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Social Work and Public Health



The dual degree program with public health focuses on macro practice and prepares social work students for program planning, management, evaluation, policy development, and advocacy in public health.


A cooperative arrangement between the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the School of Social Work (SSW) facilitates the pursuit of joint MPH/MSW degrees. Simultaneous applications to both the School of Public Health and the School of Social Work are welcome for applicants who have had at least a year of work experience following their bachelor's degree.  With that in mind, we encourage applicants who are interested in the Dual Degree program, but do not have the post-bachelor's experience, to apply only to the School of Social Work and then apply to the School of Public Health in the first year of social work training. If you have social work faculty recommendations about your ability to do graduate work and your interest in the field of public health, your application may be more competitive.


77 credit hours

  • 44 hours in the social work Generalist Curriculum and the Specialization Curriculum
  • 33 hours in public health

Program Schedule

Students register for social work courses their first year and mainly courses in public health in their second year. During their second summer, they complete their specialization field placement and work with the School of Public Health and the School of Social Work’s Field Office to plan the field experience. During the third and final year, students enroll mainly in public health courses. 

For more information, contact:

Gary Cuddeback
(919) 962-4363