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Our Student Body


You’ll move through your master’s program with a cohort of fellow students, a passionate and driven group of scholars dedicated to creating positive social change and advancing public health solutions.

Among the full Brown School cohort that began in Fall 2019:

  • 263 new students began programs at Brown 
  • Ages range from 21-64, with a median age of 24
  • 20% of students are international students, representing 13 countries 
  • 44% are students of color
  • 45% are First-Generation undergraduate and/or graduate-level students
  • 87% relocated to St. Louis to attend the Brown School

Among MSW students:

  • 43% are students of color
  • 29% are alumni of service corps programs (e.g. AmeriCorps, McNair Scholars, AmeriCorps VISTA, City Year, Medical Reserve Corps, Peace Corps or Teach for America)
  • 52% have lived, worked or volunteered abroad
  • Most common undergraduate majors include:
    • Social Work
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • English
    • History
    • International Studies
    • Political Science
    • Communications 

Among MPH students:

  • 66% are students of color
  • 12% are alumni of service corps programs, representing: AmeriCorps, City Year, Global Health Corps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Peace Corps, McNair Scholars, McDonnell Scholars, and Civil Society Leadership AcademyScholars or Peace Corps
  • 55% have lived, worked or volunteered abroad
  • Most common undergraduate majors include:
    • Health Science
    • Biology
    • Medicine
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Public Health 
    • Community Health

Among dual-degree MSW/MPH students:

  • 71% are students of color
  • 14% are alumni of service corps, representing AmeriCorps, City Year, Jesuit Volunteer Corps and McNair Scholars
  • 57% have lived, worked or volunteered abroad
  • Most common undergraduate majors include:
    • Psychology
    • Social Work
    • Women's Studies
    • Neuroscience
    • Chemistry

Statistics reflect students enrolling for the 2019-2020 academic year.