The Department of Epidemiology looks forward to working with you throughout the admissions process. Should you have any questions, please contact us at

Below are application requirements for both our Master's and PhD program. Please review them carefully as you prepare your application. The admissions committee takes into consideration every component of an application. Areas they look particularly closely at are the GRE exam quantitative and writing scores, course grades with particular emphasis on quantitative courses, any published articles or abstracts that you have written, personal statements, relevant work experience, and letters of recommendation. 


The Brown University School of Public Health will be adopting the SOPHAS application system for the 2017 admissions cycle opening on August 18, 2016. SOPHAS is a centralized application service used by many of the accredited schools and programs in public health. 

Personal Statement

All applicants are required to submit a personal statement regarding their interests and/or intended areas of study.


We strongly encourage applicants to submit a scanned image of the transcript at the time of application, which can speed processing; however, a final, official transcript will be required of all admitted students who matriculate. Applicants who have attended international institutions must submit transcripts or certified attestations of study, with certified English translations.

International transcripts - SOPHAS will only accept evaluations obtained from World Education Services (WES ICAP). SOPHAS cannot accept any documents other than the WES ICAP evaluation. For more information on applying as an international applicant, visit

Letters of Recommendation (3)

At least two of these letters should be from faculty at the institution of current study or, if the applicant is not in school at the time of application, at the institution most recently attended. 

GRE Score

Results from a recent GRE general test (within five years) are required. Subject tests are not required but may be submitted. The School of Public Health's GRE code is 7765MCAT and other related tests for professional schools cannot be substituted for the GRE. The Designated Institution (DI) Code for BUSPH is DI Code 7765.


TOEFL/IELTS scores are required for students whose native language is not English, but may be waived for those who hold a bachelors or master’s degree from a US institution. Official TOEFL scores should be sent to both SOPHAS (reporting code  5688) and Brown University Graduate School (reporting code 3094).

Application Deadlines
PhD: December 15
Master's: February 1

For more information, please see the Graduate School's Admissions page.