Students

The School of Public Health prepares students for a variety of careers in the field of public health. Graduates go on to careers at health agencies, academic and research institutions, and nonprofit organizations. They also pursue careers in government, education, and in consulting firms, pharmaceutical, and other for-profit companies. The resources below will help you on your career path, whether you're looking for a summer internship, advice on the job search, networking tools, or academic career opportunities.

Other helpful links:

All of the following organizations provide online job listings. Searching these listings can be a helpful way of learning about the types of jobs that are available, what skills and experience they require, and how best to market yourself.

ABT Associates  Monitor 360 
Academy for Educational Development  National Institutes of Health 
Addiction and Treatment Centers  Pacific Institute for Research &Evaluation 
American Heart Association  Partners in Health
American Institutes for Research  Peace Corp
Blue Cross Blue Shield  People Designs
Center for Science in the Public Interest  Population Services International
Centers for Disease Control  Rand
Fenway Health  RI Dept of Health, other State Depts of Health
FHI: Family Health International  RTI International
Fulcrum Research Group  Schools of Public Health
Health Resources in Action  SRA International
Hospitals  The Edna McConnell Clark Fdn 
Humana  The Henry J. Kaiser Family Fdn 
ICF International  The Rhode Island Foundation
Inflexxion  The YMCA 
John Snow Inc.  Unicef
Kaiser Family Foundation  United Health Group
Kaiser Permanente  Universities
Mathematica Policy Research  US Department of Veterans Affairs
Medical Schools  US Dept of Health and Human Services

Master’s Program Scholarships
Most master’s programs provide partial scholarships to qualified part- and full-time master's students. Partial scholarships average 25% of tuition and applicants are automatically considered when applying. Please contact your department administrator directly if you have specific questions.

School of Public Health Conference Travel Support
Doctoral students who present original work at academic conferences, can request up to $400 in support from the School of Public Health. These funds are intended to cover related travel expenses not covered by the Graduate School. Students are eligible to receive these funds only once, at any time during their training period. Reimbursement will not be granted for merely attending a conference. Given funding limitations, application does not guarantee support. Learn more.

Nora Kahn Piore Award
The Nora Kahn Piore award was established in recognition of the lifetime work of health policy expert, Nora Kahn Piore through the generosity of Margot Piore Onek, MD ’64, P’91 and Joseph N. Onek. These awards will be made annually to support undergraduate, graduate, and medical students who wish to undertake research in health services, with a focus on health status and access to health care by poor and underserved people.

Amount of Award: up to $5000

Past recipients have received awards in the amounts of $500-$3000. Awards may be used for data purchases or other research expenses, airfare, or travel (transportation and conference registration, i.e.) for example. Call for proposals. Application deadline: EXTENDED TO MARCH 1. Submit the proposal narrative to this online submission form.

Loan Repayment Assistance (Master’s Alumni)
In 2014, the Littauer Foundation announced that they would provide $200,000 to School of Public Health Master’s alumni to be used for repayment of educational loans. Announcements are made through the Dean’s office each spring, until funds are exhausted. Awards vary and are announced in early June each year. The selection committee follows a process that considers both the amount of debt incurred per student as well as the alumnus’ direct and significant impact on vulnerable populations.

MPH Thesis Award
Each year, MPH students are eligible to apply for an MPH Thesis Grant Award within the School of Public Health. Students are awarded funds in the amount of $300 by a review committee in the School. Other degree programs may offer thesis or research funding. Please see your program website for details.

Master’s Assistantships
Master’s assistantships (teaching/research) are available for highly-qualified students and often provide a monthly stipend and/or scholarship award. The student assists with teaching and/or works for the sponsor in public health research or practice, typically in the second year of master’s study. Individual departments and programs will promote opportunities to current students.

Health Communications Scholar
The Health Communications Scholar Program is made possible through the generosity of an anonymous donor.  The scholarship encourages efforts in communication to make the School of Public Health globally known as a leader that unites outstanding research and innovative teaching to the benefit of the community, the nation, and the world.

The Communications Scholar works closely with the Director of Communications in the development of written content and digital media for the School of Public Health. The position will assist in creating and disseminating relevant multimedia and written content as well as providing support for the day-to-day operation and strategy for communication initiatives for the School. The student will receive a scholarship to cover 25% of tuition for the fall semester, and if renewed, also for the spring. For more information and eligibility, please email public_health@brown.edu.

Doctoral Funding
All students admitted to the PhD program receive funding in the form of a fellowship, teaching assistantship, or research assistantship. The funding package includes tuition, health insurance, and an annual stipend. Four years of financial support is standard for those entering with a relevant master’s degree and five years for those entering with no advanced study (see Brown’s Five-Year Guarantee).

Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program 
The Brown University Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program (MHIRT)provides international summer research experiences for qualified students, along with training prior to travel and continuing upon return. Qualified undergraduate, post-baccalaureates and graduate students in the life, physical, social sciences, or medical students may apply. Please see the program website for full description and application.

Graduate School Conference Travel Support
Doctoral and Master’s students who present original work at academic conferences can request up to $650 in support from the Graduate School once per fiscal year (July 1 through June 30), as determined by the end date of travel. Reimbursement will not be granted for merely attending a conference. Given funding limitations, application does not guarantee support.

Graduate Student Council Travel Support
The GSC provides funding to reimburse conference and dissertation/field work related travel expenses. Individuals may receive one funding request per fiscal year in the amount of $250. Preference is given to applicants who have exhausted, been denied, or are ineligible for other means of funding. Applicants who have applied to other funding sources and have not yet received notification should also apply for GSC funds.

Global Mobility Program: Graduate Research Fellowship
The Graduate School offers fellowships for doctoral students to pursue research internationally through the Global Mobility Research Fellowship program. The program supports doctoral students who seek to conduct pre-dissertation or dissertation research abroad during one summer or academic year semester. The program funds current research projects of exceptional value that require international research activity.

Research Travel Awards

PECE Venture Development Funds: Entrepreneurship for Climate Solutions 
Do you have a solution that could impact climate change? A solution that helps the world's most vulnerable populations? PECE Venture Development Funds: Entrepreneurship for Climate Solutions is a collaboration with with the Program for Environmental and Civic Engagement (PECE), a new initiative of the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES) and the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship. Together, they are offering early-stage venture grants for undergraduate and graduate students interested in developing entrepreneurial solutions to environmental problems. Click here to learn more and to apply.

Internal Funding Opportunities