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Dual-Degree Program — Public Health

Students may earn both a Master of Social Work degree and a Master of Public Health degree through this dual-degree program, which focuses on macro practice — program planning, management, evaluation, policy development, and advocacy in public health.

The MPH degree is awarded through the Gillings School of Global Public Health (SPH) at UNC-Chapel Hill. Students can choose from several concentrations in public health, including maternal and child health, health policy and management, global health, and health behaviors.

To complete coursework for both degrees, students earn 77 credit hours (44 hours in social work and 33 hours in public health) over a three-year period. Students register for social work courses in their first year and primarily public health courses in their second and third years.

Students are encouraged to complete at least one year of work experience after completing the bachelor’s degree and before applying to the dual-degree program. If a student has not yet completed work experience, we recommend that the student apply first to SSW and apply to SPH during the first year of MSW coursework. With recommendations from SSW faculty members about your ability to complete graduate-level coursework and your interest in public health, your application may be more competitive.

You must apply separately to each school. Acceptance into one program does not guarantee acceptance into the other program.

Contact — Master of Social Work / Master of Public Health Dual-Degree Program