The Department of Health Services Policy and Management and the College of Social Work offer a coordinated program that leads to a dual degree. Some courses fulfill requirements for both portions of the dual degree. A dual degree program thus typically requires fewer semester hours in total than if the two programs were taken separately. Typically a student would take foundational social work courses during the first year, public health courses during the second year, and advanced social work courses with some public health courses during the third year. Each program provides a typical sequence for the courses; through academic advisement, specific courses are chosen for each individual student to satisfy both sets of program requirements. The specific courses and course sequencing are developed for each individual student.
The MSW electives and one fieldwork social work requirement (9 credit hours total) can be satisfied by HSPM courses and practicum, while three HSPM course requirements and partial practicum credit (12 credit hours total) can be satisfied by social work courses and fieldwork. Thus the 60-credit hour MSW and 45-credit hour MPH can both be completed with a total of 84 credit hours.
1st Year Fall Semester: Social Work Foundation (15 Hours)