MPH-MSW Dual Public Health Degree

Substance abuse, mental and behavioral health policy and practice, violence incidence and interventions, and access to health care are critical overlapping areas within the public health and social work field that require much-needed attention. The Masters of Public Health-Masters of Social Work (MPH-MSW) dual degree is a perfect fit for those interested in combating these health issues on a larger scale by developing interventions, while still being able to provide individualized direct patient care to the general public, the disadvantaged and the underserved.

Since both fields are vitally concerned with human and social well-being, whether at the micro (clinical practice) or macro (societal and policy) levels, the MPH-MSW dual degree program draws discipline from both social work and public health theories, frameworks, research, and practice. This dual degree will teach students how to improve the health and wellbeing of others through the use of evidence-based practices and multi-level interventions, how to work across systems and professions to reach individuals, groups, communities, and populations, how to reduce risk and promote resilience and how to advance the the science of health disparities research. Students will develop these approaches and skills through courses such as Biostatistics and Research, Public Health Policy and Administration, Epidemiology, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, and Clinical Practice.

Advanced study in both social work and public health deepens knowledge and skills in the interface of the two fields, making graduates attractive candidates in the health and social service job market. 

Many MPH-MSW programs prepare graduates to assume leadership positions in managed care organizations and hospitals, in local and state health departments and federal health agencies, and with voluntary health agencies, community-based organizations and advocacy coalitions.  Additionally, those with training in direct patient care provide clinical services, often with additional management or planning responsibilities. 

Common career opportunities for those who hold an MPH-MSW dual degree include:

  • Program Coordinator/Manager
  • Health Educator
  • Social Service Administrator
  • Behavioral Health Clinician 
  • Clinical Research Assistant

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University of Southern California Master of Social Work

Earn your MSW in as few as 12 months 

  • No GRE required
  • Live, online classes
  • CSWE-accredited
  • Field education in your community

University of Denver Master of Social Work

Earn your MSW online in as few as 18 months

  • Advanced Standing Track Available
  • No GRE required
  • Live, online classes
  • CSWE-accredited

Fordham University Master of Social Work 

Earn your MSW online in as few as 8 months

  • No GRE required
  • Live, online classes
  • CSWE-accredited

Simmons University Online Master of Social Work

Earn your MSW in as few as 16 months

  • Accredited by the CSWE
  • No GRE scores required for admission
  • Full-time, part-time, and accelerated tracks

Baylor University Master of Social Work

Earn your MSW online in as few as 12-16 months

  • No GRE required
  • Live, online classes
  • CSWE-accredited
  • Part time, full time, and accelerated tracks available

Case Western Reserve University Master of Science in Social Administration

Earn your MSSA online at CSWE-accredited Case Western Reserve University

  • Equivalent to an MSW
  • No GRE required
  • Live, online classes
  • Complete in as few as 18 months

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Boston University

Boston, MA · Traditional Format

Colorado School of Public Health

Aurora, CO · Traditional Format

Columbia University

New York, NY · Traditional Format

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD · Traditional Format

Indiana State – Purdue University Indianapolis

Indianapolis, ID · Traditional Format

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

New Orleans, LA · Traditional Format

Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, IL · Traditional Format

Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine

New York, NY · Traditional Format

New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, NM · Traditional Format

New York University

New York, NY · Traditional Format

Ohio State University

Columbus, OH · Traditional Format

Oregon Health and Science University/Portland State University

Portland, OR · Traditional Format

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA · Traditional Format

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA · Traditional Format

Tulane University

New Orleans, LA · Traditional Format

University of Albany – SUNY

Albany, NY · Traditional Format

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, AL · Traditional and Online Format

University of Alaska at Anchorage

Anchorage, AK · Traditional Format

University of Connecticut

Farmington, CT · Traditional Format

University of Georgia

Athens, GA · Traditional Format

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, IL · Traditional Format

University of Maryland

Baltimore, MD · Traditional Format

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI · Traditional Format

University of Minnesota

Minneapolis · Traditional Format

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Omaha, NE · Traditional Format

Concentration(s) Offered: Public Health Administration

The University of Oklahoma

Oklahoma, OK · Traditional Format

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA · Traditional Format

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA · Traditional Format

University of South Carolina

Columbia, SC · Traditional Format

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA · Traditional Format

University of South Florida

Tampa, FL · Traditional Format

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Houston, TX · Traditional Format

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT · Traditional Format

University of Washington

Seattle, WA · Traditional Format

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA · Traditional Format

Washington University at St. Louis

St. Louis, MO · Traditional Format

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI · Traditional Format

Information updated as of April 2020

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Baylor University Master of Public Health

Earn your MPH online in as few as 18 months 

  • No GRE required
  • 42 credits
  • Live, online classes

George Washington University Master of Public Health

Earn your MPH online in as few as 12 months 

  • No GRE required
  • 45 credits
  • Live, online classes
  • Accredited by CEPH

Tufts University Master of Public Health 

Earn your MPH online in as few as 20 months 

  • No GRE required
  • 42 credits
  • Live, online classes
  • Accredited by CEPH

University of North Carolina Master of Public Health 

Earn your MPH online in as few as 20 months

  • No GRE required
  • 42 credits
  • Live, online classes
  • Accredited by CEPH

Simmons University Master of Public Health

 Earn your MPH online in as few as 21 months 

  • No GRE required
  • 45 credits
  • Live, online classes

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