PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown University School of Public Health (Brown SPH) is welcoming dynamic new leaders who will expand the impact of the School in improving and developing impactful public health research, policy, and practice. The addition of these leading experts and innovators in the fields of health policy, implementation research, global health, and pandemic preparedness, demonstrates the School’s ongoing commitment to addressing the most urgent challenges in national and global public health.
Irene Papanicolas Ph.D. will focus on international comparative analyses to understand how different financial and organizational structures and processes within health systems influence their performance, building out a new effort on Comparative Health Systems. She joins Brown SPH after serving as associate professor of health economics in the Department of Health Policy at the London School of Economics.
Andrew (Andy) Ryan Ph.D. will focus on the effects of changes in U.S. health policy on quality of care, healthcare spending, and value, leading a new effort on Health Policy. He joins Brown SPH after serving as United Healthcare Professor of Healthcare Management at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and director of the Center for Evaluating Health Reform.
Malabika Sarker Ph.D. will focus on implementation science research and experiential learning, and will strengthen the School’s partnerships with other public health institutions in the global south. She joins Brown SPH after serving as professor and associate dean of the Brac James P. Grant School of Public Health in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Craig Spencer M.D., MPH will focus on the historical foundations of public health practice, especially with respect to global health, humanitarian response, and pandemic preparedness. He joins Brown SPH after serving as associate professor of emergency medicine and population and family health at the Columbia University Medical Center and director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
“At the Brown School of Public Health we are taking action and becoming the place where the reinvention of public health in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic is happening,” said Interim Dean of the School of Public Health Ron Aubert. “Our most significant public health challenges demand fresh takes and multidisciplinary approaches. This group of outstanding new faculty is joining a growing team of leaders that are poised to deliver on this promise, and implement Dean Jha’s vision for the future of the School.”
“These accomplished leaders are committed to the University’s mission to address pressing societal issues through exceptional research, teaching and service,” said Brown University provost Richard Locke. “I cannot think of a more important time in history to make public health a priority at Brown and around the world.”