Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health
Joint Degree Program
Recognizing the need for professionals trained in both social work and public health, the Jane Addams College of Social Work and the School of Public Health now offer a joint Master of Social Work/ Master of Public Health (MSW/MPH) program that provides students with integrated formal study toward the two degrees.
The MSW provides the graduate with broad training in the field of social work and includes coursework and field placements to prepare students with the competencies and practice behaviors for advanced professional practice. The MPH is a professional degree that ensures that the graduate has a general understanding of the field of public health, specific competence in a particular area and concrete skills and experience in public health settings.
The joint program integrates the fields of social work and public health; it combines the theoretical approaches and competencies of social work in understanding and responding to individual and community influences on patterns of health and illness, with the tools and applicability of public health approaches to real world health problems. Through the joint degree, full-time students may complete the programs in three to three and one-half years rather than the four years or more it would take to earn both degrees separately.