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The Brown School
Washington University
St. Louis Region

Our campus is the first place we put our values into action.

At the Brown School, you will join a student-centered community dedicated to supporting your academic and professional development. Our campus is home to faculty, students and staff who will guide, challenge and inspire you every day. In our welcoming and inclusive environment, you’ll find the resources you need to generate big ideas that can solve complex problems.

Among your peers, you’ll find classmates who will become your collaborators, friends and colleagues in the field. Our students have diverse opportunities for leadership — assuming roles in student groups, research projects, community service and advocacy efforts — and they help to drive programming across campus. They host a variety of events throughout the year including the St. Louis Pow Wow, Best of Brown, and a wide array of management trainings.

The Brown School and its affiliated research centers fill three interconnected buildings in the heart of Washington University, creating a comprehensive “campus within a campus.” Our facilities are designed to provide what you need to make the most of your days at the Brown School — including a café; study rooms ; a Library and Computer Lab; and even lockers and showers for active commuters. Our newest building, LEED Platinum-certified Hillman Hall, has been a venue for frequent lectures by remarkable guest speakers, connecting you to the latest developments in your field.

We work and study among the world’s leaders in teaching, research, patient care and service to society.

The Brown School is one of seven schools at Washington University in St. Louis. One of the nation’s preeminent research universities, WashU is a place where people matter and serious work is done.

You will discover a community of renowned faculty and committed students, making vital contributions to policy, law, science and the humanities–and positioned to meet national and global challenges. The Brown School is connected to these great minds, and we actively collaborate across schools and disciplines to advance new solutions.

Top-ranked schools throughout Washington University offer dual-degree programs in partnership with the Brown School. These and other university resources offer the opportunities and breadth of inquiry that will equip you for a career of great impact.

Be a part of our changing city.

St. Louis is a city with immense civic pride, a long history of entrepreneurship, and a friendly, approachable culture. St. Louis is also a city facing significant health disparities and serious inequities, often driven by institutionalized racism and oppression. The Brown School is playing a vital role in the dialogue and action around systemic change in our community, bringing expertise and resources to develop sustainable solutions.

Most of our students relocate to St. Louis to attend the Brown School, discovering a diverse, midsize city whose issues mirror those across American urban areas, but at a small enough scale that an individual can make significant impact. Your experience at the Brown School — including work with our community partners — will empower you to create positive change in the St. Louis region and beyond.

The Brown School is centrally located on Washington University’s Danforth Campus. Adjacent to campus you’ll discover a rich cultural life that supports your time outside of the classroom: the coffee shops and music venues of the Delmar Loop, as well as the museums and trails of nearby Forest Park, voted “Best City Park” by USA Today. The campus is served by several MetroLink light rail stations and bus lines, making the area easy to navigate.

Professional Development

Connect with alumni and other active professionals through the Brown School’s Professional Development workshops — available to students for a nominal fee. We offer a constantly changing array of courses on topics related to clinical practice, management, evaluation, leadership and more.

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Equity, Inclusion & Diversity

We are committed to ensuring that the Brown School is a place where everyone is welcome, included, valued and respected. By working collaboratively, we are creating policies and programming that support our vision and strengthen our community.

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Career Services

Our dedicated Career Services team works with students to identify and establish their unique career paths in social work and public health. With a remarkable schedule of trainings and networking opportunities, plus individual advising, Career Services will help you to know your value and find your fit.

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Dorian Traube: Dean of the Brown School & Professor at Washington University in St. Louis

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