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Public Health

Public Health is an interdisciplinary concentration through which students examine a variety of health issues, including population health and disease, health policy, cross-cultural and international aspects of health, the organizational and social structures through which health services are delivered and received, and the public health system. Courses in the concentration allow students to explore the ways in which the social, political, behavioral and biological sciences contribute to the understanding of patterns of population distributions of health and disease. The concentration also provides students with courses in basic research methods and statistics necessary for problem solving and critical thinking in the emerging emphasis on evidence-based health care and public health.

The undergraduate component to the five-year AB/MPH differs in some ways from the Public Health concentration. Please refer to https://www.brown.edu/academics/public-health/academics. Meet early with a concentration adviser to discuss your plans. 

Requirements for Class of 2020

1. Core Courses: (non-substitutable; 4 required for honors, 5 for non-honors)
PHP 0310Health Care in the United States1
This course is best taken as a freshman or sophomore.
PHP 0320Introduction to Public Health1
This course is a prerequisite to the Fundamentals of Epidemiology (PHP 0850) and is best taken as a freshman or sophomore.
PHP 0850Fundamentals of Epidemiology1
This course is best taken by end of junior year before PHP 1910, Senior Seminar.
PHP 1501Essentials of Data Analysis1
This course is best taken by end of junior year before PHP 1910, Senior Seminar.
PHP 1910Public Health Senior Seminar1
This course is required for all non-honors seniors. PHP 0320 and PHP 0310 are required prerequisites.
2. Environmental Health and Policy (Select one of the following):1
World of Food: Personal to Global Perspectives on Nutrition, Agriculture and Policy
Current Topics in Environmental Health
Climate Change and Human Health
Community Engagement with Health and the Environment
Environmental Health and Disease
Equity and the Environment: Movements, Scholarship, Solutions
Environmental Stewardship and Resilience in Urban Systems
3. Health, Health Care Systems and Policy (Select one of the following):1
The Burden of Disease in Developing Countries
Comparative Health Care Systems
Global Health Nutrition
Emergency Medical Systems: An Anatomy of Critical Performance
Case Studies in Public Health: The Role of Governments, Communities and Professions
Human Security and Humanitarian Response: Increasing Effectiveness and Accountability
Designing Education for Better Prisoner and Community Health
Health Economics
Health Policy Challenges
4. Social and Behavioral Science for Prevention (Select one of the following):1
Doctors and Patients- Clinical Communication in Medicine
HIV/AIDS in Africa: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Support HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Programs
Alcohol Use and Misuse
Obesity in the 21st Century: Causes, Consequences and Countermeasures
Tobacco, Disease and the Industry: cigs, e-cigs and more
Intersectionality and Health Inequities
Meditation, Mindfulness and Health
Social Determinants of Health
Designing and Evaluating Public Health Interventions
Politics of Food
5. Humanities/Fine Arts/Humanistic Social Sciences Course for Public Health (Select one of the following)1
African American Health Activism from Emancipation to AIDS
Policy, Culture and Discourse that Shape Health and Access to Healthcare
Race, Sexuality, and Mental Disability History
The Anti-Trafficking Savior Complex: Saints, Sinners, and Modern-Day Slavery
Health and Healing in American History
Introduction to Contemplative Studies
Writing Science
Treaty Rights and Food Fights: Eating Local in Indian Country
Native American Environmental Health Movements
Reproductive Health: Science and Politics
Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies
Literary Imaginations of the Law: Human Rights and Literature
Spanish for Health Care Workers
Health, Illness and Medicine in Spanish American Literature and Film
Foods and Drugs in History
From the Columbian Exchange to Climate Change: Modern Global Environmental History
History of Medicine I: Medical Traditions in the Old World Before 1700
Humanitarianism and Conflict in Africa
From Medieval Bedlam to Prozac Nation: Intimate Histories of Psychiatry and Self
Gender, Race, and Medicine in the Americas
Medicine and Public Health in Africa
U.S. Human Rights in a Global Age
International Perspectives on NGOs, Public Health, and Health Care Inequalities
Sexuality, Human Rights and Health: Latin American Perspective and Brazilian Experiences
Modern Science and Human Values
Philosophy of Social Science
Global Justice
Histories of Global Health from Lusophone Africa: Biomedical Actions in Angola, Mozambique, Guinea
Artists and Scientists as Partners
6. General Electives (Class of 2020: Select three)3
General electives may be selected from: A. All PHP and BIOL course offerings; B. the approved content area electives (#2, #3, and #4) listed above; or C. the approved general electives listed below. No more than two (2) BIOL courses can count as general electives.
Health of Hispaniola
Pain and the Human Condition: Exploring the Science, Medicine, and Culture of Pain
HIV/AIDS in Africa: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Support HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Programs
Pathology to Power: Disability, Health and Community
Policy, Culture and Discourse that Shape Health and Access to Healthcare
Health and Healing in American History
Food in American Society and Culture
Anthropology and Global Social Problems: Environment, Development, and Governance
Culture and Health
AIDS in Global Perspective
Bioethics and Culture
Anthropology of Addictions and Recovery
International Health: Anthropological Perspectives
Principles of Nutrition (Human Biology/Physiology course)
Nutrition for Fitness and Physical Activity
Conservation Medicine
The Biology of AIDS
Botanical Roots of Modern Medicine
The Foundation of Living Systems (Human Biology/Physiology course)
Genetics (Human Biology/Physiology course)
Principles of Immunology (Human Biology/Physiology course)
Principles of Physiology (Human Biology/Physiology course)
Diet and Chronic Disease
Controversies in Medicine (Human Biology/Physiology course)
Health Inequality in Historical Perspective
Social Contexts of Disease
Race, Difference and Biomedical Research: Historical Considerations
Social Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Nudge: How to Use Social Psychology to Create Social Change
Income, Wealth, and Health Inequality in the United States
Development and the International Economy
Introduction to Human Development and Education
Humans, Nature, and the Environment: Addressing Environmental Change in the 21st Century
Environmental Science in a Changing World
Introduction to Environmental GIS
Native American Environmental Health Movements
Reproductive Health: Science and Politics
International Perspectives on NGOs, Public Health, and Health Care Inequalities
The Brain: An Introduction to Neuroscience (Human Biology/Physiology course)
Psychoactive Drugs and Society
Nonprofit Organizations
Engaged Research Engaged Publics
Social Entrepreneurship
Politics of Food
Sex, Gender, and Society
Environment and Society
HIV/AIDS: Politics, Culture and Society
Unequal From Birth: Child Health From a Social Perspective
Inequalities and Health
Perceptions of Mental Illness
Macro-Organizational Theory: Organizations in Social Context
Aging and the Quality of Life
Human Needs and Social Services
Sociology of Medicine
Aging and Social Policy
Social Perspectives on HIV/AIDS
Military Health: The Quest for Healthy Violence
Meditation and the Brain: Applications in Basic and Clinical Science
Total Credits12

Requirements for Class of 2021

1. Core Courses: (non-substitutable; 4 required for honors, 5 for non-honors)
PHP 0310Health Care in the United States1
This course is best taken as a freshman or sophomore.
PHP 0320Introduction to Public Health1
This course is a prerequisite to the Fundamentals of Epidemiology (PHP 0850) and is best taken as a freshman or sophomore.
PHP 0850Fundamentals of Epidemiology1
This course is best taken by end of junior year before PHP 1910, Senior Seminar.
PHP 1501Essentials of Data Analysis1
This course is best taken by end of junior year before PHP 1910, Senior Seminar.
PHP 1910Public Health Senior Seminar1
This course is required for all non-honors seniors. PHP 0320 and PHP 0310 are required prerequisites.
2. Environmental Health and Policy (Select one of the following):1
World of Food: Personal to Global Perspectives on Nutrition, Agriculture and Policy
Current Topics in Environmental Health
Climate Change and Human Health
Community Engagement with Health and the Environment
Environmental Health and Disease
Equity and the Environment: Movements, Scholarship, Solutions
Environmental Stewardship and Resilience in Urban Systems
3. Health, Health Care Systems and Policy (Select one of the following):1
The Burden of Disease in Developing Countries
Comparative Health Care Systems
Global Health Nutrition
Emergency Medical Systems: An Anatomy of Critical Performance
Case Studies in Public Health: The Role of Governments, Communities and Professions
Human Security and Humanitarian Response: Increasing Effectiveness and Accountability
Designing Education for Better Prisoner and Community Health
Health Economics
Health Policy Challenges
4. Social and Behavioral Science for Prevention (Select one of the following):1
Doctors and Patients- Clinical Communication in Medicine
HIV/AIDS in Africa: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Support HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Programs
Alcohol Use and Misuse
Obesity in the 21st Century: Causes, Consequences and Countermeasures
Tobacco, Disease and the Industry: cigs, e-cigs and more
Intersectionality and Health Inequities
Meditation, Mindfulness and Health
Social Determinants of Health
Designing and Evaluating Public Health Interventions
Politics of Food
5. Biology (Select one of the following)1
Note that AP Biology does not exempt students from this requirement. Most students will likely take BIOL 0200. Students who place out of BIOL 0200 with AP credit can choose one of the other four (4) courses.
The Foundation of Living Systems
Genetics
Introductory Microbiology
Principles of Immunology
Principles of Physiology
6. Humanities/Fine Arts/Humanistic Social Sciences Course for Public Health (Select one of the following)1
African American Health Activism from Emancipation to AIDS
Policy, Culture and Discourse that Shape Health and Access to Healthcare
Race, Sexuality, and Mental Disability History
The Anti-Trafficking Savior Complex: Saints, Sinners, and Modern-Day Slavery
Health and Healing in American History
Introduction to Contemplative Studies
Writing Science
Treaty Rights and Food Fights: Eating Local in Indian Country
Native American Environmental Health Movements
Reproductive Health: Science and Politics
Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies
Literary Imaginations of the Law: Human Rights and Literature
Spanish for Health Care Workers
Health, Illness and Medicine in Spanish American Literature and Film
Foods and Drugs in History
From the Columbian Exchange to Climate Change: Modern Global Environmental History
History of Medicine I: Medical Traditions in the Old World Before 1700
Humanitarianism and Conflict in Africa
From Medieval Bedlam to Prozac Nation: Intimate Histories of Psychiatry and Self
Gender, Race, and Medicine in the Americas
Medicine and Public Health in Africa
U.S. Human Rights in a Global Age
International Perspectives on NGOs, Public Health, and Health Care Inequalities
Sexuality, Human Rights and Health: Latin American Perspective and Brazilian Experiences
Modern Science and Human Values
Philosophy of Social Science
Global Justice
Histories of Global Health from Lusophone Africa: Biomedical Actions in Angola, Mozambique, Guinea
Artists and Scientists as Partners
7. General Electives (Class of 2021: Select two)2
General electives may be selected from: A. All PHP and BIOL course offerings; B. the approved content area electives (#2, #3, #4, and #5) listed above; or C. the approved general electives listed below. No more than one (1) BIOL course can count as a general elective.
Health of Hispaniola
Pain and the Human Condition: Exploring the Science, Medicine, and Culture of Pain
HIV/AIDS in Africa: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Support HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Programs
Pathology to Power: Disability, Health and Community
Policy, Culture and Discourse that Shape Health and Access to Healthcare
Health and Healing in American History
Food in American Society and Culture
Anthropology and Global Social Problems: Environment, Development, and Governance
Culture and Health
AIDS in Global Perspective
Bioethics and Culture
Anthropology of Addictions and Recovery
International Health: Anthropological Perspectives
Principles of Nutrition (Human Biology/Physiology course)
Nutrition for Fitness and Physical Activity
Conservation Medicine
The Biology of AIDS
Botanical Roots of Modern Medicine
The Foundation of Living Systems (Human Biology/Physiology course)
Genetics (Human Biology/Physiology course)
Principles of Immunology (Human Biology/Physiology course)
Principles of Physiology (Human Biology/Physiology course)
Diet and Chronic Disease
Controversies in Medicine (Human Biology/Physiology course)
Health Inequality in Historical Perspective
Social Contexts of Disease
Race, Difference and Biomedical Research: Historical Considerations
Social Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Nudge: How to Use Social Psychology to Create Social Change
Income, Wealth, and Health Inequality in the United States
Development and the International Economy
Introduction to Human Development and Education
Humans, Nature, and the Environment: Addressing Environmental Change in the 21st Century
Environmental Science in a Changing World
Introduction to Environmental GIS
Native American Environmental Health Movements
Reproductive Health: Science and Politics
International Perspectives on NGOs, Public Health, and Health Care Inequalities
The Brain: An Introduction to Neuroscience (Human Biology/Physiology course)
Psychoactive Drugs and Society
Nonprofit Organizations
Engaged Research Engaged Publics
Social Entrepreneurship
Politics of Food
Sex, Gender, and Society
Environment and Society
HIV/AIDS: Politics, Culture and Society
Unequal From Birth: Child Health From a Social Perspective
Inequalities and Health
Perceptions of Mental Illness
Macro-Organizational Theory: Organizations in Social Context
Aging and the Quality of Life
Human Needs and Social Services
Sociology of Medicine
Aging and Social Policy
Social Perspectives on HIV/AIDS
Military Health: The Quest for Healthy Violence
Meditation and the Brain: Applications in Basic and Clinical Science
Total Credits12

Honors:

An Honors track is available for students who qualify.  Honors track students do not enroll in PHP1910, Senior Seminar, during the Fall semester of their senior year, but rather are required to enroll in PHP 1980 for both semesters of their senior year to conduct research and write the honors thesis.  Thus, thirteen courses are required for completion of the concentration requirements for an honors track student.  Please visit https://www.brown.edu/academics/public-health/undergraduate/curriculum for details or email Barbara Dailey for more information. 

Study Abroad/Study Away: Up to four courses taken elsewhere (study abroad or other transfer) may be applied to non-core courses (up to two per semester abroad). Meet with a concentration adviser to discuss; provide a syllabus for each course to be considered for transfer to your concentration plan.