Master of Public Health program offers full-tuition scholarships

The new Master of Public Health program (MPH) at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work is offering four new full-tuition, merit-based scholarships to support students interested in improving community health locally, nationally and internationally.

The scholarships are available to prospective MPH students who have professional interests or experience in a range of areas, including health communications, nursing and community or public service as well as to prospective students completing health and preprofessional health majors who seek career opportunities in public health. Additional tuition assistance also is available to students entering the program, which debuts with the fall 2009 class.

“Tackling today’s public health challenges requires a new approach to graduate public health education,” said Timothy McBride, Ph.D., professor and associate dean for public health. “Our innovative curriculum will provide students with a framework for understanding and addressing public health challenges that draws upon different disciplines, including architecture, community development, economics, environmental engineering, law, medicine and social work. We believe this approach will better prepare our graduates with the skills they need for a range of careers.”

Recognizing that changing health behaviors is critical to improving individual and community health, the Brown School will award one full-tuition Health Communication Scholarship to a prospective student interested in melding an interest in communications, journalism, marketing, public policy, sociology or related fields with that of public health.

The school also is making a full-tuition scholarship available to a registered nurse who wants to pursue an MPH at WUSTL. The scholarship is available to prospective students who have at least a bachelor of science degree in nursing and who are seeking to advance their interests in public health.

The remaining full-tuition scholarships will be awarded to students with strong leadership potential and academic records and who are committed to improving the health of communities or specific populations.

The Brown School will give special consideration to those with extensive community service experience or who are alumni of service corps such as Peace Corps, Teach For America, AmeriCorps, City Year, Coro Fellows and others. Undergraduates majoring in health and preprofessional health disciplines will be given special consideration as well.

“I am pleased that we will be able to offer financial assistance to members of our inaugural MPH class,” McBride said.

“The Brown School has a history of providing generous financial support to its graduate students, and we want to continue to provide the resources needed to attract the brightest minds looking to improve the quality of people’s lives,” he said.

Learn more about the MPH program at or start an application online at

For more information, contact the Brown School’s Office of Admission and Recruitment at 935-6676.