Graduate Programs

The online Master of Public Health (MPH) is designed to prepare tomorrow’s public health leaders with the analytical capabilities, evidence-based knowledge, and leadership and communication skills required to tackle some of the most pressing global public health challenges.

Courses will be delivered completely online and will combine asynchronous and synchronous components to support student learning. Synchronous sessions allow students the opportunity to meet face-to-face with their  instructors on a weekly basis for more in-depth discussion of course content. The online MPH is committed to being flexible so that non-traditional adult learners, working professionals, and international students can complete the degree requirements in as few as 24 months. The optimal students for the online MPH are individuals who have at least 2 years of prior work experience who either want to advance their skill sets in public health or are looking for a career change into the public health profession.

This program will train students to examine health-related issues using methodological data tools including biostatistics, survey methods, and qualitative methods to critically assess a population’s health and develop action-based interventions that promote physical and mental health, and the prevention of disease and disability. Through leadership training, students will acquire strategies to motivate, influence and enable others to contribute to the communities and organizations in which they work. The program will also provide students with the communication skills to better articulate, translate, and convey evidence-based science and information to affect change and advance public health. The combination of courses and a practicum will provide students with an integrative learning experience and opportunity for real-world application.

Additional Resources

The MPH program provides student support in the form of career services, as well as general support for students’ timely progress through requirements (including MPH-specific requirements for applied public health experiences).

Students in the online concentration will have access to the same learning resources as in-person MPH students. This includes Brown University’s extensive collection of library/information resources; the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning’s English language support and Writing Center; Student Accessibility Services; and telehealth and tele-mental health services. They will also have access to help desk support for registration, Brown e-mail, Canvas, and all University-supported software.

Application Information

Entering students will be required to have an undergraduate degree and having at least 2 years work experience is required. The generalist concentration with the online modality is designed for domestic students who cannot leave their families, jobs, or communities to relocate to Providence, and also international students who similarly do not have the ability to come to Brown.

Fall 2023 applicants to this School of Public Health program should apply through SOPHAS, a centralized application service for accredited schools and programs in public health. Brown University School of Public Health GRE reporting code: 7765.

Students applying to this School of Public Health program for Spring 2024 should apply through SLATE

If you have any questions regarding the application process for this program, please email

Fall 2023
Application Opens: October 1, 2022
Early Action Deadline: December 15, 2022
Priority Deadline: May 1, 2023
Final Deadline: June 1, 2023

Apply for Fall

Spring 2024
Application Opens: May 1, 2023
Early Decision Deadline: July 15, 2023
Priority Deadline: September 15, 2023
Final Deadline: October 15, 2023

Apply for Spring

*Please note: starting with the Spring 2024 recruitment cycle, the online MPH program will transition the application to SLATE and will no longer be utilizing SOPHAS as the application system.

Application Requirements

GRE Subject:

Not required

GRE General:

Not required

Official Transcripts:

Required (international transcripts evaluated by WES if applicable)

Letters of Recommendations:


Personal Statement:



2 years of work experience required.



Additional Materials:

Application Fee

Additional Requirements:

International Applicants
  • Language Proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS if applicable)
  • International transcripts evaluated by WES (if applicable)

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

Restrictions and Licensing Requirements

To comply with OFAC restrictions and licensing requirements, Brown University currently does not offer online programs to individuals physically located in the following areas: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, and the Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine. Please note that this limitation is location based, as well as applies to all citizens of these countries, regardless of location, who are ordinarily resident in these countries. View more information pertaining to embargoed country regulations for online courses.


Application Timeline

  • March 15, 2023: Early Admission Deadline for Fall
  • June 1, 2023: Application Deadline for Fall

For more information about Fall admissions deadlines, please visit our Admissions webpage


Early Admission Deadline

Application Deadline

Tuition and Funding

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

Completion Requirements

Students are required to successfully complete 12 online courses. Courses will have both synchronous and asynchronous components to flexibly support student learning.

Non- traditional adult learners and working professionals can expect to complete the course sequence in as few as 24 months. Students will also complete a practicum.

Alumni Career

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Academic Dean
Megan L. Ranney, MD, MPH
Director of MPH Programs
Annie Gjelsvik, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Online MPH Program
Jennifer Nazareno, Ph.D.
Program Manager, Online MPH
Nithya Ramesh

Contact and Location

School of Public Health

Mailing Address

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Box G-S121, 4th Floor
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