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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 2020:

  • 243 new students began programs at Brown (170 MSW, 59 MPH, 9 Dual MSW/MPH, 5 Dual MSW/MSP)
  • Ages range from 20-58, with a median age of 23
  • 11% of students are international students, representing 14 countries 
  • 37% are students of color
  • 41% are first-generation undergraduate and/or graduate-level students
  • 16% are service corps alumni (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps, City Year, Teach for America)

Among all MSW students:

  • 35% are students of color
  • 45% have lived, worked or volunteered abroad
  • Most common undergraduate majors include:
    • Psychology
    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • Anthropology
    • Communications
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science

Among all MPH students:

  • 46% are students of color
  • 71% have lived, worked or volunteered abroad
  • Most common undergraduate majors include:
    • Biology
    • Psychology
    • Medicine
    • Public Health
    • Anthropology
    • International Studies
    • Biochemistry
    • Chemistry

Statistics reflect the 2020-2021 academic year.