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Brown: Accomplished Physician, Public Health Scholar Named Dean

Dr. Ashish K. Jha, an accomplished physician, health policy researcher and global health advocate, who is currently the faculty director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, has been appointed the next dean of the Brown University School of Public Health.

Brown president, Dr. Christina H. Paxson and provost, Dr. Richard M. Locke announced Dr. Jha’s appointment in a Feb. 26 email to School of Public Health students, faculty and staff.

“Dr. Jha is an accomplished scholar, educator, academic leader and global health advocate who is committed to advancing the University’s mission to address pressing societal issues through exceptional interdisciplinary research, teaching and service,” Drs. Paxson and Locke wrote. “The School of Public Health is central to Brown’s aspirations to make a difference in the world through consequential research, teaching and engagement, and we look forward to working closely with Dr. Jha as he assumes this critical role.”

Dr. Jha will begin his tenure effective September 1, succeeding Dr. Bess Marcus, who will conclude her term as dean this summer to return to full-time research and teaching as a member of the Brown faculty.

Dr. Jha will lead Brown’s School of Public Health as it continues to build national influence in impacting urgent health challenges and improving equity in health care through its research and teaching. Initially a department of Brown’s medical school, the school launched in 2013 and became fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in 2016. With more than 250 faculty and 400 undergraduate and graduate students, the school is home to 13 nationally renowned research centers and receives more than $60 million in external research funding annually.

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