Areas of Research

From substance use disorders to water quality testing; from pandemic preparedness to data science; our researchers improve population health through rigorous study.

The School of Public Health is focused on addressing the most pressing challenges in public health today. Our goal is to generate evidence-based research that informs policy and ensures the well-being of our communities.

Our areas of research touch upon a wide range of demographics and behaviors. Our researchers study alcohol and drug use, addiction and harm reduction, as well as the social determinants of health and systemic health inequities impacting our most vulnerable populations. They work in the fields of mental health, child and reproductive health, infectious disease and vaccines, environmental health, and more.

Faculty and students at Brown also actively contribute to expanding knowledge across various subjects, such as long-term care, chronic conditions, prevention and management of chronic diseases, sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS research, misinformation, mindfulness, nutrition, nicotine and tobacco use, health care systems analysis, pharmaceutical health services, and medication effectiveness.

Our Areas of Research Include:

  • Smoking & Tobacco Use
  • Addiction and Overdose
  • Harm Reduction
  • Aging and Long Term Care
  • Chronic Disease Prevention & Management
  • Global Health
  • Infectious Disease
  • Health Disparities and Health Equity
  • Medication Effectiveness
  • LGBTQ+ Health
  • Pandemic Preparedness and Biosecurity
  • Information Disorders
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Mindfulness
  • Data Science
  • Statistics
  • Children & Adolescent Health
  • Air Quality
  • Noise Pollution
  • PFAS and Environmental Health
  • Climate Change & Health
  • Health Care Payment Policies 
  • Pharmaceutical Health Services Research
  • Health Policy
  • Veterans' Health
News from SPH

Health Care’s Carbon Problem

Despite being on the front lines of the climate crisis, the health care sector is also one of the greatest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. A new study from Brown researchers looks at these decarbonizing efforts across the globe.
Four years out from the onset of the COVID-19 epidemic, a new study explores the extent to which COVID-19 and influenza vaccines are being distributed and employed simultaneously, particularly among high-risk populations.
MPH student Rosemelly Jimenez Medal's father has worked as a short-haul trucker for over 25 years, and she noticed that he was struggling to hear conversations at dinner. So Jimenez Medal teamed up with her father and noise researcher Erica Walker, RGSS Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Brown University, to conduct hearing screenings on short-term truckers in California.

Explore by Department

Conducting qualitative research, sophisticated quantitative modeling, laboratory-based experiments, and formative research with community partners to develop and test behavior change theories and to implement, evaluate and disseminate interventions that promote healthier behaviors.
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The Center for Statistical Sciences, the research Center for the Biostatistics department, explores the creation of new statistical methods, and the development of significant interdisciplinary research projects in collaboration with local, national, and international investigators.
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Epidemiology research spans a wide range of topics, from substance use and harm reduction to pandemic preparedness and environmental hazards.
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Health services research is a multidisciplinary field that examines the intersection of social, economic, and organizational factors on health care access, quality, cost, and outcomes. Our work touches populations at all ages and stages of life, impacting individuals, families, communities, organizations and institutions.
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