The Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health is coordinated between the School of Social Work at the University of Alabama and the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy (HCOP) at The University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Public Health.
The coordinated program prepares social workers for interdisciplinary practice in public health programs concerned with the promotion and improvement of the health of diverse populations, including women, children, and families.
MPH/MSW Learning Objectives
Students will learn how to:
- Describe the health problems faced by children and their families within the context of public health
- Apply the tools of biostatistics and epidemiology to analyze problems faced by children and their families
- Apply current policies and programs directed at children and their families and describe how they are developed
- Plan, implement, and administer MCH programs
- Demonstrate a solid foundation in both social work and public health principles and skills necessary for individuals interested in leadership positions at the community, state and national levels
Students who are interested in this coordinated degree should separately apply for admission to UA’s MSW program, and to the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy at The University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Public Health for admission to the MPH Program.
Students are required to first secure admission to the UA School of Social Work’s MSW Program and, at the end of the first semester, apply separately to the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy for the MPH Program at the UAB School of Public Health. Acceptance in the MSW program does not automatically ensure acceptance into the MPH program and vice versa.
Students attend classes in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham.
Financial assistance is available for full-time students who meet eligibility requirements.
The coordinated MPH/MSW degree can be completed in two academic years (including two summers) of full-time study. Students in the coordinated program will complete courses in the MCH Policy and Leadership Concentration program in Health Care Organization and Policy.
Career Opportunities for Graduates
Graduates of the MSW/MPH Coordinated Degree Program will have two graduate degrees and the skills needed to pursue careers in a variety of social work and/or public health settings, including:
- Policy and program development
- Organization of community services
- Program administration
- Planning and evaluation
- Research and teaching