Master of Public Health in Social Work and Public Health (MPH)
The Rutgers School of Social Work and Rutgers School of Public Health's Master of Public Health (MPH) in Social Work and Public Health degree, is a concentration specifically designated for Master of Social Work (MSW)/MPH dual-degree students to maximize credit sharing and leverage social work and public health.
About the Program
This dual-degree concentration offers advanced training opportunities for public service individuals, particularly social workers, that are dedicated to achieving health equity and overcoming health disparities in health care settings and systems.
This program, founded upon the intersection of public health and social welfare, prepares students to prevent, address, and resolve health problems at various levels, including the micro (individual/clinical), mezzo (family, organizational, or community), or macro (society or population) levels. Honing students’ knowledge in urban health and social and behavioral sciences, graduates will become public health social workers that understand the intertwining individual, biological, social, economic, political, and environmental factors that critically influence treatment and health outcomes.
Program Format and Length
The MPH in Social Work and Public Health degree is offered to students on a full-time basis. Courses are available in-person, remote, and/or online. The degree requirements may be completed in three years.
Students seeking the MPH in Social Work and Public Health degree must complete 45 credits of academic work with a minimum GPA of least 3.0; earn no more than nine (9) credits bearing grades less than “B,” and complete the degree requirements within six years. Courses are three credit hours unless otherwise noted. Courses are three credit hours unless otherwise noted and semester when each course is typically offered is noted parentheses. The Social Work and Public Health concentration is restricted to MPH/MSW dual-degree students.
Students will complete a total of 72 credits, 42 credits of MSW coursework and 30 credits of MPH coursework, including a practicum experience and capstone research project.
Students are also required to register for and complete an Interprofessional Education activity prior to graduation.
Students can earn a post-baccalaureate certificate alongside their degree with an additional 6-12 credits. Contact admissions for additional information at email@example.com.
New Brunswick and Newark
*MSW/MPH students participate in the MPH in Social Work and Public Health concentration to take full advantage of the dual-degree program. Other MPH concentrations would require additional coursework as less credits would be shared among the two degree programs.
Application Deadline and Requirements
Fall Semester Start Date
January 15 (priority)
May 1 (regular)
Spring Semester Start Date
October 15 (priority)
December 1 (regular)
Students interested in the MPH in Social Work and Public Health degree will be required to apply and be accepted to both the Rutgers School of Social Work and Rutgers School of Public Health separately.
A complete application includes:
- Online application
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
- Statement of goals, one-to-three pages in length, which addresses:
- Interest in the program
- Preparedness for the program
- Goals and aspirations
- Two letters of recommendation with at least one letter from an academic reference if you are currently enrolled in a degree program or have graduated within the last four years
- Resume or CV
- GRE General Exam (optional)
- TOEFL or IELTS score for applicants educated in a non-native English-speaking country
Core Courses (18 credits)
PHCO 0501 - Health Systems and Policy
PHCO 0502 - Principles and Methods of Epidemiology
PHCO 0503 - Introduction to Environmental Health
PHCO 0504 - Introduction to Biostatistics (Prerequisite: Quantitative Skills Assessment)
PHCO 0505 - Social and Behavioral Health Sciences in Public Health
PHCO 0513 - Leadership and Management Essentials for Public Health
Practicum (3 credits)
Note: Social Work and Public Health students should consult with the concentration director for more information about Practicum.
PRAC 0715 - Applied Practice Experience (0 credits) [Prerequisite: APE Learning Agreement and select PHCO and concentration courses]
PRAC 0716 - Practicum Capstone (3 credits) [Prerequisite: Completion of the APE and Practicum Capstone Learning Agreement]
Review the School’s Registration Calendar for important MPH Practice Experience Registration dates specific to PRAC 0715 and PRAC 0716.
Concentration Courses (12 credits)
Note: Students should review the Course Descriptions in the School Catalog for specific information about prerequisites required for required courses and recommended electives.
UGPH 0605 - Qualitative Research Methods (Fall; Newark only)
UGPH 0680 - Urban Public Health (Spring; Newark only)
HBSP 0652 - Program Planning and Evaluation (Fall/Spring/Summer)
Choose one of the following two:
EPID 0621 - Survey Research in Epidemiology (Fall)
HBSP 0600 - Health Behavior and Policy Research Design and Methods (Fall/Spring/Summer)
Social Work Required Courses (12 Credits)
This MSW coursework is transferred into the MPH degree program if a student earns a “B’ or better in the courses.
19:910:501 Practice with Organizations and Communities
19:910:502 Human Behavior and the Social Environment
19:910:504 Social Welfare Policy and Services I
19:910:506 Diversity & Oppression
Other Requirements (0 credits)
PRAC 0621 - Interprofessional Education (0 credits) [Fall/Spring]
Students are required to register for and complete an Interprofessional Education activity prior to graduation. Social Work and Public Health students must complete an Interprofessional Education activity hosted by the School of Public Health.