The School of Public Health Launches the Brown Undergraduate Journal of Public Health

The School of Public Health has launched a new student-led initiative that aims to publish original work by Brown undergraduates relevant to the field of public health.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University School of Public Health] — The Brown University School of Public Health has launched the Brown Undergraduate Journal of Public Health. The initiative, led by a group of undergraduate public health concentrators, aims to publish original work by Brown undergraduates relevant to the field of public health. 

The journal website lists criteria for submissions to the journal, which can come from academic coursework, extracurricular research, professional experiences, or personal research. Literature reviews, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, as well as policy briefs and social commentary related to public health by Brown University undergraduates are welcome. 

The Journal was conceived by Madeline Noh, ’22 and Grace Reed, ’22, to fill a need they saw at Brown for more spaces that encourage and support undergrads interested in becoming involved with the research process for the first time.

“Getting work published is a goal that can seem out of reach and overwhelming for undergrads just starting out in academia,” Reed said. “We want the journal to be a place for students to get experience preparing their work for publication while learning from collaboration with other students and faculty mentors in the process.” 

The Journal will also serve as a platform for diverse undergraduate perspectives on public health topics while providing Brown students an opportunity to contribute to the local, national, and global dialogue on a wide range of public health issues spanning the humanities, social sciences, and biomedical sciences. 

“We want to foster a sense of discussion and curiosity towards public health issues,” Noh said. “We believe that health and its politics underlie all aspects of our lives, making these discussions relevant and important across the Brown community.”

With the Journal’s website launched and the call for submissions released, the group is also working on building a team of reviewers and editors, with ambitious goals for a Spring 2021 release of its inaugural issue which will be published online.  Brown faculty members as well as graduate students in relevant fields are encouraged to learn more about how they can get involved. In addition to its undergraduate leaders, the journal is supported by advisor Professor Patricia Risica, the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the School, the Public Health DUG, along with the School of Public Health’s communications team. 

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