10 Year Anniversary

A year of celebration, honoring a decade of the School of Public Health.

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A decade of the School of Public Health

In 2023, we honored ten years since Brown's Corporation voted to unite the University's public health programs into a unified School of Public Health. To honor this milestone, we welcomed alumni, students, faculty, community partners and the wider Brown community to join us to celebrating where we are, where we have been and where we are headed. 

Our anniversary was a chance to:

  • Connect with local partners to showcase our impact in Rhode Island and beyond
  • Honor our school’s history and share plans for its future
  • Celebrate the major contributions that our students and faculty have made to public health research over the past decade
  • Strengthen connections with our alumni base
  • Support new research priority areas emerging at SPH—including the intersection between climate change & public health
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Voices Carry

For nearly 150 years, Brown experts have redefined what it means to practice public health by heeding the voices of communities, in Rhode Island and beyond.

Explore Special 10th Anniversary Content

Every month of our 10 Year Anniversary celebration, "Behind the Lectern" featured an interview with a pioneering SPH faculty member, showcasing the breadth and depth of public health research being conducted at Brown: from the 1970s to today.
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In celebration of our 10th anniversary, on the 10th of each month we highlight an outstanding Brown alumni who's working to make Rhode Island communities healthier.
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Dean Ashish K. Jha welcomes distinguished expert guests for a conversation about today's most pressing public health challenges
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Our past and our future


Faculty discuss the unique nature of public health research at Brown.

Why celebrate?

Our work changes people’s lives for the better, locally and globally

Whether analyzing lead paint samples or providing life-saving medication to people with substance use disorders, our researchers have made a real impact in Rhode Island and beyond. We have a legacy of service and support, and we work with some of our most vulnerable populations to improve their health.

We are training the public health leaders of tomorrow

The COVID-19 pandemic elevated the field of public health to the forefront of the public’s imagination. It has sparked a new generation of students to study public health. Taking on a career in public health means becoming a facile data analyst, a tireless advocate for the underserved as well as a successful communicator. We’re proud to educate our students in these important skills, and we are dedicated to providing them with the tools they need to become leaders in the field.

The best is yet to come

While we are building upon a strong legacy of public engagement and research, we’re also continuing to develop a robust research portfolio in some of the most important public health issues of our time. We’ve piloted programs in pandemic preparedness and response, the health impacts of mis/disinformation, and the relationship between climate change and public health. Brown has become a hub for forward-thinking public health professionals because we are innovative, collaborative leaders in the field.


Expanding Our Horizons


We hear from faculty voices about their experiences, their research, and why teaching public health at Brown is an exceptional experience.

Recent 10 Year Stories

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Behind the Lectern: Joseph Hogan

In his nearly thirty years at Brown University, Professor Joseph Hogan has witnessed not just a revolution in the fields of biostatistics and HIV research, but a transformation at Brown. In this interview, he traces the young history of biostats at the University and explains how the field helps researchers deliver results that are rigorous and reproducible.
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Behind the Lectern: Malabika Sarker

An internationally-known public health expert, Professor Malabika Sarker advocates for vulnerable populations around the world. We talked to her about implementation science, the importance of community and advocacy, and why she thinks the School of Public Health is ready to tackle the public health problems of the 21st century.


Founded in 2013, our school has made significant contributions to the field of public health and the academic legacy of Brown University.