Note: Academic advising is essential for students in the joint degree program. Early and frequent contact with academic advisers in both programs is highly recommended.
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).
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) concentration 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.
Required coursework for the MSW includes: 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; and six semester hours of electives which may be satisfied by counting public health coursework. In addition, 34 SH of advanced coursework in one of three areas of concentration: Community Health and Urban Development (CHUD), Child and Family, or Mental Health Concentration.
Community Health and Urban Development (CHUD) Concentration Requirements: SocW 519, 531, 572, 520, [563, 565 or 567], 573; and 6 SH electives
Child and Family Concentration Requirements: SocW 582, 552, 572, 583, [563, 565 or 567], 573; and 6 SH electives
Mental Health Concentration Requirements: SocW 586, 554, 572, 587, [563, 565 or 567], 573; and 6 SH electives
School Social Work Concentration Requirements: SocW 588, 551, 572, SPED 410, SocW 589, 565 School SW Research/Eval., 573; and 3 SH electives
Required coursework for all MPH students includes: CHSC 400, CHSC 401, BSTT 400, HPA 400, EPID 403 or EPID 400 depending on the student’s division, EOHS 400, IPHS 698, IPHS 650. (*Students in the MPH Pilot Core complete 14 SH of coursework, IPHS 650 and IPHS 698; increasing elective hours by 5 SH. ) Remaining courses and their distribution depend on the specific area within the Master of Public Health chosen. The further required coursework for these degrees are:
- Community Health Sciences Core Requirements: MPH Students in Community Health Sciences must complete CHSC 431, CHSC 433, CHSC 446, CHSC 480. In addition, students must select one of the following: CHSC 527, CHSC 543 or HPA 430.
- Environmental and Occupational Health Core Requirements: MPH Students in EOHS must complete: Select one of the following Exposure Assessment courses: EOHS 411 Water Quality Management, EOHS 421 Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene, OR EOHS 432 Air Quality Management. Select one of the following Health Assessment Courses: EOHS 455 Toxicology OR EOHS 551 Occupational Diseases. Along with these divisional requirements, students in the joint MSW/MPH program would also be required to complete EOHS 480 Environmental and Occupational Health Policy. In addition students must complete up to 9 semester hours of electives in consultation with their advisor.
- Epidemiology Core Requirements: MPH Students in Epidemiology must complete EPID 404, EPID 406, EPID 410, EPID 411, EPID 591 and BSTT 401.
- Health Policy and Administration Core Requirements: MPH All students must complete a minimum of 19 semester hours of electives, at least half of which must be HPA courses.
Shared Credit Hours
- Shared Elective Hours All students may reduce the number of credit hours by six, counting six semester hours of public health coursework toward the MSW course electives (3 for school social work concentration students). 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].
- Shared 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 (SocW 570-573).
- Shared Didactic Course Hours Students in the Community Health Sciences Division may count the following required Social Work courses as satisfying CHS divisional requirements, further reducing their program of study by up to six semester hours: SocW 460 Research 1 Social Work + SocW Research II course (SocW 563, 565, or 567) may substitute for CHSC 446 Research Methods in Community Health; and SocW 420 Policy I: Social Welfare Policy and Services + SocW Policy II course (SocW 552, 531 or 554 may substitute for the CHSC policy/advocacy selective (CHSC 430, CHSC 527, CHSC 543 or HPA 430). Similarly, MSW students have the option of taking CHSC 446 in lieu of SocW 460.
Maximum Permissible Shared Hours
The maximum allowable number of shared credit hours 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 in Year 3. Students will return to the College of Social Work to complete their MSW concentration requirements and may also take MPH coursework. Students may require one additional semester to complete their MPH coursework within the School of Public Health.
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. Students completing solely the Master of Public Health may (depending on background experience) be required to satisfy requirements of a comprehensive MPH program.