How to Apply

In the SOPHAS portal, eligible applicants to the MPH program should indicate their interest in being considered for the HES program by responding to the specific HBCU question in the application. Applicants should also address their interest in and commitment to health equity (in research or in practice) in the “Statement of Purpose” section of the application. Applicants are considered on an individual basis.

Application deadline

The application deadline for the Health Equity Scholars Program is January 15, 2022.


The Brown University School of Public Health is committed to addressing racism, poverty, and other social determinants of health that drive the terrible health disparities that exist in the United States and throughout the world. Key to this mission is training a generation of public health leaders who will devote themselves to addressing health disparities. We are re-dedicating our efforts to expand the diversity of students entering our MPH Program and to provide high quality applied learning opportunities for students to address health disparities through research and public health practice while they gain the skills for their future careers.

The Health Equity Scholars program builds on a long and successful institutional partnership between Brown University and Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi. The Partnership in Public Health Program is one of several collaborative programs between the two schools, and it allows Tougaloo sophomores to apply for early admission to the Brown School of Public Health MPH program. Tougaloo graduates will receive special consideration for the Health Equity Scholars program.

In future years, we hope to expand eligibility to the Health Equity Scholars program to students pursuing other public health graduate degrees at Brown, and to develop similar partnerships with other minority-serving institutions.