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Public Health and Public Affairs Dual Degree

The MPH/MPA Dual-Degree Program is a highly rigorous program for students who are intellectually curious, highly motivated, and committed to the study of public health and public policy.

The School of Public Health and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs offer the Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Public Affairs (MPA) dual degree program. Students from a variety of backgrounds and fields of study are encouraged to apply. Emphasizing a learning-by-doing approach, this rigorous program will offer highly-qualified applicants the opportunity to gain training in public health and public policy to prepare them to address critical health policy issues in the United States and throughout the world.

Admission Information

Applicants to the MPH/MPA dual degree program should apply via SOPHAS, a centralized application service used by the Brown University School of Public Health. Students from a variety of backgrounds and fields of study are welcome to apply; applications will be reviewed by Dual Degree Admissions Committee. Please visit the MPH admissions website for application deadlines and additional admissions information.

Admission Requirements

Application in SOPHAS, which includes: 

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Official Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume/CV
  • Application Fee
  • GRE Scores: Not required

International Applicants: 

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

Comprehensive application requirements are detailed on the School of Public Health's admissions requirements website.

Application Deadline: January 15

MPH/MPA Completion Requirements

The dual–degree degree program begins in the summer and includes 20 courses (14 full courses and 6 half courses) as well as an internship and a Master's level thesis. Students will benefit from the rich academic resources at the Watson Institute and the School of Public Health, as well as their extensive applied learning programs in Rhode Island, as well as throughout the United States and the world. The program can be completed in two years, though students can extend the program over a longer period of time. All degree requirements must be met within a five–year period.

Financial Aid

Merit–based scholarships are awarded to qualified, eligible candidates. Student loans are available through the Office of Financial Aid to eligible applicants who submit the FAFSA.

School of Public Health
Brown University
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Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Brown University
Box 1977
Providence, RI 02912
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Directors of Graduate Study:
Patrick Vivier (MPH)
Eric Patashnik (MPA)