The joint degree program is a collaboration between the School of Social Work and the Graduate School of Public Health, Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences. Students graduate with both a Master of Social Work and a Master of Public Health degree and are prepared to pursue a wide range of social work and public health careers to improve the health of a target population and/or community. Students participate in class work, field placements, and leadership seminars to acquire the knowledge and skills to address health problems.
The program has a strong commitment to social justice, the elimination of health disparities, and a holistic definition of community and population health, including individuals’ physical health conditions and the behavioral and social ecological determinants of health. Moreover, both social work and public health share a commitment to involving consumers/community members in the development of policies and in the planning, delivery and evaluation of health promotion interventions, health behavior change, and health education.
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Typically a three-year curriculum plan for direct practice or COSA (2.5 years for advanced standing students)
Some highlights of the program are...
All graduates also achieve the core and cross-cutting competencies for Pitt Public Health MPH students.
Full program information:
Students must apply separately to the School of Social Work and the Graduate School of Public Health’s Office of Admissions (GSPH). The easiest way to apply to the Master’s Degree in Social Work Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work is to use our online application, and to apply to the Master’s Degree of Public Health in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) use online application.
Steven M. Albert
Director of leadership in public health social work education, professor and chair of behavioral and community health sciences,
Graduate School of Public Health
6126 Public Health
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Valire Carr Copeland
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Associate director of leadership in public health social work education,
School of Social Work
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