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Two different UNC-PrimeCare programs prepare students for opportunities in integrated healthcare, one of the most rapidly-growing career paths in social work.

Participating students complete specialized training, are placed into field experiences that focus on delivering integrated care services in behavioral health, and complete a Capstone Project. They also receive stipends to support their education.

The initial UNC-PrimeCare program was established in 2014 through a $1.4 million federal grant from HRSA and continued in 2017 with a second grant of $1.92 million. It is offered to both MSW students and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) students at UNC-Chapel Hill.

In 2019, a second program, UNC-PrimeCare-OUD (Opioid Use Disorder) was added, with its focus on preparing MSW students to work in integrated care focusing on treatment for opioid and other substance use disorders.

Students apply to participate in either UNC-PrimeCare program before they begin the final year of their curriculum studies.

Visit the UNC-PrimeCare website for more information, an application form, and other resources.


Meryl Kanfer, UNC-PrimeCare Program Coordinator, 919-962-4366

Lisa de Saxe Zerden, Senior Associate Dean for MSW Education, 919-962-6430