3-2 MPH Program | Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis
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3-2 MPH Program

Designed specifically for Washington University undergraduate students, this program allows you to earn both your undergraduate degree and a Master of Public Health in a total of five years.

The 3-2 MPH program is available to students pursuing any major in Washington University’s College of Arts & Sciences. We encourage interested students to take courses relevant to preparation for graduate studies in public health. Examples of disciplines related to public health include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • African and African-American Studies
  • Anthropology Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Cultural Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Global Health and Environment
  • International and Area Studies
  • Mind, Brain and Behavior
  • Political Science
  • Psychological & Brain Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies
  • Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies


To be eligible to apply to the 3-2 program, you must complete all of your distribution and major requirements by the end of your junior year, with elective credits available to be applied toward MPH course credit during your senior year (first year of the MPH program).

Applicants to the 3-2 program must also adhere to the following requirements:

  • Complete the Certification for 3-2 Program Eligibility form with signatures from undergraduate advisor(s) and Jennifer Romney, Associate Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences, to be submitted with the application to the MPH program.
  • Review Application Information, 3-2 Application Instructions and submit all required materials.
  • Apply early in the spring of junior year so that fall coursework can be considered. Unofficial transcripts must include completed fall semester coursework. Applications should be submitted by March 1 of junior year.

While all admission requirements for the Master of Public Health program apply to 3-2 applicants, special consideration will be given in relation to field experience, given the undergraduate status of the applicant. We strongly encourage applicants to highlight all leadership and service experiences such as internships, volunteer work, work with social service organizations, study-abroad, service learning courses, etc., to demonstrate a commitment to public health and the mission of the Brown School.

3-2 Program Enrollment and Financial Aid

Students accepted into the 3-2 MPH program will remain coded prime to their undergraduate division in University systems (i.e., WebSTAC) for their fourth year of study, even though the student will be completing graduate-level coursework at the Brown School. The student will be coded prime to the Brown School MSW program in their fifth year of study.

3-2 MPH students will continue to be charged the standard full-time undergraduate tuition rate for the fourth year of study, and as such will receive financial aid for the fourth year based upon their eligibility for undergraduate financial aid awards, including Pell grants.

In the fifth year, 3-2 students will be charged at the MPH tuition rate applicable to that academic year. If a Brown School scholarship was awarded at the time of admission to the 3-2 program, the scholarship will apply in that fifth year only.

Brown School staff and faculty are available to support 3-2 students in interpreting these policies and identifying any special needs associated with their 3-2 program status.