Brown University’s School of Public Health kicked off the 2023 academic year with an emphasis on its commitment to addressing pressing global health challenges. Dean Ashish K. Jha, in his address at the school’s graduate student orientation, posed a simple, yet essential, question: “What makes Brown different?”
“Among the many great institutions dedicated to public health,” he began, “Brown distinguishes itself as a school that’s committed to tackling monumental challenges head-on.”
Dean Jha noted that there are hundreds of health hazards that impact societies worldwide, singling out several with potential to inflict widespread damage.
Among these challenges is the opioid epidemic. Dean Jha underscored Brown's exceptional faculty, notably Brandon Marshall, newly appointed vice chair of the Department of Epidemiology and director of the Center for Epidemiological Research, who spearheads groundbreaking work on opioid overdose prevention.