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Combined Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) and Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

Anderson, Lisa S., M.P.H.
Graduate Program Director
lsanders@vcu.edu
(804) 628-2512

Price, Sarah K.
Assistant Professor, M.S.W. Program
skprice@vcu.edu
(804) 828-0579

See the individual program pages for admission requirements specific to the separate degrees.

Through a collaborative program between the VCU School of Social Work and the Division of Epidemiology in the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health in the School of Medicine, students complete a three-year full-time program of study, including summer course work, to obtain the Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health degrees. The purpose of this dual-degree program is to prepare graduates to work with individuals, families, groups, communities and/or organizations; advocate for social, health care and economic justice in a diverse and multicultural society; and promote physical and mental health across the life course.

Prospective students are required to apply separately to both programs through the Graduate School and must meet both sets of admission requirements. (See www.pubapps.vcu.edu/bulletins/prog_search/?did=20039&iid=31083 for M.P.H. program requirements; www.pubapps.vcu.edu/Bulletins/prog_search/?did=20077&iid=30474 for M.S.W. program requirements.) Once admitted to both programs, the student is assigned an adviser from each to develop a plan of study, typically starting with the M.S.W. course work. It is preferable that students apply to both programs at the same time so that the structured dual-degree curriculum can be optimally planned. Students in one program may also apply to the second program during the first year of study.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 45 M.S.W. credits and a minimum of 33 M.P.H. credits, for a total of 78 semester credit hours. In the M.P.H. program, this includes 24 credit hours of core and required courses, a minimum six credit hours of elective courses and a minimum of three credit hours of a capstone project that examines a relevant public health topic. During the third and last year of study, the dual-degree students are placed in internships through the School of Social Work that focus on public health; the internship placement is approved by both the M.P.H. program director and the director of social work field instruction. With adviser approval, the student may develop a capstone project based on work in this public health/social work placement.

For additional information, see www.epidemiology.vcu.edu/education/mph/dual.html.

Curriculum


Year 1, fall
Credits
SLWK 601 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I 3
SLWK 602 Policy, Community and Organizational Practice I 3
SLWK 603 Social Work and Social Justice 3
SLWK 604 Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups I 3
SLWK 693 Foundation Field Instruction I 3
   
Year 1, spring  
SLWK 605 Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups II 3
SLWK 606 Policy, Community and Organizational Practice II 3
SLWK 609 Foundations of Research in Social Work Practice 3
SLWK 610 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II 3
SLWK 694 Foundation Field Instruction II 3
   
Year 1, summer  
SLWK 703 Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (or fall, year 2) 3
   
Year 2, fall  
BIOS 547 Applied Data Analysis in Public Health I 3
EPID 547 Applied Data Analysis Lab I 1.5
EPID 571 Principles of Epidemiology 3
EPID 593 MPH Practicum 1
SBHD 605 Introduction to Social and Behavioral Health 3
SLWK 703 Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders or
SLWK 711 Strategies for Social Work Planning and Administrative Practice
3
   
Year 2, spring  
BIOS 548 Applied Data Analysis in Public Health II 3
EPID 548 Applied Data Analysis Lab II 1.5
EPID 580 Public Health Ethics 1
EPID 593 MPH Practicum 1
EPID 604 Principles of Environmental Health 3
SLWK 704 Clinical Social Work Practice I or
SLWK 712 Social Work Planning and Administration Practice I
3
EPID elective 3
   
Year 2, summer  
EPID elective (or fall, year 3) 3
   
Year 3, fall  
EPID 694 MPH Research Project (degree requires a total of 3 credits) 1-3
HCPR 601 Introduction to Health Policy 3
SLWK 704 Clinical Social Work Practice I or
SLWK 712 Social Work Planning and Administrative Practice I
3
SLWK 793 Concentration Field Instruction 3
EPID elective 3
   
Year 3, spring  
EPID 694 MPH Research Project (if needed to total 3 credits) 1-3
SLWK 705 Clinical Social Work Practice II or
SLWK 713 Social Work Planning and Administrative Practice I
3
SLWK 794 Concentration Field Instruction 3

(Students choose either SLWK 703, 704 and 705 for the clinical concentration or SLWK 711, 712 and 713 for the administration, planning and policy practice concentration; SLWK 793-794 is required for both concentrations.)

 

 

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