Research

With $63 million in annual external funding, the Brown University School of Public Health ranks among the top 10 schools of public health for NIH funding. Our nationally-renowned research centers and institutes focus training and research on key areas including HIV/AIDS, addiction, global health, aging, and environmental health.

Centers & Institutes

The Brown University AIDS Program (BRUNAP) is regionally and nationally recognized as a program of excellence for training and education of clinicians in HIV treatment and prevention.

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The mission of CAAS is twofold: To conduct collaborative research that will lead to more effective treatment for alcohol and drug use, and to create a nationwide program in substance abuse, education and training for psychologists, physicians, medical students, and health care professionals.

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The Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine (CBPM) is a leading research center in the Lifespan Medical System. Research scientists and their teams work to discover new and improved health promotion and disease management approach, focusing on the role of human behavior in health and disease. We seek to integrate the social, behavioral, and biomedical sciences through clinical, community, and laboratory-based research.

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The Center for Environmental Health and Technology will become a global leader in the field of Environmental Health by addressing critical issues related to children's health, molecular underpinnings of human disease, and global environmental health problems.

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The goal of the  Centers for Epidemiology and Environmental Health is to conduct epidemiologic studies of the causes, treatment and prevention of major health concerns at the population level.

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At the Center for Evidence Synthesis, (formerly known as the "Center for Evidence-based Medicine") we strive to improve health and wellbeing of individuals and populations. We promote rational decision making by conducting research in, and teaching the principles of, research synthesis (systematic review and meta-analysis of individual participant and aggregate data) and evidence contextualization (decision and economic modeling).

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The Center's primary mission is to advance the fields of gerontology and health services research through methodological and substantive research, informed by basic theories of aging, human development, and the illness experience. The goal of these efforts is to enhance the quality of life of persons with chronic illness, especially older adults. The research focus, both basic and applied, draws upon the social sciences as well as the clinical disciplines.

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Founded in 2016 with a generous donation from the family of Alan Hassenfeld, the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute (HCHII) aims to make a transformative impact on the lives of children and their families in Rhode Island, as well as around the world.

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The Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) conducts interdisciplinary, empirical research to promote healthier behaviors and environments. Our overarching topical strengths are in the areas of HIV primary and secondary prevention, global public health, LGBT health, substance addiction treatment, obesity, smoking, exercise and nutrition, and behavioral medicine.

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The IHI is one of several academic units involved in strengthening global health research, training and service activities at Brown University. The IHI's mission is to apply interdisciplinary perspectives to research and training to improve the health of populations in developing countries.

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Brown’s Center for Long-Term Care Quality & Innovation (Q&I Center) links researchers with providers to test and disseminate interventions to improve care for older adults, particularly those receiving post-acute and long-term care.

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We are at a time in history when mindfulness research is rapidly expanding, and mindfulness has become a $1 billion industry in the United States alone. There is great need for methodologically rigorous research to help determine whether reported impacts of mindfulness on health are fad or fact, as well as the provision of evidence-based services to match the greatly increasing demand by community members, including schools, hospitals and businesses. The Mindfulness Center at Brown University leads initiatives in these areas.

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The Brown University Center for Primary Care and Prevention at Memorial Hospital of RI is dedicated to promoting research, knowledge enrichment, and improving practice in primary care and prevention. CPCP research aims to help providers in pevention, diagnosis, and treatment of various illnesses, among a variety of other topics.

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The Rhode Island Public Health Institute’s mission is to promote community health and to eliminate health disparities in Rhode Island and beyond. We partner with Brown University and the Rhode Island Department of Health to develop innovative public health programs, conduct translational and policy research, and train students and public health practitioners.

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Our mission is to foster research and statistical education at the Division of Biology and Medicine and the University at large. Center faculty and staff conduct methodologic research in Biostatistics and interdisciplinary research in a broad range of areas of Medicine, Public Health, and Biology. The Center is part of the Public Health Program at Brown and is co-located with the newly founded Department of Biostatistics.

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Advance CTR serves as a central hub to support and educate clinical and translational researchers at the state level by developing the infrastructure and resources investigators need to conduct clinical and translational research in Rhode Island. Advance-CTR connects researchers and supports institutions in Rhode Island in order to advance clinical and translational research that improves public health in the state. 

The Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights acts as a hub for the innovative correctional health research and programming occurring at The Miriam Hospital and other research hospitals in RI and around the country. The Center’s mission is to improve the health and human rights of justice-involved populations through education, advocacy, and research.

The Data Science Initiative at Brown University is a hub for research and education in the foundational methodologies, domain applications, and societal impacts of data science. DSI engages partners across campus and beyond to facilitate and conduct both domain-driven and fundamental research in data science, to increase data fluency and educate the next generation of data scientists, and to explore the impact of the data revolution on culture, society, and social justice.

Brown's Global Health Initiative is distinguished by an integrative, overarching approach to the fundamentally interrelated problems of health and development.  The Initiative encompasses a wide range of practitioners and researchers across medicine, public health, biomedical research, social science, and engineering to provide sustainable solutions in partnership with communities and institutions in Africa, India, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. The Initiative offers high impact education, research, and service opportunities for students and faculty, and addresses issues of capacity, infrastructure, environment, and health care delivery to reduce the burden of disease in impoverished communities.

The Institute at Brown for Environment and Society aims to promote and protect both sustainable human societies and the natural world that supports them. IBES supports interdisciplinary research to understand the interactions between natural, human, and social systems. Its teaching programs engage students with the deep complexity of human-environment interactions and prepare future leaders to envision and build a just and sustainable world. 

Brown's Population and Studies and Training Center builds and supports collaborative teams that span disciplines and geographies and integrate research with training. The PSTC brings together economists, sociologists, anthropologists, and epidemiologists to research topics such as climate change, abortion, health disparities, and innovative research methodologies. The Center's scholars contribute to the resolution of human population issues in the 21st century through interdisciplinary collaborations with a global perspective. The PSTC is committed to a population science that recognizes that people and places are connected, and that health and well-being are intertwined with our social, economic, and political systems.

The Rhode Island Community-Academic Partnership for Behavioral Health (RICAP) is a partnership between the Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council of Rhode Island, and the Brown University School of Public Health. Its long-term goal is to create a self-sustaining academic-community partnership for stakeholder engaged comparative effectiveness research and dissemination of best practices in behavioral health.

The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs partners with the School of Public Health to offer a duel MPH/MPA degree for highly-qualified applicants to gain training in public health and public policy to prepare them to address the critical health policy issues in the United States and throughout the world. 

  • 643

    Peer Reviewed Publications
  • $63 Million

    Research Grants