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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 2016:

  • 22% are international students, representing 23 countries
  • Domestic students represent 40 U.S. states and territories
  • Ages range from 20 to 57, with a median age of 24
  • 42% of domestic students are students of color
  • 9% of students are Hispanic
  • 39% are First-Generation students
  • 59% have worked, volunteered or lived abroad
  • 74% relocated to St. Louis to attend the Brown School

Among MSW students:

  • 25% are alumni of service corps programs (e.g. AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA, City Year, Peace Corps or Teach for America)
  • Most common undergraduate majors include:
    • Social Work
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • English
    • History
    • International Studies
    • Political Science
    • Anthropology
    • Communications
    • Social Welfare

Among MPH students:

  • 19% are alumni of service corps programs (AmeriCorps, McNair Scholars or Peace Corps)
  • Most common undergraduate majors include:
    • Health Science
    • Anthropology
    • Medicine
    • Psychology
    • Biochemistry
    • Biotechnology
    • Government
    • Neuroscience
    • Nursing
    • Public Health

Among dual-degree MSW/MPH students:

  • 33% are alumni of service corps (AmeriCorps, McNair Scholars or Peace Corps)
  • Most common undergraduate majors include:
    • Psychology
    • Social Work
    • Women's Studies
    • Psychobiology
    • Public Health

Statistics reflect students enrolling for the cohort entering in Fall 2018.

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