George Warren Brown School of Social Work
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|George Warren Brown School of Social Work|
|Type||Academic unit of Washington University|
|Dean||Edward F. Lawlor|
|Location||St. Louis, Missouri, USA
The George Warren Brown School of Social Work, sometimes referred to as the Brown School, is one of the world's leading schools for the training of social workers, and is ranked 1st by US News. As one of the academic units of Washington University in St. Louis, the Brown School was founded in 1925 as the department of social work, and became an endowed school in 1945. With one of the few social work post doctoral fellowships in the nation, and partnerships with the Open Society Institute, the Brown School is an international research center. The Brown School offers a two year MSW, a PhD, and a Master of Public Health.
Vision and Mission
The Brown School's Vision:
"Our vision is to create positive social change through our path-breaking research and educational excellence."
The Brown School's Mission:
"Our Mission is to educate and prepare future social work leaders in areas of policy, practice, and research; to pioneer research and apply results to impact policy and practice locally, nationally, and internationally; to collaborate with organizations to use evidence to improve access to and quality of social services and to address social and economic justice."
Washington University introduces a social work program under the leadership of Professor Frank Bruno. This program was initially named the Washington University Training Course for Social Workers and was part of the Department of Sociology in the College of Liberal Arts.
The social work training program transfers to the School of Commerce and Finance, which was then renamed the School of Business and Public Administration.
The George Warren Brown Department of Social Work is established with monies from the estate of George Warren Brown, a prominent shoe manufacturer.
The Washington University community and alumni of the George Warren Brown Department of Social Work dedicate Brown Hall. Brown Hall is the first building in the nation constructed to house a program of social work education. George C. Throop, then chancellor, opened the first evening’s dedication ceremonies with a tribute to George Warren Brown and his wife, Betty Bofinger Brown, whose bequest in memory of her husband had made the building possible.
Brown Hall is home to the Department of Social Work as well as the departments of history, political science, anthropology and sociology. As the program, grew the school expanded to occupy the entire building.
The University establishes the George Warren Brown School of Social Work as a separate school with Benjamin E. Youngdahl as its Dean. Years later, the estate of George Warren Brown donated $1 million to the University to create a permanent endowment for the school.
The Brown School and Washington University celebrate the dedication of Alvin Goldfarb Hall, a four-story building that doubled the capacity of the school.
The Master of Public Health program enrolls its first class, and collaborates with the new Institute for Public Health. Students are able to obtain a dual degree with the MSW. The Institute for Public Health is designed to be multi-disciplinary, and has collaboration from the School of Engineering's Technology for Environmental Public Health and International Development program, the Olin Business School's undergraduate major in healthcare management, and the College of Arts and Science's undergraduate minor in public health.
The Brown School is home to several research centers with distinct areas of emphasis.
- Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies - The Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies is one of the most respected centers in the nation for academic advancement and the study of American Indian issues related to social work.
- Center for Latino Family Research - The Center for Latino Family Research is the only center in a U.S. school of social work that conducts research on Latino social, health, mental health, and family and community development in the U.S. and Latin America. The Center's ultimate goal is to help improve the lives of Latino families in all of the Americas.
- Center for Mental Health Services Research - The Center for Mental Health Services Research, through its national network of collaborative research partners, works with public social service agencies to build a base of evidence designed to address the challenges of delivering mental health services to vulnerable populations. The center is one of only 11 centers of its kind in the country and the only one part of a social work school.
- Center for Obesity Prevention and Policy Research - The Center for Obesity Prevention and Policy Research develops and disseminates new knowledge to inform the creation and implementation of programs and policies designed to prevent obesity.
- Center for Social Development - The Center for Social Development's domestic and international research focuses on building assets of individuals and families so they can invest in life goals such as homes, education, and enterprise development. The Center's work also explores issues of civic engagement to ensure the people of all ages and economic levels actively participate in our society.
- Center for Tobacco Policy Research - The Center for Tobacco Policy Research focuses on the research and evaluation of tobacco control programs and policies in Missouri and across the country. The Center is also home to the Missouri Evaluation Connection which offers information-sharing and partnerships among public health professionals and program evaluators to promote evidence-based, sustainable public health programs and policies in Missouri.
- Center for Violence and Injury Prevention - The Center for Violence and Injury Prevention is a CDC-funded research center that pulls from multiple disciplines and partnerships to advance the prevention science and develop evidence-based, real-world strategies for preventing child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and suicide attempts.
- Health Communication Research Laboratory - The Health Communication Research Laboratory is one of the leading centers in the U.S. dedicated to the research, development, and dissemination of health communication programs that enhance the health of individuals and populations. The Lab also operates the Center for Cultural Cancer Communications.
- Prevention Research Center in St. Louis - The Prevention Research Center in St. Louis is a joint effort between Washington University in St. Louis and Saint Louis University. The Center explores the behaviors that place Americans at risk for chronic diseases such as obesity, cancer, and stroke. Center researchers are particularly concerned with the improvement of the quality of life among special populations: the young, elderly, and the uninsured.