Current Status Report - September 2011
Text in red denotes new activity since previous status report.

Establish a Brown School of Public Health with new faculty recruitments, increased student enrollment, enhanced support for financial aid and a strong financial foundation for future growth

Action Taken

  • Received approval from the Corporation in February 2004 for up to 17 new tenure-track positions in public health over the next five to seven years
  • Completed a strategic plan for teaching and research in public health and for the requisite space (covers period of 2002–2007)
  • Reached an agreement for a major expansion of public health programs, including significantly expanding the faculty in this area and bringing these programs together in a new building
  • Increased number of master’s degree students from less than 30 to nearly 80 in 2009–10 academic year
  • Relocated most of the Program into the newly-acquired 121 South Main Street, establishing a major presence for public health in this building
  • Completed comprehensive financial analysis of the Public Health Program and the impact of the faculty and student expansion on extant and future financial performance
  • Secured a $15M award as part of the National Children’s Study and a $10M program project award to study nursing care
  • Built consensus for the unique mission and vision of the proposed Brown School of Public Health; completed the strategic plan for the period from 2008–13
  • Submitted a comprehensive report on the path to school status to the provost (September 2007)
  • Expanded Brown’s participation in the NIH-funded National Children’s Study to not only include 1,000 families in Providence County, R.I., but an equivalent number from Bristol County, Mass. Total funding for the two sites now amounts to $26M over the course of the first contract period
  • Appointed Ira Wilson as Chair of the Department of Health Services Policy and Practice, to begin during the 2010-2011 academic year
  • David A. Savitz has been appointed as Professor of Community Health in the Department of Community Health in the Epidemiology Section and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, effective September 1, 2010
  • New master’s degree program in Behavioral Interventions was approved as was a new master’s degree in Clinical and Translation Research
  • Board of Fellows approved the split of the Department of Community Health into four new departments; the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Department of Biostatistics, Department of Epidemiology and Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice.  This change in the program’s structure is an important step toward developing a School of Public Health
  • Recruited 6 new faculty to the four new departments
  • Launched a new Global Scholars track in the MPH program to attract and support students pursuing careers in international health
  • Continued development of the road map guiding development of a School of Public Health, including financial arrangements, plans for shared administration, and a proposed organizational structure

Action Needed

  • Increase enrollment in the masters programs to a minimum of 110 highly qualified students by the 2012–13 academic year
  • Increase sponsored funding for public health research at a rate exceeding the annual NIH appropriation growth rate through organic (i.e., with existing faculty) and via acquisitive (strategic faculty recruitment) growth
  • Address the structural, financial challenges that are central to a transition to school status
  • Secure Corporation approval for a School of Public Health and advance towards Council on Public Health accreditation


  • Associate Dean of Medicine and Public Health
  • Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences
  • Provost

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