Health Equity Scholars Program

2021 Health Equity Scholars
2021 Health Equity Scholars

Transforming Public Health Leadership

Our School’s mission is to train the next generation of public health leaders. To do that well, we must ensure that the ranks of leadership reflect the diversity of the communities where the work of public health is done. The Health Equity Scholars program is one part of our efforts to expand the diversity of students entering the Brown School of Public Health. Each year, the HES program will welcome a cohort of exceptional students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and equip them to address health disparities and be transformative leaders in their public health research and careers.

The Health Equity Scholars program

The Health Equity Scholars program provides MPH students with the opportunity to address health disparities through research and practice, while also gaining critical skills for leadership. Students selected into the Health Equity Scholars Program benefit from:

  • Financial support: Up to a full tuition scholarship (based on demonstrated need), coverage of fees, and stipend support for unpaid or low-paid internships.
  • Hands-on public health training: All MPH students, including the Health Equity Scholars, are required to complete 145 hours of an applied public health experience, working with a local, national, or international organization of the Scholar’s choosing.
  • Leadership training: Bi-weekly interactive sessions led by Brown faculty and other experts will address communication, negotiation, critical thinking, crisis management, and other essential 21st century leadership skills.
  • One-to-one coaching: HES students will work with a coach to help them define their leadership goals and create a personalized plan for leadership development.
  • Enhanced mentorship: A team of mentors - drawn from national and international ranks of public health leadership - will provide Scholars with guidance and support as they launch their own careers.
  • Networking opportunities: Through career panels, lectures, events, and an annual gathering of Scholars and mentors, the HES students will be able to grow and deepen their professional connections, creating a network that will support them and uplift future leaders.


To be considered for acceptance into the Health Equity Scholars program, applicants must be working toward or possess a postsecondary degree from a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) from this list of approved HBCU schools, or be part of the Brown-Tougaloo Public Health Partnership.