The MSW/MPH concurrent degree program offers interdisciplinary preparation in the fields of social work and public health, leading to the Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health degrees. Public Health and Social Work share an interest in a preventive approach to health and social problems, a community perspective, and a focus on vulnerable populations. Both fields recognize the influence of social, behavioral, and environmental factors on contemporary health problems, and acknowledge the need for research and interventions that address all three components.
The objective of the concurrent degree program is to prepare professionals who will function at the interface of both fields in practice, research, planning, administration, and policy development. Students will develop (1) competence in social work practice in community health, (2) understanding of the organization and functioning of the health and social service delivery systems, and (3) basic analytical skills necessary to conduct research and to perform competently in a variety of public health social work roles. Students will also have an opportunity for in-depth study of particular issues related to their special interests and career goals.
Concurrent degrees are offered by the School of Social Work and the Departments of Health Services (DHS) and Global Health (DGH) in the School of Public Health. The program enables students to complete the requirements for the MSW and MPH degrees within approximately three years, which would require four years of academic work if earned separately. In addition, it will most likely require a full time summer block practicum that fulfills the practicum requirement for both programs.
There are three degree programs through which students may earn their MPH (and multiple options under some of them:
Extended degree program (EDP) students can apply and would likely be most interested in the Community Oriented Public Health Program (COPHP). The MPH (Day) programs in Health Services and Global Health don’t work well for EDP students because students would need to pay for each program separately and it would almost always be prohibitively expensive. EDP students may want to consider applying in the fall of their final year of their MSW program to the Day SPH program and complete them consecutively rather than concurrently.
All SW graduate students in the Day and EDP program are eligible to apply and are easily admitted to one of many formal certificate programs in the Department of Global Health: http://sph.washington.edu/prospective/edprograms.asp?degree=cert. The GRE is not required for admission and Biostatistics and Epidemiology are not required for completion of the certificates. The Graduate School allows up to 6 credits to be shared between a degree program and a certificate program, but only if those 6 credits count as electives in both programs.
School of Social Work
J’May Rivara, SW Faculty Adviser for Concurrent Degree Students, School of Social Work: 206-616-5792, email@example.com
Office of Admissions, School of Social Work, 206-543-5676, firstname.lastname@example.org
Application questions: Jennifer Maglalang, Director of Admissions, School of Social Work, Box 354900, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-4900, email@example.com, 206-221-7428, http://depts.washington.edu/sswweb
School of Public Health
Dave Grembowski, SPH Faculty Adviser for Concurrent Degree Students, School of Public Health:
Health Services General and COPHP MPH
Lauren Bedson, Marketing and Student Recruitment Specialist, Dept of Health Services,
School of Public Health, Box 357660, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-7660, (206) 616-1397; firstname.lastname@example.org
Noura Youssoufa, Department of Global Health, School of Public Health, Box 357965, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, 206-685-1292, email@example.com, http://depts.washington.edu/deptgh