Joe Silva

PhD in Health Services Research ’24


Undergraduate Institution: University of Rhode Island
Major: Medical Laboratory Science

Why did you choose the Brown University School of Public Health?
I chose Brown for a number of reasons, but one of the biggest deciding factors was the small program size and emphasis on individualized advising. Attending Brown meant I could have better and closer relationships with my professors and advisors.

What makes Brown's program different from other programs you considered?
For me, the difference was the focus on research and encouragement to publish in a peer-reviewed journal. This was a great opportunity to dive further into research, and the structure of the degree makes sure you have a strong foundation of the methods used within the field.

What do you enjoy most about your program?
I enjoy being surrounded by public health. I have learned so much from my time here and the entire experience has been exciting. Every day I get to learn something new and talk about it with friends and family, getting them excited about what is going on in the world of public health.

What is your academic area of interest and why?
My area of interest is infectious disease. I have always been driven to healthcare and the threat/burden that some diseases pose to our society. I want to be able to help people and save lives, so working to control or prevent outbreaks would allow me to do this in a way that is extremely rewarding.

What are your postgraduate goals/plans?
I plan on pursuing a PhD in Epidemiology with the goal of working for the CDC, potentially by pursuing a career path through the Epidemic Intelligence Service!

Why Providence?
Providence is a great place for studying public health because it's really a unique environment. I've grown up in Rhode Island but never really spent too much time in Providence; even now I'm still finding new places to go in this smaller-sized city!

What advice would you give to prospective applicants?
Talking with faculty and current students is a great way to get a feel for the program you're interested in and make connections early on.