Generalist MPH Track | Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis
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Generalist Specialization

While drawing from key public health competencies, Generalists dedicate their coursework to issues pertinent to their research and professional interests.

Students in the Generalist track have the flexibility to learn from faculty members representing our four established specializations, or branch into other research and practice areas, including maternal and child health, health communication, reproductive health, health economics and climate change. 

Generalists identify a list of public health competencies they plan to develop during their studies. Taking full advantage of the program’s extensive and diverse selection of courses, approximately a third of our MPH students select to pursue the Generalist track.

Program Requirements

With guidance from their advisor, students in this track select course work that fulfills graduation requirements and addresses core competencies in public health. They may dedicate nine credits toward electives of their choice. Students can add additional breadth to their studies by enrolling in Transdisciplinary Problem Solving courses that align with their interests.


The MPH program requires students to complete 360 hours of practicum. Students work with an advisor to determine a site that will support your academic and professional interests.


Students are paired with an advisor based on their academic and professional interests. Your advisor will support you in selecting the coursework that will prepare you to begin your professional career.

Lora Iannotti

Associate Dean for Public Health

Rodrigo Reis' current research focuses on built and community environment and public health, with particular interest in community interventions for promoting physical activity,  and the effect of the built environment and active transportation on physical activity and health. In addition to leading the public health program, Reis teaches courses focusing on the built environment and public health, and is the chair of the Urban Design specialization.

Doneisha Bohannon

Featured Graduate

“I chose the Brown School because there were many public health experts there that I could work with directly. The professor I worked with gave me opportunities to present and publish my work. She really encouraged me through her mentorship and guidance.”