Brown Offers Master’s in Public Health to Tougaloo Graduates

The Brown University School of Public Health has established a new program in partnership with Tougaloo College, a historically Black institution in Mississippi, to offer Tougaloo graduates the opportunity to earn master’s degree in public health.

Since partnering with Tougaloo College in 1964, Brown has supported programs in the public health field, and their newest fellowship program will study the effect of racism on quality of healthcare, access to healthcare, and health disparities. The program will grant five full scholarships to Tougaloo graduates. The program is Brown’s response to the current movement striving for anti-racism in institutions across the United States, with a particular focus on the medical community, which has been less accessible to Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). BIPOC communities are also disproportionately affected by COVID-19, amplifying the need for anti-racist leaders in the public health sector.

“Racism against black Americans is a profoundly important public health problem,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of Brown’s School of Public Health. “We need public health leaders to more effectively address these challenges. I am thrilled to partner with our colleagues at Tougaloo College to expand the opportunities to train a new generation of leaders who can bring fresh ideas and perspective to these long-standing challenges.”

NEC commends Brown for creating this program to help promote diversity in the medical community and decrease racism in healthcare. Read more from Providence Business News.

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