members are experts in the fields of alcohol and addiction, substance use, exercise and physical activity, diet and nutrition, and HIV/AIDS, among other areas. We conduct research with diverse communities in Providence, Boston, other urban settings in the United States, and in international settings. We value diversity and are committed to addressing health disparities associated with race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and other forms of social inequality.

Application Open Date: August 16

Offers of Admission Deadline: April 1

Late Offers of Admission Deadline (if capacity allows admission of qualified applicants): May 1

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The following BSS faculty members may be available to advise BSHS Master's student for the Fall of 2018:

Jasjit Ahluwalia Carolina Haass-Koffler
Don Operario
Bruce Becker
Akilah Dulin Keita
Patricia Risica
Katie Biello
Abigail Harrison
Rochelle Rosen
Willoughby Britton
Christopher Kahler
Cynthia Rosengard
Kate Carey
Caroline Kuo
Lori A.J. Scott-Sheldon
Rachel Cassidy 
Molly Magill
  Jacob Vandenberg
Mark Celio
Rosemarie Ann Martin
Tara White
Patricia Cioe
Jennifer Merrill
David Williams

Shira Dunsiger 

Matthew Mimiaga
  Margaret Wool
Kristi Gamarel 
Peter Monti
Tyler Wray 


David Williams, PhD, Master's Graduate Program Director
(401) 863-6248

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

2015 Master's graduate Alex Macmadu with Professor Bill Rakowski2015 Master's graduate Alex Macmadu with Professor Bill Rakowski