Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health (MSW/MPH) Joint Degree Program Overview

Social work and public health take highly complementary and often overlapping approaches to advancing individual and community health and well-being. Public health social work emphasizes prevention, not just intervention after a problem has developed and it draws on multiple methods and systems to effect change including clinical interventions, education, research, advocacy, policy development, community organizing, and a range of other micro to macro interventions. Given these complementary approaches, it makes sense and adds value when the two degrees are pursued jointly with some shared course work. In light of this, the UIC Jane Addams College of Social Work (JACSW) and the School of Public Health (SPH) offer a joint program leading to the Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health (MSW/MPH). The joint MSW/MPH degree allows students interested in the field of public health social work to complete the degree in a shorter period of time and provides students more opportunities to integrate the respective competencies and perspectives of the two disciplines in a deliberate and coordinated way.

Program Options


Programs of study leading to joint MSW/MPH degrees are currently available to students in the following MSW concentrations and MPH Divisions:

MSW Concentrations

  1. Child and Family
  2. Community Health and Urban Development
  3. Mental Health
  4. School Social Work

SPH Divisions

  1. Community Health Sciences
  2. Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
  3. Epidemiology
  4. Health Policy and Administration

Length of Program

Full time students may complete the programs in three to three and one-half years.

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Additional Information


For further information about this joint degree program, please contact the following individuals:

Jane Addams College of Social Work
Christopher Mitchell, PhD
Associate Professor
(312) 996-8509
cgm@uic.edu

School of Public Health
Brandon Sieglaff
Assistant Director of Admissions and Recruitment
sieglaff@uic.edu

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Requirements

Admission/Application Requirements

Enrollment in the joint degree program is recommended for full-time students only.
Note: Full-time applicants start the joint degree in the MSW program; applicants eligible for MSW Advanced Standing start the joint degree in the MPH program and so should apply to the MPH program and enroll in MPH coursework prior to applying to the MSW program. For more information please contact Dr. Christopher Mitchell.

Students must apply to and be admitted separately to both the School of Public Health and the College of Social Work master’s degree programs. The policies of each program with respect to admission requirements, degree requirements, and other academic requirements are applicable. To be considered for admission students must take the GRE (required for admission to SPH), have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, and satisfy other application requirements for each college.

Transferring into MSW/MPH joint degree program
Students who enter either of the individual degree programs and later decide to transfer into the joint program may do so before entering their second year of study if they meet the admissions requirements of the other degree program. Students must apply and be accepted into both individual degree programs. Students entering from the SPH individual degree program will begin the Social Work core sequence immediately.

Students currently enrolled in the MSW program (full-time foundation year) may apply to the MPH degree by submitting the following documentation:

  1. Scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) submitted directly to UIC SPH.
  2. A Request for Change of Graduate Degree
  3. A personal statement
  4. An updated resume

MSW students who are interested in applying to the joint degree should contact Dr. Christopher Mitchell.

Please download this PDF for more detailed information.

Program Requirements

The Jane Addams College of Social Work (JACSW) and the UIC School of Public Health (SPH) offer a joint program leading to the Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health (MSW/MPH).  Programs of study leading to joint MSW/MPH degrees are offered by each of the following MSW Specializations and SPH Divisions:

MSW Areas of Specialized Practice
• Child and Family
• Community Health and Urban Development
• Mental Health
• School Social Work

MPH Divisions
• Community Health Sciences
• Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
• Epidemiology
• Health Policy and Administration

Length of Program: Full time students may complete the programs in three to three and ½ years.

Admission Requirements: Students must apply to and be admitted separately to both the School of Public Health and the College of Social Work master’s degree programs. The policies of each program with respect to admission requirements, degree requirements, and other academic requirements are applicable. To be considered for admission students must take the GRE (required for admission to SPH), have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, and satisfy other application requirements for each college.

Program Requirements: Students must complete a minimum of 42 semester hours of course work at SPH as required by the specific SPH division and must complete 62 semester hours of course work as required for the MSW (inclusive of shared credit hours).

Required Coursework: The coursework for the joint degree will include 1) core courses in Social Work (1st year MSW), 2) core courses in Public Health, 3) divisional core courses in either Community Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Environmental and Occupational Health, or Health Policy and Administration; 4) specialization courses in Social Work (2nd year MSW), 5) shared electives; 6) field work, optimally at a site which allows the student to integrate his or her training in social work and public health, and 7) a capstone project reflecting the integration of the student’s public health and social work training.

Generalist Foundation Social Work Requirements (28 SH)

SocW430 Practice I: Generalist Practice with Individuals, Families & Groups, SocW410 Human Behavior and the Social Environment, SocW460 Research I: Social Work Research, SocW570, Field Instruction I, SocW431 Practice II: Generalist Practice with Task Groups, Organizations, & Communities, Socw411 Social Work in a Multicultural Society, SocW420 Policy I: Social Welfare Policy & Services, and SocW571 Field Instruction II.

Advanced Social Work Courses by Specialization (34 SH)

Students select one area of specialization:

Community Health and Urban Development (CHUD) Specialization Requirements: SocW 519, 531, 572, 520, [563, 565 or 567], 573; and 6 SH electives.

Child and Family Specialization Requirements: SocW 582, 552, 572, 583, [563, 565 or 567], 573; and 6 SH electives.

Mental Health Specialization Requirements: SocW 586, 554, 572, 587, [563, 565 or 567], 573; and 6 SH electives.

School Social Work Specialization Requirements: SocW 588 Practice III: School social work, SocW 555: Policy II School social work, SPED 410 Survey of characteristics of learners with disabilities, SocW 572 Field III: School social work, SocW 589 Practice IV: School social work, SocW 565 Research II: School social work, SocW 573 Field IV: School social work, and 3 sh of electives.

Core School-wide MPH Requirements (18 – 20 SH)

IPHS 401, IPHS 402 [or the equivalent online courses- IPHS 404 and IPHS 405], IPHS 403, IPHS 698, and IPHS 650.

Advanced Public Health Courses by Concentration (variable)

Community Health Sciences Core Requirements: Students in Community Health Sciences must complete CHSC 421, CHSC 422, CHSC 423, and an approved specialization.

Environmental and Occupational Health Core Requirements: Students in EOHS must complete one of the following: Exposure Assessment courses: EOHS 411, EOHS 421, or EOHS 432; and select one of the following Health Assessment Courses: EOHS 455, or EOHS 551. In addition students must complete EOHS 480, and up to 9 semester hours of electives in consultation with their advisor.

Epidemiology Core Requirements: Students in Epidemiology must complete EPID 404, EPID 406, EPID 410, EPID 411, EPID 591 and BSTT 401.

Health Policy and Administration Core Requirements: HPA students must complete HPA 403, HPA 444, HPA 460, HPA 467 and one of the following: HPA 430, HPA 432, HPA 445 or HPA 465.

Shared Credit Hours

Electives: Except for students in the School Social Work specialization, students may reduce the number of credit hours by six, counting six semester hours of public health coursework toward the MSW course electives. Since School Social Work specialization students must take SPED 410 as a part of their required concentration-specific coursework, they only have 3 sh of electives instead of the 6 sh of electives in the other MSW specializations. Depending on the student’s MPH concentration, the joint program may be reduced by an additional 1 to 9 semester hours by counting advisor-approved social work courses toward MPH elective hours. Available elective hours by MPH concentration: 2 sh CHS; 1 sh Epidemiology; up to 3 sh (one pre-approved SocW course) EOHS; 9 sh HPA].

Field Work/ Field Instruction Hours: With proper planning and approval of the SPH advisor, the joint program may be reduced by an additional three to five semester hours by incorporating a significant public health experience into the Social Work Field Instruction III/IV (SocW 572-573).

Maximum Permissible Shared Hours: The maximum allowable number of shared credit hours is 17 semester hours for students in the School Social Work Concentration. The maximum allowable number of shared credit hours for students in the other three MSW concentrations is 20 semester hours. The actual number of shared credit hours that will be permitted is dependent upon the student’s division and advisor approval.

Progression through the Program: Students will typically alternate between the colleges beginning with the MSW.  For example, in Year 1 students will complete the MSW core course requirements; in Year 2 students will complete the majority of MPH course requirements; and in Year 3 students will return to the College of Social Work to complete their MSW specialization requirements and may also take any remaining MPH coursework. In some instances students may require one additional semester to complete their MPH coursework within the School of Public Health.

Tuition and Fees: Tuition and fees charged by the two programs differ. Students will be charged MSW tuition and fees for their first year of study and MPH tuition and fees for the second year. In year three, MSW tuition and fees will be applied again. If students must then complete remaining credit hours for the MPH program, the student will be charged MPH tuition and fees for their final semester of attendance.

Transferring into MSW/MPH joint degree program: Students who enter either of the individual degree programs and later decide to transfer into the joint program may do so before entering their second year of study if they meet the admissions requirements of the other degree program. Students must apply and be accepted into both individual degree programs. Students entering from the SPH individual degree program will begin the Social Work core sequence immediately.

Leaving the program before the requirements for the joint masters is complete: Students who leave after completing the necessary hours for one of the degrees, either the Master of Social Work or the Master of Public Health, but before completing the joint MSW/MPH, will receive the former degree.

Contact Information:

Jane Addams College of Social Work:
Christopher Mitchell, PhD
Director of Academic Program Development and Assessment
(312) 996-8509
cgm@uic.edu

School of Public Health:
Susan Altfeld, PhD
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
(312) 355-1134
saltfeld@uic.edu

Full-time Student
Year 1 Full-time in the MSW Program

Fall Semester

SocW 410 Human Behavior and the Social Environment (3 credits)

SocW 430 Practice I: Generalist Practice  (3 credits)

SocW 460 Research I: Social Work Research (3 credits) OR CHSC 446 (4 credits)

SocW 570 Field Instruction I (5 credits)


Total Credit Hours 14 or  15

Spring Semester

SocW 411 Critical Social Work in a Multicultural Society (3 credits)

SocW 431 Practice II: Generalist Practice (3 credits)

SocW 420 Policy I: Social Welfare Policy and Services (3 credits)

SocW 571 Field Instruction II (5 credits)


Total Credit Hours 14

Year 2 Full-time in the MPH Program (Community Health Sciences Division2)

Fall Semester

Please consult School of Public Health Student Handbook

Spring Semester

Please consult School of Public Health Student Handbook

Year 3 Full-time in MSW Program (Mental Health Concentration3)

Fall Semester

SocW 586 Practice III: Mental Health (3 credits)

SocW 554 Policy II: Mental Health (3 credits)

MPH Elective (3 credits)

SocW 572 Field Instruction III (8 credits shared with IPHS 650)


Total Credit Hours 17

Spring Semester

SocW 587 Practice IV: Mental Health (3 credits)

Social Work Research II Selective (SocW 563, 565, or 567(3 credits)

MPH Elective (3 credits)

SocW 573 Field Instruction IV (8 credits)


Total Credit Hours 17

Cost of Attending

Tuition and fees charged by the two programs differ. Students will be charged MSW tuition and fees for their first year of study and MPH tuition and fees for the second year. In year three, MSW tuition and fees will be applied again. If students must then complete remaining credit hours for the MPH program, the student will be charged MPH tuition and fees for their final semester of attendance. More information regarding tuition and fees is available here.

+ Admission Requirements

Admission/Application Requirements

Enrollment in the joint degree program is recommended for full-time students only.
Note: Full-time applicants start the joint degree in the MSW program; applicants eligible for MSW Advanced Standing start the joint degree in the MPH program and so should apply to the MPH program and enroll in MPH coursework prior to applying to the MSW program. For more information please contact Dr. Christopher Mitchell.

Students must apply to and be admitted separately to both the School of Public Health and the College of Social Work master’s degree programs. The policies of each program with respect to admission requirements, degree requirements, and other academic requirements are applicable. To be considered for admission students must take the GRE (required for admission to SPH), have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, and satisfy other application requirements for each college.

Transferring into MSW/MPH joint degree program
Students who enter either of the individual degree programs and later decide to transfer into the joint program may do so before entering their second year of study if they meet the admissions requirements of the other degree program. Students must apply and be accepted into both individual degree programs. Students entering from the SPH individual degree program will begin the Social Work core sequence immediately.

Students currently enrolled in the MSW program (full-time foundation year) may apply to the MPH degree by submitting the following documentation:

  1. Scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) submitted directly to UIC SPH.
  2. A Request for Change of Graduate Degree
  3. A personal statement
  4. An updated resume

MSW students who are interested in applying to the joint degree should contact Dr. Christopher Mitchell.

Please download this PDF for more detailed information.

+ Program Requirements

Program Requirements

The Jane Addams College of Social Work (JACSW) and the UIC School of Public Health (SPH) offer a joint program leading to the Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health (MSW/MPH).  Programs of study leading to joint MSW/MPH degrees are offered by each of the following MSW Specializations and SPH Divisions:

MSW Areas of Specialized Practice
• Child and Family
• Community Health and Urban Development
• Mental Health
• School Social Work

MPH Divisions
• Community Health Sciences
• Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
• Epidemiology
• Health Policy and Administration

Length of Program: Full time students may complete the programs in three to three and ½ years.

Admission Requirements: Students must apply to and be admitted separately to both the School of Public Health and the College of Social Work master’s degree programs. The policies of each program with respect to admission requirements, degree requirements, and other academic requirements are applicable. To be considered for admission students must take the GRE (required for admission to SPH), have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, and satisfy other application requirements for each college.

Program Requirements: Students must complete a minimum of 42 semester hours of course work at SPH as required by the specific SPH division and must complete 62 semester hours of course work as required for the MSW (inclusive of shared credit hours).

Required Coursework: The coursework for the joint degree will include 1) core courses in Social Work (1st year MSW), 2) core courses in Public Health, 3) divisional core courses in either Community Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Environmental and Occupational Health, or Health Policy and Administration; 4) specialization courses in Social Work (2nd year MSW), 5) shared electives; 6) field work, optimally at a site which allows the student to integrate his or her training in social work and public health, and 7) a capstone project reflecting the integration of the student’s public health and social work training.

Generalist Foundation Social Work Requirements (28 SH)

SocW430 Practice I: Generalist Practice with Individuals, Families & Groups, SocW410 Human Behavior and the Social Environment, SocW460 Research I: Social Work Research, SocW570, Field Instruction I, SocW431 Practice II: Generalist Practice with Task Groups, Organizations, & Communities, Socw411 Social Work in a Multicultural Society, SocW420 Policy I: Social Welfare Policy & Services, and SocW571 Field Instruction II.

Advanced Social Work Courses by Specialization (34 SH)

Students select one area of specialization:

Community Health and Urban Development (CHUD) Specialization Requirements: SocW 519, 531, 572, 520, [563, 565 or 567], 573; and 6 SH electives.

Child and Family Specialization Requirements: SocW 582, 552, 572, 583, [563, 565 or 567], 573; and 6 SH electives.

Mental Health Specialization Requirements: SocW 586, 554, 572, 587, [563, 565 or 567], 573; and 6 SH electives.

School Social Work Specialization Requirements: SocW 588 Practice III: School social work, SocW 555: Policy II School social work, SPED 410 Survey of characteristics of learners with disabilities, SocW 572 Field III: School social work, SocW 589 Practice IV: School social work, SocW 565 Research II: School social work, SocW 573 Field IV: School social work, and 3 sh of electives.

Core School-wide MPH Requirements (18 – 20 SH)

IPHS 401, IPHS 402 [or the equivalent online courses- IPHS 404 and IPHS 405], IPHS 403, IPHS 698, and IPHS 650.

Advanced Public Health Courses by Concentration (variable)

Community Health Sciences Core Requirements: Students in Community Health Sciences must complete CHSC 421, CHSC 422, CHSC 423, and an approved specialization.

Environmental and Occupational Health Core Requirements: Students in EOHS must complete one of the following: Exposure Assessment courses: EOHS 411, EOHS 421, or EOHS 432; and select one of the following Health Assessment Courses: EOHS 455, or EOHS 551. In addition students must complete EOHS 480, and up to 9 semester hours of electives in consultation with their advisor.

Epidemiology Core Requirements: Students in Epidemiology must complete EPID 404, EPID 406, EPID 410, EPID 411, EPID 591 and BSTT 401.

Health Policy and Administration Core Requirements: HPA students must complete HPA 403, HPA 444, HPA 460, HPA 467 and one of the following: HPA 430, HPA 432, HPA 445 or HPA 465.

Shared Credit Hours

Electives: Except for students in the School Social Work specialization, students may reduce the number of credit hours by six, counting six semester hours of public health coursework toward the MSW course electives. Since School Social Work specialization students must take SPED 410 as a part of their required concentration-specific coursework, they only have 3 sh of electives instead of the 6 sh of electives in the other MSW specializations. Depending on the student’s MPH concentration, the joint program may be reduced by an additional 1 to 9 semester hours by counting advisor-approved social work courses toward MPH elective hours. Available elective hours by MPH concentration: 2 sh CHS; 1 sh Epidemiology; up to 3 sh (one pre-approved SocW course) EOHS; 9 sh HPA].

Field Work/ Field Instruction Hours: With proper planning and approval of the SPH advisor, the joint program may be reduced by an additional three to five semester hours by incorporating a significant public health experience into the Social Work Field Instruction III/IV (SocW 572-573).

Maximum Permissible Shared Hours: The maximum allowable number of shared credit hours is 17 semester hours for students in the School Social Work Concentration. The maximum allowable number of shared credit hours for students in the other three MSW concentrations is 20 semester hours. The actual number of shared credit hours that will be permitted is dependent upon the student’s division and advisor approval.

Progression through the Program: Students will typically alternate between the colleges beginning with the MSW.  For example, in Year 1 students will complete the MSW core course requirements; in Year 2 students will complete the majority of MPH course requirements; and in Year 3 students will return to the College of Social Work to complete their MSW specialization requirements and may also take any remaining MPH coursework. In some instances students may require one additional semester to complete their MPH coursework within the School of Public Health.

Tuition and Fees: Tuition and fees charged by the two programs differ. Students will be charged MSW tuition and fees for their first year of study and MPH tuition and fees for the second year. In year three, MSW tuition and fees will be applied again. If students must then complete remaining credit hours for the MPH program, the student will be charged MPH tuition and fees for their final semester of attendance.

Transferring into MSW/MPH joint degree program: Students who enter either of the individual degree programs and later decide to transfer into the joint program may do so before entering their second year of study if they meet the admissions requirements of the other degree program. Students must apply and be accepted into both individual degree programs. Students entering from the SPH individual degree program will begin the Social Work core sequence immediately.

Leaving the program before the requirements for the joint masters is complete: Students who leave after completing the necessary hours for one of the degrees, either the Master of Social Work or the Master of Public Health, but before completing the joint MSW/MPH, will receive the former degree.

Contact Information:

Jane Addams College of Social Work:
Christopher Mitchell, PhD
Director of Academic Program Development and Assessment
(312) 996-8509
cgm@uic.edu

School of Public Health:
Susan Altfeld, PhD
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
(312) 355-1134
saltfeld@uic.edu

+ Plan of Study

Full-time Student
Year 1 Full-time in the MSW Program

Fall Semester

SocW 410 Human Behavior and the Social Environment (3 credits)

SocW 430 Practice I: Generalist Practice  (3 credits)

SocW 460 Research I: Social Work Research (3 credits) OR CHSC 446 (4 credits)

SocW 570 Field Instruction I (5 credits)


Total Credit Hours 14 or  15

Spring Semester

SocW 411 Critical Social Work in a Multicultural Society (3 credits)

SocW 431 Practice II: Generalist Practice (3 credits)

SocW 420 Policy I: Social Welfare Policy and Services (3 credits)

SocW 571 Field Instruction II (5 credits)


Total Credit Hours 14

Year 2 Full-time in the MPH Program (Community Health Sciences Division2)

Fall Semester

Please consult School of Public Health Student Handbook

Spring Semester

Please consult School of Public Health Student Handbook

Year 3 Full-time in MSW Program (Mental Health Concentration3)

Fall Semester

SocW 586 Practice III: Mental Health (3 credits)

SocW 554 Policy II: Mental Health (3 credits)

MPH Elective (3 credits)

SocW 572 Field Instruction III (8 credits shared with IPHS 650)


Total Credit Hours 17

Spring Semester

SocW 587 Practice IV: Mental Health (3 credits)

Social Work Research II Selective (SocW 563, 565, or 567(3 credits)

MPH Elective (3 credits)

SocW 573 Field Instruction IV (8 credits)


Total Credit Hours 17

+ Cost of Attending

Cost of Attending

Tuition and fees charged by the two programs differ. Students will be charged MSW tuition and fees for their first year of study and MPH tuition and fees for the second year. In year three, MSW tuition and fees will be applied again. If students must then complete remaining credit hours for the MPH program, the student will be charged MPH tuition and fees for their final semester of attendance. More information regarding tuition and fees is available here.

Application Due Dates

  • Joint MSW/MPH Application Due

    January 16

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