MPH/MSW Degree

The School of Public Health and School of Social Welfare have joined resources to offer students an opportunity to combine the MPH (Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior: Health Policy and Management concentration) and the MSW (MACRO concentration) for a strong specialization in health policy, management and administration.

Study Objectives

"Public health social work is based on an epidemiologic approach to preventing, addressing, and solving social health problems. It originated in the early 20th century, drawing upon both social work and public health theories, frameworks, research, and practice. Public health social work is characterized by an emphasis on prevention and health promotion. The field has evolved to become multi-method and interdisciplinary, making it particularly relevant to 21st century practice. Widespread changes on both domestic and international fronts—such as globalization, increased migration, natural and man-made disasters, persistent chronic diseases, and resulting health disparities—are examples of current challenges that benefit from a public health social work approach." (Ruth & Sisco, 2008)

The School of Social Welfare and School of Public Health have joined resources to offer students an opportunity to simultaneously obtain the MPH (Health Policy and Management concentration) and the MSW (MACRO concentration) for a strong specialization in health and social services policy, management, and administration. The MSW coursework includes generalist and advanced social work MACRO practice that prepares students to work in health care and other related settings. The MPH coursework exposes students to each of the core areas of public health, while providing advanced coursework in policy analysis and the management of health care organizations. Both degrees count courses in the other program as meeting course requirements. Both programs are fully accredited through the Council on Social Work Education (MSW program) and the Council on Education for Public Health (MPH program).

The total number of credits required in fulfillment of the dual MSW/MPH degree is 91 credits: 52 credits (of 60) in the Master of Social Work program and 39 credits (of 51) in the Master of Public Health. Students take 13 of the 15 courses required toward the Social Work degree (39 credits) and 4 semesters of internships (13 credits). Students take 12 of the 13 courses required (36 credits) toward the public health degree and 1 required internship (3 credits).

NOTE: Applicants should be aware that some states, such as New York State, restrict or deny professional licensure for people with felony convictions, misdemeanor convictions, or actions taken against them by a professional organization. If you have such a situation, you would benefit from consulting with your state’s licensing board before you submit your application. Your application will be subject to a more rigorous review by both the University at Albany Office of Graduate Admissions on the main campus and the School of Social Welfare’s Admission Committee.

For information on the dual MPH/MSW degree, please contact:

Julia F. Hastings, MSW, PhD
University at Albany School of Public Health
One University Place
Rensselaer, NY 12144
Phone: (518) 402-0293
Email: jhastings2@albany.edu