The Brown Undergraduate Journal of Public Health was conceived by public health concentrators Madeline Noh ’22 and Grace Reed ’22, to fill a need they saw at Brown for more spaces that encourage and support undergrads interested in becoming involved with the research process for the first time.
“Getting work published can seem out of reach and overwhelming for undergrads just starting out in academia,” Reed said. “We want the Journal to be a place for students to get experience preparing their work for publication while learning from collaboration with other students and faculty mentors in the process.”
The Journal will also serve as a platform for diverse undergraduate perspectives on public health topics while providing Brown students an opportunity to contribute to the local, national, and global dialogue on a wide range of public health issues spanning the humanities, social sciences, and biomedical sciences.
“We want to foster a sense of discussion and curiosity towards public health issues,” Noh said. “We believe that health and its politics underlie all aspects of our lives, making these discussions relevant and important across the Brown community.”
Submissions to the Journal can come from academic coursework, extracurricular research, professional experiences, or personal research. Literature reviews, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, as well as policy briefs and social commentary related to public health by Brown University undergraduates are welcome.
The Journal’s website has launched, a call for submissions has been met with student work from across the University, and a team of reviewers and editors have ambitious goals for a Summer 2021 release of the inaugural issue which will be published online. In addition to its undergraduate leaders, the Journal is supported by advisor Professor Patricia Risica, the SPH Director of Undergraduate Studies, the Public Health DUG, along with the School of Public Health’s communications team. Brown faculty members and graduate students in relevant fields are encouraged to learn more and get involved.