MSW/Master of Public Health (MPH)

The Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health dual degree program is a “natural.” Both disciplines are vitally concerned with human and social well-being, whether at micro (clinical practice) or macro (societal and policy) levels. The urban dilemmas of substance use and abuse, mental and behavioral health policy and practice, violence incidence and interventions, and access to health care are particularly vital areas of mutual focus. Research-based strategies in both disciplines address differential access and treatment in these and other health domains stemming from such categories as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic position, and gender. This dual degree is open to all MSW students in both the clinical and macro concentrations.

MSW/MPH General Program of Study

On its own, the MSW is a 16 CU degree, consisting of 11 required courses and 5 electives. On its own, the MPH is a 14 CU degree, consisting of 9 required courses and 5 electives. When students complete the MSW/MPH dual-degree, up to a total of 6 courses are cross-counted between the two degrees, enabling students to complete both degrees in 24 CUs. This means that up to three MPH courses are applied to the MSW degree and up to three MSW courses are applied to the MPH degree. Students may work with their academic advisors in the MSW and MPH programs to individualize their course of study, but the following courses have been pre-approved for cross-counting and represent the standard course of study:

  • PUBH 501: Introduction to Biostatistics (fulfills SWRK Research Option)
  • PUBH 505: Public Health Policy & Administration (fulfills SWRK Policy Option)
  • PUBH 507: Public Health Law & Ethics (fulfills SWRK Elective)
  • SWRK 615: Intro to Social Work Research (fulfills PUBH 506)
  • SWRK 602: Human Behavior in the Social Environment (fulfills PUBH Elective)
  • SWRK 603: American Racism and Social Work Practice (fulfills PUBH Elective)

Students in the MSW clinical concentration must take SWRK 760 as one of their electives.

MSW students are permitted to take a maximum of three courses outside of the MSW program towards their degree. If students count three Public Health courses towards their MSW degree, their remaining 13 CUs for the MSW must be courses at SP2.

YearFallSpring
1SWRK 601: History/Philos. Soc. Work and Soc. WelfareSWRK 615: Intro to SW Research (Fulfills PUBH 506)
SWRK 602: Human Behavior in the Social Environment (Fulfills MPH Elective)SWRK 7xx: Elective
SWRK 603: American Racism (Fulfills MPH Elective)SWRK 614 + Field: Foundations of Social Work Practice II
SWRK 604 + Field: Foundation of Social Work Practice ISWRK 760 (for clinical students) or SWRK 7xx
2PUBH 501: Intro to Biostats (Fulfills MSW Research Option)PUBH 502: Intro to Princ/ Methods of Epidemiology
PUBH 505: Public Health Policy & Admin (Fulfills MSW Policy Option)PUBH 508-1: Capstone
PUBH 507: Public Health Law & Ethics (Fulfills MSW Elective)SWRK 713: Understanding Social Change
SWRK 704/8 + Field: Advanced Clinical or Macro SW Practice ISWRK 714/8 + Field: Advanced Clinical or Macro SW Practice II
3PUBH 503: Environmental/Occupational HealthSWRK 7xx: Elective
PUBH ElectiveSWRK 7xx: Elective
PUBH ElectivePUBH 504: Public Health Theories & Frameworks in PUBH
PUBH ElectivePUBH 508-2: Capstone

** The MPH program requires 125 hours of field experience in a public health (i.e. population-focused) setting. Students in the dual degree program will consult with their Capstone Mentor and the Director of MSW Field Education when planning the advanced social work field internship such that the hours required by the MPH fieldwork can be included in the social work internship, provided that the internship has a public health focus.

Questions about MSW requirements and completing the MSW/MPH dual-degree should be directed to:

Emily McCully, MSW

  • Associate Director of Academic Affairs and Global Programs

3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building, Room B-19
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
  • office: 215.746.4031
  • fax: 215.573.2099

Questions about application to the MPH program or the MPH requirements should be directed to:

Moriah Hall, MPH
Associate Director, MPH Program
3620 Hamilton Walk, Anatomy Chemistry Building, Room 141
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-573-8841
moriahh@mail.med.upenn.edu