Global Public Health Master's Degree

We are excited to announce a new degree program in the Brown University School of Public Health!

Our Program

The new ScM degree program builds on the School's longstanding global health research strengths and curricular excellence.

As with all educational programs in the School of Public Health, our Master's in Global Public Health allows our students to learn public health by doing public health. Course work comes alive during an international fieldwork experience that fosters deep engagement and understanding of a global public health location. Academic and hands-on experiences culminate with a thesis project. Most full-time students complete the degree in two years, fulfilling the fieldwork requirement during the summer between academic years 1 and 2. The degree may be completed on a part-time basis.

  • 12 courses, including 9 required courses and 3 electives
  • 8-week international fieldwork experience
  • Thesis project

Our Global Footprint

We emphasize public health in low- and middle-income countries. Brown faculty members are engaged in active collaborations all over the world.

  • The University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • South African Medical Research Council
  • Moi University, Kenya
  • The University of Ghana
  • The Ministry of Health of Samoa
  • The Department of Health of American Samoa
  • Clinica Condensa, Mexico City
  • Anhui Medical University, China
  • The University of the Philippines

We Are Different

Brown's Global Public Health Master's degree program embodies Brown’s educational philosophy of strong academic preparation within a framework of global community engagement.  We make a commitment to the communities we serve, with continuous long-term engagement to ensure that we are making a difference!

While emphasizing public health in low and middle-income countries, we provide students with rigorous training in methods and practice, including global health theory and interventions, socio-cultural awareness and competence, global health epidemiology and disparities, and international project implementation and evaluation.

We aim to train the next generation of global health innovators and leaders by preparing students to understand the major global health challenges of today, complemented with the requisite analytical skills to formulate relevant scientific questions. This student-driven program emphasizes experiential learning and interdisciplinary collaboration across campus and in our global sites. 

The Master’s in Global Public Health differs from a biomedical degree or general public health degree, such as the MPH, because of the program's emphasis on social-behavioral influences and global health disparities, implementation science, and community-based interventions in global settings. Our graduates join the growing global workforce in academic, government, non-government, private, clinical, and research sectors addressing the global disparities in distribution of health, disease, and wellness. 

We invite you to learn more about global health research at Brown! Interested in learning more? Please fill out a Prospective Student Inquiry Form.

Abigail Harrison, PhD
Graduate Program Director