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Scott C. Brown, Ph.D.

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Scott C. Brown, Ph.D.


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  • Research Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, Division of Environment & Public Health
  • Research Assistant Professor, School of Architecture


Research Interests

  • Built Environment
  • Urban Green Spaces
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Hispanics/Latinos
  • Physical Activity
  • Social Support
  • Neighborhoods
  • Health
  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Mental Health
  • Older Adults
  • Medicare/Medicaid Beneficiaries


2000 Ph.D.
University of Toronto
1995 M.A.
University of Toronto
1992 B.A.
West Virginia University



Scott C. Brown, Ph.D., is a Research Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences in the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He has a secondary appointment in the University of Miami School of Architecture. Previously, he completed postdoctoral fellowships in cognitive aging and behavioral health at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research and Division of Rheumatology. Dr. Scott Brown teaches the EPH 640 (Urban Environment & Public Health) course, which he developed. Dr. Brown’s main area of research is on neighborhood built (physical) and social environments and public health. He is currently UM Site PI of a CDC-funded project on promoting physical activity opportunities through Miami-Dade Parks, funded by the CDC’s Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH), in partnership with the Florida Department of Health at Miami-Dade, and Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces (MDPROS). He is also an investigator on another CDC-funded project led by University of Florida researchers examining built and social environmental risk and protective factors for Zika and other mosquito-borne illnesses (UM Site PI: J. Beier). Dr. Brown was recently Principal Investigator (with Professor Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, in the School of Architecture) of a HUD-funded research study examining the relationship of built-environment “walkability” characteristics (e.g., land-use mix; parks; greenery; transit) to health-outcomes and health-care costs among Medicare/Medicaid beneficiaries in Miami-Dade County, Florida (HUD Grant# H-21520-RG). He was also recently an Investigator on an NIH-funded study examining the relationship of built environment walkability to Hispanic immigrants’ physical activity and progression on metabolic syndrome indicators (R01-DK-74687; PI: J. Szapocznik). He was previously Co-PI on an NIH-funded study examining the relationship of the built environment to Hispanic elders’ social behaviors and their cognitive, affective, and physical functioning (R01-AG-27527; R01-MH-63709; PI: Szapocznik). Other research examines the relationship of the health-care built–environment to patients’ health outcomes; the role of the built environment in children’s conduct problems; and the role of accreditation of echocardiographic testing facilities utilized by Medicare beneficiaries nationally (IAC Foundation grant; PI: T. Rundek). In summary, Dr. Brown has a general interest in the impacts of neighborhood physical and social environments on residents' health and well-being across the life span.