To prevent disease and protect and promote the health and safety of the people of Rhode Island.

Public Health Accreditation

The Rhode Island Department of Health gained accreditation in November 2015. Being accredited means we are committed to transparency, accountability, and a culture of continuous quality improvement so that we can better serve our customers and help ensure that everyone has an equal chance to live in a healthy community. more

Director Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH

Dir. Nicole Alexander-Scott

Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH has been the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health since May 2015. Dr. Alexander-Scott brings tremendous experience to this position from her work as a specialist in infectious diseases for children and adults at hospitals in Rhode Island affiliated with Brown University and at the Rhode Island Department of Health. Dr. Alexander-Scott is board certified in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and Adult Infectious Diseases. She obtained a Master's Degree in Public Health from Brown University in 2011. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and is an Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy, and Practice at the Brown University School of Public Health.

In her time as Director of Health, Dr. Alexander-Scott has made the achievement of optimal health for every community throughout Rhode Island the principal focus of the Department. The Department's three leading priorities are addressing the social and environmental determinants of health; eliminating health disparities and promoting health equity; and ensuring access to quality health services for all Rhode Islanders, including the state’s vulnerable populations.

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Alexander-Scott attended Cornell University, majoring in Human Development and Family Studies, and subsequently graduated from medical school in 2001 from SUNY Upstate Medical University at Syracuse. After completing a combined internal medicine-pediatrics residency at SUNY Stony Brook University Hospital in 2005, Dr. Alexander-Scott finished a four-year combined fellowship in adult and pediatric infectious diseases at Brown University in 2009.

Strategic Priorities

  • Social & Environmental Determinants of Health
  • Health Equity
  • Access to Quality Health Services for All