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Master of Social Work / Master of Public Health

Social Work / Public Health

Program of Study

You can earn your MSW and MPH more quickly through this dual-degree program because the combined curriculum counts certain credits toward requirements for each.

Social Welfare Courses

  • Social Welfare Policy and Services
  • Human Behavior and Social Environment I and I
  • Community Building
  • Leadership in Human Service Organizations
  • 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
  • One Advanced Macro Social Work Course
  • One Social Welfare Elective
  • Social Work Field Instruction I, II, III, IV (13 credits)
  • Professional Internship in Public Health

Public Health Courses

  • First-Year Public Health Seminar
  • Biological Basis of Public Health
  • Introduction to Environmental Health

Choose One:

  • Basic Principles and Methods of Epidemiology
  • Principles and Methods of Epidemiology I

Choose One:

  • Basic Principles in Statistical Inference
  • Principles in Statistical Inference I
  • Introduction to the Theory of Statistics I
  • Health Care Organization Delivery and Financing
  • Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health
  • Public Health Capstone Seminar


See the Graduate Bulletin for details.
For more information contact Julia Hastings at

This program is approved for licensure or certification in New York State and the institution has not made a determination regarding the educational requirements for any other state.


Career Paths

Graduates of the dual MSW/MPH program typically move into administrative roles in public and nonprofit health and social welfare agencies that provide community services in their area of interest.

Sample job titles:

  • Child Obesity Data Analyst
  • Community Health Project Lead
  • Social Welfare Research Consultant
  • Maternal Health Services Manager
  • Homeless Youth Outreach Organizer
  • Addiction Recovery Transition Planner
  • Harm Reduction Results Evaluator
  • Disease Prevention Awareness Specialist
  • Family Wellness Center Administrator
  • Public Health Education Planner
  • Outcomes Assessment Supervisor


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Admissions Requirements


Departmental Assistantship Consideration

Fall: January 30
Spring: Not Available
Summer: Not Available

No Departmental Assistantship Consideration

Fall: February 29
Spring: Not Available
Summer: Not Available

Required Application Materials

Official Transcripts

All Schools Attended

Three Letters of Recommendation

Personal Statement


Guidelines for Writing the 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.

Special Notes

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.