Master of Public Health | Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis
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Our innovative Master of Public Health program offers a pioneering transdisciplinary focus and renowned, accessible faculty.

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Prepare to transform health outcomes across communities and populations.

Develop the skills you’ll need in the MPH program

Our program focuses on understanding problems and creating solutions. We prepare students to succeed in public health across the profession: in hospital administration, epidemiology and biostatistics, research, policy, or working at the intersection of the social determinants of health. Our curriculum transcends the boundaries of academic disciplines to teach you to think broadly about complex public health issues. Our collaborations across Washington University, including the School of Medicine, create opportunities for multifaceted research and practice.

Define how you want to change the world.

Whether you dream of making a difference in your hometown or on another continent, your Brown School experience will prepare you to engage with the issues you care about most.

You can earn a generalized MPH or focus your studies in one of four specialization areas.

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Our two-year, 52-credit-hour degree, accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, provides you with the knowledge, skills and tools you need to take on leadership in the field of public health. This innovative curriculum was designed to be different, focused on understanding problems and creating solutions using transdisciplinary approaches.

It includes outstanding research opportunities, real-world learning experiences through practicum, and unique classes and course packages.

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In fieldwork, known as a practicum, you’ll step out of the classroom to implement real change at a local, national or international organization. At the Brown School, students have the unique opportunity to select their own practicum location, working with an advisor from the Office of Field Education to locate a site that will serve their academic and professional aspirations.

The Brown School’s community partners are operating at the forefront of the field. From the Washington University School of Medicine, to the CDC, to international nutrition agencies, our practicum locations give students access to the latest innovations. You’ll leave your practicum with experiences that will distinguish you in your job search, and an advanced skill set that will serve your lifelong career.

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The Brown School offers generous merit-based scholarships—more than $6 million last year—as well as need-based financial aid.

Brown School students typically cover their educational expenses through a combination of the following:

The tuition rate for new full-time MPH students for the 2017-2018 academic year is $17,746 per semester.

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We remain a student-centered institution and welcoming community that will guide you in your academic, personal and professional growth, and we are dedicated to connecting each student with the resources they need to thrive.

An Office of Diversity and Inclusion fosters an inclusive environment and promotes dialogue among all students. Our Communication Lab and Stat Lab offer support in critical areas of your academic work. The innovative Career Services team prepares you to navigate the job market successfully with one-on-one coaching, specialized workshops and networking events. As well, our three-tiered advising system ensures you have faculty and administrative guidance throughout your program.

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The Brown School considers each applicant holistically. Our students come from a wide variety of academic backgrounds. Although we welcome students with an undergraduate degree related to public health, it is not a requirement. Admissions and scholarship decisions are based primarily on a review of the following:

  • Commitment to the mission of the Brown School and ability to articulate your reasons for pursing an MPH
  • Undergraduate GPA
  • Additional academic work
  • Specialized training relevant to the program
  • Human service-related experience
  • Leadership experience or potential
  • Ability to think critically
  • Recommendations from academic and professional references

The MPH program also requires that you complete an undergraduate human biology course with a grade of “B” or better by the first year of your program.

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Evelyn Sharkey, MSW/MPH '14

“My focus is on assessing the impact of global migration and travel on the spread of infectious diseases. The transdisciplinary perspective I learned at the Brown School has been invaluable.”



—Evelyn Sharkey, MSW/MPH ’14
SHARKEY is a program coordinator at MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization
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