Masters Programs in Biology and Public Health
The Division of Biology & Medicine offers several masters programs within the Program in Biology and the Program in Public Health. The minimum requirements for a master's degree are admission to the program and eight graduate-level courses, successfully completed. Individual departments and programs may have additional requirements regarding the number of required courses, special examinations, and theses. All work to be used in fulfillment of the requirements for a master's degree must be completed within a period of five years. Financial aid for master’s students is not centrally managed and varies among programs. Information about admission, program requirements, and financial aid can be found on the program sites listed.
Program in Biology Masters Programs
- Biomedical Engineering (BME): The graduate program in Biotechnology is offered by the department of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biotechnology. It is designed for students interested in a range of topics related to the field of biotechnology including drug and gene delivery, prosthetic devices, cancer therapeutics, vascular grafts, tissue engineering, disease diagnostic assays, and bioartificial organs.
Program Director: Eric Darling, PhD
- Biotechnology: The graduate program in Biotechnology is offered by the department of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biotechnology. It is designed for students interested in a range of topics related to the field of biotechnology including drug and gene delivery, prosthetic devices, cancer therapeutics, vascular grafts, tissue engineering, disease diagnostic assays, and bioartificial organs.
Program Director: Edith Mathiowitz, PhD
Program for Public Health Masters Programs
- Behavioral and Social Sciences Intervention (BSSI): The interdisciplinary master’s program in Behavioral and Social Sciences Intervention (BSSI) in the Brown University Program in Public Health trains graduate students who are interested in analyzing the complex behavioral and social determinants of public health, and in developing interventions to change behaviors and improve social contexts related to public health.
Program Director: Don Operario, PhD
- Biostatistics: Demand for advanced expertise in biostatistics continues to be high in both the public and private sectors, particularly in settings emphasizing research in biomedicine and biotechnology. The masters programs in Biostatistics provide advanced training in the theory and application of statistical methods in public health, clinical medicine, and the biological sciences.
Program Director: Zhijin Wu, PhD
- Clinical and Translational Research: The master's in Clinical and Translational Research employs an interdisciplinary approach to create connections between disciplines, and encourage creative, innovative approaches to tackle complex medical questions.
Program Director: Patrick Vivier, MD, PhD
- Epidemiology: Grounded in Brown’s tradition of academic excellence and innovative collaboration across disciplines, our two-year Master of Science degree in Epidemiology provides advanced training in the underlying principles and practice of epidemiology.
Program Director: Dominique Michaud, ScD
- Master of Public Health (MPH): The Master of Public Health program is dedicated to developing skilled professionals who are committed to improving the health of communities by translating rigorous scientific research into sound, evidence-based public health policy and practice.
Program Director: Patrick Vivier, MD, PhD
Restricted-Enrollment Masters Programs
- 5th-Year Master of Arts in Biology: The 5th-Year Master's Degree option allows Brown undergraduates to continue at the University for a master's degree after completing their bachelor's degrees. Up to two courses of the eight required for the master's degree may be completed while the student is an undergraduate, but at least six semester courses must be taken while in residence.
- Brown-Pfizer Master of Arts in Biology - Brown University, in partnership with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in Groton/New London, CT, provides on-site, graduate-level courses for Pfizer employees who have completed their baccalaureate degree. Students are welcomed to enroll in individual courses of interest or to take a series of courses, and complete a research project, in order to fulfill the degree requirements.