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Brown aims 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.

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

Admission Information

The master's program is designed to provide rigorous training in methods and practice, including global health theory and interventions, sociocultural awareness and competence, global health epidemiology and disparities, and international project implementation and evaluation, to students with little or no prior graduate-level training. A specific type of undergraduate degree is not required, and applications are encouraged from students with a variety of academic backgrounds.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the School of Public Health's admissions website for more information.

  • GRE General: Required (within 5 years) MCAT and other related tests for professional schools cannot be substituted for the GRE. The application opens in mid–August each year. Brown University School of Public Health GRE reporting code: 7765.
  • GRE Subject: Not required but may be submitted.

Admission Requirements

Application in SOPHAS, which includes:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Official Transcripts
  • Personal Statement Resume/CV
  • GRE General Test or MCAT Scores
  • Application Fee

International Applicants:

  • Language Proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS if applicable)
  • Transcript Evaluation (if applicable)

Application Deadline: The priority deadline for applying to the master's in Global Public Health is Feb 1. After Feb 1, applications will be reviewed on a rolling, space–available basis until April 1.

Sc.M. Completion Requirements

As with all educational programs in the School of Public Health, master's in Global Public Health students 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

Financial Aid

Most students are self-supported through a combination of scholarship, loans, outside funding, and assistantship. Please visit the master's funding website for more information.

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Director of International Health Institute: Stephen McGarvey

Director of Graduate Studies: Abigail Harrison