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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 maternal and child health.


A cooperative arrangement between the MCH Department and the School of Social Work (SSW) facilitates the pursuit of joint MSPH/MSW and 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 MCH in the first year of social work training (by January 1). 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 will be more competitive.


86 credit hours

  • 44 hours in the social work Foundation Curriculum and the Advanced Curriculum (health and mental health field of practice)
  • 42 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 final summer, they enroll in social work for first summer session and in public health for second summer session. Dual degree students’ second year summer field placement focuses on social work in a public health setting, with an emphasis on policy and program development and evaluation. Students work with the MCH department and the School of Social Work’s Field Office to plan the field experience.

If accepted by MCH into the dual degree program, students' curriculum in the second year shifts primarily to public health courses and requirements. If not accepted into the dual degree program, they continue a second year at SSW and receive the MSW degree.


For more information, contact:

Gary Cuddeback
Associate Professor
(919) 962-4363