Master of Public Health and Master of Social Work Degree
The dual degree Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) and Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program provides students with a skill-based education focused on the many intersections of health and social work. Students in this program have the opportunity to examine health-related issues from the perspectives of social and economic justice and empowerment. This program will help students think through innovative approaches to help reduce and eliminate oppressive health conditions. Students may choose to center their studies on health behavior and health education as it relates to community organization, interpersonal practice, management of human services, or social policy and evaluation.
In addition to preparing students to apply theoretical and research methods, the dual degree M.P.H. and M.S.W. program facilitates direct practice experiences that promote networking and a greater understanding of how different health organizations interact within the fields of public health and social work. Students have the opportunity to participate in two in-depth field experiences during the two-and-a-half year program. These experiences help students form the direction of their professional careers, and in addition to faculty support and interdisciplinary coursework, make this U-M dual degree program an outstanding educational opportunity.
The Department of Health Behavior and Health Education offers a multidisciplinary and integrated curriculum for the M.P.H. degree. All students working toward the M.P.H. will complete courses designed to provide a deep understanding of the issues, skills, and competencies necessary for leaders in the field.
M.P.H. students must also complete coursework related to each discipline in public health to fulfill the Breadth, Integration, and Capstone requirements (BIC). The required Health Behavior & Health Education classes for the M.P.H. degree are listed below.
The School of Social Work website also has detailed information about the dual degree program that you may wish to reference.
Toward the M.P.H. Degree
|Total credits required: 47 credit hours|
|Psychosocial Factors of Health-Related Behavior||HBEHED 600||3|
|Program Development in Health Education||HBEHED 651||4|
|Program Evaluation in Health Education||HBEHED 622||3|
|Behavioral Research and Evaluation Methods (select one class)||HBEHED 530, 620, 621, 638 or 700||3|
|Internship||318 to 636 hours||3-6 hour credit reduction|
|Foundational Skills in the Practice of HBHE (Year 1)||HBEHED 698||2|
|Career Development & Capstone in Public Health (Year 2)||HBEHED 699||1 credit each for Fall & Winter|
Note: Students are required to take at least 24 of their credit hours within the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education. The credit reduction received for the internship may not count towards this requirement.
Toward M.S.W. degree:
Masters of Social Work Program and Concentration Areas
The M.S.W. requires 46 credit hours in the School of Social Work, and request that students enroll in the 16-month program. Social work students are required to have a dual concentration—a practice method and a practice area. Students complete nine credit hours of coursework in both their practice method and practice area concentrations. The practice method concentration is selected from one of the four social work practice methods:
- Interpersonal practice
- Community organization
- Management of human services
- Social policy and evaluation
The practice area concentration is selected from one of the five practice areas:
- Aging in families and society
- Children and youth in families and society
- Community and social systems
- Mental health
Required courses include:
|Total credits required: 46 credit hours|
|Foundation Courses||SW 500||3|
|Foundation Courses||SW 502||3|
|Foundation Courses||SW 521||3|
|Foundation Courses||SW 530||3|
|Foundation Courses||SW 560||3|
|Foundation Courses||SW 515/531||1-2|
|Practice Method Courses: IP, CO, MHS, SPE (2 courses appropriate to Method Area)||Student’s choice dependent on specific practice method (See course planning worksheet)||6|
|Practice Area Courses: Aging, C&Y, CSS, Health, Mental Health (3 courses)||Student’s choice dependent on specific practice area (See course planning worksheet)||9|
|Advanced Field Instruction||SW 691||12|
Please refer to the School of Social Work website for a complete listing of Social Work course offerings.
M.P.H. Internship and M.S.W. Field Placement
The primary purpose of the M.P.H internship is to help students learn how to apply theory and principles to work situations and to develop and expand professional skills and competencies essential to these tasks. It is intended to help students explore areas of interest and affords the opportunity to become acquainted with agencies and community groups commonly engaged in public health education and behavioral change programs. The specific locale of the placement is an individual decision reached by students with the guidance of the HBHE Director of Internships and Alumni Relations and their Advisor. This requirement is typically fulfilled during the months of May through August.
Students enrolled in the dual degree M.P.H. and M.S.W. program are also required to complete a field placement in the field of social work. The M.S.W. field placement will begin winter semester and continue on part-time (with varying number of hours per semester) for one year (through end of the fall semester of that year). Students will be taking courses while participating in their social work field placement each of the three semesters.
Learn about the experiences of our HBHE Summer 2017 interns here.
Applicants interested in the dual degree M.P.H. and M.S.W. program must apply to each school separately and must meet the admission requirements of both schools