Degree Programs

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The Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSS) conducts education and research to understand the behavioral and social determinants of public health problems and to develop interventions to change behaviors and improve social contexts related to public health.

Our graduate educational programs train the next generation of public health scholars and practitioners to engage in scientific research and programmatic activities to reduce the burden of disease and improve the wellness of populations.

Doctoral Program

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.


Students at Brown possess an intense curiosity and aspire to make an impact. At the School of Public Health, mentorship and collaboration reinforce this drive. Our ethos: "Learn public health by doing public health."