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About the Master of Social Work / Master of Public Health (MSW/MPH) Dual-Degree

In partnership with School of Social Work, the School of Public Health offers students the opportunity to earn a Master of Social Work (MSW) alongside a Master of Public Health (MPH). MSW/MPH students will develop advanced knowledge and skills in the interrelated areas of public health and social welfare, using an interdisciplinary approach to preventing, addressing, and solving health problems at the micro (individual/clinical), mezzo (family, organizations or communities) or macro (society or population) levels. Upon graduation, students can apply for licensing in social work and/or take the Certified in Public Health exam.

Location

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.

Admissions

Interested applicants in the MSW/MPH dual-degree program must apply separately to each school. Once a student has been admitted to both programs, they are then identified as an MSW/MPH dual-degree student.

Application for this dual-degree program is available through the Rutgers School of Public Health Express Application.

MPH Admission Requirements: For the MPH, interested applicants must submit our online application; applicants should not apply through SOPHAS. Students must complete the application, personal statement, and provide two letters of recommendation, formal transcripts, and the application fee to the Rutgers School of Public Health

MSW Admission Requirements: Please click here to visit Rutgers School of Social Work’s Admission Requirements website.

Curriculum

This specialized curricular concentration for MSW/MPH in Social Work and Public Health is designed for students in the MSW/MPH dual degree program and draws on coursework in social work and courses offered in the urban public health and social and behavioral sciences in the school of public health.

As detailed below, the proposed dual degree is a three-year program (based on full-time enrollment) with a total of 73 credits.

In the MSW program, students will complete 42 credits of MSW coursework and accept 18 credits of MPH coursework to fulfill the 60 required program credits

In the MPH program, students will complete 30 credits of MPH coursework and apply 15 credits of MSW coursework towards the MPH degree to meet the 45-credit degree requirement.

MPH credits applied to MSW include: HBSP 0600; SBHS 0652; PHCO 0501 (9 credits fulling required MSW courses and up to 9 credits from MPH required courses (PHCO 0503; PHCO 0505; UGPH 0680) or PH electives (if taken)

MSW credits applied to MPH include: [501] Social Work Practice II (with Organizations and Communities), [502] Human Behavior and the Social Environment, [504] Social Welfare Policy and Services I, and [506] Diversity & Oppression; and [600] Field Education Practicum III

Program Contacts

At the School of Public Health: Kamal Kornegay, Director of Admissions and Recruitment

At Rutgers School of Social Work: Graduate Admissions Office.