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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 2018:

  • 344 new students began programs at Brown 
  • Ages range from 20-57, with a median age of 24
  • 22% of students are international students, representing 23 countries 
  • 42% are students of color
  • 60% are First-Generation undergraduate and/or graduate-level students
  • 79% relocated to St. Louis to attend the Brown School

Among MSW students:

  • 25% are alumni of service corps programs (e.g. AmeriCorps, McNair Scholars, AmeriCorps VISTA, City Year, Medical Reserve Corps, Peace Corps or Teach for America)
  • 56% have lived, worked or volunteered abroad
  • 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, representing: AmeriCorps, City Year, Global Health Corps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Peace Corps, McNair Scholars, McDonnell Scholars, and Civil Society Leadership AcademyScholars or Peace Corps
  • 62% have lived, worked or volunteered abroad
  • 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, representing AmeriCorps, City Year, Jesuit Volunteer Corps and McNair Scholars
  • 83% have lived, worked or volunteered abroad
  • Most common undergraduate majors include:
    • Psychology
    • Social Work
    • Women's Studies
    • Psychobiology
    • Public Health

Statistics reflect students enrolling for the 2018-2019 academic year.

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