Brown Undergraduate Journal of Public Health Releases 2024 Issue

Student-run journal features scientific articles authored by undergraduate students at Brown.

Featuring a range of stories from different disciplines and areas of study within the field of public health, this year's issue of the Brown Undergraduate Journal of Public Health showcases a diverse range of public health research from Brown students who are public health concentrators or show interest in the field. 

The issue brought together stories from areas including global health, health justice and innovative technologies. According to the journal’s editor in chief, Meehir Dixit '24, the goal was to keep social justice front and center. “We're proud that there is a continuous thread of social justice that runs through both last year's and this year's issue, which shows Brown students' commitment to their communities and not only studying but also bettering public health,” he says.

“ This issue showcases the broad diversity in student background and skill set with the overall goal of improving public health ”

Meehir Dixit '24 Editor in Chief, Brown Undergraduate Journal of Public Health

That sense of community gave authors a direction in the wide-ranging journal, and ensured that the authors would see value in their diversity of voices, he says. Because while the journal is itself a public health publication, not all student-authors will be graduating with a public health degree. “This issue showcases the broad diversity in student background and skill set (from Biology, Economics, English, etc.) with the overall goal of improving public health,” Dixit explains.

While this is only the third issue to be published by the BUJPH, Dixit is confident that the journal will continue to reach new highs in the coming years. “We were able to recruit many underclassmen for our editorial staff, ensuring the long-term sustainability of the journal. In years to come, I envision the journal being an establishment for the Brown public health community with continued and increased involvement/collaboration with SPH,” he says.

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highlights from the 2024 Issue

Compared to other countries, the United States has an incarceration rate drastically above what would be expected, placing America firmly in the middle of an epidemic. To combat mass incarceration, we must treat it like the disease it is and utilize social epidemiology to achieve a more focused and effective intervention for this epidemic.
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This paper aims to understand the perceptions of Brown University students regarding accessibility accommodations at key campus locations, analyze how collaboration with administration can improve or hinder accessibility improvements to locations such as the entrance to the university’s School of Public Health (SPH), and raise awareness surrounding campus accessibility measures.
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This paper critically examines peer-reviewed health literature that has determined significant differences in type 2 diabetes between rural and urban communities. Using this literature and other evidence, it addresses the following question: What factors contribute to the disparities in type 2 diabetes prevalence in rural versus urban communities in the United States?
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To be a health advocate for health equity necessitates being an advocate for abolition. Abolitionist frameworks are rooted in transformative justice practices, which seek to find alternative approaches to both preventing harm and holding others accountable for harm they have inflicted.
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In identifying gaps in knowledge and context for birthing practices in Indonesia, this paper hopes to suggest perspectives and solutions that can guide future studies or interventions that improve the nation’s maternal health.
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According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, roughly 300 to 400 physicians die by suicide each year in the U.S., and more than half of physicians know a colleague who has considered, attempted, or died by suicide. These statistics beg the question: how come those who prioritize helping others are finding it difficult to help themselves?
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BUJPH 2024: Kyoko Saito


Kyoko Saito '25 describes her article in the Brown Undergraduate Journal of Public Health, and what led her to write it.