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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:

  • 17% are international students, representing 18 countries
  • Domestic students represent 40 U.S. states and territories
  • Ages range from 20 to 56, with an average age of 25
  • 53% have worked, volunteered or lived abroad
  • 30 are Masters Research Fellows
  • 74% relocated to St. Louis to attend the Brown School

Among MSW students:

  • 24% 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
    • Political Science
    • Communications
    • International Studies
    • English
    • Women’s Studies
    • Anthropology
    • History

Among MPH students:

  • 14% are alumni of service corps programs (AmeriCorps, McNair Scholars or Peace Corps)
  • Most common undergraduate majors include:
    • Biology / Biomedical Sciences
    • Medicine
    • Psychology
    • Health Sciences
    • Public Health
    • Anthropology
    • Chemistry
    • Economics
    • Kinesiology
    • Microbiology

Among dual-degree MSW/MPH students:

  • 22% are alumni of service corps (AmeriCorps, McNair Scholars or Peace Corps)
  • Most common undergraduate majors include:
    • Health Sciences
    • Public Health
    • Psychology
    • Biology
    • Linguistics
    • Social Work
    • Sociology

Statistics reflect students enrolling for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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