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Master of Public Health / Master of Social Work

Public Health / Social Welfare

Program of Study

The MPH/MSW program requires 52 credits for the MSW and 39 credits for the MPH for a total of 91 credits.


Social Welfare Courses (39 credits)

  • Social Welfare Policy and Services
  • Human Behavior and Social Environment I and I
  • Micro Practice in Social Work I and II
  • Macro Practice in Social Work I and II
  • Introductory Research Methodology
  • Research Methods in Program Evaluation for Social Welfare Management
  • Community Building
  • Leadership in Human Service Organizations
  • Advanced MACRO course
  • One elective


Fieldwork and Internship (16 credits)

Social Work: Field Instruction I, II, III, IV (13 credits)
Public Health: One professional internship (3 credits)

 

Public Health Courses (36 credits)

  • First-Year Seminar
  • Biological Basis of Public Health
  • Introduction to Environmental Health
  • Basic Principles and Methods of Epidemiology or Principles and Methods of Epidemiology I
  • Basic Principles in Statistical Inference or Principles in Statistical Inference I or Introduction to the Theory of Statistics I
  • Health Care Organization Delivery and Financing
  • Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health
  • Capstone Seminar


See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

For more information contact Julia Hastings at jhastings@albany.edu.

Content

Career Paths

Earning both an MPH and MSW makes you a competitive candidate for roles such as:

  • Health Advocacy Director
  • Health Legislative Assistant
  • Public Program Evaluator
  • Health Policy Analyst
  • Health Commissioner
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Director of Family Health Services
  • Mental Health Researcher
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Admission Requirements

Deadlines

January 30

MPH/MSW Application

The application and all supporting materials for the MPH/MSW must be submitted directly to the University at Albany Office of Graduate Admissions.


Application Requirements

  • Must hold a bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing
  • Grade point average of 3.00 or better
  • One semester of social sciences
  • A college level course in mathematics (algebra or pre-calculus) or statistics with a grade of B or higher
     

Note: GRE not required for admission.

 

For application specific questions, contact us at sphadmissions@albany.edu.


International Requirements

  • WES evaluations for international transcripts.  Evaluations are not required for Canadian transcripts if the language of instruction is English.  
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 100 (institution code: 2532), two semesters of full-time study at a US college or university, or completion of an undergraduate degree in a country where English is the official language and language of instruction


Required Application Materials

Official transcripts

  • Official transcripts sent directly the University at Albany Graduate Admissions Office from EVERY post-secondary academic institution attended, including college coursework completed during high school.

 

    Three letters of recommendation

    • A minimum of two must be from academic faculty 
    • At least one from a university faculty member in the major field of study
    • Applicants who have been out of school for five or more years may submit professional references
    • Letters must be signed and on institutional/organizational letterhead

     

    Personal Statement

    The faculty of the School of Social Welfare and School of Public Health separately evaluate your application. You will be submitting a variety of evidence concerning your ability to undertake a graduate program in social welfare and public health. An important component in your application is the content of your personal statement. The length of this statement should be 1‐4 pages, double‐spaced. Use the outline that follows to complete your personal statement.

    A. The Professions of Social Welfare and Public Health as a Career Goal

    1. Why does a career combining social welfare and public health appeal to you?
    2. Describe how your personal and intellectual qualifications, past health and human service experience and/or future goals are relevant to assisting communities and the most economically and socially disadvantaged groups in our society. Please use specific examples.
    3. What particular aspects or special fields of social welfare and public health interest you most?

    B. Experience as a Student

    1. How do you expect your performance in graduate school to compare with your performance as an undergraduate student?
    2. Give reasons for any differences you may anticipate.

    C. Work/Volunteer Experience

    1. Describe your experience in any human services professional or volunteer role.

    D. Other Experience

    1. Describe your experience/participation in school and community activities.
    2. Describe your experience in the helping role, such as with family, friends, peers, or colleagues in which you gave or received help.


    CV/Resume

    Special Notes

    Please note: This program requires an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience requirement. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions.  If applicants have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of the intended academic program.