Brown University launching public health school

Brown University is launching a School of Public Health this summer.

The university says its governing board on Wednesday approved the creation of the school. Brown already has a public health program with 261 undergraduate and graduate students, but the move will elevate its status to a full school.

Terrie "Fox" Wetle, associate dean of medicine for public health, will serve as the new school's dean. Her first task is to get the school nationally accredited, which is expected to take about two years.

The university says it will be able compete for more funding and attract more student talent with a full public health school.

The Public Health School will become Brown's third professional school, along with the Alpert Medical School and the School of Engineering.