The Curriculum

Graduate study in public health at Brown has a singular purpose: to train leaders in public health who are armed with the skills to conduct research, bring about policy change, and positively affect the health of populations. The curriculum is comprised of core, concentration, and elective coursework.

Core Courses

All MPH students take core courses designed to develop analytical skills and knowledge in key areas of public health.

*Students must complete one of the following course sequences:

Sequence 1:​

  • PHP2507, Biostatistics & Applied Data Analysis I​
  • PHP2508, Biostatistics & Applied Data Analysis II 

Sequence 2:​

  • PHP2510, Principles of Biostatistics & Data Analysis​
  • PHP2511, Applied Regression Analysis

Students must complete one of the following courses:

  • PHP2120, Introduction to Methods in Epidemiologic Research
  • PHP2150, Foundations in Epidemiologic Research Methods

Students must complete both of the following half credit courses:

  • PHP2071, Applied Public Health: Systems and Practice
  • PHP2072, Applied Public Health: Policy, Leadership and Communication

Students must complete the following course:

  • PHP2355, Designing and Evaluating Public Health Interventions

*Students who matriculated prior to Fall 2018 should click here

The following are prerequisite for entering PHP2071, and must be completed in the summer or first semester of enrollment:

  • PHP1001, Foundations in Public Health​
  • CITI Training
  • IRB Basics
  • Semester One Core Advisor Small Group Sessions

Concentrations

The Brown MPH empowers students to engage in the design and implementation of their educational experience. Students concentrate in one of the public health areas below:

A great emphasis of the Brown MPH Program is to empower students to engage in the design and implementation of their educational experience. Students in the Generalist Concentration work with advisors to develop their individual path within public health. Students in the Generalist Concentration will develop an individualized educational plan to gain the competencies required for their path in public health. This will include identifying the focus of the generalist studies for that student, be that a content area (for example Maternal and Children Health, Aging, Mental Health, HIV, etc.) or methodologic focus (advanced methods in public health research/evaluation, etc.).

Generalist Concentration Competencies

Students work closely with advisors to identify at least 5 specific competencies, beyond the core MPH competencies, and identify how they will meet those competencies through activities such as formal coursework, independent studies, internships and thesis work.

Students who matriculated prior to Fall 2018 should click here.

Generalist Concentration Courses

Students in the Generalist concentration must identify 5 courses that are appropriate for their individualized plan. 

Approval of Concentration Plan

The initial plan should be submitted to the MPH Program Associate Director in the fall of the first year for approval.  Students can continue to refine the plan in the second year, with substantive changes approved by the MPH Program Associate Director.

Generalist Concentration Lead

Annie Gjelsvik, PhD
[email protected]

Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics Concentration-Specific Competencies

  • Demonstrate proficiency in statistical programming
  • Demonstrate proficiency in common data analytic methods
  • Demonstrate proficiency in applied data analytic methods
  • Demonstrate proficiency in intermediate epidemiologic methods
  • Demonstrate proficiency in intermediate biostatistical methods

Students in the Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics Concentration should complete Sequence 2 for the Biostatistics/Applied Data Anaylsis core requirement:

  • PHP2510, Principles of Biostatistics and Data Analysis
  • PHP2511, Applied Regression Analysis

If a student completes PHP2507/2508 before deciding on the Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics Concentration, the student must meet with the concentration advisor and the MPH Program Director to request that PHP2507/2508 meet the core requirement for biostatistics. Based on an assessment of the student’s background, course performance and knowledge base, PHP2507/2508 may be able to substitute.

Students in the Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics Concentration must complete one of the following courses to fulfill the Epidemiology core requirement.  However, PHP2150, Foundations in Epidemiologic Research Methods, is strongly recommended.

  •  PHP2150, Foundations in Epidemiologic Research Method
  •  PHP2120, Introduction to Methods in Epidemiologic Research

 

Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics Concentration Courses:

Complete the following courses:

  • PHP1560/2560, Statistical Programming in R
  • PHP2550, Practical Data Analysis

Complete one of the following applied data analysis courses:

  • PHP2118, Genomics Epidemiology
  • PHP2260, Applied Epidemiological Analysis Using SAS
  • PHP2410E, Medicare: A data based policy examination
  • PHP2430, Analysis of Population Based Datasets
  • PHP2440, Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology
  • PHP2465A, Introduction to Health Decision Analysis

Complete one of the following intermediate epidemiology methods courses:

  • PHP2030, Clinical Trials Methodology
  • PHP2040, Survey Research Methods
  • PHP2180, Interpretation and Application of Epidemiology
  • PHP2200, Intermediate Methods in Epidemiologic Research

Complete one of the following intermediate biostatistics methods courses:

  • PHP2515, Fundamentals of Probability and Statistical Inference
  • PHP2530, Bayesian Statistical Methods
  • PHP2561, Methods in Informatics and Data Science for Health
  • PHP2602, Analysis of Lifetime Data
  • PHP2610, Causal Inference and Missing Data
  • PHP2620, Statistical Methods in Bioinformatics

Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics Concentration Lead

David A. Savitz, PhD  
[email protected]

The mission of the Global Health Concentration is to develop public health professionals who are experts in issues related to global health. Global health research and training focus on health inequalities within communities and populations and across populations throughout the world. Global health thus focuses on domestic and international health inequalities, and is not about crossing borders but bridging health inequalities with scientific evidence of etiology and prevention.

Global Health Concentration-Specific Competencies

  • Know general patterns of age and cause specific morbidity and mortality in major regions of the world.           
  • Identify major etiologic factors that influence infectious diseases and non-communicable diseases in less developed countries (LDCs).
  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of global health issues.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in one area of applied research methods
  • Successfully implement a Global Health project resulting in a publishable quality manuscript or other appropriate project

Students who matriculated prior to Fall 2018 should click here.

Global Health Concentration Courses:

Complete the following course:

  • PHP2730, Including the Excluded: Global Health Ethics

Select one of the following courses:

  • PHP1070, Burden of Disease in Developing Countries
  • PHP2710, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Disability and Death in the Global South

Select one of the following methods courses:

  • PHP2030, Clinical Trials
  • PHP2040, Survey Research Methods
  • PHP2060, Qualitative Methods
  • PHP2300, Behavioral Research Methods
  • PHP2415, Intro to Evidence Based Medicine
  • GEOL1320, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Applications
  • SOC2612, Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis for the Social Sciences

Select one of the following global health topical courses:

  • PHP1100, Comparative Health Care Systems
  • PHP1400, HIV/AIDS in Africa: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Support HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Programs
  • PHP1802S, Human Security and Humanitarian Response:  Increasing Effectiveness and Accountability
  • PHP1854, Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases
  • PHP2160, Global Burden of Mental Health: A Public Health Approach
  • PHP2220H, The Epidemiology, Treatment and Prevention of HIV
  • PHP1710, Climate Change and Human Health
  • PHP2710, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Disability and Death in the Global South (If PHP1070 was taken to fulfill the requirement above)

Select one additional course from either of the above lists of methods and global health topical courses:

 

Global Health Concentration Lead

Stephen McGarvey, PhD
[email protected]

The Health Behavior Concentration prepares students to understand and apply theories of health behavior and health promotion to improve population health. Students in the Health Behavior Concentration will gain experience in behavioral-social science frameworks and methodologies for designing, implementing, and evaluating interventions, and in disseminating and translating findings for diverse communities. The Health Behavior Concentration also emphasizes the roles of cultural competence, ethical practice, professionalism, and community collaboration as vital to the design and delivery of public health interventions. 

Health Behavior Concentration-Specific Competencies

  • Apply behavioral and social science theories to understand and facilitate change in health-related behaviors.
  • Design a health communications intervention to decrease risks for disease and/or promote wellness.
  • Develop a plan to monitor and assess the reach, fidelity, quality, impact and outcome of health communication intervention.
  • Examine health disparities and their psychosocial, behavioral, and environmental causes.
  • Understand health behavior(s) from a multi-level behavioral and social science perspective.

Students who matriculated prior to Fall 2018 should click here.

Health Behavior Concentration Courses

Complete both of the following courses:

  • PHP2340, Theories of Behavioral and Social Sciences in Public Health
  • PHP2380, Health Communications

Compete two of the following health behavior content focused courses: 

  • PHP1400, HIV/AIDS in Africa: A Multidsiciplinary Approach to Support HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Programs
  • PHP1540, Alcohol Use and Misuse
  • PHP1600, Obesity in the 21st Century: Causes, Consequences and Countermeasures
  • PHP1610, Tobacco, Disease and the Industry: cigs, e-cigs and more
  •  PHP1890, The Craving Mind  

Complete one of the following courses focused on issues of social determinants of health and diversity:

  • PHP1920, Social Determinants of Health
  • PHP2325, Place Matters: Exploring Community-Level Contexts on Health Behaviors, Outcomes and Disparities
  • PHP2365, Public Health Issues in LGBT Populations

Health Behavior Concentration Lead

David Williams, PhD
[email protected]

The Health Services Concentration seeks to develop scientists experienced in the use of state of the art experimental and non-experimental research methods for the purpose of advancing fundamental knowledge of issues central to the improvement of population health by focusing on organizational characteristics of health care delivery systems, providers, and economic forces that shape consumer and provider behavior, as well as the policy environment in which these relationships exist. The concentration explicitly seeks to train scientists to optimally contribute as part of multidisciplinary teams in academic posts, government agencies at the state, national and international levels, and in research arms of private sectors of health services delivery organizations. The concentration explicitly seeks to develop scientists skilled in the communication of scientific knowledge, equipped with leadership skills for the purpose of improving services and influencing health policy at the organizational, state, national, and international levels such that those policies lead to more equitable use of resources thus improving health outcomes. The competency-based curriculum provides students with a strong analytic foundation and general health services research orientation.

Health Services Concentration-Specific Competencies 

  • Organize and present information drawn from multiple sources that characterize the economic, political and financial forces that shape the way in which the health care system interacts
  • Critically evaluate the relative strengths and weaknesses of evidence and research regarding the performance of components of the health care system
  • Design a primary data gathering instrument/protocol
  • Collect primary data to address a public health issue
  • Evaluate the strengths and limitations of primary data collection methods
  • Develop a performance measure
  • Develop a hypothetical run chart to assess whether an intervention to improve performance was successful
  • Develop a pay-for-performance scheme to enhance a quality improvement effort

 

Students who matriculated in Fall 2018 or Fall 2019 should click here

Students who matriculated prior to Fall 2018 should click here.

 

Health Services Concentration Courses

Select one of the following primary data gathering courses:
PHP2060, Qualitative Research Methods​
PHP2040, Survey Research Methods

Complete the following health systems course:
PHP2400, The U.S. Health Care System: Case Studies in Financing, Delivery, Regulation and Public Health

Complete the following quality course:
PHP2450, Measuring and Improving the Quality of Health Care

Select one of the following health services methods design courses:
PHP2030, Clinical Trials Methods​
PHP2415, Introduction to Evidence-based Medicine​
PHP2465A, Introduction to Health Decision Analysis

Select one of the following health services methods analysis courses:
PHP1560/2560, Statistical Programming in R​
PHP2260, Applied Epidemiologic Analysis Using SAS​
PHP2410E, Medicare: A Data Based Policy Examination​
PHP2440, Intro Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology
PHP2455A, Health Services Research Methods I
Soc2612, Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis for the Social Sciences
SOC2960G, Spatial Data Analysis Techniques in the Social Sciences

Health Services Concentration Lead

Anya R. Wallack, PhD
[email protected]

 

The Brown University School of Public Health has substantial strengths in Maternal and Child Health (MCH). This includes a vibrant core of interdisciplinary faculty focused on MCH issues from the prenatal period through adolescents. The Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute was launched in 2016, presenting new opportunities for expanding MCH research and education programs at Brown. This is in addition to the existing School of Public Health research centers that include a focus on MCH issues. Beyond the strengths within the School of Public Health, active MCH collaborations extend to the Brown University affiliated hospitals, state government, local government, community organizations and industry.

Maternal and Child Health Concentration-Specific Competencies

In addition to the standard MPH Program competencies, students in the MCH track will meet the following competencies:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the major causes of maternal and child morbidity and mortality.  (PHP1994)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of programs designed to foster maternal and child health (PHP1994)
  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of MCH epidemiology (PHP1900 and PHP2220C).
  • Demonstrate proficiency in two areas of applied research methods (PHP2030, PHP2040, PHP2060, PHP2300, PHP2415, GEOL1320, SOC2612)
  • Demonstrate understanding of health systems issues that are relevant to MCH populations.  (PHP1100, PHP1530, PHP2400, PHP2425, or PHP2445)

Maternal and Child Health Concentration Courses:

Complete the following course:

  • PHP2023, Maternal and Child Health

Complete one of the following courses in advanced epidemiology for MCH:

  • PHP1900, Epidemiology of Disorders and Diseases of Childhood and Young Adulthood (Spring)​
  • PHP2220C, Perinatal Epidemiology (Fall)
  • PHP2220D, Reproductive Epidemiology  (Fall)

Complete two of the following methods courses:

  • PHP1560/2560, Statistical Programming in R​
  • PHP2030, Clinical Trials​
  • PHP2040, Survey Research Methods​
  • PHP2060, Qualitative Methods​
  • PHP2260, Applied Epidemiological Analysis Using SAS
  • PHP2300, Behavioral Research Methods ​
  • PHP2415, Intro to Evidence-Based Medicine ​
  • PHP2550, Practical Data Analysis
  • GEOL1320, Intro to GIS (May not be taken if student has already completed Soc2612)​
  • SOC2612, Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis for the Social Sciences (Taught every other year.)

Complete one of the following health systems courses:

  • PHP1100, Comparative Health Care Systems​
  • PHP1530, Case Studies in Public Health: The Role of Governments, Communities and Professions​
  • PHP2400, The U.S. Health Care System: Case Studies in Financing, Delivery, Regulation and Public Health​
  • PHP2425, Doing Public Health: Getting It Done in the Real World​
  • PHP2445, Minding the Gap: The U.S. Healthcare Safety Net

Maternal and Child Health Concentration Lead

Patrick M. Vivier, MD, PhD
[email protected]

The Epidemiology Concentration and the Biostatistics Concentration are available to students who started the MPH Fall 2018 or earlier. The requirements can be found here:

Biostatistics Concentration – Available to students who started in Fall 2018 or Earlier

Epidemiology Concentration – Available to students who started Fall 2018 or earlier

Elective Courses

All students are encouraged to explore their diverse academic interests at Brown. In addition to the core and concentration courses, every student will take 3 general elective courses-approved courses are detailed below. Other graduate-level courses at Brown may be taken with approval.

PHP1070, The Burden of Disease in Developing Countries 

PHP1100, Comparative Health Care Systems 
(If not taken to fulfill core requirement)

PHP1540, Alcohol Use and Misuse

PHP1560/2560, Statistical Computing with R

PHP1680I, Pathology to Power: Disability, Health and Community 

PHP1700, Current Topics in Environmental Health

PHP1710, Climate Change and Human Health 

PHP1890, The Craving Mind 

PHP1964, Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention

PHP2023, Maternal and Child Health

PHP2030, Clinical Trials Methodology 

PHP2065, Qualitative Methods: Theoretical and Methodological Frameworks in Health Research

PHP2090, Scientific Writing in Public Health  

PHP2220D, Reproductive Epidemiology

PHP2220H, The Epidemiology, Treatment and Prevention of HIV
 

PHP2250, Advanced Quantitative Methods in Epidemiologic Research 

PHP2300, Research Methods in Behavioral Science 

PHP2325, Place Matters: Exploring Community-Level Contexts on Health Behaviors, Outcomes and Disparities 

PHP2340, Behavioral and Social Science Theory for Health Promotion 

PHP2365, Public Health Issues in LGBT Populations 

PHP2370, Etiology of Substance Use Disorders 

PHP2390, Quantitative Methods for Behavioral And Social Sciences Intervention Research 
 

PHP2410E, Medicare: A Data Based Policy Examination 

PHP2440, Intro to Pharmacoepidemiology 

PHP2445, Minding the Gap:  The U.S. Healthcare Safety Net

PHP2450, Quality Measurement and Improvement in Health Care 

PHP2465A, Intro to Health Decision Analysis

PHP2510, Principles of Biostatistics and Data Analysis 

PHP2520, Statistical Inference I 

PHP2550, Practical Data Analysis 

PHP2560, Introduction to Statistical Computing

PHP2601, Linear and Generalized Linear Models 

PHP2602, Analysis of Lifetime Data 

PHP2610, Causal Inference and Missing Data 

PHP2710, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Disability and Death in the Global South

PHP2730, Including the Excluded: Global Health Ethics

PHP2980, Graduate Independent Study and Thesis Research (Full Credit) 

PHP2985, MPH Independent Study for Thesis Preparation and Research (Half Credit)

BIOL2860, Molecular Mechanisms of Human Disease    

SOC1550, Sociology of Medicine  

SOC2960G, Spatial Data Analysis Techniques in the Social Sciences

PHP1500, Global Health Nutrition 

PHP1530, Case Studies in Public Health: The Role of Governments, Communities and the Professions 

PHP1600, Obesity in the 21st Century: Causes, Consequences and Countermeasures 

PHP1610, Tobacco, Disease and the Industry: cigs, e-cigs and more 

PHP1680N, Tobacco, Smoking, and the Evil Empire 

PHP1802S, Human Security, Response

PHP1854, The Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Disease 

PHP1885, Measuring Mindfulness

PHP1900, Epidemiology of Disorders and Diseases of Childhood and Young Adulthood

PHP1900H, Racial/Ethnic, Socioeconomic-, and Other Group-Based Health Disparities in the United States    

PHP1920, Social Determinants of Health

PHP2018, Epidemiology of Cardio-Metabolic Health

PHP2060, Qualitative Methods in Health Research 

PHP2080, Public Health Law and Ethics

PHP2130, Human Biology for Epidemiology 

PHP2160, Global Burden of Mental Illness: A Public Health Approach 

PHP2180, Interpretation and Application of Epidemiology 

PHP2200, Advanced Methods in Epidemiologic Research

PHP2220B, Nutritional Epidemiology 

PHP2220C, Perinatal Epidemiology 

PHP2220E, Topics in Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology 

PHP2223, Statistical Genetics 

PHP2230, Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases 

PHP2330, Behavioral and Social Approaches to HIV Prevention 

PHP2360, Designing, Implementing and Evaluating Public Health Interventions 

PHP2380, Health Communication 

PHP2415, Introduction to Evidence-based Medicine 

PHP2429, Medicine, Public Health, Law and Policy 

PHP2430, Analysis of Population Based Datasets 

PHP2400, The U.S. Health Care System: Case Studies in Financing, Delivery, Regulation and Public Health 
(If not taken to fulfill core requirement)

PHP2490, Methods in Pharmacoepidemiology 

PHP2501, Introduction to Multivariate Regression 

PHP2511, Applied Regression Analysis 

PHP2516, Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis (Half Credit)

PHP2530, Bayesian Statistical Methods 

PHP2580, Statistical Inference II 

PHP2603, Analysis of Longitudinal Data 

PHP2650, Statistical Learning and Big Data

PHP2980, Graduate Independent Study and Thesis Research (Full Credit) 

PHP2985, MPH Independent Study for Thesis Preparation and Research (Half Credit) 

PHP2720, Implementing Public Health Programs and Interventions in the Global South

ECON1360, Health Economics

BIOL1820, Environmental Health and Disease

PLCY1700K, Health Policy Challenges

PLCY2710, GIS and Public Policy

SOC2612, Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis for the Social Sciences