Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Brown's Joint MPH/MPA Degree

Brown's School of Public Health and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs offer a Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Public Affairs (MPA) joint degree program. This rigorous and innovative program offers highly qualified applicants the opportunity to gain training in public health and public policy to prepare them to address the critical health policy issues in the United States and throughout the world. The MPH/MPA program includes 21 courses, study at a global policy site as well as a master's-level thesis. Students can typically complete the program in two years. The program begins with MPA orientation and summer session courses early in June.

The joint-degree degree program includes 20 courses (13 full-credit courses and 7 half-credit courses) as well as an internship, a Global Policy Experience, and a master's-level thesis. The courses include 14 core courses (7 full-credit and 7 half-credit courses), 5 concentration courses, and one MPH/MPA elective. Students will benefit from the rich academic resources at the Watson Institute and the School of Public Health, as well as their extensive applied learning programs in Rhode Island, as well as throughout the United States and the world. The program can be completed in two years, though students can extend the program over a longer period of time. All degree requirements must be met within a five-year period.

Requirements are detailed on this page.

For details about applying for the MPH/MPA degree, see the MPH website.