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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 2021:

  • 300 new students began programs at Brown
  • Ages range from 20-61, with a median age of 24
  • 20% of students are international students, representing 18 countries 
  • 38% are students of color
  • 42% are first-generation undergraduate and/or graduate-level students

Among all MSW students:

  • 35% are students of color
  • 53% have lived, worked or volunteered abroad
  • Most common undergraduate majors include:
    • Psychology
    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • Anthropology
    • Communications
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science

Among all MPH students:

  • 48% are students of color
  • 52% have lived, worked or volunteered abroad
  • Most common undergraduate majors include:
    • Biology
    • Psychology
    • Medicine
    • Public Health
    • Anthropology
    • International Studies
    • Biochemistry
    • Chemistry

Statistics reflect the 2021-2022 academic year.