Financial support is provided through merit-based assistantships and scholarships. We seek candidates who are intellectually curious, highly motivated, and committed to the study of public health. All aspects of your application are very important for the scholarship review process, including your personal statement, academic transcripts, standardized test scores, letters of reference, and resume. Applicants should apply by February 1st for the best chance of being offered scholarships and financial support.
MPH Program partial scholarships are available to a limited number of highly qualified part-time and full-time students. MPH Program partial scholarships cover up to 25% of the tuition costs. Applicants are considered for partial scholarship support as part of the admissions process.
MPH Assistantships are available for a limited number of highly qualified students. MPH Assistantships provide a monthly stipend and a partial scholarship award. First-year students awarded a Standard MPH Assistantship receive a monthly stipend and partial scholarship. The student works for the sponsor in public health research or practice during the summer internship, 20 hours per week during the academic year, plus one 40 hour week during the winter break.
Applicants are automatically considered for any available MPH assistantships as part of the admissions process. MPH assistantships are awarded for one academic year with the potential for renewal for a second year. Students awarded MPH assistantships take at least three courses per semester.
The number and type of MPH assistantships available varies each year depending on the number of sponsors. Past sponsors include research centers of the Brown University School of Public Health , the Rhode Island Department of Health, and other public health related organizations. When possible, the MPH assistantship is coordinated with the required internships and many students have been able to develop thesis projects with their assistantship sites.
Students may also qualify for the Federal Direct Student Loan Program. Information on educational loans may be obtained through the Brown University Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Office also provides resources for graduate students researching external fellowships, scholarships, and financial resources (including opportunities for international students).
Students may find part-time employment to help with expenses and ideally to provide relevant public health experience. There are a number of ways to search for part-time employment. To explore campus based employment opportunities for students, consult the Brown Student Employment Office. There may also be student employment opportunities within the School of Public Health.
The main Human Resources Department at Brown may also post positions that would be of interest to MPH students, though such positions are open to a wider applicant pool and may have responsibilities that would incompatible with the demands of being a student.
Students may also search for part-time employment opportunities off campus, though again, care should be taken to avoid taking on responsibilities that would interfere with academic obligations. A number of resources exist to assist in looking for part-time employment outside of the Brown University campus. Students may want to explore the employment offices at Brown affiliated hospitals, which include employment postings from hospital based public health research centers. Brown affiliated hospitals include Lifespan affiliated hospitals (Rhode Island Hospital, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Miriam Hospital, Bradley Hospital and Newport Hospital), Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Care New England (Women & Infants Hospital, Butler Hospital) and the Providence VA Medical Center. The print and online versions of the Providence Journal also list employment opportunities.