Professor Patricia Risica Named Director of Undergraduate Studies

Patricia Risica, MPH, DrPH, associate professor of behavioral and social ​sciences, and associate professor of epidemiology, has been appointed the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Public Health effective June 1, 2020. She succeeds Mark Lurie, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology, who has held the position since 2017.

In this position, Dr. Risica will be responsible for leadership and oversight of the structure and content of the undergraduate concentration in public health. She will work closely with Melissa Clark, PhD, associate dean for academic affairs, to ensure that the undergraduate public health concentration meets all of the requirements for the School’s upcoming re-accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). In addition, her responsibilities will include overseeing a team of concentration advisors, reviewing syllabi for new or modified courses, reviewing student feedback from course evaluations, and chairing the Public Health Undergraduate Studies Committee, among others. Dr. Risica will also represent the School of Public Health with relevant Brown University committees.

A graduate of Ohio State University, Dr. Risica earned advanced degrees from Johns Hopkins University. She has held academic appointments at Brown University since 1998, and has served on many School and University committees throughout her tenure. Dr. Risica is a registered dietitian and has been an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics since 1987. A member of the Rhode Island Public Health Association since 1999, she most recently served as the association’s president from 2017-2019.

Dr. Risica has been a dedicated teacher and mentor to Brown undergraduate and graduate students throughout her career. She has advised over 40 undergraduate public health concentrators and 50 graduate students. As a testament to her devotion to students, she was awarded the 2020 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring.