Graduate Student Council


The SPH Graduate Student Council is hosting Career Paths in Public Health! Tuesday April 3rd, 12 - 1pm in J Walter Wilson, room 401. Brown undergraduates and others interested in a Public Health career path are invited to this lunch conversation with Public Health graduate students. Learn where they're headed after graduation, how their paths evolved, and get advice on achieving your public health career goals.  Free lunch will be served!

The council is open to all SPH graduate students. If you are interested in participating, please email rachel_denlinger@brown.eduAdd to my calendar.

2017-2018 Co-Chairs

Rachel Denlinger
Geetika Kalloo
Rebecca Thorsness

Statement of Purpose:

The Brown University School of Public Health Graduate Student Council is a group of public health graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who serve in an advisory and coordinator role to represent the general student body with sub-committees focused on academic, social, and community service issues and events. These committees address and/or facilitate academic topics, professional development, social events, and community service opportunities for all graduate students and post-doctoral fellows at the School of Public Health.

 Some of the goals and purpose of the SPH Graduate Student Council include the following:

  •  Provide a forum for SPH graduate students to express issues and concerns.
  • Organize social events to bring students together and promote a sense of community within the SPH student body.
  • Represent and advocate for student interests through collaboration with graduate student representatives serving on SPH committees.
  • Promote and/or plan programs to facilitate academic/professional career development of public health graduate students.
  • Organize and/or promote activities to enhance the relationship between the SPH graduate student body and the greater Providence community.
  • Select representatives to serve on the general Brown University Graduate Student Council.

Council and Committee Leadership: The Council is headed by two Co-chairs. In addition, each of the three sub-committees is headed by two (or three) Co-chairs. To ensure fair representation, a person may not be a Co-chair of more than one committee.

Committee Membership: Membership of each committee is open to all public health graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Any student or fellow may be a member of one or more of the committees, so long as s/he is able to actively contribute to that committee.

Meetings: All Co-chairs of the Council and the three sub-committees gather to meet for one hour on a monthly basis. The purpose of these meetings is to determine the status of each committee’s activities, determine coordination and allocation of resources, and discuss the needs of the students and fellows of the School of Public Health and how the Graduate Student Council may better address these needs. These meetings are open to all graduate and post-doctoral fellows.

Election of Leadership: All public health graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are eligible to serve in a leadership role in the SPH Graduate Student Council. If there are only two people interested in being the Co-chairs of the Council or a sub-committee, these two people are automatically elected Co-chairs. If more than two individuals are interested in being the Co-chairs of the Council or of a sub-committee, students and fellows of the School of Public Health vote for the Co-chairs through an electronic election survey distributed by Joann Barao ( and Dr. Patrick Vivier (Patrick_Vivier@Brown.eud). Elections are held each year during the Spring semester.

Nominations: Students may self-nominate or nominate others. A short paragraph about why s/he would like to be considered for the position or believe the nominated person should be considered for the position should be included with the nomination. These paragraphs will be sent to the graduate students and post-doctoral fellows if there is an election.   Once the number of eligible nominees is determined, an electronic election survey is to be submitted to all graduate and post-doctoral fellows. Announcements of Co-chairs for the Graduate Student Council and the three subcommittees are made by the end of the academic year.

Organizational Chart for School of Public Health Graduate Student Council

Academic Sub-Committee

Statement of Purpose: The Academic Sub-Committee launches and leads initiatives and events aimed at improving professional and academic life of SPH graduate students.


  •  To pursue academic and career-related advocacy issues for the SPH-GSC.
  •  To support graduate students in their academic work.
  • To provide career support to graduate students through seminars, workshops or student-run support groups.

To initiate and manage a travel and research fund to support the conference or research related expenses of SPH graduate students that are not currently funded by the student’s advisor or other